Bidwell House Museum
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The Bidwell House Museum, set in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts, is an elegant Georgian saltbox originally built circa 1760 as a parsonage. Later used as a farm and private home, it has been authentically restored, filled with antiques and is surrounded by 192 acres of beautiful grounds and hiking trails. In operation since 1990, the museum tells the story of 18th century life in the Berkshires through the story of Adonijah Bidwell, the first Minister of the former Township #1, and multiple generations of his family. Each season the Museum offers guided tours of the house, educational lectures, community events and guided walks on the property. The Museum grounds are open year round, free of charge from dawn until dusk and there is a self-guided Native American Interpretive Trail that starts at the house. Trail maps and maps of the Native American Interpretive trail can be found on the front porch of the Museum throughout the year. The house was recently made accessible and visitors who cannot climb stairs have the option to watch the tour of the 2nd floor via tablet.
- 1760's homestead on 192 Acres
- 18th and 19th-century furnishings
- Flower and heirloom vegetable gardens
- Hiking trails, stone walls, fields and forests
Rt. 23 to center of Monterey. Turn on Tyringham Rd, 1.5 miles. Left on Art School Rd, 1 mile; From Pike Exit 2: left on 20, right on 102, left on Tyringham Rd, 5.6 miles, right on Monterey Rd to sign