These hills have always been a crossroads. As long as people have lived along the wide rivers to our east and west, they have come up here to the high valleys. Their people have seen revolutions — and led them.

You may walk across town and find a story preserved. By the banks of the Housatonic you see that men who fought alongside Metacomet waded into this river. When the state was new, Elizabeth Freeman walked through town on her way to prove slavery illegal in it. And a young W.E.B. DuBois sat by a stream near here at dusk outside the house where he grew up.

People here have moved the country. And today among hilltowns and old mill cities you can find top liberal arts colleges, national historic sites and visitors from around the world.

Historic Places

Some of our history in the Berkshires is alive because we still use it every day, to make cheese or cider or a cup to drink it in. And some of our history we are reviving in new ways, as in a silo at Hancock Shaker Village, new music invokes Shaker hymns with contemporary artists and technology.


Towns & Cities

The Berkshires today gathers its communities around colleges, old mill towns along the river valleys and farming villages in the hills. In the last hundred years, the farms and the mills have evolved, as the arts and performance, food and the outdoors have grown into an ecosystem.