Town Office Hours
Employees may work at home during COVID
Tues - Thursday 8:30am-4:00p
Friday - CLOSED
Meetings as called for by the Select board chair
Town Clerk's Office
Thursday 4p to 6p
413-774-4111, x3 Call to make an appointment
Mon/Wed, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
413-774-4111, x4 Call to make an appointment
Wednesday 5:00pm- 8:00pm.
Meetings 1st and 3rd Wed. of each month at 6:30pm
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.