National Geographic : 1970 Aug
was new to Caleb's eyes, for he had spent his entire life abroad. He and his three brothers the first members of our family to be born outside the Berkshires since the 18th century -had just begun to explore the landscape and the history of these ancient hills which lie, blue as a Yankee eye, between the New York State border and the Connecticut River in western Massachusetts (map, page 200). Poets and writers like William Cullen Bryant, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Na thaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Wilbur, 198 who lives on a hilltop above Cummington, have all celebrated the Berkshires' lyric quality.* But I confess that as a boy behind a plow, I would have loved the Berkshire soil better if there had been fewer rocks in it. The woods were a place to cut the winter's fuel, rather than a place to muse over wild flowers. For many a Berkshire man-still adding to the stone walls around his fields with the rocks turned up by the spring plow ing, still fighting the forests that would soon *See "Literary Landmarks of Massachusetts," by William H. Nicholas, GEOGRAPHIC, March 1950.