The New International Encyclopædia/Adams
ADAMS. A town, including the villages of Renfrew, Maple Grove, and Zylonite, in Berkshire Co., Mass., 16 miles north of Pittsfield, on the Hoosac River and the Pittsfield and North Adams branch of the Boston and Albany Railroad (Map: Massachusetts, A 2). Within the town limits is Greylock Mountain (3535 feet), the highest point in Massachusetts. The town has a public library of over 7000 volumes, and manufactures cotton and woolen goods, paper, foundry products, shirts, etc. Laid out and settled as “East Hoosuck” in 1749, Adams was incorporated under its present name (in honor of Samuel Adams) in 1778. It originally included both North and South Adams. The government is administered by town meeting. Pop., 1890, 9213; 1900, 11,134. Consult: J. G. Holland, History of Western Massachusetts (Springfield, 1855).