Berkshire-County-index

   Berkshire County

 

 

Massachusetts Trails to the past is requesting donations of any genealogy material that you may have such as old obituaries, death information or marriages, news clippings, births, and wills.  If you have any of this information, and would like to donate it please email it to Marie Miller ,  State Administrator for Massachusetts.  Please include the source of your information, if at all possible.

Its largest city and traditional county seat is Pittsfield. The Berkshire Hills are centered onBerkshire County, and the county itself is often referred to simply as "the Berkshires".

Berkshire County was originally inhabited by the Mahican (Muh-he-ka-neew) Native American tribe, until the early 18th century when the first English settlers and frontiersmen appeared around this time and began setting up farms and homesteads. On April 25, 1724 "The English finally paid the Indians 460 pounds, 3 barrels of cider, and 30 quarts of rum for what is today Berkshire County." This deal exempted modern Sheffield, Stockbridge, Richmond and Lenox, which were collected at various other dates into English territory.

Berkshire County remained part of Hampshire County, Massachusetts until 1760, when it was divided off as a separate entity.

 

Cities and Towns

Adams

Alford

Becket

Cheshire

Clarksburg

Dalton

Egremont

Florida

Great Barrington

Hancock

Hinsdale

Lanesborough

Lee

Lenox

Monterey

Mount Washington

New Ashford

New Marlborough

North Adams

Otis

Peru

Pittsfield

Richmond

Sandisfield

Savoy

Sheffield

Stockbridge

Tyringham

Washington

West Stockbridge

Williamstown

Windsor

 

Adjacent Counties

Bennington County, Vermont (North)

Franklin County (Northeast)

Hampshire County (East)

Hampden County (Southeast)

Litchfield County , Connecticut (South)

Dutchess County, New York (Southwest)

Columbia County, New York (West)

Rensselaer County , (Northwest )

 

 

The information on Trails to the Past copyright (s) 2011-Present Date may be used in personal family history research, with source citation. The pages in entirety may not be duplicated for publication in any fashion without the permission of the owner. Commercial use of any material on this site is not permitted.  Please respect the wishes of those who have contributed their time and efforts to make this free site possible.~Thank you!