Historic Homes & Museums
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.
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.
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.
Chesterwood • A National Trust Historic Site, the country home, studio and gardens of Americas foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French on 122 acres in the hamlet of Glendale.
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.
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.
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.
Springwood • Franklin Delano Roosevelt's home on the Hudson River, the estate that he loved and the place he considered home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.