Experience the rich history, culture and nature in the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area through hiking, biking, historic homes, river experiences and more.


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We seek to to tell the story of the Upper Housatonic Valley by interpreting our unique heritage in compelling and engaging ways.


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


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Southern Berkshire Clergy Association Presents: Reclaiming Our Cooperative Heritage – DuBois’ Vision, King’s Dream, Our Opportunity–A Healing Path to Racial and Economic Justice Inspired by W.E.B. DuBois’ vision of African American prosperity through cooperative enterprises[...]
Free — All Welcome! The Housatonic to Boston: A Paddler’s Story– Denny will describe his recent canoe trip starting in the Sheffield Plain on the Housatonic River and winding across Massachusetts to finish at the[...]
Jan 21 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
  Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox Audience: Adult Members: $10.00 —  Nonmembers: $15.00 Strap on snowshoes (or microspikes, depending on conditions) and join us for a hike to the wintery summit of Lenox Mountain (2,126 feet). We’ll track[...]
Jan 21 @ 3:30 pm
Who was the Irish Bridget? What relevance does her story have to historic house museums? Scholar Dr. Margaret Lynch-Brennan will have the answers when she presents a tea and talk based on her new book,[...]
Dr. Charles Canham, Forest Ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY, will review the forces that have created the current forested landscape of New England, and the myriad human impacts that will[...]
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Inspired by Edith Wharton’s life, love affair, marriage and writing, “Leisure & Lust” is a unique theater experience specifically directed to be performed in Wharton’s home. Leisure & Lust is a psychological journey through the[...]

Experience the Regions Rich and Varied Heritage.

Featured Tours & Walks


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.


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.


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.


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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