Returning for the 18th season, the Annual Housatonic Heritage Walks return to the Berkshire in September 2019. Beginning on the weekend of September 7-8 and continuing through all weekends of the month, more than 70 guided walks are offered across the region. Led by knowledgeable local guides, the walks include visits to historic buildings, local ruins, industrial heritage sites, and more.
The first weekend kicks off with a hike in Sheffield, MA, not far from the Staveleigh House Bed and Breakfast. From 9:00 AM to noon on Saturday, September 7th, join naturalist Rene Wendell of The Nature Conservancy for a moderate hike through the Drury Preserve and Moon in the Pond Organic Farm. Your guide will lead you along Schenob Brook on a moderate hike ending with a tour of a local organic farm.
The diversity of the planned events means that there’s something for everyone, including all ages and abilities. Choose from gentle walks through nature, exhilarating treks to waterfalls, visits to historic estates and gardens, or a hike along a portion of the Appalachian Trail. There’s even a 17-mile bike tour along the banks of the Housatonic River and a guided paddleing trip on the river.
Here are but a few of the offerings for this year:
- A walking tour of historic Lenox, MA
- A visit to Chesterwood, scultor Daniel Chester French’s home and studio
- A stroll along the Housatonic River
- An exploration of an historic quarry
- A walking tour of the Church on the Hill
- A hike to Wahconah Falls
- A Behind the Scenes tour of Tanglewood
- A tour of the gardens at Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount
- A mountaintop tour of Mt. Greylock’s summit
- A trip through Balance Rock State Park
For more details on all the planned excursions, along with departure times and directions to the sites, check out the Housatonic Heritage website. Although all the walks are free, you must register in advance to participate. A number of the walks take place in or near Sheffield, MA, making the Staveleigh House Bed and Breakfast the ideal spot to book your stay.