History all summer


African American Trail

A program of the Housatonic Heri tage to celebrate African Amer icans in the region. www.AfricanAmerican

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. Cooper Hill Road, Ashley Falls section of Sheffield, near Bartholomew's Cobble.


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.

Berkshire Scenic Railway

Train museum in Lenox. www.berk

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, Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Museum grounds -- 192 acres of woods, fields, historic stone walls, trails and picnic sites -- open all year free. 100 Art School Road, Monterey. "Garden Angels" volunteer gardening with Ruth Green, Head Gardener, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. (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 through Oct. 10, weekends through Oct. 30. Guided tours of Daniel Chester French's historic Studio and residence Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Stockbridge.

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.

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 at Mission House, with dooryard garden of circular brick paths enclosed by a cypress fence. A kitchen garden divided by crushed stone walkways contains 100 herbs, perennials and annuals that had culinary or medicinal value to early colonists. 19 Main St., Stockbridge.


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 May 26 to Oct. 15, daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided garden tours Thursdays weekly, July 5 through Aug. 30. Yoga in the gardens weekly, Tuesdays noon to 12:30 p.m., July 3 to Aug. 28. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. (413) 298-3239 (weekdays), (413) 298-8138 (weekends). Trustees of Res ervations, 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, North Adams.

Park McCullough House

Historic mansion with croquet on the lawn and concerts in the Carriage Barn, North Bennington, Vt.

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 by Adams His torical Society and Adams Historical Com mission. Open Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., July 10 to Oct. 9. Maple Street Cemetery, Adams. www.adamshistorical.org.

Shaker Museum and Library

Restoring the Shakers' Village: open July 4 to Labor Day, Saturday to Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free guided tours at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Learn about the Shakers of Mount Lebanon and see what the Museum is doing to restore the village. Darrow School, Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. Schedule of events at www.shakermuseumandlibrary.org.

Sheffield Historical Society

Old Stone Store with rotating exhibits open Saturdays 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.

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace

Americal civil rights leader and suffragist Susan B. Anthony's historic house and exhibits about her career. This rural, Federal-style home, containing a portrait gallery, legacy room, and birthing room, depicts family and work life in the early 1800s. Open to Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Monday.

Ventfort Hall

Museum of the Gilded Age mansion. Tuesday talks. Concerts and theater: One-woman play tells story of Clara Schumann, world-renowed concert pianist and composer. "Les Petites Dames de Mode," 60 dolls portraying 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.

Western Gateway

Historic and railroad exhibits. West ern Gateway Heritage State Park, Visitors' Museum, North Adams.

Williamstown History Museum

"Williamstown in the Civil War" exhibit, "From Wilderness to Williams town" and "Wartimes: World events that shaped our history," free and open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. History talks, children's discovery room and research center. Williamstown.

W.E.B. DuBois 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, spring, summer and fall in daylight hours. On Route 23, just west of Route 71. www.dubois


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