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Local Lifestyles: Leyden, Massachusetts

leyden massachusetts franklin county town hallHistory and Industry

Situated in Franklin County, Massachusetts, Leyden carries a historical legacy dating back to its settlement by colonists in 1737. The town draws its name from Leiden, Netherlands, where Pilgrims sought refuge before embarking on their journey to the Americas. During the eighteenth century Leyden's had several diverse industries such as grist mills, wood product mills, and dairying. Today, its primary economic activity centers around maple sugar production. Bree-Z Knoll Farm, a local dairy farm and member of Our Family Farms, also produces maple syrup.



On the northern border of Massachusetts, south of Windham County, Vermont, Leyden is 9 miles north of Greenfield, 47 miles north of Springfield, and 96 miles west-northwest of Boston. As of 2022, Leyden's population stood at 734 residents. There are no state routes which pass through Leyden, but there are state routes and interstates which pass through neighboring towns.


The Outdoors

Leyden's scenic beauty is characterized by rolling hills, expansive farmland, and captivating views. The Green River, meandering on the border between Leyden and Colrain, offers popular swimming and fishing spots. The Leyden State Forest, spanning 61 acres, invites residents and visitors alike to engage in hunting, hiking, and immersing themselves in the natural environment. The Greenfield Reservoir, located within Leyden's boundaries, plays a crucial role in supplying water to Greenfield.



Locals enjoy gathering outdoors in Leyden's various public spaces, including the town common and the now-closed Pearl Rhodes Elementary School, ideal for picnicking and recreational activities. The Robertson Memorial Library stands as a charming community hub, providing a space for neighbors and friends to gather, exchange ideas, and delve into literature and other media.


Real Estate

If you are looking to buy a single family home, land to build your dream home, farm, or second home in Leyden, Mass, click here for the latest list of what is currently on the market. You can also contact Wanda Mooney to learn more about the area and the process of moving. 


For more information visit the town website


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