LANESBOROUGH REAL ESTATE HOUSES LAND
Lanesborough MA Real Estate includes the Town of Lanesborough which is bordered by New Ashford to the north, Cheshire to the northeast, Dalton to the east, Pittsfield to the south, and Hancock to the west. The town center is five miles north of Pittsfield, 50 miles northwest of Springfield and 140 miles west of Boston.
Lanesborough MA Real Estate
Lanesborough is situated in two valleys, with the Town Brook running through the central valley into Pontoosuc Lake, and the Cheshire Reservoir, the headwaters of the Hossac River, running into the smaller, eastern valley. To the north, the beginning of Mount Greylock is located in the town, with the auto road and visitor’s center beginning there as well. Pittsfield State Forest also has a large section within town, with Balance Rock being its main attraction.
According to the U. S. Census for 2000, the town has a total area of 29.7 square miles and a population of 2,990, 97% white. The median income for a household is $46,496 and the per capita income for the town is $21,106.
One of the first Berkshire communities to be settled in 1753, incorporated in 1765 and named for the Countess of Lanesborough, a friend of the Governor. The town grew with small industry in the early 19th century, most of which settled along the Town Brook. Berkshire Pleasure Park was a major attraction at the turn of the 19th to 20th century. It was one of the trolley parks along what is now Route 8 on the eastern side of town.
Lanesborough MA Real Estate
Originally a farming community, the town grew to become a prosperous mining and industrial center and remained one until the railroad came through the City of Pittsfield. In 1847, iron was discovered and the Briggs Iron Company was founded, becoming the Lanesborough Iron Works in 1885. Marble also was an important export. Pure white and extremely desirable, more than $200,000was quarried and shipped in one year in the 1840s.
Now the town is popular because of the nearby ski areas. It hosts the southern access to the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, a bike path converted from a railway path. The town also is home to the Mt. Greylock State Reservation’s Visitors’ Center. Today the town includes many small businesses, but has little industry of its own. More people from Lanesborough are employed in nearby communities or at the nearby Berkshire.
The town also is home to Balance Rock State Park where there is indeed a giant triangular boulder 30 feet long by 15 feet wide poised on its tip on top of another rock, a creation of the last glacial era. One of the few remaining open springs in the area is located in the section of town known as Berkshire Village People come from all around to fill their water jugs with the exceptional spring water to be found there. Colored glass from a glassworks that flourished in the Village at the turn of the 19th century is to be found in many a Tiffany window.
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