Introduction to Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Great Barrington, Massachusetts, in Berkshire county, is 37 miles SE of Albany, New York (center to center) and 105 miles N of New York, New York. Great Barrington is part of the Pittsfield metro area.
Great Barrington History
Great Barrington was originally inhabited by the Mahican Indians, who named the area Mahaiwe, which means "the place downstream." The town, which was settled in 1726, was a part of Sheffield from 1742 - 1761. Incorporated as the Town of Great Barrington in 1761, it was named in honor of Lord Barrington, the British war minister. However, some also believe that it was named after Great Barrington, a village in Gloucestershire, England. It became a Gilded Age resort community following the arrival of the railroad.
Great Barrington and Nearby Attractions
- Searles Castle
- Beartown State Forest
- Appalachian Trail
- Lake Mansfield
- Chesterwood Estate & Museum
Things To Do In Great Barrington
Lake Mansfield offers opportunities for fishing and boating, and Beartown State Forest has horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and fishing. The Searles Castle is a popular attraction situated nearby, and The Berkshire Botanical Garden is also close to the town. Some of the local museums are the Chesterwood Estate and Museum, Santarella, and the Norman Rockwell Museum. The town hosts the Berkshire Summer Arts Festival every year in July.
Great Barrington Transportation
Albany International Airport is the nearest major airport.
Great Barrington Higher Education
Simons Rock College of Bard is situated in Great Barrington. Nearby colleges include Williams College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Westfield State College.