Berkshires Regional Histories

Read about the history of Sheffield, Great Barrington, Route 7 to Pittsfield, and much, much more.

We also stock a complete line of local and regional historical books on Berkshire towns including: Stockbridge, West Stockbridge and Lenox; Sheffield, Great Barrington, Monterey and Otis, MA;The Hudson Valley, the Catskills and the Adirondacks

 
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A Border Tradition
by William Cullen Bryant
This volume is annotated and introduced by Bernard A. Drew, and is illustrated by Donna M. Drew. "A Border Tradition," first published anonymously in a literary journal in 1826, is the tale of an English settler named James Williams who woos a Dutch girl, Mary Suydam, and of the unusual lengths to which the girl's sister Geshie goes in using surprise and superstition to bring the romance to fruition. Bryant's authorship was revealed when the tale was reprinted in the Great Barrington weekly newspaper, The Berkshire Courier, in 1867.
 
 
Berkshire Superlatives
by Bernard A. Drew
Berkshire Superlatives, in a browser-friendly question and answer format, roams through Massachusetts' westernmost county's natural, political, industrial, and social history. The 1,001 questions are divided into 99 categories, making the booklet a useful reference tool and argument solver.
In Stones and Bones of New England, author Lisa Rogack tells the tales of nearly one hundred of the most intriguing burial grounds in all seven New England states. This highly readable guide also provides all the tools you need to explore on your own, with location information and glossaries that demystify the meaning behind hundreds of commonly carved symbols and headstone abbreviations. Insightful commentaries and interesting facts about funeral customs and traditions make this an engaging resource for casual visitors and ardent taphophiles alike.
 
 
Originally called Partridgefield, Peru, Massachusetts was incorporated in 1771 and grew steadily, at one time boasting a population of 1,361 residents. The Troy Book Makers is pleased to reproduce this fascinating anecdotal history of the town with the highest elevation in the commonwealth.
 
This Hill, This Valley
by Hal Borland
This book is one of the true classics of American nature writing. First published in 1957, it recounts the cycle of a year on Borland's hill-country farm in north-western Connecticut, where he and his wife, Barbara, settled after a serious illness nearly ended his life. Borland records his year with a naturalist's eye and a poet's sense of wonder. 
PLEASE NOTE: The Bookloft specializes in the works of Hal Borland. We carry many of his rare and out-of-print volumes. Please contact our store for further information.
 
 
This book serves as a photographic compendium of hundreds of bands, trios, quartets and orchestras. A continuation of Grieve's original volume, Berkshire Bands, it represents a more extensive collection of pictures, both old and new, and a further study of when and where bands and orchestras were playing, and the length of time the organizations continued in existence.