These hills have always been a crossroads — we have a long and varied history in the Berkshires, going back long before the hills have born that name. 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.