Iron ore was discovered in town in 1829, which prompted the creation of an iron works that manufactured into the 1900s.
Richmond has long been one of the Berkshires’ most desirable towns, thanks to its spectacular rolling landscape, secluded neighborhoods, and impressive estates, many of which have remained in the same families for generations. Its Central County location means you’re never far from modern conveniences and entertainment, yet it’s full of places for biking, hiking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing, or canoeing and kayaking on Richmond Pond. The town also boasts some of the best apple picking in the region.
Now run by the fourth generation of Bartletts, this orchard produces 20,000 apples on 52 acres of orchard each year. Pick your own, or head to the farm store for bagged apples, cider doughnuts and other pastries, and apple cider.
Known for its Johnny Mash hard cider, Hilltop Orchards also makes and sells its own wines, cider doughnuts, and apple pies. It’s one of the top choices in the Berkshires for apple picking. Don’t miss the guided full-moon hikes or snowshoeing on the orchard’s extensive system of trails.