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


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On Wednesday, October 19 at 7 pm a new play written and directed by J. Peter Bergman will open for four performances on consecutive evenings. ‘MELVILLE. . .ON THE LIGHT SIDE” takes a different look at the[...]
Instructor: Jonathan Pierce – Pleasant Valley Caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club Leader Audience: Adult Members: $10.00         Nonmembers: $15.00 Join one of the Berkshire’s top birders for a half-day trip to several[...]
Instructor: Jonathan Pierce – Pleasant Valley Caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club Leader Audience: Adult Members: $10.00 Nonmembers: $15.00 Join one of the Berkshire’s top birders for a half-day trip to several Berkshire Lakes to search[...]
Oct 22 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
8:30 – 12:30 am (registration at 7:45am) LAPA West is sponsoring a fall Lake management symposium in October. The theme is SAVING OUR LAKES. We are inviting all lake association members, Conservation Commission members and[...]
Oct 22 @ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
  Help us care for our beautiful native gardens, trails/boardwalks, and education spaces. Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of projects throughout the sanctuary. Tools, gloves, and refreshments will be provided. Registration requested. Free[...]
Talk and book signing by Peter Vermilyea. While many people cast aspersions at the history of the supernatural, it is undisputed fact that our Litchfield County ancestors believed they had neighbors who were witches. In most cases,[...]
Mahaiwe Box Office Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6:00pm (and three hours before showtimes) Lifelong friends and collaborators Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson will share the Mahaiwe stage to hold a conversation about the[...]
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Speak Up returns for another evening of storytelling. It is sure to be a night full of laughter, tears, and a few surprises.

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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