Introduction to Lee, Massachusetts
Lee, Massachusetts, in Berkshire county, is 34 miles W of Chicopee, Massachusetts (center to center) and 112 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town, which is located in the Pittsfield metropolitan area, has a population of 5,985.
Lee, which was originally inhabited by the Mahican Indians, was settled in 1760 as Dodgetown. In 1777, the town was incorporated as Lee. It was named in honor of Revolutionary General Charles Lee and was created from parts of Washington and Great Barrington. Initially, the town's economy was largely depended upon lumbering and agriculture, but papermaking later became the primary business. The first paper mill, built in 1806, was known as the Eagle Mill. Lee is also well known for its marble. The first quarry was established in 1852.
Lee and Nearby Attractions
- Animagic Museum of Animation Special Effects & Art
- October Mountain State Forest
- Laurel Lake
- Appalachian Trail
- Norman Rockwell Museum
- Berkshire Botanical Garden
Things To Do In Lee
Lee is home to the Animagic Museum of Animation Special Effects & Art. The Berkshire Botanical Garden is another popular site to tour. The October Mountain State Forest, the Beartown State Forest, the Mount Washington State Forest, and the Tolland State Forest are nearby as well. Other museums nearby include the Bidwell House Museum, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Chesterwood Estate and Museum, and Santarella. The town also hosts the Festival Latino of the Berkshires every September.
Air transportation is available at Bradley International Airport.
Lee Higher Education
Colleges close to Lee are Williams College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Westfield State College.