At a glance ...

Tuesday, February 27
Incorporated: 1805.

Settled: 1783.

Population: 676 (2000 U.S. Census); 787 (2006 town census).

Area: 24.6 square miles.

Elevation: 1,895 feet (average).

Average annual snowfall: 98 inches (estimated).

Median resident age: 39.8.

Median household income: $43,000 (2000 U.S. Census).

Median family income: $52,500 (2000 U.S. Census).

Average house value: $142,060 (DOR, 2007).

Average property tax: $1,014, single-family home (DOR, 2007)

Unemployment rate: 7.1 percent (December 2006).

Races: White, 659; American Indian-Alaskan native, 3; black/African American, 4; mixed races, 7; Hispanic/Latino, 3 (2000 U.S. Census).

Ancestries: French, 19 percent; English, 12 percent; Irish, 11 percent; Italian, 10 percent; French Canadian, 10 percent; Polish, 7 percent; German, 7 percent; Scottish, 3 percent; Swedish, 2 percent; European, 2 percent; Scotch-Irish, 2 percent; Austrian, 1 percent; black or African American, 1 percent; Greek: 1 percent (2000 U.S. Census).

Town Web site: none

The town ...

... was named for the state of Florida. ... once had several post offices in different sections of town; now, there are none. Residents in the western and central part of town get mail delivery via the North Adams Post Office, using that city's zip code. Those in the eastern Florida village of Drury have mail delivered from the Charlemont Post Office. The Hoosac Tunnel section of the town gets mail from Rowe. ... is home to The Bear Swamp complex, completed in 1974, on the Deerfield River in Florida and Rowe. Bear Swamp comprises an underground pumped storage generating station and two conventional hydroelectric stations with a combined maximum capacity of 600 megawatts. ... is known for the Florida Mountain turnip; for many years starting in 1973, a Turnip Festival was held in October under the auspices of the Lions Club. Fifth-generation native Stanley Brown believes the turnip is actually a rutabaga or Swedish turnip — a cross between turnip and cabbage. Several Floridians still grow the vegetables during the town's brief growing season. ... lays claim to the notorious Dead Man's Curve on Route 2, which has been accident-free during the past several years, following a series of sometimes-fatal accidents, usually involving long-haul trucks. ... is home to Gabriel Abbott Elementary School, part of the Northern Berkshire School Union, which serves 105 students (including six from Monroe) in pre-K through 8th grade. ... has 25 volunteer firefighters, including one paramedic and several EMTs who are first responders in town emergencies. There's an annual Firefighters Muster, and the force is active in other community events. ... has no local police force, but is served by the state police from the Cheshire barracks. ... offers 7,650 books and 1,135 videos at the Florida Free Public Library on North County Road. ... is mentioned in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Ride Toward Charlemont."


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