My Bernheim Story: Geri Everbach Rybacki

By Jenny Zeller

The author’s grandfather Gerald Everbach, in between Mr & Mrs Frank Bunce.

My grandparents owned the farm up the hill from the Beam Distillery – which now owns it.  When I was a little girl – I guess the early 60s – they would take me to Bernheim and to visit the Bunces {Frank Bunce was Bernheim’s first Forest Manager. Click here to learn more about him}.  Mrs. Bunce was a good cook!  And their house was kind of like a nice log cabin, I recall.

Grandaddy gave an otter to Bernheim – her name was Midge, and we’d go see her there every so often.

Haven’t been to Bernheim in quite some time – have lived in New England most of my adult life.  But I remember it fondly!

-Geri Everbach Rybacki, Berkshires, MA


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