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History in the Berkshires

Naumkeag Estate and Gardens
A marvelous, Gilded-Age country estate fondly referred to as one of the “Berkshire Cottages.”  Renowned for its amazing gardens designed by famed Victorian garden designer Fletcher Steele.  Beautiful home and gardens with an outstanding view.  Seasonal hours. www.thetrustees.org
Travel time from inn – approx. 5 minutes

Mission House  c. 1742
This official National Historic Landmark home to the first missionary to the Mohican Indians.  A real glimpse into Colonial history and the history of the Native Americans who lived here. Seasonal hours.  www.thetrustees.org
Travel time from inn – approx. 5 minutes

The Mount (Home of Edith Wharton)
Home of famous author Edith Wharton where she penned many of her best works, including Ethan Frome.  Beautiful house and gardens designed by Wharton herself. Tours from May – October.  Special year-round events.  www.edithwharton.org
Travel time from inn – approx. 12 minutes

Arrowhead (Home of Herman Melville)
Home of famed author of Moby Dick, Herman Melville c. 1816.  Museum is open for seasonal tours from May – October.  www.berkshirehistory.org
Travel time from inn – approx. 20 minutes

Venfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum
Beautiful Jacobean Revival mansion previously belonging to Sarah, sister of J. Pierpont Morgan c. 1891. Described as “one of the most beautiful places in Lenox.”  Open year-round for tours, special events and exhibits. www.gildedage.org
Travel time from inn – Approx. 15 minutes

Chesterwood (Home of Daniel Chester French)
Country home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost public sculptor responsible for the Seated Lincoln in Washington D.C. and the Minuteman in Lexington.  Studio tours for up-close viewings of his work. Home, gardens and museum with gift shop.  Tours from May – October. www.chesterwood.org
Travel time from inn – approx. 7 minutes

Colonel Ashley House
A living testimony to two people who fought for different freedoms: the home of Revolutionary Colonel John Ashley, who fought against the tyranny of the British, and his slave, Mum Bett, who sued Ashley for her freedom.  Rich history in a beautiful setting.  Seasonal tours from May – October. www.thetrustees.org
Travel time from inn – approx. 15 minutes

W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite
The site of the boyhood home of DuBois, renowned civil rights leader and co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP.  www.duboishomesite.org
Travel time from inn – approx. 7 minutes

Shays’ Rebellion Marker
Stone marker standing as a reminder of the last battle of Shays’ Rebellion.  www.hmdb.org
Travel time from inn – approx. 10 minutes

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