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History of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA

Great Barrington, Berkshire, MA

Great Barrington, town (township), Berkshire county, southwestern Massachusetts, U.S. It lies along the Housatonic River, in the Berkshire Hills, 19 miles (31 km) south of Pittsfield, and includes the communities of Great Barrington and Housatonic. Settled in 1726, the site was set off from Sheffield and incorporated in 1761. It was probably named for the 2nd Viscount Barrington, a nephew of the Massachusetts Bay Colony’s governor, Samuel Shute.

Great Barrington includes: Berkshire Heights, Brookside, Housatonic, Risingdale, Seekonk, and Van Deusenville.
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  • 1726 - Great Barrington is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1761 - Great Barrington is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
    The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights,...Read MORE...


  • 1845 - GREAT BARRINGTON. [Pop. 2,704 Inc. 1761.]
    Great Barrington was once a parish of Sheffield, and was the shire or county town from 1761 to 1787, when the courts were removed to Lenox.

    The...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Great Barrington
    Great Barrington, a post-village of Berkshire county, Massachusetts, on the E. bank of the Housatonic river and railroad, 85 miles N. from Bridgeport ...Read MORE...


  • News 1863 - Drowning
    DROWNED.
    A son of Mr. George Pinnco, a soldier in the 37th regiment, whose family live in the cottage on the grounds of David Leavitt, Esq., of Gt....Read MORE...


  • News 1870 - Mr. David S. Draper, of Great Barrington, Mass., refuses to be qualified as Representative elect, on the ground that he was elected without his consent.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 29, 1870

  • 1886 - First Transformer
    The first transformer demonstrated by William Stanley in Great Barrington.
    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ ...Read MORE...


  • 1888 - The failure of the Berkshire Woolen Company of Great Barrington, Mass., occurred on the 27th. The mill employed three hundred hands.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    November 3, 1888

  • Great Barrington Massachusetts, 1890
    Great Barrington is an ancient and beautiful town lying in the southwesterly part of Berkshire County, 174 miles west of Boston. It is bounded on the ...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Great Barrington
    Great Barrington, bear'ing-ton, a post-village of Berkshire co, Mass., in Great Barrington township, on the Housatonic River, and on the Housatonic...Read MORE...


  • News 1900 - GREAT BARRINGTON. A SERIOUS RUNAWAY.
    A runaway occurred yesterday morning which would have resulted seriously if it had not been for the bravery of the driver, Frank McGraw, who clung to ...Read MORE...


  • Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA
    Three Mile Hill
    Postcard
  • News 1903 - FATAL TROLLEY ACCIDENT
    A Motorman Killed, and His Wife and Child and Several Passengers Injured in Vermont.

    GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass., May 20. - By the derailing of a...Read MORE...


  • Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA
    "Brookside" Residence of Mr. W. H. Walker
    Postcard
  • Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA
    The Berkshire Inn
    Postcard
  • 1916
    Great Barrington, a banking post-village of Berk shire co., Mass., in Great Barrington township (town), on the Housatonic River and on the New York,...Read MORE...




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Three Mile Hill
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"Brookside" Residence of Mr. W. H. Walker
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The Berkshire Inn
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  • 1726 - Great Barrington is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1761 - Great Barrington is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
    The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights,... Read MORE...

  • 1845 - GREAT BARRINGTON. [Pop. 2,704 Inc. 1761.]
    Great Barrington was once a parish of Sheffield, and was the shire or county town from 1761 to 1787, when the courts were removed to Lenox.

    The... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Great Barrington
    Great Barrington, a post-village of Berkshire county, Massachusetts, on the E. bank of the Housatonic river and railroad, 85 miles N. from Bridgeport ... Read MORE...

  • News  1863 - Drowning
    DROWNED.
    A son of Mr. George Pinnco, a soldier in the 37th regiment, whose family live in the cottage on the grounds of David Leavitt, Esq., of Gt.... Read MORE...

  • News  1870 - Mr. David S. Draper, of Great Barrington, Mass., refuses to be qualified as Representative elect, on the ground that he was elected without his consent.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 29, 1870
  • 1886 - First Transformer
    The first transformer demonstrated by William Stanley in Great Barrington.
    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ ... Read MORE...

  • 1888 - The failure of the Berkshire Woolen Company of Great Barrington, Mass., occurred on the 27th. The mill employed three hundred hands.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    November 3, 1888
  • Great Barrington Massachusetts, 1890
    Great Barrington is an ancient and beautiful town lying in the southwesterly part of Berkshire County, 174 miles west of Boston. It is bounded on the ... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Great Barrington
    Great Barrington, bear'ing-ton, a post-village of Berkshire co, Mass., in Great Barrington township, on the Housatonic River, and on the Housatonic... Read MORE...

  • News  1900 - GREAT BARRINGTON. A SERIOUS RUNAWAY.
    A runaway occurred yesterday morning which would have resulted seriously if it had not been for the bravery of the driver, Frank McGraw, who clung to ... Read MORE...

  • News  1903 - FATAL TROLLEY ACCIDENT
    A Motorman Killed, and His Wife and Child and Several Passengers Injured in Vermont.

    GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass., May 20. - By the derailing of a... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Great Barrington, a banking post-village of Berk shire co., Mass., in Great Barrington township (town), on the Housatonic River and on the New York,... Read MORE...

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