The Berkshires are all about history and played a large part in the growth of our nation. Here are the homes of some of its most noteworthy citizens.
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 413.442.1793www.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 413.229.8600www.berkshireweb.com
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 413.528.6888bidwellhousemuseum.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.
4 Williamsville Road Stockbridge MA 01262 413.298.3579www.chesterwood.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 413.551.5111www.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 413.298.8138www.thetrustees.org
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.VISITwww.nps.gov
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 845.229.7770www.nps.gov
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 413.637.3206gildedage.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 413.532.1631www.thetrustees.org