Title: Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal memoirs of Berkshire County, Massachusetts
Year: 1906 (1900s)
Authors: Cooke, Rollin Hillyer, 1843-1904, ed
Subjects: Berkshire County (Mass.) — Biography Berkshire County (Mass.) — Genealogy
Publisher: New York, Chicago, The Lewis Publishing Co.
Contributing Library: UMass Amherst Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: UMass Amherst Libraries
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a cart containing the provision for the journey, and all the house-hold goods, drawn by a yoke of oxen. We traveled from five tO eightmiles a day, much of the way through a wilderness where roads had tobe cut and bridges made. After a journey of a months time wereached our new home, a log hut. Our cabin was very small, and wehad to partition off nearly half of it for a fold for our sheep to keepthem from the wolves, whose nightly howling echoed among the sur-rounding mountains. After three years my father conceived the ideacf building a frame house, but was cautioned by the neigilibors againstso wild a project. The general appearance of the county at the time of its settlementwe can not so well describe as has been done by the gifted pen of Mr.J. E. A. Smith, the historian of Pittsfield: If from some neighboring mountain top, the pioneer, as he ap-proached, gained a view of the amphitheatre which lay below, the scenewas one to enchant even the most prosaic heart. All the minor irreg-
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cq K BERKSHIRE COUNTY 17 ularities, all the sharper angles, were softened and rounded l>y an enamelof forest, in which were embossed the rolling outlines of hill and valley.Idle landscape stretching through a range of fifty miles presented, untilall other hues were lost in the blue of distance, the unln^oken green ofwaving- tree tops—save where through a few chance openings, theHousatonic flashed back the simlight. or some shimmering glimpse oflakelet revealed its lonely surface upon which, perhajis, still lingered thegraceful bark of a wandering Mohegan. At interals, in the sea ofgreen, a spot of darker verdure, where the boughs stirred more stifflyto the breeze, betrayed the lurking place of the gloomy and freciuenthemlock swamps. Around the southern borders of Lake Shoonkeek-Moonkeek, and on some of the Taconic hills, glowed those noble grovesof pine, whose fame, attended by a few not unworthy relics, remains tothis day. As he descended the mountain side by Unkamets road, ors
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