The Face of Mt. Greylock

May 10 - 14,1990. Rain fell for four days and nights, then tons of rocks, earth and trees crashed down the side of Mount Greylock. In the morning a giant face appeared on the eastern slope overlooking the town of Adams Massachusetts in Berkshire County. Most people see the face of an old Indian Chief. They call him Chief Greylock. Chief Graylock (this is the correct spelling in the 1700s) lived in a secret cave on the slopes of Mount Greylock, where he harassed the British settlers as they moved into his domain. While hunting, his foot was crushed in a bear trap. Half his foot had to be amputated, but it never slowed him down. On the Eastern slope of the mountain there was a landslide in 1901 that was over 1500 feet long from top to bottom, it was called the "Chief's Steps". Chief Graylock was born around 1660 in a Waronoke village, which is now the town of Westfield, MA. His native name was Wawamolewat. The Waronokes were a part of the Pocumtuck Confederacy of Central Mass. They were great fur trappers and hunters, they traded with the British, but as the population increased, and game decreased, they no longer had a way of making a living. In 1674 they moved to the Berkshires, north of Stockbridge Mass, then wandered north near Adams Ma and on to Schaghticoke New York. They moved to their final destination in Canada, where Graylock met a Winooski woman. Together they settled down at Missisquoi Bay just north of the Vermont border. He built a huge fort there known as "Graylock's Castle". His tribesmen, now known as the Missisquoi, took in many refugees from the eastern wars, and at one point the population swelled to over 1,000. In 1723 war broke out between the British and the French, Graylock sided with the French and lead many daring raids against the British in the Connecticut River Valley. At 63, he still retained all the energy and vitality of his youth. Accounts tell of Graylock attacking Northfield MA and the following day Rutland VT. When news of these attacks reached Boston, Governor Dummer dispatched troops to capture Graylock, but the mission failed just miles from Graylock's fort, due to a lack will and supplies. In 1725 John Lovewell got together groups of volunteers and made scalping raids on the Abenacki of Maine, killing many and driving them off their lands. Many moved to "Graylock's Castle". However, Graylock's warriors defeated Lovewell and his men. The British and the French offered big bounties for scalps, up to a years pay for a single scalp. On August 20, 1746, the French General de Vaudreuil attacked Fort Massachusetts (North Adams) with a force of 900 men. Among them, 17 were Missisquoi (Graylock's tribesmen) and the St. Francis, Abenacki and many of Graylock's old allies. Sergeant John Hawks and 22 brave men fought them off for 28 hours. With sick men and no ammunition, they had no choice but to surrender. They were taken captive to Canada, there, they were treated well, but many died of illness while in captivity. The fort was rebuilt in 1747. Then on August 2, 1748, The French attacked Fort Massachusetts again with a force of 300 (with some of Graylocks warriors). Col. Efraim Williams (Williams College) defended the fort with 100 gallant men. The French and Indian Wars ended in 1759. Many a British Governor ordered the capture of Graylock, but he was never caught or defeated. He was often called the "frowning Chief of the Waronokes", he made quite an impact on the local history of Berkshire County. His name Wawamolewat means "Sacred Ground". Once again, he stands watch over it.

09/26/2011

Everyone ready for the ramble?

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09/23/2011
Hiking the Mt. Greylock Ramble

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Cheshire Harbor trail head is located at:

West Mountain Road, Adams, MA 01220
*Follow this road until it ends.
*Locals call this road: Camp Hamelin Rd

08/24/2011

Finally at 2,000 likes

08/16/2011

How y'all doin

08/09/2011

12 more people for 2,000

08/07/2011

Anyone ever hike the AT?

07/29/2011

I want some snow.

07/28/2011

What's happenin' ?

07/26/2011

20 likes until 2,000!

07/22/2011

It's been hot everywhere lately, i love it

07/12/2011

Let's get 2,000 likes!!

07/11/2011

This weather is what's good.

The Face of Mt. Greylock
06/29/2011
The Face of Mt. Greylock

The Face of Mt. Greylock

May 10 - 14,1990. Rain fell for four days and nights, then tons of rocks, earth and trees crashed down the side of Mount Greylock. In the morning a giant face appeared on the eastern slope overlooking the town of Adams Massachusetts in Berkshire County. Most people see the face of an old Indian Chief. They call him Chief Greylock.

Chief Graylock (this is the correct spelling in the 1700s) lived in a secret cave on the slopes of Mount Greylock, where he harassed the British settlers as they moved into his domain. While hunting, his foot was crushed in a bear trap. Half his foot had to be amputated, but it never slowed him down. On the Eastern slope of the mountain there was a landslide in 1901 that was over 1500 feet long from top to bottom, it was called the "Chief's Steps".

Chief Graylock was born around 1660 in a Waronoke village, which is now the town of Westfield, MA. His native name was Wawamolewat. The Waronokes were a part of the Pocumtuck Confederacy of Central Mass. They were great fur trappers and hunters, they traded with the British, but as the population increased, and game decreased, they no longer had a way of making a living. In 1674 they moved to the Berkshires, north of Stockbridge Mass, then wandered north near Adams Ma and on to Schaghticoke New York. They moved to their final destination in Canada, where Graylock met a Winooski woman. Together they settled down at Missisquoi Bay just north of the Vermont border. He built a huge fort there known as "Graylock's Castle". His tribesmen, now known as the Missisquoi, took in many refugees from the eastern wars, and at one point the population swelled to over 1,000. In 1723 war broke out between the British and the French, Graylock sided with the French and lead many daring raids against the British in the Connecticut River Valley.

At 63, he still retained all the energy and vitality of his youth. Accounts tell of Graylock attacking Northfield MA and the following day Rutland VT. When news of these attacks reached Boston, Governor Dummer dispatched troops to capture Graylock, but the mission failed just miles from Graylock's fort, due to a lack will and supplies. In 1725 John Lovewell got together groups of volunteers and made scalping raids on the Abenacki of Maine, killing many and driving them off their lands. Many moved to "Graylock's Castle". However, Graylock's warriors defeated Lovewell and his men. The British and the French offered big bounties for scalps, up to a years pay for a single scalp.

On August 20, 1746, the French General de Vaudreuil attacked Fort Massachusetts (North Adams) with a force of 900 men. Among them, 17 were Missisquoi (Graylock's tribesmen) and the St. Francis, Abenacki and many of Graylock's old allies.
Sergeant John Hawks and 22 brave men fought them off for 28 hours. With sick men and no ammunition, they had no choice but to surrender. They were taken captive to Canada, there, they were treated well, but many died of illness while in captivity. The fort was rebuilt in 1747.

Then on August 2, 1748, The French attacked Fort Massachusetts again with a force of 300 (with some of Graylocks warriors). Col. Efraim Williams (Williams College) defended the fort with 100 gallant men. The French and Indian Wars ended in 1759.
Many a British Governor ordered the capture of Graylock, but he was never caught or defeated.

He was often called the "frowning Chief of the Waronokes", he made quite an impact on the local history of Berkshire County. His name Wawamolewat means "Sacred Ground". Once again, he stands watch over it.

06/29/2011

Whats on the agenda

06/25/2011

typical Berkshire weather past few days..

06/21/2011

Post your pictures of Mt Greylock, If i like yours the best i will put it as the pages profile pic

Mt. Greylock
06/17/2011

Mt. Greylock

06/13/2011

Anyone hike yet?

06/03/2011

59 Likes until 2,000

05/28/2011

How bout dem Bruins

05/25/2011

Beautiful outside

The Face of Mt. Greylock
05/23/2011
The Face of Mt. Greylock

The Face of Mt. Greylock

May 10 - 14,1990. Rain fell for four days and nights, then tons of rocks, earth and trees crashed down the side of Mount Greylock. In the morning a giant face appeared on the eastern slope overlooking the town of Adams Massachusetts in Berkshire County. Most people see the face of an old Indian Chief. They call him Chief Greylock.

Chief Graylock (this is the correct spelling in the 1700s) lived in a secret cave on the slopes of Mount Greylock, where he harassed the British settlers as they moved into his domain. While hunting, his foot was crushed in a bear trap. Half his foot had to be amputated, but it never slowed him down. On the Eastern slope of the mountain there was a landslide in 1901 that was over 1500 feet long from top to bottom, it was called the "Chief's Steps".

Chief Graylock was born around 1660 in a Waronoke village, which is now the town of Westfield, MA. His native name was Wawamolewat. The Waronokes were a part of the Pocumtuck Confederacy of Central Mass. They were great fur trappers and hunters, they traded with the British, but as the population increased, and game decreased, they no longer had a way of making a living. In 1674 they moved to the Berkshires, north of Stockbridge Mass, then wandered north near Adams Ma and on to Schaghticoke New York. They moved to their final destination in Canada, where Graylock met a Winooski woman. Together they settled down at Missisquoi Bay just north of the Vermont border. He built a huge fort there known as "Graylock's Castle". His tribesmen, now known as the Missisquoi, took in many refugees from the eastern wars, and at one point the population swelled to over 1,000. In 1723 war broke out between the British and the French, Graylock sided with the French and lead many daring raids against the British in the Connecticut River Valley.

At 63, he still retained all the energy and vitality of his youth. Accounts tell of Graylock attacking Northfield MA and the following day Rutland VT. When news of these attacks reached Boston, Governor Dummer dispatched troops to capture Graylock, but the mission failed just miles from Graylock's fort, due to a lack will and supplies. In 1725 John Lovewell got together groups of volunteers and made scalping raids on the Abenacki of Maine, killing many and driving them off their lands. Many moved to "Graylock's Castle". However, Graylock's warriors defeated Lovewell and his men. The British and the French offered big bounties for scalps, up to a years pay for a single scalp.

On August 20, 1746, the French General de Vaudreuil attacked Fort Massachusetts (North Adams) with a force of 900 men. Among them, 17 were Missisquoi (Graylock's tribesmen) and the St. Francis, Abenacki and many of Graylock's old allies.
Sergeant John Hawks and 22 brave men fought them off for 28 hours. With sick men and no ammunition, they had no choice but to surrender. They were taken captive to Canada, there, they were treated well, but many died of illness while in captivity. The fort was rebuilt in 1747.

Then on August 2, 1748, The French attacked Fort Massachusetts again with a force of 300 (with some of Graylocks warriors). Col. Efraim Williams (Williams College) defended the fort with 100 gallant men. The French and Indian Wars ended in 1759.
Many a British Governor ordered the capture of Graylock, but he was never caught or defeated.

He was often called the "frowning Chief of the Waronokes", he made quite an impact on the local history of Berkshire County. His name Wawamolewat means "Sacred Ground". Once again, he stands watch over it.

05/20/2011

Macho Man Randy Savage, RIP

05/19/2011

Bruinsssssssss

05/18/2011

How about some actual summer wheater..

05/14/2011

Lets go Bruins

05/09/2011

Celtics !

05/02/2011
Mt. Greylock

This is not me. Found it at the link below.

Hiked up Greylock, ate a pop-tart at the shelter and made a run down the Thunderbolt.

05/02/2011

Bruin's tonight at 7:30

05/02/2011

Let's get to 2,000 likes

04/27/2011

Hiking weather..

04/23/2011

Bruin's Lets go!

04/22/2011

Celtic's game tonight! Game 3

04/21/2011

Just another Berkshire day..

04/19/2011

Celtics vs Knicks, game 2 tonight, lets go C's

04/18/2011

Red Sox, 3 in a row..nice

04/16/2011
26. AT Massachusetts B

26. AT Massachusetts B

The rest of my hike through Massachusetts. It was very pleasant with a lot more people and better weather. When I left the trail in May, it was rainy, and completely abandoned but when I got back on in September, it was warm, sunny and had a lot of really great people. Here you'll see a lot about

Mt Greylock: Teacher in My Soul
04/16/2011
Mt Greylock: Teacher in My Soul

Mt Greylock: Teacher in My Soul

27 & 28 Jun 2009: Last weekend, I did an over-nighter in the Berkshires and was able to hit a few summits, including the highest peak in Massachusetts, Mount Greylock.

Backpacker Magazine - The Peak: Mt. Greylock
04/16/2011
Backpacker Magazine - The Peak: Mt. Greylock

Backpacker Magazine - The Peak: Mt. Greylock

Take the 5.5 mile trek up Bellows Pipe Trail to the summit; while you're there, enjoy a local cocktail and a cup of chowder at Bascom Lodge.

04/16/2011

Holy crap the Red Sox are winning, don't blow it

04/16/2011

Bruins game tonight, let's go

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