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Monterey, Berkshire, MA

The history of Town of Monterey is also that of Tyringham, as Monterey (or South Tyringham) was not separated and incorporated as a separate town until 1847. The first permanent settlers were Lieutenant Isaac Garfield, Thomas Slaton and Captain Brewer who arrived in the spring and summer of 1739. It was Captain Brewer who built the first saw mill later that year on Konkapot Brook outfall of Twelve Mile Pond (Lake Garfield) north of the present village.

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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, Massachusetts and used by George Washington's army on March 17, 1776 (Evacuation Day) to free Boston from British control during the American Revolutionary War.

General Henry Knox Trail - Historic Marker reads:
"Through this place passed General Henry Knox in the winter of 1775-1776 to deliver to General George Washington at Cambridge the train of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga used to force the British army to evacuate Boston."

Monterey was founded in 1847. Its parent town was Tyringham.

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1890 Monterey Massachusetts
Monterey is a mountainous farming town in the midst of the southern section of Berkshire County. It is bounded on the north by Tyringham, east by Otis, south by Sandisfield and New Marlborough, and west by Great Barrington. The assessed area is 15,504 acres; and there are 3,524 acres of woodland.

The northern third of the town, having the form of a wide angle, is occupied by a very elevated plateau. Chestnut Hill is a beautiful eminence in the southeast corner. Brewer's Pond, of 250 acres, near this hill, and Six-mile Pond, of 344 acres, in the extreme southwest, add greatly to the beauty of the landscape. Hop Brook, rising in the highlands in the north, is so named from the wild hops that grow upon its banks. Rawson's Brook and the outlets of the ponds are affluents of Farmington River, and furnish motive power for two saw mills and a grist mill in the southern part of the town.

Carriages and wagons, lumber, various iron goods and boots and shoes constitute the manufactures;... Read MORE...

1895 - Monterey
Monterey, a post-village in Monterey township, Berkshire co, Mass., 36 miles W. by N. of Springfield. It has several saw-mills and a church. Pop, of township, 703.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1906
Monterey, a post-village in Monterey township (town), Berkshire co., Mass., 36 miles W. by N. of Springfield. Pop. of the town in 1900, 455.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Monterey and its surrounding areas:
Bidwell House Museum: Start your exploration of Monterey with a visit to the Bidwell House Museum. This historic house offers insight into the region's colonial history and provides guided tours of the beautifully restored 1750s homestead.

Beartown State Forest: Nature enthusiasts will love Beartown State Forest. It's a haven for hiking, with trails suitable for all levels. The Benedict Pond Loop is a popular choice, offering scenic views and a tranquil place for picnics and swimming.

Lake Garfield: Spend a sunny day at Lake Garfield, where you can swim, fish, or rent a kayak or paddleboard. The beach area is family-friendly and a great spot for a picnic.

Monterey General Store: For a taste of small-town charm, visit the Monterey General Store. It's not only a great place to pick up local goods and artisanal products but also a lovely spot to enjoy a cup of coffee or a sandwich.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival: Just a short drive from Monterey, Jacob's Pillow is a... Read MORE...

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