Lenox History – Celebrating 250 Years

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

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This book (written by the author of this website) is an updated chronology  from numerous published and unpublished sources (an update of the no-longer in print David Wood book, Lenox., Massachusetts Shiretown written at the time of the 1967 bicentennial).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

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Not Lenox but I, for one, have always wondered what the story was behind this charming property