Becket has 1.7 square miles of water, accounting for almost 4% of its total area.
Though it’s close to towns like Lee and Lenox, and lies right along the entrance to the Mass Pike, Becket retains its historic wild, wide-open character. With its miles of forests, it’s one of the most colorful Berkshire towns come summer and fall. It’s also full of some of the best real estate values in the county. You’ll find many of its residents out for regular hiking, snowshoeing, and fishing on its make streams, lakes, and ponds. Camping, both individually and as part of sleepaway and day camps, is also popular here.
POINTS OF INTEREST
BECKET LAND TRUST QUARRY
The site of a historic granite quarry in operation for a century, this amazing 300-acre natural landscape was preserved from development thanks to a community fund-raising campaign in the 1990s. Today it’s a favorite place for hiking and critter-watching.
The Dreamaway Lodge
This 200-year-old farmhouse on the border of October Mountain State Forest is rumored to have been a brothel and speakeasy during the Great Depression. Its long history of music and performance continues, plus farm-to-table food.
JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL
The longest-running dance festival in the country, Jacob’s Pillow brings an eclectic mix of internationally lauded dance companies to the Berkshires each year. In addition to year-round performances, the Pillow is an amazing educational resource for dance scholars and professionals.
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