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Blackinton Historic District
Blackinton Company, North Adams MA.jpg
Blackinton Mill (2010)
Location Roughly Massachusetts Ave. between Ashton and Doanes Aves. and Church Hill and Boston & Maine RR, North Adams, Massachusetts
Area 240 acres (97 ha)
Architect various
Architectural style Mid-19th Century Revival, Late Victorian
MPS North Adams MRA
NRHP reference No. 85003384
Added to NRHP October 25, 1985

The Blackinton Historic District is a historic district in the western part of North Adams, Massachusetts, roughly along Massachusetts Avenue between Ashton and Doanes Avenues and Church Hill and the Boston & Maine Railroad. The district, which encompasses North Adams' best preserved mill village, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

The neighborhood

The neighborhood in which the historic district is located grew up around the mills of the Blackinton Company, founded on the north bank of the Hoosic River in 1821 by Sanford Blackinton, Rufus Wells and J.L White. It would become one of the largest manufacturers of woolen goods in Western Massachusetts. By the early 1900s the neighborhood was a self-contained community, with its own school, jail, stores, post office, library and fire department, and the people there considered themselves be residents of "Blackinton", not North Adams. The community – which historically had been disputed between North Adams and Williamstown – had a station on the Boston & Maine, as well as bus service to North Adams. The mill closed in 1950.

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