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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Feb 25 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Join the conversation on the often overlooked topic of the joint Native and African American struggle for equality. Included in price of admission: $10 Adults; $8 Seniors; $6 Children; IAIS Members free. ,
Feb 25 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Gallery Exhibit from February 25 – April 2 (860) 435 – 4423
Lakeville, CT–Student Choreographed Dance Performance @ The Hotchkiss School--Walker Auditorium
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm
Performances at– February 25, 7:30 p.m.  and  February 26, 2:30 p.m. (860) 435 – 4423
Feb 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Gt. Barrington, MA--Winter Snowshoe Walk/Wildlife Tracking/Birding at Housatonic Flats @ Monument Mountain Reservation
Explore the fields and riparian forest and learn to see and read tracks and other signs of wildlife. What winter birds live here? HOUSATONIC FLATS SPONSORS: Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Great Barrington Land Conservancy Leaders:[...]
Lakeville, CT–Hotchkiss Dance Company Performance @ Hotchkiss School--Walker Auditorium
Feb 26 @ 2:30 pm
The Hotchkiss Dance Company presents its annual performance February 25 at 7:30 p.m. and February 26 at 2:30 p.m. New work by Dance Program Director Alice Sarkissian-Wolf will be featured, as well as commissioned works[...]
Mar 1 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years) Berkshire County residents are invited to visit Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is open dawn to dusk. The office and gift shop will be open[...]

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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