Elijah Williams (1733 - 1815)

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About Elijah Williams

Col. Elijah Williams (1733 - 1815) established two iron works in West Stockbridge. The first one was on a piece of land just west of the Shaker Mill in 1766. He established a second small iron works in 1783. it was called Independence Forge. The furnace stack remains, located a little north of the foot of Water Street in the Williamsville portion of West Stockbridge.

West Stockbridge was incorporated in 1774. It was originally named Queensborough, and was assembled from part of Indiantown (Stockbridge) and the "Gore", a long border section disputed with the colony of New York. West Stockbridge had a complex development throughout its history because it is five separate village settlements: West Center, West Stockbridge, Freedleyville, Rockdale and Williamsville.

West Stockbridge developed as the town's commercial center because of the location of a railroad there in 1838, which hauled marble and iron ore. Colonel Elijah Williams began an iron works on a piece of land just west of the Shaker Mill in 1766.

Source: Historic Preservation Report downloaded 2011 from http://www.berkshireweb.com/themap/weststockbridge/weststockbridge.html

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Col. Elijah Williams's Timeline

1733
November 15, 1733
1815
June 19, 1815
Age 81
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