The Blackinton Cemetery located on Massachusetts Avenue is one of the oldest known burial grounds in North Adams. It was originally a 100-acre farm owned by Deacon Otis Blackinton, the father of Sanford Blackinton whose mills served as the heart of…

North Adams may seem like a sleepy town, but its past is still very much alive. The Union Church sits in the Blackinton neighborhood, one of the oldest settled areas in North Adams. The church was built in 1871 by Sanford Blackinton, which he also…

The Blackinton Manor is the oldest standing building in the Blackinton area, and was built as a home for Sanford Blackinton. In the early nineteenth century, Sanford Blackinton had established a mill in the area. This growing business would attract…

In March 1822 Sanford Blackinton, Rufus Wells, and Joseph L. White built a small two story factory that stood near the road of the presentday mill.  The mill cost roughly eight hundred dollars and was fitted with second hand machinery from an old…

The Blackinton family has its origins in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Pentecost Blackinton, Sanford’s Blackinton’s great, great grandfather was born in Marblehead in 1662. He married Ann Pedrick and they moved to Attleboro, Massachusetts. They had…

In 1862, the Blackinton Railway Station opened in order to support the growing mill community of Blackinton. New rail lines led to the depot which was located behind the Blackinton Mill. The railway was not only valuable for shipping raw and…

Blackinton, now part of North Adams, was one of many communities experiencing dramatic change in the age of industrialization in the mid-nineteenth century. As the economy grew, so too did the population. Residents needed homes to live in, places to…

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Chapel was built in 1905 as a missionary church to St. John’s Episcopal church. St. Andrew’s was built to provide a closer Episcopal service for the growing population in the Blackinton area of North Adams. Before St. Andrew’s…