You’d expect to find an interesting history of life in the Berkshires at the Bidwell House Museum in Monterey, Massachusetts. But what may surprise you are all the other enjoyable things it offers, including gorgeous gardens, theater, musical performances, and hiking.
Bidwell House Museum is a New England Heritage Site, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and set in the beautiful Berkshire hills. Originally built around 1750 by the Reverand Adonijah Bidwell, the elegant Georgian saltbox has been authentically restored and filled with beautiful 18th and 19th Century antiques. The setting is equally stunning, with nearly 200 acres of lovely grounds and hiking trails. The Museum is open from Memorial Day through Columbus Day and tours are given on the hour.
After touring inside the home, head outside to take in the Bidwell Gardens. Beautiful perennial beds are nestled along the terraced stone walls surrounding the Bidwell House. You’ll also find a Heritage Vegetable Garden, showcasing an early Colonial style and variety of plants, and an Heirloom Herb Garden. The remaining outdoor area contains footpaths leading to historic markers on the property and a series of hiking trails through the woodlands. One could easily spend a leisurely afternoon here.
Currently in the planning is the Bidwell House Museum 2018 schedule of events, which will include interesting talks, walks, and other enjoyable outings. Be sure to check the Museum’s website as the summer season gets closer for a full listing.
Bidwell House Museum
100 Art School Road, Monterey, MA
Memorial Day – Columbus Day
Thursday – Monday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (closes Tuesday – Wednesday)
Adults, $10; Seniors, $8; Students, $5; Children under 6, free
Now is a great time to plan a summer trip to the Berkshires and to book your stay at Staveleigh House! You’ll find we’re a convenient location for touring Bidwell House and many of the top attractions in the area.
Photos courtesy of Bidwell House Museum.