“The Berkshires” refers to the highland region of Western Massachusetts west of the Connecticut River and lower Westfield River. The region is bordered by the Taconic Mountains, the valleys of the Hoosic River and Housatonic River and by the Hudson Highlands. Culturally, the region is a popular area for exploring art, learning about history and discovering the local, natural landscape. Particularly during the summer, the various Berkshire towns feature festivals, art shows, and events to enjoy.
Think about this:
- How have Berkshire County’s diverse communities and rich history inspired an interest in art, literature, history, and the outdoors?
- Read William Cullen Bryant’s “Monument Mountain.” Notice how the poet describes nature as both wild and peaceful. How does the mountain embody this “harmony” within the poem?