Laurel Hill Association

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Official logo for the Laurel Hill Association of Stockbridge, MA
Panorama of woods on the Ice Glen Trail in Stockbridge, MA - trail maintained by the Laurel Hill Association

The Laurel Hill Association is the oldest village beautification society in the United States. Founded in 1853 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, it has played a key role in the beautification of the town. It owns the property for Laurel Hill, near the Stockbridge town center and maintains the trail for the Ice Glen.[1]

In the 1880s, the Laurel Hill Association helped create Stockbridge's reputation as an attractive village by managing weeds, laying sidewalks, installing lamps, planting trees and helping construct the local library.[2] This encouraged the growth of tourism and summer residence, including the Berkshire Cottages.


  1. ^ "Three Trails Maintained by the Laurel Hill Association" (pdf). Retrieved February 2011. 
  2. ^ Carr, Amy (8 January 2009). "Keeping the Town". Berkshire Eagle. 

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