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Historic Homes, Museums & Gardens

Adams, MA
Susan B. Anthony Birthplace & Museum

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Montgomery Place
A 434-acre intact Hudson River Valley estate

Athens, NY

Howard Hall Farm a laboratory for restoration training

Austerlitz, NY

Old Austerlitz

Germantown, NY

Clermont an early Hudson River estate


Olana
Home of Hudson River School painter Frederic Church

Hudson, NY

The American Museum of Firefighting

Hyde Park, NY


Home of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt

The Vanderbilt Mansion relic of the Gilded Age

Kent, CT

Sloane Stanley Museum artist’s studio and tool collection

Kinderhook, NY

U. S. President Martin Van Buren house

Lenox, MA


The Mount Edith Wharton’s estate and gardens

Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio Cubist paintings in a Modernist house

Ventfort Hall the Gilded Age Museum

New Lebanon, NY

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon

Pittsfield, MA

Hancock Shaker Village

Arrowhead home of Herman Melville.

Rhinebeck, NY

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome aircraft and auto museum; air shows


Wilderstein Historic Site elaborate Queen-Anne style house of the Suckleys. 

Poughkeepsie, NY

Locust Grove home of Samuel F.B. Morse

Sheffield, MA

Ashley House c. 1735 house; oldest in Berkshire County

Staatsburgh, NY

Mills Mansion house remodeled in Beaux Arts style by McKim, Mead & White

Stockbridge, MA

Chesterwood Estate & Museum home of Lincoln memorial sculptor Daniel Chester French

Mission House 1739 house with Colonial Revival garden


Naumkeag McKim, Mead & White summer cottage and gardens

Williamstown, MA

The Folly at Field Farm Modernist house and sculpture garden

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Gawkers, Welcome to Spencertown’s First-Ever Kitchen Tours

By Rachel Louchen

It’s generally considered that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Even bad cooks have to acknowledge that, at the very least, it’s an important room. Spencertown, NY will open the door to its gleaming stovetops, pristine countertops, cherry-paneled cabinets and fine appliances with a tour of eight kitchens on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The first-time event for Spencertown will raise funds for St. Peter’s Church to help defray costs incurred during restoration of the late 18th-century church, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The tour is a fun way to raise money for the church while also giving recognition to the residents whose style give Spencertown so much of its charm. The idea was brought to event organizer Barbara Smith by her neighbor who saw how popular and successful these events are in Los Angeles. Smith thought it would be a natural fit for her town with its variety of architecture.

The homes on view are diverse, featuring classic architecture to the most modern of-the-moment styles with an abundance of stainless steel appliances. “The kitchens selected are meant to show a range of styles,” says Smith. “There is a hearth in an early house, a Shaker-inspired kitchen, Asian-style architecture and a working catering kitchen.”

One of the kitchens was designed by Michael Krieger, a well-known New York interior decorator and Spencertown resident, and another by Jeff Fink, a local builder. A reception Friday night (also a fund raiser) will feature the kitchen of Jack Shear and Ellsworth Kelly; two people who know a thing or two about design aesthetics. Who wouldn’t want a peek into their home?

Each of the eight homes, located within the rural hamlet, is the product of the homeowner’s hard work and good eye. Now, they’re waiting for your inspection.

Friends of Historic St. Peter’s Kitchen Tour
Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets $30, are available online, at St.Peter’s the day of the event and by calling (518) 392-9695.

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