Thursday September 6, 2012

African American Trail

A program of the Housatonic Heri tage to celebrate African Americans in the region. www.AfricanAmericanTrail.org.

Ashley House

Site on the African American Heritage trail tells the story of Elizabeth Freeman, who sued for her freedom in 1781, helping to end slavery in Massachusetts. New outdoor exhibit on Freeman's life and legacy. Guided tours Saturdays and Sundays, July through August, 1 and 2 p.m. Open daily, year-round, for self-guided tours. 117 Cooper Hill Road, Sheffield. (413) 298-3239, ext. 3013.

Arrowhead

Herman Melville's house. Open to Columbus Day 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hourly tours daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. (413) 442-1793, www.mobydick.org.

Bascom Lodge

Entertainment, talks, hikes, music through October. Summit of Mount Greylock, Adams. (413) 743-1591, www.bascomlodge.net.

Becket Land Trust

Historic Quarry and Forest: Hundreds of artifacts and dynamic vistas define this year-round outdoor quarry museum and expansive nature preserve. A self-guided historic walk explores the former Hudson-Chester Quarry's 100-year history. Open daylight hours year round. Free admission; maps and brochures at entry kiosk. Off route 20, 456 Quarry Road, Becket. Coordinating exhibits and programs at 12 Brooker Hill Road (Rte.8), Becket. (413) 623-2100, www.becketlandtrust.org.

Berkshire Scenic Railway

Train museum in Lenox. 10 Willow Creek Road, Lenox. (413) 636-2210, wwwberkshirescenicrailroad.com.

Bidwell House Museum

Colonial history museum and historic 1750s house. Early farm and garden tools, wooded trails, flower and heirloom vegetable gardens on 192-acre grounds. House open Thursdays to Mondays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with tours on the hour, to Columbus Day. Museum grounds -- 192 acres of woods, fields, historic stone walls, trails -- open all year free. 100 Art School Road, Mont erey. "Garden Angels" volunteer gardening, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. 100 Art School Road, Monterey, (413) 528-6888, www.bidwellhousemuseum.org.

Chesterwood

House, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial. Contemporary sculpture show. Tours. Open daily through Oct. 10, weekends through Oct. 30. Guided tours Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 4 Williamsville Road, off Route 183, Stockbridge. (413) 298-3579, www.chesterwood.org.

Hancock Shaker Village

Living history, farm animals, gardens and trails. WPA exhibit of photographs documenting Shaker life. Hours through Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. (413) 443-0188. hancockshakervillage.org.

Lee Congregational Church

Lee Congregational Church tours, Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 2 to Oct. 6. Trompe l'oeil (fool-the-eye ) stenciling, Romanesque architecture, tallest wooden-frame steeple in New England. Donations go to Berkshire Gateway Preservation Project. 25 Park Place, Lee. (413) 464-8308.

Mission House

Mohican Museum and free self-guided walking tour of Mohican sites. Gardens and Indian Museum open daily from May 26 to Oct. 15, free. Guided tours Saturdays and Sun days, July through August, 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Landscape architect Fletcher Steele designed the Col onial Revival gardens: 100 herbs, perennials and annuals that had culinary or medicinal value. 19 Main St., Stockbridge. (413) 298-3239.

Naumkeag

Historic home of the Choate family designed in the 1880s by McKim, Mead & White, with world-famous gardens by Fletcher Steele: Chinese Gardens, Blue Steps. Open to Oct. 15, daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided garden tours Thursdays weekly, through Aug. 30. Yoga in the gardens weekly, Tuesdays noon to 12:30 p.m., to Aug. 28. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stock bridge. (413) 298-3239, (413) 298-8138' www.thetrustees.org.

North Adams Museum

Exhibits on science and local history. Open Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Western Heritage Gateway State Park, Route 8, North Adams, (413) 664-4700, www.
northadamshistory.org.

Park McCullough House

Historic mansion with croquet on the lawn and concerts in the Carriage Barn, 1 Park St., North Bennington, Vt. (802) 442-5441, www.parkmccullough.org.

Quaker Meeting House

Built in 1782 by the East Hoosuck Meeting of the Society of Friends, place of worship of the family of Susan B. Anthony. Free tours: Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., July 10 to Oct. 9. Maple Street Cemetery, Adams. www.adamshistorical.org.

Sheffield Historical Society

Old Stone Store exhibits open Sat urdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 159 to 161 Main St., Sheffield. Dan Raymond House Museum and Mark Dewey Research Center. (413) 229-2694, www.SheffieldHistory.org.

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace

Exhibits on civil rights leader and suffragist Susan B. Anthony's life in the early 1800s. Open to Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Monday. 67 East Road, Adams. www.susanbanthony
birthplace.org, (413) 743-7121.

Ventfort Hall

Gilded Age mansion. Tuesday talks. "Les Petites Dames de Mode," fashion from 1855 to 1914. Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and weekends and holidays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 104 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 637-3206. www.GildedAge.org.

Western Gateway

Former railway yard tells the story of the Hoosac railway tunnel. West ern Gateway Heritage State Park, Visitors' Museum, 115 State St., North Adams, (413) 663-6312.

Williamstown History Museum

"Williamstown in the Civil War" exhibit, "From Wilderness to Williams town" and "Wartimes: World events that shaped our history," free, open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Talks, children's discovery room and research center. Milne Library, 1095 Main St., Williams town. (413) 458-2160, www.
williamstownhistory.org.

W.E.B. Du Bois Center

The Du Bois Center at Great Bar rington's new Museum of Civil Rights Pioneers. Hours: weekends, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 684 Main St., Great Bar ington; www.DuBoisCenterGB.org.

W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite

Boyhood home of the internationally acclaimed Civil Rights leader, scholar, activist and writer known for "Souls of Black Folk" and other works. Open for self-guided tours in daylight hours. On Route 23. www.duboishomesite.org.