Tolland — Organization

Extracted from "History of the Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts, Volume II," by Louis H. Everts, 1879.

      Tolland is one of the newest towns in Massachusetts, and dates its existence back only to the year 1810. June 14th of that year it was incorporated as a town, after having been set off from the town of Granville, of which the tract had always been a part. To the date of its incorporation it was known as West Granville, or the third parish of that town. In addition to the tract taken from Granville, a section was also taken from the eastern part of Sandisfield, in Berkshire County. The petition for incorporation was presented to the General Court in 1810, by William Twining, a resident in West Granville village (afterward Tolland), and one of Granville's representatives at the court that year.
      Much that is valuable and interesting in the history of Tolland has been lost to posterity through the destruction by fire at Northampton of the town records covering the period between the years of 1810 and 1849.

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