1858 Walling Wall Map of Berkshire County, Massachusetts (the Berkshires)

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Map of the County of Berkshire Massachusetts.
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1858 Walling Wall Map of Berkshire County, Massachusetts (the Berkshires)

BerkshireCountyMA-walling-1858

Detailed map of The Berkshires, a haven for artists and music lovers in Massachusetts.

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Title


Map of the County of Berkshire Massachusetts.
  1858 (dated)    62 x 61 in (157.48 x 154.94 cm)     1 : 50688

Description


This is an 1858 Henry Francis Walling wall map of Berkshire County, Massachusetts. The map depicts Berkshire County from Williamstown, and North Adams to New Boston and Sheffield. Divided into townships, a highly detailed view of the county is presented. Myriad residences are labeled throughout the county, as was Mr. Walling's custom. Numerous inset maps of varying size frame the central map of the county, including Dalton, North Adams, Lee, Glendale, Mill River, Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Williamstown, South Adams, Great Barrington, and East Lee. Views of the Sedgwick Institute and the Collins Institute in Great Barrington and of the Berkshire Medical Institute and Maplewood Young Ladies Institute at Pittsfield are depicted in the corners. Tables of distances and statistics, along with a business directory and a geological map of Berkshire County are also included.

Berkshire County is known throughout the East Coast and the country as a haven for artists. It is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The celebrated music venue Tanglewood, which is located in the towns of Lenox and Stockbridge, is home to three music schools and hosts the Festival of Contemporary Music as well as numerous other concerts and performances. The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) is a museum located in North Adams and is one of the largest centers for contemporary visual art and performing arts in the United States. In the 19th century, Berkshire County became popular with the nation's elite, where they built what they called 'cottages'. Today, some of these buildings have been burned or torn down, while others have been converted into prep schools, bed and breakfasts, and historic sites.

This map was created and printed by Henry Francis Walling and published by Smith, Gallup and Company in 1858.

Cartographer


Henry Francis Walling (June 11, 1825 - April 8, 1889) was an American civil engineer, cartographer, surveyor, and map publisher active from the middle to late 19th century. Walling was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He studied / worked at the Providence Athenaeum before discovering a talent for mathematics and surveying. Walling took a position with Samuel Barrett Cushing, a Providence based civil engineer with whom he issued in 1846 a revision of James Steven's Topographical Map of the State of Rhode-Island. Walling established himself independently around 1850 and immediately began preparing a series of town plans focusing on Bristol County, near Providence. Buoyed by popular interest in his plans, Walling expanded his operations to Massachusetts where, by 1857, he had produced no less than 50 town plans. Apparently Walling's business model involved a contract with town officials to produce a certain number of maps after which he acquired the right to print and sell additional copies on his own account. This work eventually led to Walling's appointment as Massachusetts "Superintendent of the State Map", a designation that begins appearing on his maps around 1855. While Walling's work focused heavily on city and county maps, he did successfully publish three scarce state maps: Maine, Vermont, and Rhode Island. In 1856 Walling relocated his headquarters to New York City where he had better access to quality lithographers. The Civil War proved difficult for Walling and diminished sales may have forced him into a partnership with Ormando W. Gray, with whom he published numerous state, county, and national atlases in the 1860s and 1870s. Around 1880 Walling took a post with the U.S. Coast Survey with whom he worked on various charts until requesting a transfer in 1883 to the newly formed U.S. Geological Survey. Walling remained with the Geological Survey until his untimely death of a heart attack in April of 1889.

Condition


Very good. Full professional restoration. Backed on linen. Attached to original rollers which add four inches of height and five inches of width

References


OCLC 883714237.