) is a county in south-East England. One of the home counties, Berkshire was recognised by the Queen as the Royal County of Berkshirein 1957 because of the presence of Windsor Castle, and letters patentwere issued in 1974. Berkshire is a county of historic origin, a ceremonial countyand a non-metropolitan countywithout a county council.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Berkshire Hathaway (/ ˈbɜːrkʃər /) is an American multinational conglomerate holding company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, United States.
The Berkshires are a highland geologic region located in the western parts of Massachusetts and northwest Connecticut. The term "Berkshires" is normally used by locals in reference to the portion of the Vermont-based Green Mountains that extend south into western Massachusetts; the portion extending further south into northwestern Connecticut is grouped with the Connecticut portion of the Taconic Mountains and referred to as either the Northwest Hills or Litchfield Hills. Also referred to as the
The term "The Berkshires" has overlapping but non-identical political, cultural, and geographic definitions.
During the American Revolution a Continental Army force under Henry Knox brought captured cannons from Fort Ticonderoga by ox-drawn sleds south along the west bank of the Hudson River from the fort to Albany, where he then crossed the Hudson. Knox and his men continued east through the Berkshires and finally arrived in Boston. This feat, known as the "Noble train of artillery", was accomplished in the dead of winter, 1775-1776. The Berkshires is also home to Hancock Shaker Village, which is the
The Berkshires lie within the New England/Acadian forests ecoregion. Similarly, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Massachusetts has defined six ecoregions within this area: Taconic Mountains, Western New England Marble Valleys, Lower Berkshire Hills, Berkshire Highlands, Vermont Piedmont, and Berkshire Transition. Each region is distinct from the others, providing a unique habitat assemblage. Much of the Hoosic and Housatonic River valleys have underlying bedrock limestone and marble w
The Berkshires have numerous trails, including part of the Appalachian Trail, large tracts of wilderness and parks Berkshire Botanical Garden and Hebert Arboretum The area includes Bash Bish Falls, the tallest waterfall in Massachusetts. The Berkshire region is noted as a center for the visual and performing arts, many institutions which are associated with Williams College. The art museums include the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Clark Art Institute, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art,
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Berkshire is a county in southeast England. It is west of London. Its county town is Reading. In the past, a town named Abingdon was the county town, but this town is not in Berkshire any more.
Berkshire County is a county on the western edge of the U.S. state of Massachusetts. As of the 2010 census, the population was 131,219. Its largest city and traditional county seat is Pittsfield. The county was founded in 1761. The Berkshire Hills are centered on Berkshire County. Residents are known as Berkshirites. It exists today only as a historical geographic region, and has no county government, with the exception of the retirement board for former county workers, and certain offices such
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 946 square miles, of which 927 square miles is land and 20 square miles is water. It is the second-largest county in Massachusetts by land area. The highest natural point in Massachusetts, Mount Greylock at 3,492 feet is in Berkshire County. Berkshire County is one of two Massachusetts counties that borders three neighboring states; the other being Worcester County. The two counties are also the only ones to touch both the north
At the 2000 census there were 134,953 people, 56,006 households, and 35,115 families in the county. The population density was 145 people per square mile. There were 66,301 housing units at an average density of 71 per square mile. The county's racial makeup was 95.02% White, 1.9
At the 2010 census, there were 131,219 people, 56,091 households, and 33,618 families in the county. The population density was 141.6 inhabitants per square mile. There were 68,508 housing units at an average density of 73.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 92
In the last two U.S. Presidential elections, Berkshire County was Massachusetts's second-bluest county behind Suffolk County, which consists primarily of Boston. In 2004, John Kerry carried Berkshire by a 47.4% margin over incumbent President George W. Bush, with Kerry winning Massachusetts by 25.2% over Bush. In 2008, the county voted for Barack Obama by a 52.4% margin over John McCain, with Obama winning by 25.8% over McCain statewide. Obama won the county by an even larger margin of 53.6% in
The Mahican Native American tribe lived in the area that now makes up Berkshire County until the early 18th century, when the first English settlers and frontiersmen appeared and began setting up farms and homesteads. On April 25, 1724, “The English finally paid the Indians 460 pounds, 3 barrels of cider, and 30 quarts of rum for what is today Berkshire County.” This deal did not include modern Sheffield, Stockbridge, Richmond, and Lenox, which were added later. Berkshire County ...
For other uses, see Reading (disambiguation). Reading (/ ˈrɛdɪŋ / (listen) RED-ing) is a large, historic market town in Berkshire, South East England. Situated in the Thames Valley at the confluence of the rivers Thames and Kennet, it is on the Great Western Main Line railway and the M4 motorway.
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Windsor is a historic market town and unparished area in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire, England, close to London.It is widely known as the site of Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of the British Royal Family.
Berkshire Constabulary is a former Home Office police force which was responsible for policing the county of Berkshire in Southern England.Berkshire Constabulary was merged with several other adjacent police forces in 1968 to form the Thames Valley Police.
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The Berkshire Hotel, now known as Omni Berkshire Place, was a hotel in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, operated by Omni Hotels & Resorts. Located at 21 East 52nd Street, near Madison Avenue, it opened in 1926 and was designed by architects Warren & Wetmore in Classical Revival style. It was built as a residential hotel and was part of the "Terminal City" project consisting of hotels and apartment buildings in the area around Grand Central Terminal. It previously had up to 500 suites, but by
The hotel, designed by architects Warren & Wetmore in Classical Revival style, opened in 1926. At the time of construction, it was 10 stories tall, located on a plot measuring 100 by 62 feet. Two years later, J.C. and M.G. Mayer leased the hotel for 21 years with plans to renovate it.
The Berkshire has historic ties to Broadway and the arts. Ethel Merman lived at the property for many years, and Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote the musical Oklahoma! in a suite that was later named the Rodgers and Hammerstein Suite. Alfred Hitchcock was also a regular. The hotel was for many years the home of an exclusive private dining club founded by drama critic Alexander Woolcott and designed by Norman Bel Geddes. The club was known as the Elbow Room upon its opening in 1938. Its founding mem
The hotel was purchased in 1959 by the Knott Hotels Corporation and renamed the Knott Berkshire Hotel. Knott subsequently announced plans to build a 15-story, 158-room addition to the Berkshire Hotel. In 1977, the hotel was acquired by the Dunfey Family Hotel Co., a subsidiary of Irish International Airlines, for $9.7 million, becoming the first hotel in New York City to be run by that chain. The new owner evicted Ethel Merman in 1978, stating that it did not want permanent residents. In 1979, t
In 1979, The New York Times called the structure "a handsome unexceptional building erected in 1926 to the designs of Warren & Wetmore, one of New York's finest architectural firms of the eclectic period".
Berkshire pigs are a breed of pig originating from the English county of Berkshire that are bred and raised in several parts of the world, including England, Japan, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. The Berkshire pig is not all black, but has white, including white socks from the "knee" down and typically a white blaze on its snout.