History of Western Massachusetts: The Counties of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire, Embracing an Outline or General History of the Section, an Account of its Scientific Aspects and Leading Interests, and Separate Histories of Its One Hundred Towns, Volume 1, Parts I and II - Josiah Gilbert Holland. This series preserves important early history of western Massachusetts. Volume I consists mainly of the colonial history of the area, but it does extend down through Shay’s Rebellion, the War of 1812, and initial efforts at industrial development. The final third of this volume is concerned with geology, agriculture, railroads, newspapers, and educational institutions. Volume II contains histories of the one hundred towns which made up the four counties in 1855. The names of the residents are now made accessible by the addition of an every-name index to each volume. Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819-1881) was a native of Belchertown, Massachusetts. He was founder and editor of Scribner’s Monthly, an editor for the Springfield Republican, and wrote extensively, including histories, novels, and poetry. This important reference is cited in the Harvard Guide to American History.
(1855), 2009, 5½x8½, paper, index, 546 pp.