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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Route 22
by Benjamin Swett
Route 22 is a 350-mile highway that connects Manhattan and Montreal. One day while driving on it, Benjamin Swett was struck by the contrast between the landscape he could see through his car window and the more romantic one he remembered from his childhood. Without any particular plan, he set out to discover how the upstate New York of James Fenimore Cooper and Thomas Cole became this other place–a seemingly lost, untended region of Off-Track Betting Parlors and Tattoo Emporiums, abandoned diners, and ancient buildings crumbling into forgotten canals. The result of his exploration is this book–an insightful and deeply personal meditation on this complicated and beautiful landscape, accompanied by 90 duotone photographs.
 
 
This oral history of a native “Montereyian”, written down by her daughter, forms an authentic piece of history not found in textbooks. This woman’s personal history adds to our understanding of the role taken by women in rural New England.
Hawthorne’s Lenox: The Tanglewood Circle
by Cornelia Brooke Gilder with Julia Conklin Peters
Slip into the fascinating social scene Nathaniel Hawthorn encountered in the drawing rooms and on the croquet lawns of Lenox's country retreats. Here, under the benevolent spell of the Sedgwick family, the separate worlds of high-minded Bostonians and high-powered New Yorkers were stitched together by conversation, recreation and even marriage. Luminaries such as Caroline Sturgis Tappan and Oliver Wendell Holmes resume their vibrant lives through the rare photographs and engaging sketches of everyday life in "Hawthorne's Lenox: The Tanglewood Circle," which also includes a delightful retrospective visit from Henry James and Edith Wharton.
 
Carole Owens, author of the sumptuous "Berkshire Cottages" presents the glories of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Stories of a star-studded society that included John D. Rockefeller, Edwin H. Lincoln, Herman Melville and Wild Bill Hickok come to life in this history of the New England village that became the "Gem City" of the Gilded Age. We are glad to offer this book at a special 50% off – normally $35.00, now only $17.50!

 

 
A facsimile reproduction of the book by Eloise Myers, originally printed in 1944 by Eagle Printing Company in Pittsfield, MA.

 

 
 
Sisyphus in the Hayfield is a selection of the writings of Walter Howard. At the time of his death in January 1987, Howard had been the editor of the op-ed page of The Berkshire Eagle for four years. Before that, he had worked for more than a decade as a full-time dairy farmer in Tyringham, Massachusetts. The pieces in this collection draw heavily on his experiences as a farmer, but he also wrote for The Eagle on a wealth of other subjects, including trips to China and the Middle East. The essays included here reflect the diversity of his interests, from artificial insemination of cows to getting a haircut in Shanghai.