Natural History of the Berkshires

The Berkshires — a secluded paradise filled with rolling hills, scenic overlooks, mansions (referred to as "cottages" around here) reminiscent of an earlier era, and rich with a vibrant cultural life. Visit our wonderful region in person, or from the comfort of your armchair with one of these beautiful literary excursions.

 
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Exploring Stone Walls: A Field Guide to New England's Stone Walls

by Robert M. Thorson
Speaking to historical societies, garden clubs, and stone wall aficionados, Robert Thorson was often asked to recommend a guidebook to New England's stone walls.
 
 

Art and the River‚ Views and Visions of the Housatonic

by Nancy Goldberger & Andrea Scott
Thanks to the river cleanups over the past few decades and some individuals devoted to its rescue, the Housatonic River is moving from a spoiled past into a new future as a source of inspiration. We are glad to offer this book at a special price – normally $22.95, now only $10.00!
 
 

The Berkshires

by Paul Rocheleau
The Berkshires of western Massachusetts, perhaps more than any other region in the United States, blend extraordinary natural beauty with a rich and vibrant cultural tradition.

Reading the Forested Landscape

by Tom Wessels
A full and wholly original portrait of New England's forests, tracing their evolution from pre-colonial days to the present through a study of the patterns we see today.
 
 

The Rise and Fall of the Taconic Mountains: A Geological History of Eastern New York

by Donald W. Fisher
The highest peaks in the Taconics today are less than 4000 feet high, but millions of years ago they towered to 14,000 feet while the Catskills lay under tropical seas. New York State’s Paleontologist Emeritus traces the geologic history of eastern New York, western Massachusetts, and western Vermont through the rise and fall of New York’s Rockies the draining and sculpting of the Catskill Mountains from an ancient ocean bed, and the rise of the Adirondacks – New York’s youngest mountains created from New York’s oldest rocks.
 
 

Most Excellent Majesty: A History of Mount Greylock

by Donald W. Fisher
"Since the majestic mountain, Greylock – my own more immediate sovereign lord and king – hath now, for innumerable ages, been the one grand dedicatee of the earliest rays of all the Berkshire mornings, I know not how his Imperial Purple Mayesty (royal-born: Porphyrogenitus) will receive the dedication of my own poor solitary ray." From the dedication of Herman Melville's Pierre
 

Stone by Stone: The Magnificent History in New England's Stone Walls

by Robert M. Thorson
There once may have been 250,000 miles of stone walls in America's Northeast, stretching farther than the distance to the moon. Even though most of these walls are crumbling today, they contain a magnificent scientific and cultural story.
 
 

Berkshire Region Waterfalls

by Russell Dunn
Visit 70 "cool cascades" in beautiful historic western Massachusetts, led by NYS-licensed hiking guide and outdoors writer Russell Dunn. Dunn includes a wealth of historical and anecdotal information, detailed directions, maps, antique postcards and contemporary photographs.
 
 

Waterfalls of Massachusetts

by Joseph Bushee, Jr.
Features 55 great location for viewing waterfalls: all of them chosen for their beauty and ease of accessibility. Each waterfall site described here includes driving directions, a detailed map, trail notes, and an attractive photograph.