LEE MA REAL ESTATE HOUSES LAND
Lee MA Real Estate includes the Town of Lee which is bordered by Lenox to the northwest, Washington to the northeast, Becket to the east, Tyringham in the southeast, Great Barrington to the southwest, and Stockbridge to the west. Lee is ten miles (16 km) south of Pittsfield, 42 miles (68 km) west-northwest of Springfield, and 125 miles (201 km) west of Boston.
Lee MA Real Estate
Lee is located in the southern section of the Berkshires, in a valley along the Housatonic River. The town lies to the west of October Mountain State Forest, with two sections of the forest in Lee.
According to the U. S. Census for 2000, the town has a total area of 26.4 square miles and a population of 5,985 people, 97% white. The median income for a household is $41,556 and the per capita income for the town is $19,799.
This was once territory of the Mohegan Indians. It was first settled as Dodgetown in 1760, then incorporated in 1777 as Lee. Formed from parts of Great Barrington and Washington, it was named after General Charles Lee.
Early industries included agriculture and lumbering, with lime made in kilns. Operated by water power from the Housatonic River, mills produced textiles and wire. But papermaking became the principal business, with the first paper mill, built in 1806. By 1857, there were 25 paper mills in Lee. The Smith Paper Company discovered how to manufacture paper solely from wood pulp in 1867, and through the 1870s was the largest producer of paper in the country but is now closed. Today, Lee has 1 small papermaking facility owned by Onyx Specialty Papers,Inc.
Lee MA Real Estate
The town was also famous for the quality of its marble, with the first quarry established in 1852. Lee’s 19th-century prosperity left it with fine period architecture, including the town hall and library. South Lee a former mill town has a historic district listed on the National Register and is now a popular tourist destination, noted both for its considerable Victorian charm and number of bed and breakfast establishments. The Prime Outlets at Lee (a renowned outlet mall) has contributed to the town’s growth and made Lee a popular shopping destination.
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