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!
Property Name: Day
(aka: Andrews, William Taylor Day)
Town: Great Barrington
Activities: Hiking, hunting
Special features: Remnants of the old sanitarium
Hiking difficulty: Expert — no trails; steep terrain
GPS: 42.1655, -73.3594 (frontage)
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 might be our best kept secret. The property receives regular visits from hunters but also from history buffs.
Historian Bernie Drew tells us that a smallpox outbreak occurred in the Berkshires in 1902. To isolate the ill from the healthy, those with this deadly disease were housed here for a few weeks until the disease (or the scare) ran its course. The foundation of the sanitarium is still visible, but probably only Mr. Drew could show you where it is.
There is no parking or trails at the Day Reserve.
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.