Sunken within Lake Buel is a 15-foot-wide stone wall built by Native Americans as an irrigation system, to dam off part of the lake.
One of the first Berkshire towns to be settled in the 18th century, New Marlborough is historic but not old-fashioned, sophisticated but never pretentious. Though just under 50 square miles, New Marlborough contains five villages: Clayton, Hartsville, Mill River, New Marlborough Village, and Southfield. Its scenic green is rimmed by a historic village center that buzzes with activity, especially in the warmer months. From its lakes to its forests and waterfalls, New Marlborough is relaxed New England living at its most beautiful.
Open year-round, this nature preserve is made up of woods, ridgelines, summits, valleys, vernal pools, and other wetlands. It plays host to spectacular blooms of mountain laurel and other flowers, as well as dozens of woodland birds. Keep your eyes peeled for the black-throated blue warbler.
One of the most beloved lakes in the Berkshires, Buel is the year-round home of about a dozen families. In the summer, those numbers blossom to 225 families, plus campers. Swimming and boating are popular here.