North Egremont is a small village with a huge history. The people who have lived here, and the events that took place here, are of regional and national significance.
For over 35 years author and historian Gary Leveille has been compiling research and collecting photographs about North Egremont, Prospect Lake, and the Green River Valley. This books offers an eclectic collection of historical sketches about the fascinating subjects he has discovered.
From the very beginning, this beautiful Berkshire oasis was part of a controversial land dispute with New York. For the first time, the author fully uncovers and explores the puzzling land acquisitions from Mohican Native Americans known as Spoor’s Grant and the Shawenon Purchase.
Few realize that a major Indian trail meandered through the area. Or that a military road through the village brought critical supplies to thousands of troops in the 18th and early 19th century. Or that North Egremont was invaded by British troops ten years before the American Revolution.
Colonel Knox marched through here with his artillery train in 1776—changing the course of U.S. history. But which trail did he actually take? Discover North Egremont’s connection to Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and the post-Civil War trial of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
From pioneers and explorers to soldiers and statesmen, authors and artists to eccentrics and rogues, inventors and engineers to farmers and shopkeepers, North Egremont and the Green River valley offer an abundance of fascinating characters.
Beautiful Prospect Lake—the Eye of Shawenon—is packed with more history per gallon than most other lakes in the Berkshires. Relive the bygone days when picnickers first frolicked here, early Baptist baptisms took place, a giant hotel was planned, a gold medal for heroism was awarded, and an unsolved murder took place.
The events and people of North Egremont, Prospect Lake, and the Green River Valley have changed the course of history. Look inside and see for yourself.
Eye of Shawenon
A Berkshire History of North Egremont,
Prospect Lake, and the Green River Valley
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300 pages! Hundreds of vintage
photos, maps and illustrations!