Town office building is open according to the schedule under town office hours. Masks and social distancing are required. Restrooms are not open to the public.

Leyden Selectboard Meetings

1st and 3rd Monday

Leyden Town Common

Leyden Town Common

Pond View in Leyden, MA

Pond View in Leyden, MA

Robertson Memorial Library

Robertson Memorial Library

Right to Farm

Right to Farm

Misty Farm

Misty Farm

Winter Scene

Winter Scene

Misty Morning on Frizzell Hill

Misty Morning on Frizzell Hill

Beautiful Downtown Leyden

Beautiful Downtown Leyden

Leyden After the Rain

Leyden After the Rain

A View from West Leyden Road

A View from West Leyden Road

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A Brief History of the Town of Leyden, Massachusetts

Leyden was first settled in 1737 as part of "Fall Town," which also included Bernardston and Colrain. The town was set off from Bernardstown in 1784, but it was not incorporated until February 22, 1809. The town was named for the city of Leiden, Netherlands, refuge of the Pilgrims before colonizing the Americas.

Leyden contains about 700 year round residents. Famous sons of Leyden include John Riddell who was the inventor of the binocular microscope, and Henry Kirke Brown who was the sculptor of George Washington on horseback at Union Square in New York City, a copy of which is at West Point, and many other statues around the Capitol.

Leyden had several small industries in the eighteenth century, including grist mills, wood product mills, and dairying, but today the largest industry is maple sugar production. The town also has a reservoir which supplies the town of Greenfield.

The Brotherhood of the Spirit commune was founded in Leyden in 1968.

From Wikipedia

Leyden Town Map