Massachusetts County Listings

This is a listing of the counties in Massachusetts. Please click on the county of your choice to be taken directly to that counties site.

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County County Seat Established County Origins Named For Host Location of County on Map County Mailing List
Barnstable Barnstable 1685 One of three original counties created in the Plymouth Colony After its county seat of Barnstable, which is named after the English town of Barnstaple ADOPTABLE Barnstable County Mailing List
Berkshire Pittsfield 1761 From part of Hampshire County. Government abolished in 2000 For the English county of Berkshire ADOPTABLE Berkshire County Mailing List
Bristol Tauton 1685 One of three original counties created in the Plymouth Colony For its original county seat of Bristol, Massachusetts, which is named for the English port city of Bristol - when the Town of Bristol joined Rhode Island, the name of the county was kept ADOPTABLE Bristol County Mailing List
Dukes Edgartown 1695 From Martha's Vineyard and the Elizabeth Islands, which had been part of Dukes County, New York until Massachusetts gained it in 1691 Formerly a part of Dukes County, New York until 1691, the land at one time was literally the possession of the Duke of York ADOPTABLE Dukes County Mailing List
Essex Salem and Lawrence 1643 One of four original counties created in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Government abolished in 1999 For the English county of Essex ADOPTABLE Essex County Mailing List
Franklin Greenfield 1811 From part of Hampshire County. Government abolished in 1997 For Benjamin Franklin (17061790), early American scientist, diplomat, and politician ADOPTABLE Franklin County Mailing List
Hampden Springfield 1812 From part of Hampshire County. Government abolished in 1998 Possibly named for John Hampden (15951643), the famous 17th century English parliamentarian ADOPTABLE Hampden County Mailing List
Hampshire Northampton 1662 From unorganized territory in the western part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Government abolished 1999 For the English county of Hampshire ADOPTABLE Hampshire County Mailing List
Middlesex Cambridge and Lowell 1643 One of four original counties created in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Government abolished in 1997 For the former English county of Middlesex ADOPTABLE Middlesex County Mailing List
Nantucket Nantucket 1695 From Nantucket Island which had been part of Dukes County, New York until Massachusetts gained it in 1691. The Town of Nantucket ADOPTABLE Nantucket County Mailing List
Norfolk Dedham 1793 From part of Suffolk County. For the English county of Norfolk ADOPTABLE Norfolk County Mailing List
Plymouth Plymouth and Brockton 1685 One of three original counties created in the Plymouth Colony. For its seat of Plymouth, which is named for the English port city of Plymouth ADOPTABLE Plymouth County Mailing List
Suffolk Boston 1643 One of four original counties created in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Government abolished in 1999 For the English county of Suffolk ADOPTABLE Suffolk County Mailing List
Worcester Worcester 1731 From parts of Hampshire County, Middlesex County and Suffolk County. Government abolished in 1998 For its county seat of Worcester, which is named in honor of the English town of Worcester and the English Civil War Battle of Worcester in 1651, a Parliamentarian victory ADOPTABLE Worcester County Mailing List




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