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The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area includes nine towns in Connecticut and twenty in Massachusetts.

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Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm
Melissa Etheridge is one of rock music’s great female icons, her popularity built around such memorable songs as “I’m the Only One,” “I Want to Come Over,” and “Come to My Window,” a searing song[...]
Washington, CT–Winter Indian Arts & Craft Market @ The Institute for American Indian Studies
Dec 10 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Shop for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts from our local Native American crafters, jewelers, and artists at the Winter Indian Arts & Craft Market! Take advantage of this time to meet and buy directly from[...]
  Celebrate the timeless holiday tradition of A Christmas Carol with the whole family and revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas as told in the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous[...]
Sunday, December 11, is winter holiday festival time in Norfolk, where the town’s merchants start celebrating at 10 a.m. with a day of extended store hours, dining specials, wreaths and trees, and special musical events.[...]
Washington, CT–Winter Indian Arts & Craft Market @ The Institute for American Indian Studies
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Shop for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts from our local Native American crafters, jewelers, and artists at the Winter Indian Arts & Craft Market! Take advantage of this time to meet and buy directly from[...]
Washington, CT–Artifact Identification Day @ The Institute for American Indian Studies
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  Join the conversation as Director of Research & Collections, Lucianne Lavin, Ph.D., identifies and provides interesting commentary about your local stone objects and Native American cultural items. While we can’t appraise or speculate about[...]
Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm
Known country wide for their joy of singing and led by conductor Paula Nuss and accompanist Aurora Cooper, the eighteen-woman ensemble will sing a wide range of holiday songs. Cake and coffee will be served.[...]

Experience the Regions Rich and Varied Heritage.

Featured Tours & Walks

FREE WALKING TOURS

Tour historic estate gardens and town districts, enjoy nature walks and trail hikes, and experience industrial-site ruins that were once thriving industries. Also included is a canoe trip on the Housatonic River, bike rides along scenic country roads, interpretive walks at the area’s oldest cemeteries, a Native American village walk and many other kinds of walks.

GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE EXPERTS

Expert regional historians, naturalists, and environmentalists will lead participants on an exploration to learn about our region’s rich heritage. Historical and cultural venues will open their doors to the public for free behind-the-scenes and estate garden tours; and natural resources organizations will provide access to the region’s most interesting outdoor recreational areas, including the Housatonic River.

NEW THIS YEAR: FARM WALKS

This year’s Walks include ‘farm walks’ that offer residents and visitors an insider view of the area’s operating farms and an opportunity to meet the farmers and ask questions. Participating farms include Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton, MA, Brattle Farm in Lenox, MA, and Freund’s Farm in East Canaan, CT.

HERITAGE WALKS

Three Autumn Weekends Are Filled With Free, Guided Tours. The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area (Housatonic Heritage) invites you to the 15th annual Heritage Walks Weekends on three autumn weekends –Saturday & SundaySeptember 17 & 18, September 24 & 25, and October 1 & 2. More than 50 free, guided tours are offered throughout Berkshire County (MA) and Litchfield County (CT).

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