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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

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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The Great Barrington Historic House Tour Invites You Inside

By Amy Krzanik

Many of us enjoy paging through House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, Dwell and other design and decorating magazines looking for inspiration and basically ogling how other people live. Luckily for us, the folks at the Great Barrington Historical Society (GBHS) share our interests. On Saturday, May 2 from 1-5 p.m., GBHS will hold its first annual Historic House Tour, where inquisitive looky-loos will be invited inside three homes in Great Barrington and two in Housatonic.

Highlights include a 1915 English Revival-style home; two Queen Annes (1890s), one of which was recently featured in Berkshire Magazine; an 1884 parsonage designed by Peabody & Stearns of Boston; and an 1879 Greek Revival constructed by the Turner family and featured in Berkshire Living Magazine.

Debbie Oppermann, director of GBHS understands that people love old houses because they are “a tangible part of our past that people can experience now.” Unlike a museum where furnishings or entire rooms oftentimes are roped off, house tours allow visitors to fully experience a past time and place. “You can touch the bannisters and look through the windows,” Oppermann says. “People have a visceral connection to things they treasure and houses are on the top of that list.”

The five well-designed, well-built and, most importantly, well-loved homes all have distinct personalities, and many have original features such as vibrant ceramic fireplace surrounds, intricate stained glass and the gas and electric chandelier pictured left that have survived the ages thanks to careful caregivers. “As the saying goes, ‘you don’t own an old house, you take care of it for the next generation,’” quotes Oppermann.

Proceeds from the tour support the work of the Historical Society and Museum, which collects and preserves artifacts that tell the stories of the people, places and events that make up Great Barrington’s history. In addition to maintaining extensive archives, the Historical Society is restoring a 1771 farmstead that houses its headquarters as well the town museum.

Great Barrington Historical Society House Tour
Saturday, May 2, 1-5 p.m.

Tickets: $25. Call GBHS at (413) 591-8702 or buy online.
A limited number of tickets can be purchased the day of the event at the GB train station or the Ramsdell Library in Housatonic.

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