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Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA - Ice Glen, Stockbridge Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.

Stockbridge, Berkshire, MA

Stockbridge was first settled by English missionaries in 1734, who established it as a mission for the Mahican Indian tribe known as the Stockbridge Indians. The township was set aside for the tribe by English colonists as a reward for their assistance against the French in the French and Indian Wars. First chartered as Indian Town in 1737, the village was officially incorporated on June 22, 1739, as Stockbridge. The English colonists named it after Stockbridge in Hampshire, England.

Stockbridge includes: Interlaken (Curtisville), Glendale, and Lake Mahkeenac (Stockbridge Bowl). mass_lookup.htm

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Ice Glen, Stockbridge
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D.
Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA

Ice Glen, Stockbridge
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
Railroad Station
Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA

Railroad Station
Red Lion Inn
Stockbridge, Mass.
Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA

Red Lion Inn
Stockbridge, Mass.
Old Mission House, Built About 1740, by Reverend John Sargent, First Missionary to the Stockbridge I
Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA

Old Mission House, Built About 1740, by Reverend John Sargent, First Missionary to the Stockbridge Indians. Stockbridge, Mass.

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1839 - Stockbridge
Stockbridge, Massachusetts
Berkshire county. This is a fine farming town on both sides of the Housatonick river, 130 miles W. from Boston, and 6 S. from Lenox. Incorporated, 1739. Population, 1830, 1,580; 1837, 2,036.

The soil of this town is adapted to all kinds of culture; much of it is rich alluvial meadow, and the uplands produce excellent feed for cattle.

Here is an excellent hydraulic power, and a pleasant village on an extended plain, surrounded by delightful scenery.

There are one cotton and two woolen mills in the town, two tanneries, and manufactures of pig iron, iron castings, chairs, boots, shoes, and machinery for boring iron and wood: total amount of the manufactures for the year ending April 1, 1837, $380,765. Marble is abundant.

A tribe of Indians had a reservation of 6 miles square in this town, from the year 1735 to their removal to New Stockbridge, Oneida county, New York. In 1735 there were 90 adult Indians in the tribe, of whom 52 were baptized by the ... Read MORE...

1845 - STOCKBRIDGE. [Pop. 1,992. Inc. 1739.]
Stockbridge was originally set apart for the Housatonic or Mohe-gan tribe of Indians, and it was a missionary station from 1735 to 1788, when the last of the tribe removed to western New York, from whence, in 1822, they removed to Green Bay, in Michigan. After the town was incorporated, the tribe weie generally known as the Stockbridge tribe.

These Indians were quite civilized under the ministry of John Sergeant, Jonathan Edwards, and other missionaries, and they rendered essential service to their white neighbors during the French wars, and to the States during the war of Independence.

Stockbridge is on the Housatonic, north of Monument Mt. which was so called from a small mound of stones raised at its foot over the grave of some Indian. The scenery of the town is much admired.

The chief manufactures are of cotton, wool, and iron.

Distance from Lenox, 6 miles; from Boston, 130.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1854 - Stockbridge
Stockbridge, a post-village in Berkshire co., Massachusetts, on the Housatonic river and railroad, 120 miles W. by S. from Boston, contains 2 or 8 churches, a bank, and an academy. Population of the township, 1941.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1870 - A man in Stockbridge, Mass., got a prescription for rheumatism the other day, and, with a sublime indifference to all directions, swallowed the whole at a dose. He died.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 8, 1870
1884 - Cyrus W. Field is the youngest son of a clergyman of Stockbridge, Mass.
His brothers, Dudley, Henry and Stephen, were sent to college, but Cyrus, at an early age, received twenty-five dollars and the paternal blessing. He became a clerk in A. T. Stewart's store at a salary of two dollars a week, and on entering into business for himself as a dealer in paper, his fellow-clerks presented him with a diamond pin. It took him twelve years to make a fortune. Since then he has been a capitalist and has made several fortunes, say $20,000,000. - N. Y. Times.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
September 27, 1884
Stockbridge Massachusetts, 1890
Stockbridge is a beautiful town in the westerly part of Berkshire County, 186 miles from Boston. The eastern branch of the Housatonic Railroad runs across the southern section of the town, having stations for Glendale and Stockbridge village. Near the centre of the territory is Curtisville, the other village; and all are post-offices. Lenox lies on the north, the same and Lee on the east, Great Barrington on the south, and West Stockbridge on the west. The assessed area is 13,596 acres. The forests, containing usual flora of the region, occupy 3,835 acres.

The highest point of land is Rattlesnake Mountain, rising grandly at the east of the central village. Icy Glen, in the southeast angle of the town, is a charming grotto, where the rocks are piled together in wild confusion, and where the ice is said to remain the whole year round. A beautiful eminence near the centre, called "Laurel Hill," is much frequented. Evergreen Hill rises beautifully from the left bank of Konkapot River,... Read MORE...

1895 - Stockbridge
Stockbridge, a beautiful post-village and summer re sort of Berkshire co, Mass., in Stockbridge township, on the Housatonic River and the Housatonic Railroad, 17 miles S. by W. of Pittsfield, and 8 miles N. of Great Barrington. It contains a national bank, a public library, a high school, 2 schools for young ladies, a large summer hotel, and 3 churches. A monument has been erected here to Jonathan Edwards, who resided in Stockbridge. The township is diversified with hills and valleys, and presents admirable scenery. It contains Curtisville and Glendale. Pop. of the township in 1880, 2357; in 1890, 2132.
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
Stockbridge, a banking summer-resort and township (town) of Berkshire co., Mass., on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 17 miles S. of Pittsfield. It is noted for its beautiful elms, and contains an Indian burial- ground, the Williams Academy, Jackson Library, etc A monument has been erected here to Jonathan Edwards, who resided in Stockbridge. The town is diversified by hills and valleys and presents charming scenery. Among the points of interest in the vicinity are the Ice Glen, Prospect Hill, and Lake Mahkeenac, near which is the house where Hawthorne lived. Elevation, 830 feet. Pop. of the town in 1900, 2081.
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 Stockbridge:
Norman Rockwell Museum:

Start your visit with a trip to the Norman Rockwell Museum, dedicated to the iconic American artist. Explore the extensive collection of Rockwell's illustrations, paintings, and discover the artist's creative process.

Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas:

If you're visiting during the holiday season, take a stroll down Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas. It's like stepping into a Norman Rockwell painting, with beautifully decorated storefronts and a festive atmosphere.

Berkshire Botanical Garden:

Nature lovers will appreciate a visit to the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Wander through beautifully landscaped gardens, explore the various plant collections, and enjoy the serene surroundings.

Chesterwood Estate and Museum:

Explore the former home, studio, and gardens of Daniel Chester French, the sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial. The estate offers a glimpse into the artist's life and work.


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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA

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male ancestorJoseph TUCKER (12 January 1772, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA (Glendale) (Interlaken) - 25 August 1847, Lenox, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorStephen BRADLEY (1775, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA (Glendale) (Interlaken) - 1 April 1857, Lee, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorOcran CURTIS (20 April 1780, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA (Glendale) (Interlaken) - 12 December 1849, Lenox, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorGrace P. POTTER (1784, Lee, Massachusetts, USA - 25 January 1869, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA (Glendale) (Interlaken))
female ancestorMercy DOUD (1791, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA (Glendale) (Interlaken) - 21 July 1864, Tyringham, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorWilliam BARNES (1791, , England (United Kingdom) - 4 October 1875, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA (Glendale) (Interlaken))
female ancestorEmily F. FAIRCHILD (1801, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA (Glendale) (Interlaken) - 31 May 1863, Lee, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorPhebe HEWINS (1803, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA (Glendale) (Interlaken) - 27 June 1871, Sheffield, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorJames Dresser CURTIS (5 August 1808, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA (Glendale) (Interlaken) - 18 August 1857, Lenox, Massachusetts, USA)

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