The early days of Berkshire County, MA, and its various towns and townships, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 95 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from two hard-to-find books: the 1839 edition of Historical Collections of the State of Massachusetts by John Warner Barber, and Massachusetts, a Guide to its Places and People, a WPA project. The spiral-bound booklet is printed on 60# paper, with the print enlarged for easier reading. INSERTED IN THE BOOKLET is a copy of the Map of Massachusetts which accompanied the Barber book. The map is printed in black ink on natural parchtex paper. The communities mentioned include: Adams, Alford, Becket, Becket Center, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Cold Spring, Dalton, East Windsor, Egremont, Florida, Great Barrington, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesborough, Lee, Lenox, Mount Washington, New Ashford, New Marlborough, North Adams, New Boston, Otis, Peru, Pittsfield (originally Poontoosuck), Richmond, Sandisfield, Savoy, Sheffield, South Egremont, South Williamstown, Stockbridge, Tyringham, Van Deusenville, Washington, West Becket, West Cummington, West Stockbridge, Williamstown, and Windsor. Early Settlers, Where They Came From, and Their All-Important Early Churches; Special Physical Features, like the Natural Bridge in Adams Twp.; Remarkable Story about Major Gen. Putnam and three Very Old Bugs; Indians Killed while Tying Moccasins; Crossing a Bridge that Wasn't There; a Powder Factory Explosion; 1774 Non-Importation Agreement Against England, Signed at Lenox; a Woman-Hating Poet-Hermit; Mystery of the Flying Stones at Sheffield; the Founding of Williams College; Cotton Manufacturing and Other Industries; Mammouth Cheese Sent to Pres. Jefferson; Town Names; Graveyard Inscriptions; Washington's Appreciation Feast for the Muhhekaneew Indians; an Indian School; the Rev. Eliphalet Steele and Shay's Rebellion; the Shaker Village in Hancock; The Hoosac Tunnel; Mt. Greylock; Indian Love Story with a Happy Ending! and Others, Not So Happy; Old Elm in Pittsfield; Quaker Justice; "Grandmother of the Mohawk Trail"; Paper Manufacturing in Lee; Crane Paper Co. in Dalton; Peru, where the Poor Were Auctioned Off and a Hog Wore Shoes, the Battle at Massachusetts Fort. and many more bits of history and trivia.