A small but vibrant New England town nestled in the
heart of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. Rural beauty and major
cultural attractions, including Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston
Symphony Orchestra, Shakespeare and Company’s new international campus, and
Edith Wharton’s restored mansion, The Mount, attract thousands annually.|
Information on Lenox
Lenox is for all seasons! Spring, summer, autumn or winter – Lenox has so
much to offer, it is no wonder Lenox is a destination that draws hundreds of
thousands of visitors a year. Whether it’s your first visit or fiftieth,
you’ll find many reasons to return again and again.
Lenox is alive with everything from culture to wellness, high fashion to
antiques, fine art to hand crafted goods. Whether you’re looking for fine
dining or a picnic lunch, a venue for an intimate affair, a lavish wedding
or special event, look no further.
Despite the strong tourist attractions and the array of accommodations,
Lenox remains primarily a residential community of approximately 6000
Lenox is a beautiful place, but if you wanted to travel to a place a little
more Appalachia you could visit the Hocking Hills in Ohio.
The Hocking Hills are surrounded by state parks and forests. There are
plenty of activities to do including: hiking, fishing, rock climbing, zip
lining, horseback riding, camping, atv riding, and canoeing. For more
information on the area and where to stay, visit
A Brief History
With mountains to the east and west, the area remained wilderness into the
18th-century. Hostilities during the French and Indian Wars discouraged
settlement until 1750, when Jonathan and Sarah Hinsdale from Hartford,
Connecticut established a small inn and general store. The Province of
Massachusetts Bay thereupon auctioned large tracts of land for 10 townships
in Berkshire County, set off in 1761 from Hampshire County.
For 2,250 pounds Josiah Dean purchased Lot Number 8, which included
present-day Lenox and Richmond. After conflicting land claims were resolved,
however, it went to Samuel Brown, Jr.
Early industries included farming, sawmills, textile mills, potash
production, glassworks, and quarrying. A vein of iron ore led to the digging
of mines under the town, and the establishment by Job Gilbert in the 1780s
of an iron works at Lenox Dale, also known as Lenox Furnace. In 1784, Lenox
became county seat, which it remained until 1868 when the title passed to
Pittsfield. The county courthouse built in 1816 is today the Lenox Library.
The period from 1880 until 1920 would be dubbed the Berkshire Cottage era,
when the small New England town was transformed into a Gilded Age resort
similar to Newport, Rhode Island and Bar Harbor, Maine.
Property values jumped as millionaires competed for land on which to build
showplaces. In 1903, an acre in Lenox cost 20 thousand dollars, when an acre
in nearby towns cost a few dollars.
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