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Historic Homes & Museums

Historic Homes & Museums

Historic Homes

Arrowhead • Inspired by his friend, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville moved into his Berkshire home in 1783. A rambling old farm house, it became his home for his family.

780 Holmes Road Pittsfield MA 01201 • 413.442.1793
www.mobydick.org

Ashley House • Built in 1735 by French and Indian War veteran Colonel John Ashley, this house is said to be the oldest complete house in the Berkshires.

117 Cooper Hill Road Ashley Falls Sheffield MA 01257 • 413.229.8600
www.berkshireweb.com/trustees/ashley.html

Bidwell House and Gardens • Elegant Georgian saltbox, authentically restored, filled with antiques and surrounded by 192 acres of beautiful grounds and hiking trails. Memorial to Columbus Day.

Art School Road Monterey MA 01245 • 413.528.6888
bidwellhousemuseum.org

Chesterwood • A National Trust Historic Site, the country home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French on 122 acres in the hamlet of Glendale.

4 Williamsville Road Stockbridge MA 01262 • 413.298.3579
www.chesterwood.org

Merwin House & Gardens • William and Elizabeth Doane purchased this handsome house in 1875 as their summer retreat. They named it "Tranquility" as it overlooks a peaceful bend in the Housatonic River.

14 Main Street Stockbridge MA 01262 • 617.994.6662
www.historicnewengland.org

The Mount • Edith Wharton's home includes the house and gardens she created for herself as a writer's retreat and a haven of unparalleled beauty. Open daily May-October.

2 Plunket Street Lenox MA 01240 • 413.551.5111
www.EdithWharton.org

Naumkeag • Joseph Choate, a leading 19th-century attorney, hired the architectural firm of McKim, Mead, & White to design the 44-room “cottage” to serve as a summer retreat for three generations.

5 Prospect Hill Road Stockbridge MA 01262 • 413.298.8138
www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/berkshires/naumkeag.html

Springwood • Franklin Delano Roosevelt's home on the Hudson River, the estate that he loved and the place he considered home.

4097 Albany Post Road Hyde Park NY 12538 • 800.FDR.VISIT
www.nps.gov/hofr/index.htm

Vanderbilt Estate • A remarkably complete example of a gilded-age country place, illustrating the political, economic, social, cultural, and demographic changes that occurred in America.

4097 Albany Post Road Hyde Park NY 12538 • 845.229.7770
www.nps.gov/vama

Ventfort Hall • Built as a summer cottage by the, sister of J.P. Morgan. This magnificent Berkshires "Cottage" is familiar as the exterior for The Cider House Rules. Open daily year-round.

104 Walker Street Lenox MA 01240 • 413.637.3206
www.gildedage.org

William Cullen Bryant Homestead • From its iconic red barn to elegant allee of maples, this lovely property is testament to the poet's ideal of living mindfully on the land. Grounds open all year.

207 Bryant Road Cummington MA 01026 • 413.532.1631
www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/pioneer-valley/bryant-homestead.html

Museums

Berkshire Museum • Berkshire Museum offers a unique array of exhibitions, activities, and attractions for visitors of all ages. Please visit website for special events and exhibits.

39 South Street Pittsfield MA 01201 • 413.443.7171
www.Berkshiremuseum.org

Berkshire Rail Museum • An all-volunteer, non-profit organization founded in 1984, our mission is to preserve the history of railroading, particularly in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts.

10 Willow Creek Road Lenox MA 01240 • 413.637.2210
www.berkshirescenicrailroad.org

Clark Art Institute • The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is an art museum and an international center for research and higher education, welcoming visitors to experience its outstanding collections.

225 South Street Williamstown MA 01267 • 413.458.2303
www.clarkart.edu

Mattatuck Museum • A center of art and history, a gathering place that nurtures creativity and learning through transformative experiences to encourage a deeper understanding of ourselves and our heritage.

144 West Main Street Waterbury CT 06702 • 203.753.0381
www.mattatuckmuseum.org

Norman Rockwell Museum • The preeminent museum of American illustration art and dedicated to art education and art appreciation inspired by the enduring legacy of the artist.

9 Route 183 Stockbridge MA 01262 • 413.298.4100
www.nrm.org

Williams College Museum of Art • An active collecting museum, we teach art by supporting teaching and learning across fields of study. Galleries, exhibitions, and programs free and open to public.

15 Lawrence Hall Williamstown MA 01267 • 413.597.2429
www.wcma.org

Northwest Connecticut Cultural Events - www.artsnwct.org/calendar.php

Southern Berkshires Events - www.iberkshires.com/ae

Dutchess County Cultural Events - www.artsmidhudson.org/html/calendar.html