Welcome to Adams!
Founded in 1778 and named after Sam Adams, Revolutionary War patriot, (not the beer!) Adams is a picturesque valley town in beautiful Berkshire County. Nestled between Mount Greylock (Massachusetts' highest peak) on the west and by the Hoosac Range on the east. Adams is abundant with natural splendor such as the Greylock Glen, Mount Greylock State Reservation and the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail to name a few. Adams is rich in historical places like the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace, the 1784 Quaker Meeting House and many historic homes and buildings. In 2008 Adams was named to the Top 200 Towns for outdoorsmen by Outdoor Life Magazine. When in Adams, there's lots of things to do from our many hiking trails to our historic sites, from our local shops and restaurants to nearby performance centers, Adams is wonderful place to live and to visit year round, we hope to see you soon!
Adams has total area of 23 square miles with a population density of less than 200 people per square mile. As of the 2010 census, Adams had 8,485 residents. The median age is 44 years. There are approximately 3,900 households with an average household size of 2.1 persons. About 60% of households own their home.
Adams employs a representative town meeting form of government led by a board of selectmen and a town administrator. The current selectmen are John E. Duval (chair), James Bush, Christine Hoyt, Joseph Nowak and Richard Blanchard. Town services include police, fire, water district, water treatment plant, public works, recycling and trash compactor, the Adams Visitors Center and public schools.
On the national level, Adams is represented in the United States House of Representatives as part of Massachusetts' 1st congressional district by Congressman Richard Neal. Massachusetts is currently represented in the United States Senate by senior Senator Elizabeth Warren and junior Senator Ed Markey.