Mount Washington, Massachusetts
Berkshire county. This town lies in the S.W. corner of the state, bordering on Ct. and N.Y. It is 135 miles W. by S. from Boston, 22 S.S.W. from Lenox, and 26 S.E. from Hudson, N.Y. Incorporated, 1779. Population, 1837, 337.
These people seem to enjoy a more elevated situation than any of their neighbors: one of their hills is 3,150 feet above the sea. They keep 600 sheep, and manufacture about 100,000 bushels of charcoal, annually. A mountain stream affords them a water power for an axe factory and forge. These people, likewise, appear to be more independent of the common wants of mankind than other folks, for they have no minister, physician, lawyer, post office, or tavern, yet they are remarkably healthy; and as far as we can judge, intelligent and kind.