Monterey: Final weekend of Bidwell House tours


The Bidwell House Museum, the Berkshires' colonial history museum, is offering a full weekend of tours of the historic home and gardens before closing for the season on Labor Day.

"Colonial Life in the Berkshires Tour of the 1760s Home and Gardens" is offered at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Thursday through Monday, Sept. 1 to 5.

Visitors have the opportunity to experience life of the early settlers in the authentic historic home, the only pre-Revolutionary War house in the Berkshires open to the public that is on its original site.

The house is fully furnished with period antiques, household tools and textiles.

The museum, which is listed in the State Register of Historic Places, has received a $50,000 matching grant from the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund through the Massachusetts Historical Commission. The museum is closing early this year in order to carry out restoration work on the historic structure.

The museum grounds with perennial and vegetable gardens, miles of stone walls and forested trails on 192 acres remain open year round, free of charge. Fall weekend programs will also continue.

The Bidwell House Museum is located at 100 Art School Road. Information:, 413-528-6888 or


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