In 2017 Lenox celebrated the 250th anniversary of its founding March 5, 1767.
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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.
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This book (written by the author of this website) is an updated chronology from numerous published and unpublished sources (an update of the no-longer in print David Wood book, Lenox., Massachusetts Shiretown written at the time of the 1967 bicentennial).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.
Lenox Historical Commission, Lenox Town Hall, 6 Walker St., Lenox, MA 01240