Channeling W. E. B. Du Bois in Great Barrington, Massachusetts
If you think that Berkshires history is strictly dominated by WASPy types, don’t miss the hometown of the intellectual and civil rights leader W.E.B. Dubois. An obvious place to start is the Homesite museum, but you can feel Du Bois’ presence all over town. On the side of a hardware store, you’ll find a beautiful mural weaving the thought leader into past- and present-day movements. As you pass the town hall, you can imagine him as a young man, regularly attending town meetings and urging more black citizens to do the same. And down at the Housatonic River, a peaceful trail honors Du Bois’s desire to restore the neglected waterway to its natural beauty.