Jefferson was a great favorite with the people of Cheshire, and to show their regard to him, and their approval of his policy, they made for him a mammoth cheese, which was sent to Washington, and there January 1, 1802, presented to him, by Rev. John Leland, as a New Years gift.
The mode of its manufacture was the following: On a given day, the dairy women of the down sent their curds to one place; but the quantity thus collected was too great to be pressed at once, even in a cider mill, so that three additional cheeses were made, weighing seventy pounds each. The big cheese weighed 1,450 pounds."
From the Gazetteer of Berkshire County, Mass, 1725-1885, by Hamilton Child (n.p. 1885).