Amherst is a rural town in Central Massachusetts. It was incorporated in 1759. It was named after Sir Jeffrey Amherst, who was a British Soldier. He was famous in the east, for giving blankets infected with small pox to the American Indians, this disease indeed killed them off. It was originally built in 1731, but it was really made a town in 1759. Now in the year 2001 this small, yet fascinating, town is known as Amherst, MA.. It is the owner of five colleges, schools, and a very successful community.