A Walking Tour of Adams, Massachusetts
By Doug Gelbert
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There is no better way to see America than on foot. And there is no better way to appreciate what you are looking at than with a walking tour. Whether you are preparing for a road trip or just out to look at your own town in a new way, a downloadable walking tour is ready to explore when you are.Each walking tour describes historical and architectural landmarks and provides pictures to help out when those pesky street addresses are missing. Every tour also includes a quick primer on identifying architectural styles seen on American streets.What could £2,300 buy back in 1762? For Nathan Jones, about 23 square miles of land. The pioneers who settled here struggled with the rocky soil in what was unglamorously called Township Number One. That would be changed to East Hoosac and in 1778 was renamed again to honor Revolutionary rabble-rouser Samuel Adams.In short order the settlers of Adams tossed aside their plows and tied their fortunes to the small industries that could be powered by the tumbling waters of the Hoosic River. By the mid-1800s Adams was a humming industrial community, churning out paper and textiles and high grade marble. In 1878 the larger part of town was detached and became the smallest city in Massachusetts, North Adams.In the 1960s, as was common in most every aging industrial town in the Northeast, urban renewal came calling. Building after building in the town's commercial center along Center Street was flattened and lost forever. The bulldozers were ready to move over to Park Street when an urban renewal proposal was defeated in town council. So that is where we will concentrate our walking tour and we'll begin at a visitor center that serves all of the Berkshires...