Lenox History – Celebrating 250 Years

In 2017 Lenox celebrated the 250th anniversary of its founding          March 5, 1767.  

Is Lenox About to Lose Another Historic House?


Brushwood Farms – Oliver Root House 1792
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New Historical Society Exhibit – East  Street  Farms  and  Families

With its mountains and swamps, Lenox must have been challenging for early farmers…with the possible exception of what is now East Street.  The relatively level land must have been attractive to the Washburn’s, Northrup’s and Sedgwick’s who settled there.

Lenox Historical Society 11-3 Thurs. – Sat., 65 Main St.

65 Main St., Lenox Academy - c. 1802
65 Main St., Lenox Academy – c. 1803

Jan Chague’s book The History of Lenox Furnace and Lenox Dale and the commemorative map of Lenox Dale are available for purchase

Learn About Lenox at 250 with Some New Books on Lenox History


This book (written by the author of this website) is an updated chronology  from numerous published and unpublished sources (an update of the no-longer in print David Wood book, Lenox., Massachusetts Shiretown written at the time of the 1967 bicentennial). The new book describes the landscape, Native American inhabitants, early settlement, the Revolutionary War, the town’s days as the county seat, its attraction as an early 19th century cultural mecca as well as the era of being a nationally known Gilded Age resort. The book looks at the impact of national and regional events – wars, the economy, and lifestyle changes-on Lenox. Available as an ebook on Amazon 


And, available  on Amazon in hardcover and ebook, a new history of Lenox told in photographs from our own Amy LaFave of the Lenox Library.  This history pictures the early days, war heroes, development of the estates and the village of Lenox.

Contact: lenoxhistory@gmail.com

Sponsored by:

Lenox Historical Commission, Lenox Town Hall, 6 Walker St., Lenox, MA 01240

Lenox Historical Society (Academy Building, 65 Main St., Lenox, MA; open to the public 11-3 Thursday-Saturday)

Lenox Historical Society
Lenox Historical Society
Today's "Where is it?"
James O. Clifford & Sons Construction crew at Shadow Brook, 1894.
[From the back of the original photo:
Grandfather (Clifford) - 3rd row up - center - with beard and wearing Derby hat. How happy [text cut off]. Uncle Jim - 2nd row - left of center - much dark hair - no hat. James Beglin - 3rd row - second from left - a mason. Shadow Brook. These two pictures are presented to the Lenox Library Aug. 2, 1955, by Mrs. Ruth Clifford Downs, formerly of Lenox. As we moved into Shadow Brook in Sept. 1894, the pictures must have been taken that spring or late the previous fall. - A.P.S. Father had told me that many of the stones which I understand were cut right there were five sided. Father also once said to me once, The Cliffords need no monuments. They are scattered about the hillsides"]
Lenox Historical Society
Lenox Historical Society
Thanks Lenox Library for these historic “where is it” photos