Lenox History – Celebrating 250 Years

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

Lenox Historical Society Annual Meeting

Join us at the Community Center, 65 Walker St.,  Sept. 16, dinner 6, talk 7:15 “Preservation in Lenox – Past, Present, and Future”

Lenox has hundreds of beautiful homes built 1870-1920.  Which are protected? Which ones should be?

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

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This book (written by the author of this website) is an updated chronology  from numerous published and unpublished sources (an update of the no-longer in print David Wood book, Lenox., Massachusetts Shiretown written at the time of the 1967 bicentennial).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 

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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
Thank goodness for our wise Lenox citizens!
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The little red house at Tanglewood where Nathaniel Hawthorne lived briefly but wrought some of his outstanding works, is to be rebuilt on or near the original foundations through the interest of Mrs. Guy P. Gannett of Portland, Me., president of the National Federation of Music Clubs. The cottage bu...