African-American Heritage Trail
A program of the Housatonic Heritage to celebrate African-Americans in the region, including W.E.B Du Bois' boyhood homesite and the house where Elizabeth Freeman lived as a slave (413) 528-3391, AfricanAmericanTrail.org.
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, daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., free. Open daily, year-round, for self-guided tours. 117 Cooper Hill Road, Sheffield. (413) 298-3239, ext. 3013., thetrustees.org
Herman Melville's historic house, open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours of the house on the hour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibits: "Pittsfield, 1863," images and stories; straw sculptures by Michael Melle on the grounds. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. (413) 442-1793, mobydick.org.
Talks, hikes, music through October. Summit of Mount Greylock, Adams. (413) 743-1591, bascomlodge.net.
Becket Land Trust
Historic quarry and forest: Self-guided walk explores the former Hudson-Chester Quarry's 100-year history. Open daylight hours year round. Free admission. 456 Quarry Road, Becket. (413) 623-2210, becketlandtrust.org.
Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum
Train museum in restored, historic Lenox Station, which welcomed Gilded Age "cottagers" to their summer homes in the Berkshires. Guided rail yard tour, 1890s wooden baggage car, New Haven caboose, vintage diesel-electric switcher. Locomotive cab rides available. 10 Willow Creek Road, Lenox. (413) 637-2210, berkshirescenicrailroad.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, through Columbus Day. Museum grounds open all year, free. 100 Art School Road, Monterey, (413) 528-6888, www.bidwellhousemuseum.org.
House, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial. Contemporary sculpture show. Tours. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 4 Williamsville Road, off Route 183, Stockbridge. (413) 298-3973, www.chesterwood.org.
Hancock Shaker Village
National Historic Landmark with 20 historic buildings, heirloom medicinal and vegetable gardens, 22,000 examples of Shaker furniture, crafts, tools. Choose Your Own Shaker Adventure tours. Living history, farm animals and woodland trails. WPA exhibit of photographs documenting Shaker life. Hours through Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. (413) 443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org.
Mohican Museum and free self-guided walking tour of Mohican sites. Gardens and museum open daily, free. Colonial revival gardens desiged by landscape architect Fletcher Steele. 19 Main St., Stockbridge. (413) 298-3239, thetrustees.org.
Clues and map to find a hidden story of the Mohican tribe along Main Street in Stockbridge. thetrustees.org.
Pulitzer prize-winning novelist and interior designer Edith Wharton's Gilded-Age home, gardens. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. (413) 551-5111, edithwharton.org.
Designed in the 1880s by McKim, Mead & White, with world-famous gardens by Fletcher Steele: Chinese Gardens, Blue Steps. House and gardens open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. (413) 298-3239, 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. North Adams Museum of History and Science, Building 5A, Western Gateway Heritage State Park. (413) 664-4700, northadamshistory.org.
Park McCullough House
Historic mansion built by attorney and entrepreneur Trenor Park, with croquet on the lawn and concerts in the Carriage Barn, 1 Park Street, 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. Maple Street Cemetery, Adams. www.adamshistorical.us.
Shaker Museum and Library
Free guided tours of the historic North Family site at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday through Oct. 14. 202 Shaker Road, New Lebanon, N.Y. (518) 794-9100, www.shakermuseumandlibrary.org.
Sheffield Historical Society
Free exhibits on local history: "Toys," to Oct. 13. Old Stone Store exhibits open Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dan Raymond House Museum and Mark Dewey Research Center. 159 to 161 Main St., Sheffield. (413) 229-2694, SheffieldHistory.org.
Susan B. Anthony Birthplace
Exhibits on civil rights leader and suffragist Susan B. Anthony's life in the early 1800s. 67 East Road, Adams. (413) 743-7121, www.susanbanthonybirthplace.org.
Gilded Age mansion. "Les Petites Dames de Mode," fashion from 1855 to 1914. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 104 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 637-3206, GildedAge.org.
Former railway yard tells the story of the Hoosac railway tunnel. Western Gateway Heritage State Park, Visitors' Museum. 115 State St., North Adams, (413) 663-6312.
Williamstown History Museum
"Spring Street Then and Now" exhibit, history of the downtown, 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., Williamstown. (413) 458-2160, williamstownhistory.org.
W.E.B. Du Bois Center
The Du Bois Center at Great Barrington's new Museum of Civil Rights Pioneers. Hours: weekends, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 684 Main St., Great Barrington. 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. Anchors 17 sites on the self-guided Du Bois walking and motor tour to the town's people and places as Du Bois recalled them. Birthsite, Homesite, Clinton AME Zion Church. www.duboisnhs.org.