Greylock is the figure-head of the county of Berkshire. I might say that it is the figure-head of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, if some Boston critic would not cry out that the hill-folk are trying to run the ship of state stern foremost. But the figure-head of the county it plainly is, and a noble one. What a grand terminal it affords for the mountain bulwarks that so grandly sweep up to it on either side the symmetrical valley.
How proudly it lifts itself against the northern sky, the crested front of the mighty landscape!
…A finer imagination early seized upon the likeness to the grey locks of an old man, which the top of the highest peak presents when whitened by the snows or frosts of late fall or early spring, while the body of the hill is clothed in dark forests; and that summit became Greylock; one of the most poetic names which ever added grace to the loveliness of nature.
Taghonic, by Godfrey Greylock, (Lee and Shepard, 1879).