Timelines


Pre History

Exploration and Early Settlement of Massachusetts

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1620

Landing at Plymouth

1630

The Great Migration

1635

Early Settlements - CT River Valley

Massachusetts as a Royal Colony

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1751

First Lenox Settler - Jonathan Hinsdale

1753

Seven Years War

1755

Flight to Stockbridge

Formation of Berkshire County and the Road to Revolution

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1760

George III Becomes King

1761

Formation of Berkshire County

1763

End of the Last French and Indian War
Sale of Lot # 8

1764

Mount Ephraim and Yokuntown Proprietors Meeting

1765

Stamp Act

1766

Petition to Split Lot 8

1767

From Lot #8 to Two Towns
First Lenox Town Meeting

1769

The First Meeting House

1770

Boston Massacre

1772

Committees of Correspondence

1773

Townsend Duties and the Tea Tax
Boston Tea Party

1774

Intolerable Acts
Berkshire Convention in Stockbridge
Great Barrington Court Protests
Lenox Signs Non-Importation Agreement

1775

Shot Heard Round the World

From Revolution to Republic

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1775

Battle of Bunker Hill

1776

Henry Knox Crosses the Berkshires
Paterson Departs for Canada
Smallpox Innoculation
Washington Surprises the Hessians at Trenton

1777

Surrender of Burgoyne at Saratoga

1778

Battle of Monmouth

1780

Hardship at Home
Massachusetts State Constitution
Betrayal of Benedict Arnold

1781

Surrender at Yorktown

1782

Lenox Chosen as County Seat

1783

Lenox Dale Furnace
Treaty of Paris Ends Revolutionary War

1787

Northwest Ordinance
Lenox Dale Furnace Syndicataion
Shay's Rebellion Ends in Sheffield

1789

US Constitution Signed in Philadelphia

Early Republic and Shiretown Era 

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1803

Lenox Academy
Louisiana Purchase

1805

Church on the Hill
Second Great Awakening

1815

New Courthouse

1819

First Depression

1825

Erie Canal Completed

1830

Shaker Communities

1838

First Rail Service to Lenox
Great Western Steamer Crosses Atlantic

1844

Telegraph
Samuel Gray Ward Builds Highwood

1850

Hawthorne in Lenox

1851

Moby Dick

1853

Lenox Dale Adds Glass Works

1858

Transatlantic Cable

Gilded Age 

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1869

Transcontinental Railroad Opened
Westinghouse Air Brake Co. Organized

1886

President Chester Arthur - New Trinity Dedication
Elm Court Built
Great Barrington Electrified

1889

President Cleveland - Dedication of Sedgewick Hall

1892

Homestead Steel Strike

1893

Shadowbrook
Ventfort Hall

1902

TR Injured in Pittsfield

1904

The Mount

20th Century 

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1903

GE Acquires Stanley Electric

1913

Income Tax

1929

Donation of Bird Sanctuary
Lenox School for Boys Opens

1931

Aspinwall Hotel Burns

1934

Tanglewood Music Festival

1946

Eastover Becomes a Sports Oriented Resort

1957

Mass Turnpike Crosses Berkshire County

1961

Morris Elementary School

1966

Lenox Memorial High School
National Preservation Act

1967

Lenox Bicentennial

1976

Bible Speaks Takes Over Lenox School Buildings

1977

A Bad Idea Averted

1978

Shakespeare and Company Founded

1980

Restoration of The Mount Begins
Curtis Hotel Converted to Housing for the Elderly and Retail Shops

1986

GE Transformer Plant in Pittsfield Closes

1994

Ventfort Hall Restoration Begins

2000

Shakespeare and Co. Purchases Bible Speaks
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