Visitors can tour a 19th century rail yard at the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum -- and learn to drive a locomotive.
Visitors can tour a 19th century rail yard at the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum -- and learn to drive a locomotive. (Eagle file)
Friday May 10, 2013

African American Heritage Trail

A program of the Housatonic Heri tage to celebrate African Amer icans 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, daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., free. Guided tours Saturdays and Sundays, July 6 to Sept. 1, 1 and 2 p.m. Open daily, year-round, for self-guided tours. 117 Cooper Hill Road, Sheffield. (413) 298-3239, ext. 3013.

Arrowhead

Opening May 25, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours of the house on the hour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibits will include "Pittsfield, 1863" images and stories of Pittsfield citizens in that iconic year; a straw sculpture by Michael Melle on the grounds. 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: 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. Exhibits and programs at 12 Brooker Hill Road (Rte.8), Becket. (413) 623-2100, www.becketlandtrust.org.

Berkshire Scenic Railway

Train museum in restored, historic New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Station that welcomed Gilded Age "cottagers" to their summer homes in the Berkshires, opens May 25. Model O Gauge Layout with operating accessories, lights and sounds. Guided rail yard tour: working replica block station,1890s wooden baggage car, New Haven caboose, vintage diesel-electric switcher. Locomotive cab rides available. "Locomotive Experience" on select Saturdays: instruction and hands-on training to operate a 120-ton locomotive. Course ends in allowing students to operating1953 EMD SW-8 #8619 in the rail yard.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, Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Museum grounds 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, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., opening May 25. Guided tours Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 4 Williamsville Road, off Route 183, Stockbridge. Berkshire County residents’ day Sept. 7. (413) 298-3579, www.chesterwood.org.

Great Barrington Historical Society

Free tours each Sunday, noon to 4 p.m, of the c. 1771 Capt. Truman Wheeler House, 817 South Main St. Artifacts from the Society’s collection, plus original details of the house such as blacksmith-made hardware, paneling, fireplaces, wide-floor boards. Tours are through Columbus Day weekend.

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. Young Shaker’s Tour Sundays June 26-Sept. 1 at 10:30 a.m. -- see the Village through the eyes of a Shaker child. Attics and Basements Tour, Sundays June 30 -Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. Living history, farm animals and woodland trails. WPA exhibit of photographs documenting Shaker life. Hours through June 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and July 1 through Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. (413) 443-0188. hancockshakervillage.org.

Lee Congregational Church

Summer sanctuary tours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. from June through August. "Trompe l’oeil" (fool-the-eye) stenciling. Romanesque architecture, tallest wooden frame steeple in New England. Benefits Historic Pres ervation Fund of the church. 25 Park Place, Lee. (413) 464-8308

Mission House

Mohican Museum and free self-guided walking tour of Mohican sites. Gardens and museum open daily from May 26 to Oct. 15, free. Garden tours Thurs days at 2 p.m. beginning June 6. Guided museum tours Saturdays and Sun days, July through Sept. 2, 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Landscape architect Fletcher Steele designed Col onial Revival gardens:. 19 Main St., Stock bridge. (413) 298-3239.

Mohicans Quest

Clues and map to find a hidden story of the Mohican tribe along Main Street in Stockbridge. www.thetrustees.org

The Mount

Pulitzer prize-winning novelist and interior designer Edith Wharton’s Gilded-Age home and gardens. Ghost tours Mondays, June 24 to Aug. 26 at7:30 p.m., and Fridays beginning Sept. 6. Lenox.

Naumkeag

Home of the Choate family de signed in the 1880s by McKim, Mead & White, with world-famous gardens by Fletcher Steele: Chinese Gardens, Blue Steps. House and gardens open May 25 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Upstairs and Downstairs tours Sat urdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. begining May 25. Guided garden tours Thursday to Monday weekly, 11 a.m. an 1 p.m., beginning May 25. Children’s tours 2 p.m. and croquet on the lawn 3 p.m. Thursdays, beginning May 30. Yoga in the gardens weekly, Tuesdays at noon in July and August. Prospect Hill Road, Stock bridge. 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. Annual Commemoration of the Siege of Fort Massachusetts, Aug. 18. North Adams Museum of History and Science, Building 5A Western Gateway Heritage State Park. 413-664-4700 or nahs@bcn.net or 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 7 to Oct. 13. 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 from July 5 to Oct. 14. 202 Shaker Road, New Lebanon, N.Y. (518) 794-9100. www.shakermuseumandlibrary.org.

Sheffield Historical Society

Free exhibits on local history: "Unmentionables: Underwear, Out house and Ooh-La-La," May 18 to July 7; "The Ashley Family Papers," July 13 to Aug. 25; and "Toys," Aug. 31 to Oct. 13. Old Stone Store exhibits open Sat urdays and Sun days 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 159 to 161 Main St., Sheffield. Dan Ray mond 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. Children’s story hours, Saturdays at 10 a.m. June 1 to Sept. 14. Woman’s literacy program first Fridays monthly, 6:15 p.m. East Road, Adams. www.susanbanthonybirthplace.org, (413) 743-7121.

Ventfort Hall

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. Summer Play "Morgan O’Yuki: Geisha of the Gilded Age," Wednesday and Thursday, 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m., and Sundays at 10 a.m. 104 Walker St., Lenox. 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

"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., 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 Barr 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. 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