Great Barrington: Pittsfield’s War of 1812 prison is subject of talk

Tuesday September 11, 2012

A Pittsfield prison which held British and Canadian soldiers captured during the War of 1812, will be historian James Parrish’s talk at the Great Barrington Historical Society at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Claire Teague Senior Center, 917 South Main St.

Parrish, of Great Barrington, is a former regional historic preservation planner and currently a ranger for the U.S. National Park Service at the Springfield Armory.

The main barracks of the prison were located on present-day Melville Street near the Pittsfield YMCA. The commandant of was Capt. Thomas Melville, father of Herman Melville.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be illustrated with maps and other material. For more information about the Society, visit


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