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Property at the corner of Main & South streets has been owned/occupied by many over the past 200+ years, including Rhoda Quonpunwos, Bingham’s Tavern, Galpin’s, Pilling’s, the Stockbridge House and now the Red Lion Inn. SLAHC photo collection #94.110
In 1853, after much organizing and rallying by Mary Hopkins Goodrich, the Laurel Hill Association had its first meeting and thus began the United States’ oldest town improvement organization. This undated painting on metal is the anonymous artist’s rendering of that first meeting. SLAHC 55.032
In 1905, to help generate more power for the Housatonic Mills down river, a power plant was built on the site of the former Callendar Mills in Glendale, MA. The new building was constructed using repurposed stone from the former Glendale Woolen Mill, up river. In 1977 the property was purchased by Mary (Guerrieri) Heather and her brother Joseph. After restoring the building by upgrading the interior mechanics, they started the Housatonic Energy Conservation Association that supplied to electricity to the Massachusetts Electric Company in 1983.
Museum & Archives: Mary Guerrieri Heather Collection, #2013.071
Every small town throughout the United States has those residents who are “memorable.” Some do great deeds, some are well regarded politicians, and others don’t even know that they will be a part of a town’s history long after they have passed.
Tom Carey is one of those individuals. Stockbridge born and bred, he attended local schools and was a member of the class of 1900.
Tom held a variety of jobs throughout his life, including Tax Collector for the town of Stockbridge, but the two occupations he is best remembered for is the Carey Livery Service and bringing in the mail. If someone needed to go somewhere, Tom Carey was your man! Heading to one of the summer cottages or to the Red Lion Inn Tom would meet you at the train station and then bring you to where you needed to be. Same thing for the mail. For 55 years Tom picked up mail at the train depot, sometimes 6 times a day and would bring it to the post office on Main Street and then later on Elm Street. Tom and his trusty horse Brownie were fixtures in town, now immortalized on postcards, newspaper clippings, and even a Norman Rockwell sketch. There’s also a bronze plaque in the Post Office with Rockwell’s image of Tom Carey that commemorates the opening of the new Post Office building in 1961.
SLAHC Photography Collection 1994.016
As servicemen returned to Stockbridge following WW II, a gathering opportunity for veterans was the Stockbridge Athletic Club, pictured here for the 1946 baseball season.
The players, long after having put away their bats and gloves, would become local businessmen, selectmen, teachers, and law enforcement officers for Stockbridge.
SLAHC Photography Collection, # 2007.055