WELCOME to the Town of Otis, Massachusetts!
The Town of Otis is located in the southeast portion of Berkshire County. It is bordered by the towns of Tyringham, Monterey, Becket, Sandisfield, Tolland and Blandford. It is a town nestled quaintly along several lakes and ponds, against gentle slopes of the Berkshire Range, and in the Farmington River Valley. Otis was established as a town in 1810, from two towns Bethlehem and Louden. Travelers seeking new land in Western Massachusetts settled the town for its location along the Old Knox Trail also known as the Old Boston to Albany Turnpike. Today, Otis has a population of approximately 1,360 people according to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2000. The Town is continuing to grow with new homes going in every year by both new residents and second homebuyers. Otis is a desirable place to live for its short distance to Springfield and other metropolis places. The Town of Otis has a diverse landscape with elevations rising to more than 1,900 feet, a large water body reservoir, and open space lands. This Town is a haven for outdoor recreation having pleasant forests, open fields, cool streams, deep ponds and lakes, and nurturing wetlands. Along with natural elements the Town has a ski resort, several campgrounds, and State Forest Preserves. The natural setting, the small town laid back attitude, the small business enterprises and recreation opportunities makes it a good place to live.*
*Excerpt from Community Development Plan prepared by Berkshire Regional Planning Commission
Background Photo: Merritt Road by Evelyn Garvey
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