The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area Exists To Illuminate The Diverse, Rich Identity Of The Upper Housatonic River Valley Region & To Preserve & Promote Its Historical, Cultural & Natural Resources.


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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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TWO WEEKS OF WINTER FUN IN BEAUTIFUL NORTHWEST CONNECTICUT – Feb. 11 – 28, 2016 Detailed Events (dates/times of events) can be found at– Bring your friends and family and join us for Jumpfest!,[...]
Guest Concert: Quink, Dutch Vocal Ensemble @ Katherine Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center--The Hotchkiss School
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WordXWord has challenged 11 poets to create 10 original performance pieces in response to Norman Rockwell illustrations via a random draw from a collection curated by the NRM. The invited poets represent a wide range[...]
TWO WEEKS OF WINTER FUN IN BEAUTIFUL NORTHWEST CONNECTICUT – Feb. 11 – 28, 2016 Detailed Events (dates/times of events) can be found at– Bring your friends and family and join us for Jumpfest!,[...]
Feb 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Rick Prew – Property Manager, Berkshire Sanctuaries Audience: All (suitable for children 8 – 18 years) Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices. Winter is a great time[...]
Feb 13 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
There were team and individual contests of skill and games of chance. Spend the morning having some family fun playing traditional games such as snowsnake, shinney, and archery! We will end around a campfire in[...]
Feb 13 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Food historian Francine Segan and “The Art of Dining at Downton Abbey” and “Life Is a Picnic!” She returns just before Valentine’s Day to take her audience on a tasty tour of “Chocolate! From Bean[...]
Feb 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Photographer Hunter Neal spent two weeks at Meekertown cabin, deep in the woods of GMF. Without any modern conveniences except a camera, he thrived, and produced some incredibly beautiful photographs. Come see his presentation, accompanied[...]

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 12th annual Heritage Walks Weekends on three autumn weekends –Saturday & SundaySeptember 19 & 20, September 26 & 27, and October 4 & 5. More than 50 free, guided tours are offered throughout Berkshire County (MA) and Litchfield County (CT).

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