The Berkshires Massachusetts
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Named after prominent revolutionary patriot and commander General Charles Lee, the town of Lee has been in existence since the 1760s. Several historic buildings are worthy of attention, including the Congregational Church - a Romanesque-design building with a 150-foot steeple and a Seth Thomas Clock (one of only two of its kind ever made). The Lee Library and the Civil War Memorial Hall were both made from local marble, and Victorian homes with architectural and historical significance abound.

Although Lee continues its hard-working traditions, it has also turned its attention to revitalization projects. Besides its charming downtown area thatís listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Lee now has an outlet shopping center (Berkshire Outlet Village on Rt. 20) and a business park. The revitalization has also brought a fine assortment of restaurants, shops and other service businesses.

Several historic buildings in town are worthy of attention. The beautiful Congregational Church with its 150-foot steeple is the tallest building in town. The St. George Episcopal Church on Franklin Street has a slate steeple pitched gable roof. The Lee Library and Memorial Hall are made from local marble. Other buildings of architectural interest include Victorian homes, one of which was a stagecoach inn and several are now bed and breakfast inns.

In tribute to its rich heritage, Lee has turned its attention to revitalization projects. Besides the charming downtown area that's listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Lee now has an outlet center and a business park as well as an assortment of restaurants and shops.

For more information about Lee, call or write the Lee Chamber of Commerce, 3 Park Place, Lee, MA 01238, 413-243-0852.