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Becket, MA - History


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Welcome to the Becket Home page. The Becket Home page provides as much information as possible on Becket. Knowing Becket’s history is essential to guiding its future. Within Becket’s Home page, you will also find Becket’s Founders, Holiday, and Birthday sections.

Becket has a population of 2012. 57.1% of Becket’s inhabitants are Male, and 42.9 are female. 53.3% of Becket is married and 92.7% own their own home. The Average Home price is $286,578, and the average rent is $1,260. Household median income in Becket is $59,922, and the individual median income is $32,765. Becket’s Ethnic is the following: White(93.7%), Hispanic(5.1%), Multiple(3.8%), Other(1.7%), Black(0.7%), Asian(0.1%).


Becket was first settled in 1740, and was officially incorporated in 1765.The original "Beckett" for which the town of Becket was named is an estate or "tithing" that once belonged to the Admiral Lord Barrington (the namesake of "Great Barrington, Massachusetts"). It is located in Shrivenham, formerly in Berkshire, England, about five miles east of the important railroad town of Swindon. Sir Francis Bernard, the Royal Governor of Massachusetts in 1765, was a close friend of Lord Barrington and was himself a native of Berkshire, England.


Bernard often went on holiday in the beautiful surroundings of Beckett, and that these pleasant memories influenced him in 1765 to give the name Becket to Township Number Four when he approved its incorporation. In 1811, 16 men from Becket traveled to the Western Reserve and founded the village of Windham, Ohio. The early town was the site of an experiment in the late eighteenth century involving the local church.


Seeing the problems involved with communities who supported congregational churches, the town established its own church society, where local citizens supported the church without any tax monies. It was one of the first frontier communities to employ this model of supporting churches.From its earliest days, Becket was involved in the woodland industries of lumber and quarries.


As time went on, dairy production, basketry and silk also were products of the town. After a flood in the early twentieth century, most of the industries died out, and today Becket is mostly known as a resort town with an artists' community surrounding the Jacob's Pillow Company.


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