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New from Gary Leveille - 
The Great Barrington Historical Society joins the Upper Housatonic Valley Heritage Area,
 in partnership with the National Park Service, to offer two historic walks--


MEET THE HISTORIC RESIDENTS OF NO. EGREMONT'S RIVERSIDE CEMETERY
    Join local historian and GBHS archivist Gary Leveille, from the Friends of Egremont History, for a meet-and-greet of the many colorful and interesting "long term guests" residing at No. Egremont's' Riverside Cemetery.
   The walk is about half a mile - 1 1/2 hours. Registration is requested. Email Gary at garyleve@aol.com. From the intersection of Routes 23/41 and Route 71 in Great Barrington, turn onto Route 71 west and drive north for 3.1 miles to the Riverside Cemetery on the right side of the road (just past the Old Egremont Country Store in No. Egremont.)














A WALK TO LEVENWORTH'S 1830 QUARRY & MARBLE SAWMILL
    Sponsored by the GB Historical Society, join Bernie Drew, local historian and author, on an exploration of the remains of the Levenworth quarry and marble sawmill that was a thriving industry in the 1800s.
    The walk is on a hilly dirt road and is 2 miles - 2 1/2 hours. From the center of Gt. Barrington, at the traffic light between CVS pharmacy and the stone church on Route 7, turn onto Taconic Avenue (also known as Alford Road) and drive uphill for 0.7 miles and then turn left onto Haley Road. Drive the short distance to the top where Highland Drive is on the left side. Park along the side of the road. Meet at McAllister Park entrance at the edge of the field just past Highland Drive.






#1 - North Egremont, Mass. - 9:00 am
​Riverside Cemetery in North Egremont
#2 - Great Barrington, Mass. - 1:00 pm
    Look-ahead to fall . . . 
The Great Barrington Historical Society Annual Dinner
will be held in early November. Watch this space for details . . . .
Great News!!!
$100,000 Challenge Grant Awarded to the GBHS
through the generosity of the Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust

    On September 15, 2014, the Great Barrington Historical Society held a press conference to announce that the Society has received a dollar-for-dollar challenge grant up to $100,000 from the Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust.  The grant kicks off a DOUBLE YOUR DOLLARS
fundraising campaign this month. 
    This grant is just the boost needed to complete Phase I preservation efforts of the organization's historic Truman Wheeler Farmstead headquarters and to attract additional funding from the state and other private sources that require matching funds to participate.
    Rep. Smitty Pignatelli, Fitzpatrick Trust representative Casey Fitzpatrick Meade, members of the press, GBHS executive director Debbie Opperman, and GBHS board members attended the announcement, which was held on the porch of the Truman Wheeler House at the Farmstead.











    Phase I focuses on the main house (interior and exterior), and the Dutch wagon house which is attached to the main house. Critical tasks include, but are not limited to, updating electrical service and installing new lighting; constructing a handicap-accessible bathroom, plaster repair, sash replacement, rebuilding the wagon house foundation; and restoration of the rare Dutch roof for use as an education and archival research center. Four rooms of the main house are now open to the public.
    The Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust is a nonprofit charitable trust located in Stockbridge, Mass.
Executive director Debbie Oppermann announces the $100,000 matching grant.
Casey Fitzpatrick Meade, representing the Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust, describes the challenge grant to Debbie Oppermann.
Rep. Smitty Pignatelli speaks with (standing left to right) GBHS board members Jim Mercer, Gary Leveille, and Doreen Atwood.
 Left to right: Casey Fitzpatrick Meade, Debbie Oppermann, Rep. Smitty Pignatelli, and Doreen Atwood.