Shared by our friend Jim Moore
A little more Monterey history for you:
Then and Now by Gary Leveille Sept 21, 2007. The Berkshire Record Beartown school, also known as the “Rock school,” was arguably the most remote schoolhouse in Monterey. It was located next to a giant glacial erratic along Beartown Mountain Road, about 4 miles from the intersection with Tyringham Road. Although the small school is long gone, the scholarly stone still sits on the northeast side of the road near the old Ariail house (now owned by the Coburn family). The Rock school illustration shown above (courtesy of the Berkshire Historical Society) was drawn by Marshall “Blue” Bidwell, Jr. in 1861. According to the Bidwell House Museum records, Blue Bidwell got his nickname because the medication he was taking for a nervous disorder turned his face blue.
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