DescriptionResort and shopping center of the southern Berkshires, historic Great Barrington was settled about 1726. Poet and journalist William Cullen Bryant made his home in Great Barrington 1816-25. Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois, the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard, was born in town in 1868.
A garden named in Du Bois' honor is at the Housatonic River Walk. The handiwork of more than 2,000 volunteers, the trail is lined by a variety of plants and trees, including Japanese maples, mountain laurel, sycamores, sumac and American elms. Benches, historical structures and observation areas also are scattered along the .5-mile pedestrian route. The path—designated a national recreation trail in 2009—abuts the Housatonic River's west bank between Cottage and Bridge streets downtown. Canoe launches are near Bridge Street and off Brookside Road.
Visitor InfoSouthern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce 362 Main St. GREAT BARRINGTON, MA 01230. Phone:(413)528-1510
ShoppingGreat Barrington's charismatic Main Street shopping district boasts funky cafés, art galleries, gourmet food markets, antique stores, and chic clothing and gift boutiques.
Things to SeeMonument Mountain Reservation
SkiingButternut Ski Area