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Once the site of the town’s smallpox hospital, this property is most notable for its historic value. Find the hospital’s footings, if you can!


  • Great Barrington, MA
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Difficulty: ​​​​​​​No maintained trails​​​​​​​, difficult
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Size: ​​​​​​​72 acres
  • Special features: Remnants of the old sanitarium


This land, and all of the present-day Berkshires, are the ancestral homeland of the Mohican people, who were forcibly displaced to Wisconsin by European colonization. These lands continue to be of great significance to the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation today. To learn more, visit

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      • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Frontage:  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Google Maps | 42.1655, -73.3594 (frontage)

      From Great Barrington

      From the intersection of Main St/Route 7 and Brookside Road in Great Barrington (south of Guido’s and Big Y), take Brookside Road east across the Housatonic River. 0.254 miles from Route 7, turn right/south on East Sheffield Road. Follow East Sheffield Road for 0.75 miles. Look for the frontage between 63 and 71 East Sheffield Road, Great Barrington.


      There is no parking or trails at the Day Reserve.

      With its limited frontage and difficult terrain, the Day Reserve has not been “improved” by trails or parking. Donated in honor of William Taylor Day, this 72-acre property might be our best kept secret. The property receives regular visits from hunters but also from history buffs.