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Chesterwood - Photo by Ron Blunt Chesterwood

Chesterwood is the country home, studio and gardens of America's foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931).  Situated on 122 acres in the idyllic hamlet of Glendale near West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, the property and its buildings were donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation by French's daughter, Margaret French Cresson (1889-1973).

Clark Art Institute Clark Art Institute

The Clark is dynamic institution welcoming visitors year-round to experience outstanding European and American art in a beautiful rural setting.  Surrounded by 140 acres of woodlands, meadows and hiking trails, the Clark's intimately scaled galleries are home to an exceptional collection.  The Clark is renowned for its French Impressionists paintings by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The collection is also rich in American works by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and Frederic Remington, British Art by J.M.W. Turner and John Constable, and Italian Renaissance masterpieces, and Old Master paintings.
The Mount - Photo by David Dashiell Edith Wharton's Home - The Mount

"But meanwhile The Mount was to give me country cares and joys, long happy rides and drives through the wooded lanes of that loveliest region, the companionship of a few dear friends, and the freedom from trivial obligations which was necessary if I was to go on with my writing. The Mount was my first real home…its blessed influence still lives in me."

Hancock Shaker Village

Hancock Shaker Village

“The Hancock Shaker Village is one of America’s finest and most authentic living history museums. A National Historic Landmark, HSV preserves hundreds of acres of farm, meadow, woodland, watershed and hiking trails, it is the most comprehensively interpreted Shaker site housing a premier collection of original Shaker furniture, art, objects, tools, textiles and other artifacts. The Village has 18 significant historic buildings, a modern Visitors Center that accommodates customer service, exhibit and conference spaces, a café and museum store.”

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Herman Melville's Arrowhead Farm

The Berkshire Historical Society, a non-profit corporation dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating the history of Berkshire County in western Massachusetts. In addition, the Berkshire Historical Society is committed to the preservation and interpretation of Arrowhead, home of author Herman Melville, the first National Historic Landmark to be so designated in Berkshire County.

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Since opening in 1999, MASS MoCA has become one of the world's premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time. With annual attendance of 120,000, it ranks among the most visited institutions in the United States dedicated to new art. More than 80 major new works of art and more than 50 performances have been created through fabrication and rehearsal residencies in North Adams, making MASS MoCA perhaps the most fertile site in the country for new art. The museum thrives on making and presenting work that is fresh, surprising, and challenging.
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Journey back in time at this Colonial-era house and museum, a National Historic Landmark that tells the story of the Stockbridge Mohicans and missionary John Sergeant.
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Experience Gilded-Age style and splendor at this marvelous estate, renowned for its elegant gardens and rare Berkshire “Cottage.”
The “Four Freedoms” gallery at Norman Rockwell Museum. Photo courtesy of Berkshire Visitors Bureau. All rights reserved. Norman Rockwell Museum

The museum is a gathering place for reflection, involvement, and discovery through the enjoyment of the artist’s work. Norman Rockwell’s unique contributions to art and society, popular culture and social commentary influence the museum’s programs and interpretations.

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One of the most popular writers in her time, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) ranks today as a major figure in 20th-century American literature. The mission of The Edna St. Vincent Millay Society is to preserve her legacy for the future
Photo courtesy of Ventfort Hall & Kevin Sprague Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum

Ventfort Hall was one of the approximately seventy-five so-called “Cottages” built in Lenox in the last century when the village became a popular Gilded Age resort. Located on spacious grounds in the heart of the village, it is partially restored and open to the public. Through lectures, exhibits, theatrical performances and other events, The Museum of the Gilded Age interprets the great changes that occurred in American life, industry, and society during the Nineteenth Century, a fascinating period of American history.

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