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Lenox, Massachusetts, USA

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Where is Lenox, Massachusetts, USA? 

Lenox, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
With mountains to the east and west, the area remained wilderness into the 18th-century. Hostilities during the French and Indian Wars discouraged settlement until 1750, when Jonathan and Sarah Hinsdale from Hartford, Connecticut established a small inn and general store. The Province of Massachusetts Bay thereupon auctioned large tracts of land for 10 townships in Berkshire County, set off in 1761 from Hampshire County.

For 2,250 pounds Josiah Dean purchased Lot Number 8, which included present-day Lenox and Richmond. After conflicting land claims were resolved, however, it went to Samuel Brown, Jr., who had bought the land from the Mahican chief, on condition that he pay 650 pounds extra. It was founded as Richmond in 1765. But because the Berkshires divided the town in two, the village of Yokuntown (named for an Indian chief) was set off as Lenox in 1767. The town was intended to be called Lennox, probably after Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond and Lennox (Scottish Gaelic "Leamhnachd"), but the name was misspelled by a clerk at incorporation.

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Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - Curtis Hotel. Lenox, Mass.
Lenox, Massachusetts, USA

Curtis Hotel. Lenox, Mass.

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Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - Shadow Brook, Lenox, Mass.
Lenox, Massachusetts, USA

Shadow Brook, Lenox, Mass.

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Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - Curtis Hotel. Lenox, Mass.
Lenox, Massachusetts, USA

Curtis Hotel. Lenox, Mass.

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13. LENOX. [Pop. 1,313. Inc. 1767.]
Lenox was the family name of the Duke of Richmond, in honor of whom, Richmond, to which Lenox...Read MORE...

News  1866 - Cruel Teacher
The citizens of Lenox, Massachusetts, are greatly incensed against a teacher in one of the primary...Read MORE...

News  1867 - Attempted to Untie Shoe With Fork
A girl named Lydia Bliven put out one of her eyes at Lenox, Massachusetts, last week, while...Read MORE...

Lenox Massachusetts, 1890
Lenox, noted as a select fashionable resort, is situated among the hills of Berkshire County,...Read MORE...

Aerial views of Lenox MA and the Berkshires

Aerial views of Lenox MA and the Berkshires...

News  1905 - Modest Summer Home
J. J. Hill has purchased a simple and inexpensive summer residence at Lenox, Massachusetts, instead ...Read MORE...

Save Contents of R. C. Dixey's Costly Stables at Tanglewood.

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News  1909 - SIX LIVES LOST IN $250,000 LENOX FIRE Dynamite and Turpentine Explode in Basement of Building, Trapping the Inmates.
New Yorkers Take in the Homeless Ones and Start a Fund to Supply Their...Read MORE...

News  1909 - LENOX. Big Barn Destroyed by Fire.
Fire destroyed the large barn on the Ford farm, owned by Leonard C. Peters and Isaac J. Newton...Read MORE...

News  1910 - George Westinghouse
New York, Aug. 1 - Almost on the eve of the annual election of officers of the Westinghouse...Read MORE...

Lenox, a banking post-township (town) of Berkshire co., Mass., near the Housatonic River and on the ...Read MORE...


New York, Aug. 11
Mr. Andrew Carnegie died...

News  1926 - Deer Jumps Through Window
A deer from nearby mountains stalked through a paper mill at Lenox, Massachusetts, and jumped...Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Married Here

Myron Burnham MATTOON (1 September 1806 - 22 May 1888) & Lovina (Laverna) Deborah HIGLEY (28 August 1806 - 30 January 1882)
married 3 October 1832

Hugh MCALLISTER ( - ) & Julia Ann MATTOON (11 September 1818 - 24 August 1903)
married 15 August 1839

Samuel BELDEN (1816 - 21 February 1891) & Abby Jane MATTOON (14 December 1824 - 24 July 1901)
married 8 April 1845

James HOLMES (abt. 1854 - ) & Martha Washington BAGARD (4 July 1851 - )
married 4 June 1880

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