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10 Towns in 10 Days: Great Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) — A small town in the Berkshires holds a lot of history.

“Call Me Ishmael” is one of the most famous first lines in American literature.

After traveling the seas for a few years, Moby Dick’s author, Herman Mellville moved to the Berkshires for its natural beauty.

The rocky terrain and expansive views became a quiet place for deep thinking, a place that Mellville fell in love with.

In fact, after a meeting with fellow author Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mellville is said to have written his most famous work while on monument mountain. In 1851, Moby Dick was published to little fanfair or acclaim. Read more about why Mellville moved to the Berkshires.>>