henry knoxStone Fort Consulting reviewed Henry Knox and the Revolutionary War Trail in Western Massachusetts by Bernard A. Drew for the 2013 American Revolution Reading Challenge. Here’s an excerpt:

What this book actually addresses is the history of early settlement, commerce and transportation in Berkshire County in western Massachusetts. What is now referred to as the Knox Trail followed the historic “Great Road” that passed from New York State through Alford Valley, the community of Great Barrington, across a range of mountains and forests known as “The Green Woods” and then continued east for Springfield. A branch of the Great Road led to the northwest through Stockbridge. This road began its existence as a series of Native American trails, and beginning about 1660 a handful of English fur traders began moving into the area. By the time that New York General William Johnson led an expedition against the French Fort St. Frederick at Crown Point in 1755, the area was still relatively sparsely settled, and the “Great Road” remained a crude road that had previously seen limited use.

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