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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 Excerpt: ... Hoosac Range, which forms a continuation of the Green Mountains for the entire length of the county, is within an hour's drive; and a deep, rocky gorge in its side, where a stream flings itself over a black ledge of boulders, has received the name of' Undine's Gorge.' Pontoonic Lake is a crystal mirror framed between pine covered towering hills; its western swelling shore terminating in the Taghconic summits, the shadows of which appear in the clear sheet. A noble grove of pines shading a smooth sward on the banks of this sparkling lake, was the resort of a pic-nic tea-party the afternoon of our arrival. They had dined upon the mountain side, and here prepared their evening beverage of the sparkling water boiled over a hollow stump that served as a fireplace. "Lebanon Springs is but seven miles from Pittsfield, just across the State boundary line, which makes it the resort of runaway lovers who want Hymen's knot tied in a hurry. The Shaker settlement is at this place. One of the wildest scenes, four miles off, is a deep, dark gorge called 'The Gulf,' and once known as 'The Wizard s Glen.' A steep hill seems to have been rent asunder to its base, huge fragments of flint rock jutting from its riven sides, scattered all around, and piled in chaotic confusion. These splintered crags, hoar and desolate of vegetation, enclose cavernous recesses and wild hollows, through which the murmur of hidden streams is heard--a cool retreat from the heat of a summer's day. Lake Onota, famous for its white deer, lies in an elevated valley two miles west of the town, bordered by green and mossy woods, and presenting a picture that has oft enchanted the wandering artist. Wahconah's Falls, in one of the most lonely and neglected spots in the county, is some ten miles dista...
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