Step back in time to the Berkshires of the 1760’s with a visit The Bidwell House Museum, an authentically restored historic house and museum, in Monterey, MA. The beautifully maintained grounds include 192 acres of gardens, fields, forest, stone walls, and trails.
The Bidwell House Museum is an elegant, two-story, post-and-beam, Georgian saltbox that was constructed as a parsonage, circa 1750. Its location marks the center of what was originally known as Housatonic Township Number 1. Docent led guided tours of this beautifully restored home are recommended. In fact, they’re the only way to see the interior!
House Tours begin outside with a focus on the grounds and architecture. Inside, a tour of the first and second floors further reveal the history of the house, the Bidwell family, and 18th century life in the Berkshires. A virtual tour on tablet is available for those unable to manage the stairs to the second floor.
A Family Tour, for children 12 and under, focuses on what it would have been like to be a child here in the 18th century. Children on the tour are invited to ask questions, make observations, and participate in some simple activities.
The Bidwell House Museum also offers a Woodland Walk. This special tour retraces the steps of the local Native American tribe, who lived in the area for thousands of years. Self-guided trail hikes are also available.
Touring the museum and grounds offers visitors a personal encounter with history. You’ll learn all about early American home life and early farming in the Berkshires. The beautifully restored historic home, 18th century home furnishings, and the lush, Berkshire landscape that surrounds it are well worth your time and attention.
Bidwell House Museum
100 Art School Road, Monterey, MA 01245
Open Thursday through Monday, Memorial Day to Columbus Day.
Museum grounds are open year round for walking and nature watching.
Visit the Bidwell House Museum online for directions and more info. You can also follow the museum on Facebook.
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