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<i>Memorial Beacon Greylock Mountain Adams, Mass. Elevation 3505 ft.</i> image, Touch for more information
Postcard by the Smith Studio, 1933
Memorial Beacon Greylock Mountain Adams, Mass. Elevation 3505 ft.
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Adams — "A Beacon Standing for Peace"
In 1931, the state set aside funds for a memorial to honor Massachusetts men and women who had died during the World War. Originally designed as a lighthouse for Boston's Charles River estuary, the tower's beacon was intended "to shine each night, . . . — Map (db m77983) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Adams — Mount Greylock, elevation 3,491 feet
Take a deep breath, and enjoy the view! You are at the peak of the highest mountain in Massachusetts.

The summit of Mount Greylock features the only subalpine environment in Massachusetts. Because of the high elevation and the westerly winds, . . . — Map (db m44373) HM

Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Egremont — MA-2 — General Henry Knox Trail
Through this place passed General Henry Knox in the winter of 1775 – 1776 to deliver to General George Washington at Cambridge the train of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga used to force the British Army to evacuate . . . — Map (db m24017) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — Alternating Current Electrification — 1886 — IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing
On 20 March 1886 William Stanley provided alternating current electrification to offices and stores on Main Street in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He thus demonstrated the first practical system for providing electrical illumination using . . . — Map (db m58988) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — First Court House of Berkshire County
Near this spot stood the first court house of Berkshire County erected 1764. Here August 16, 1774 occurred the first open resistance to British rule in America — Map (db m58957) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — MA-3 — Gen. Henry Knox Trail
Through this place passed General Henry Knox in the winter of 1775 – 1776 to deliver to General George Washington at Cambridge the train of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga used to force the British Army to evacuate Boston. Erected by the . . . — Map (db m24013) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — Great Barrington Civil War Memorial
A Tribute Of honor and Gratitude To Her Citizens Who Fought For Liberty and Union 1861. – 1865. Erected by the Town of Great Barrington. 1876. — Map (db m58955) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — Great Barrington World War I Monument
Erected November 11th 1936 By the School Children Of Great Barrington and Housatonic In Honor of the 359 Men and Women Who Served Their Country In the World War. Abel, Harrison G. • Ackerman, Arthur P. • Adams, Ernest W. • Alcott, Bruce . . . — Map (db m58960) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — Memorial Street Light
Memorial Street Light erected by Massachusetts Electric Company June 28, 1986 in recognition of William Stanley and his contributions to the Electric Utility Industry — Map (db m58987) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — Shays Rebellion
Last Battle of Shays Rebellion was here Feb. 27, 1787. — Map (db m37487) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — The Mahaiwe Theater
The Mahaiwe Theater has been placed on the National Register Of Historic Places By the United States Department of the Interior Built 1905 — Map (db m58958) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — The Niagara Movement
The Niagara Movement was Du Bois’s first attempt to form a civil rights organization. This was the first substantial Black-organized protest movement of the twentieth century. It led to the founding of the NAACP in 1909. The first meeting . . . — Map (db m107764) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — W.E. B. Du Bois Birthsite
“I was born by a golden river and in the shadow of two great hills, five years after the Emancipation Proclamation.” Birthsite of W.E.B. Dubois (1868-1963) Premier architect of the American Civil Rights Movement Erected by The . . . — Map (db m107756) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — W.E.B. Du Bois: Champion of Rivers Around the World
Kindled by his love for the Housatonic River, W.E.B. Du Bois became a champion of rivers around the world. Harlem Renaissance writer and poet Langston Hughes composed “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” when he was only eighteen years . . . — Map (db m107664) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — William Stanley
William Stanley 1858     1916 Inventor His genius made Great Barrington the first community to be lighted by alternating current in March 1886. Monument erected by the Rotary Club of Great Barrington on its fiftieth anniversary. May 18th . . . — Map (db m58972) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — William Stanley Overlook — Housatonic River Walk
William Stanley (1858-1916) devised an innovative electric distribution system using an alternating-current transformer. His laboratory was in Horace Day’s rambling, vacant rubberwear factory, the foundation of which is just visible on the . . . — Map (db m107662) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Great Barrington — You Stand Free Because They Served
You Stand Free Because They Served In everlasting memory and tribute to the men and women of Great Barrington who, in defense of their country and the human rights of mankind, served with honor and distinction in the armed forces of the United . . . — Map (db m58896) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Lanesborough — Adams Overlook: A Town Tied to the Mountain — Mount Greylock State Reservation
Adams Overlook: A Town Tied to the Mountain Mount Greylock State Reservation Adams Overlook faces east, looking over the town of Adams to the Hoosac Range, a branch of the Berkshire Mountains. Named after Revolutionary War hero John . . . — Map (db m85154) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Lanesborough — Bascom Lodge — John Bascom
John Bascom (1827 – 1911) Rest for the Weary Bascom Lodge has welcomed hikers, skiers, and sunrise-seekers since its completion in 1938. Designed by Pittsfield architect Joseph McArthur Vance, the lodge was built by Civilian Conservation . . . — Map (db m85036) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Lanesborough — Jonathan Smith
In Memory Of Jonathan Smith A plain farmer of Lanesborough who by a speech full of good sense and good feeling carried the Massachusetts Convention September 1787 – February 1788 by a vote of 187 to 168 in favor of ratifying the Federal . . . — Map (db m85175) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Lanesborough — Lanesborough Remembers
Lanesborough Remembers 1917   World War   1918 James R Adams • * Clarence G Bailey • Redfern Bailey • Joseph C Barnes • Louis D Barnes • Albert Beauvais • Albert E Bennett • Lochiel S Cameron • Robert Carlon • Edward Clairmont • Grover W Cross • . . . — Map (db m85176) WM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Lanesborough — Mount Greylock, Elevation 3,491 Feet
Mount Greylock, Elevation 3,491 Feet Six hundred million years ago, this area was under a warm shallow ocean. As the underlying tectonic plates shifted, their continents collided, pushing the land upward into a great range of mountains. The . . . — Map (db m85054) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Lanesborough — One Hundred Years
One Hundred Years On June 20, 1898, a plot of 400 acres around the summit of Mount Greylock was established as the first State Reservation wilderness park, to be enjoyed and preserved by the people of Massachusetts. Those 400 acres were only the . . . — Map (db m85118) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Lanesborough — The First and Second Meeting Houses of Lanesborough
This Tablet On the Original Steps of Marble from Lanesborough Quarries Marks the Site of The First and Second Meeting Houses of the First Church of Christ in Lanesborough Organized March 28, 1764. “I have reared me a monument . . . — Map (db m85177) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Lanesborough — The Mount Greylock Summit — Mount Greylock State Reservation
The Mount Greylock Summit Historic District Has Been Placed on the National Register Of Historic Places By the United States Department of the Interior 1998 — Map (db m85174) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Lanesborough — The Rockwell Road To Greylock
1907 The Rockwell Road To Greylock Built in 1906-7 by the county commissioners of Berkshire. Named for Francis W. Rockwell of Pittsfield, one of the original Greylock commissioners appointed in 1898 by Governor Roger Wolcott, and chairman from . . . — Map (db m85030) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Lanesborough — The Summit: A Peak Experience — Mount Greylock State Reservation
The Summit: A Peak Experience Mount Greylock State Reservation In millennia past, native peoples may have used the summit as a place of pilgrimage but left the peak in its wild, natural state. Farmers cleared the top of the mountain in the . . . — Map (db m85045) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Lanesborough — The Summit: An Island Above the Clouds — Mount Greylock State Reservation
The Summit: An Island Above the Clouds Mount Greylock State Reservation Welcome to the peak of Mount Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts and the focal point of the state’s first wilderness park. Greylock summit is an unusual . . . — Map (db m85120) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Lanesborough — Veterans War Memorial Tower
Erected By Massachusetts In Grateful Recognition Of The Loyalty And Sacrifice Of Her Sons And Daughters In War They Were Faithful Even Unto Death — Map (db m85117) WM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Lanesborough — War Memorial Tower
War Memorial Tower The War Memorial Tower is Massachusetts’ official commemoration of its war dead. Dedicated in 1933, it is made from slabs of Quincy granite that weigh as much as 8 tons; the evocative epigrams are from First World War-era . . . — Map (db m85119) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Lanesborough — Welcome to Mount Greylock State Reservation
Welcome to Mount Greylock State Reservation, a flagship Massachusetts State Park managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). DCR is committed to enhancing the vital connection between people and the environment fot the . . . — Map (db m86559) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Lee — James Burt Veterans Memorial Park
James Burt Veterans Memorial Park In Memory of Those from Lee Who Died During War For Their Country World War I 1917 – 1918 James R. Bossidy • John T. Carty • Thomas M. Crerar • Russell R. Griffin • Thomas J. Fanning • Harry F. . . . — Map (db m85004) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Lee — Lee First Town Meeting
On this site, in the log house of Peter Wilcox, was held the first town meeting – Dec. 26, 1777. The following men were elected to office. “Moderator – William Ingersoll Clerk – Prince West. These two, and Oliver . . . — Map (db m86710) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Lee — Lee World War I Memorial
To The Men Of Lee Who Gave All In The War For World Wide Liberty John R. Carty • Harry F. Cross • James R. Bossidy • Thomas M. Crerar • Harold M. Parker • Thomas J. Fanning • Russell R. Griffin • Charles T. Noonan • Milton D. Parker • Ivan A. . . . — Map (db m86707) WM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Lenox — Paterson / Egleston
(south face)Paterson (east face) In memory of Major General John Paterson, son of Colonel John Paterson, born 1744, died 1808; and Elizabeth Lee his wife, born 1749, died 1841. He was born in New Britain, Conn. Graduated at . . . — Map (db m524) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Monterey — MA-4 — Gen. Henry Knox Trail
Through this place passed General Henry Knox in the winter of 1775 – 1776 to deliver to General George Washington at Cambridge the train of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga used to force the British Army to evacuate Boston. Erected by the . . . — Map (db m24007) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), North Adams — North Adams Iron Company — Battle Between the Monitor and Merrimac
On this site in the plant of the North Adams Iron Company, founded 1846 and from 1858 to 1862 operated by John Adam Beckley, the ore was smelted for the plates used in building the Monitor, the famous antagonist of the Merrimac in the first combat . . . — Map (db m59537) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Otis — First Congregational Church — Otis, Massachusetts
First Congregational Church Church Organized 1779 Building Dedicated 1815 — Map (db m85002) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Otis — Gen. Henry Knox Trail
Through this place passed General Henry Knox in the winter of 1775 – 1776 to deliver to General George Washington at Cambridge the train of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga used to force the British Army to evacuate Boston. . . . — Map (db m97510) WM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Otis — Otis Veterans Monument
In Honor Of The Men And Women Of Otis Who Served Their Country In World War II Silas Budner • Howard J. Pollman • William S. Crittendon • Louis M. Bittman • Robert L. Soule, Jr. • Maxwell Pyenson • Nelson C. Tacy • Reginald J. Harrington • . . . — Map (db m84974) WM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Pittsfield — Arrowhead — Home of Herman Melville
Arrowhead For thirteen years (1850-1863) the home of Herman Melville 1819 — 1891 Mariner and Mystic Author of Moby Dick (written in Pittsfield) and other tales of the sea. “Moby Dick is among the . . . — Map (db m32337) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Pittsfield — Berkshire County Vietnam War Memorial
1961 - 1975 Dedicated to the men and women from Berkshire County who served their country during the Vietnam war and in memory of those who gave their lives. “To those who died honor and eternal rest, to those still in bondage . . . — Map (db m85396) WM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Pittsfield — Elkanah Watson
Erected To the Memory Of Elkanah Watson Nationally known as the father of the agricultural fair he was founder and first president of the Berkshire Agricultural Society. Near the old elm in this park 1807 its original exhibition was conducted . . . — Map (db m85395) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Pittsfield — First Agricultural Fair
Site of The First Agricultural Fair In America 1810 and The Pittsfield Elm 1524 - 1864 — Map (db m85397) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Pittsfield — Francis Joseph Quirico Court Complex
The Honorable Francis Joseph Quirico Court Complex Francis Joseph Quirico Feb. 18, 1911 Captain, United States Army Appointed To The Massachusetts Superior Court, July 11, 1956 The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Oct. 29, 1969 . . . — Map (db m85253) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Pittsfield — Henry Shaw Briggs
Henry Shaw Briggs A Leader of Brave Men Born in Lanesboro August 1, 1824 Son of Governor George Nixon Briggs Graduated Williams College 1844 Harvard Law School 1848 Captain of Pittsfield Guards 1855 Captain of Allen Guards 1861 . . . — Map (db m85252) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Pittsfield — Mr. and Mrs. John Chandler Williams
Erected To The Memory Of Mr. and Mrs. John Chandler Williams Who Made Possible This Park Mr. Williams Gave The Land Mrs. Williams Once Saved The Old Elm From Destruction 1790 — Map (db m85394) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Pittsfield — On This Spot
On This Spot There Was 1814 – 1826 A United States Cantonment Later There Stood Here The Berkshire Gymnasium In 1841 The Young Ladies Institute Was Established By The Rev. W. H. Tyler In 1851 The Second Meeting House . . . — Map (db m85211) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Pittsfield — Peace Party House
Peace Party House Built by Col. James Easton in 1776 on the site in front of the court house Home of John Chandler Williams in 1782 and moved to its present location in 1869 Here in November, 1783 a brilliant party and a notable feast were given . . . — Map (db m85250) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Pittsfield — Pittsfield Elm Tree
Site of Historic Elm Tree of Pittsfield Sundial First Given by D.A.R. Peace Party Chapter 1903 Restored by P.H.S. Student Historians 1992 — Map (db m85212) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Pittsfield — Pittsfield Soldiers Monument
For The Dead A Tribute For The Living A Memory For Posterity An Emblem Of Loyalty To The Flag Of Their Country (east face) With Grateful Recognition Of The Services Of All Her Sons Who Upheld The Honor And Integrity Of Our . . . — Map (db m85146) WM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Pittsfield — Pittsfield Veterans Memorial
1917   1918 A Tribute To The Loyalty And Sacrifices Of Her Sons And Daughters Who Gloriously Defended The Liberties Won By Their Fathers Erected By The City Of Pittsfield 1926 (round plaque) Pittsfield Veterans Memorial Fidelis . . . — Map (db m85507) WM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Pittsfield — Roman Walter Sadlowski
Roman Walter Sadlowski United States Navy Born June 15, 1920 Died Dec. 7, 1941 Who gave his life at Pearl Harbor in defense of his country. His example will always remain as an inspiration of faithful performance of duty. . . . — Map (db m85508) WM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Pittsfield — Sergeant Edward J. Burns
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Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Pittsfield — Sgt. Glenn R. Allison
This Tree Was Planted In Honor Of Sgt. Glenn R. Allison Died December 18, 2003 In Baghdad, Iraq Dedicated on April 30, 2004 — Map (db m85511) WM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Pittsfield — Splitter
Splitter James D’Aniello, Steel Baseball, America’s National Pastime, was played near this site in 1791. Documented on September 5, 1791, in a Pittsfield town bylaw banning baseball within 80 yards of the Meetinghouse windows. Acknowledged in the . . . — Map (db m85213) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Pittsfield — The First Inter-Collegiate Baseball Game
The First Inter-Collegiate Baseball Game In America Was Played On This Site Between Williams and Amherst Colleges Under the Sponsorship of the Pittsfield Baseball Club The Three and One Half Hour Contest Was Won By Amherst, 73 to 32 . . . — Map (db m85178) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Pittsfield — Veteran of the Year
Veteran of the Year 2001 – Theodore J. Handler • 2002 – Mario Cassinelli • 2003 – Rudy Dassat • 2004 – Robert Shindler • 2005 – Thomas Landry • 2006 – James E. Callahan • 2007 – Lawrence E. Caprari • 2008 . . . — Map (db m85510) WM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Sandisfield — New Boston
New Boston Settled 1751 Founded along the Farmington River by the Dantel Brown family of Boston. Smiths, Demings, Hawley and sears were also early farming settlers. The Browns established the New Boston Inn a store and mills. The village was . . . — Map (db m97508) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Sandisfield — The New Boston Inn
This Property Has Been Placed On The National Register Of Historic Places By The United States Department Of The Interior — Map (db m97509) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Sheffield — American Legion Post 340 Veterans Memorial
In Memory Of Those Who Served — Map (db m58893) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Sheffield — Barnard Park
Barnard Park Given to Sheffield in 1937 for a Public Park by John Hall Barnard In Memory Of Gen. J.G. Barnard and Dr. F.A.P. Barnard Former President of Columbia University — Map (db m58804) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Sheffield — Cast Steel Bell
Cast Steel Bell Sheffield, England, 1860 Made by the Naylor Vickers & Co. foundry using E. Riepe’s patent. This bell hung in the steeple of the Methodist Church on Main Street, Sheffield, MA (now a private home). Donated by Tom and Cynthia Dixon . . . — Map (db m58802) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Sheffield — Here Stood the Big Elm
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Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Sheffield — Old Parish Church Clock
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Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Sheffield — Reconstruction of 1854 Covered Bridge
“THE OLDEST COVERED BRIDGE IN MASSACHUSETTS” was ordered to be built in 1854. At a meeting in late 1853 the Sheffield Selectmen were directed to advertise for proposals. They were voted full power to move forward and make contracts, as . . . — Map (db m37504) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Sheffield — Sheffield World War I Monument
In Memory Of The Citizens of Sheffield Who So Loyally Served In the World War 1917 - 1918 — Map (db m58805) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Sheffield — Sheffield World War II Monument
In Memory Of The Citizens of Sheffield Who So Loyally Served In the World War 1941 - 1945 — Map (db m58891) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Sheffield — World War II Memorial Trees
These Trees Have Been Dedicated to the Memory of Our Men of the Town of Sheffield, Who Gave Their Lives in World War II Lieut Herbert W. Small • A/C Paul C. Hogan • Sgt. Robert A. Goeway Jr. • Milton C. McGarry S 2/C • Cpl. William H. . . . — Map (db m58890) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Stockbridge — A Day In The Life — Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge Studio
A Day In The Life: Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge Studio In 1957 Norman Rockwell purchased a home on South Street, near the center of Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The property’s backyard included a dilapidated carriage barn, which he converted . . . — Map (db m59140) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Stockbridge — Linwood House
Linwood House Charles Butler, a prestigious New York attorney, built Linwood House in 1859. This graceful summer ‘cottage’ was constructed for his family and named for the home in a book titled The Linwoods, by Catherine Sedgwick, a . . . — Map (db m59145) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Stockbridge — Norman Rockwell’s Studio
Norman Rockwell’s Studio Norman Rockwell wanted his studio to be preserved for museum visitors to learn about his working process. In 1976, he placed his studio and all of its furnishings and equipment in trust to The Norman Rockwell Museum at . . . — Map (db m59138) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Stockbridge — Stockbridge Chime Tower
This Memorial Tower marks the spot where stood the Little Church in the wilderness in which John Sergeant preached to the Stockbridge Indians in 1739. — Map (db m59227) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Stockbridge — Stockbridge Civil War Monument
[ south side ] To Her Sons Beloved and Honored Who Died for Their Country In the Great War Of the Rebellion Stockbridge In Grateful Remembrance Has Raised This Monument A.D. 1866 [ north side ] To Bravery . . . — Map (db m59225) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Stockbridge — Stockbridge Korean War Monument
Korean War • Donald Carr • Richard J. Clemens • John J. Davis • Elton A. Drummond, Jr. • Robert W. Dunne • George E. Emerson, Jr. • Julian F. Gleize • L. John Green • David L. Gunn, Jr. • Robert A. Hall • Bruce L. Decker • Donald H. Haywood • . . . — Map (db m59232) WM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Stockbridge — Stockbridge Vietnam War Monument
Vietnam War Peter A. Acly • Donald A. Beebe, Jr. • Bruce J. Brazee • Dighton M. Brazee, III • Gary A. Brazee • Robert J. Brazee • George Brazie • Charles T. Bryden • Barry B. Bunnell • Michael Burow • Paul V. Campbell • Bruce S. Campetti • Donald . . . — Map (db m59326) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Stockbridge — Stockbridge World War I Monument
1917     1918 Franklin S. Adams • Klaas Akerboom • Albert B. Ames • Edward E. Backus • Nesbit H. Bangs • Louis D. Barnes • James W. Barry • Karl F. Bechtel • William H. Belden • Charles A. Bidwell • Edward W. Bligh • Harold H. Bolton • Edward W. . . . — Map (db m59231) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Stockbridge — Stockbridge World War II Monument
[ left tablet ] World War II Charles H. Acton • Rachel T. Adams • Robert E. Adams • George J. Anderson • * Warren Anderson • William J. Anthony • Richard Atherton • John Bergen • Bolton Bangs • Nesbitt H. Bangs, Jr. • William L. Bangs • . . . — Map (db m59324) HM

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