Leverett was once part of Sunderland and was granted separation in 1774. Four villages comprise the town: Leverett Center, East Leverett, North Leverett and Moores Corner. The major road through town is Route 63, which connects Leverett to Amherst to the south and Montague to the north.
Local community members completed the New England Peace Pagoda, the first of its kind in America, in 1985. It stands as a symbol of aspiration and hope for peace. The caretakers live on the property, however the public is welcome to visit the grounds and view the beautiful Pagoda, the new temple, and the gardens and lily pond.