The town of Amherst, founded in 1703, is located in the Connecticut Valley in Hampshire County. It was named for Lord Jeffery Amherst, a British general in the French and Indian War. It has maintained its small town atmosphere even as it has evolved from its earliest beginnings as a college community to a major educational and employment center of over 35,000 residents. The town is about 100 miles west of Boston, measures 27 square miles and has a thriving central business district with a variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, and book stores. In the neighboring town of Hadley there is a shopping mall with a movie theater and an indoor rollerskating rink. There are three public libraries where local residents can borrow books, videos, records, and audio cassettes, free of charge.
New England winters can be very cold. Temperatures can reach below 0°F (there is normally snow throughout the winter months). You will need warm outer clothing and boots. Unless you own these items, it is usually easier to purchase them once you arrive here in Amherst. Lightweight clothing is needed for the summer which can be very hot and humid.