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– www.AWinterFestival.com Bring your friends and family and join us for Jumpfest!,[...]
TWO WEEKS OF WINTER FUN IN BEAUTIFUL NORTHWEST CONNECTICUT – Feb. 11 – 28, 2016 Detailed Events (dates/times of events) can be found at– www.AWinterFestival.com Bring your friends and family and join us for Jumpfest!,[...]
TWO WEEKS OF WINTER FUN IN BEAUTIFUL NORTHWEST CONNECTICUT – Feb. 11 – 28, 2016 Detailed Events (dates/times of events) can be found at– www.AWinterFestival.com Bring your friends and family and join us for Jumpfest!,[...]
Feb 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Children ages 8 and up are invited to join us on a hike in the winter woods with horticulturist Debbie Munson and GMF program coordinator Jean Bronson. We’ll explore plants in their winter habitat, looking[...]
TWO WEEKS OF WINTER FUN IN BEAUTIFUL NORTHWEST CONNECTICUT – Feb. 11 – 28, 2016 Detailed Events (dates/times of events) can be found at– www.AWinterFestival.com Bring your friends and family and join us for Jumpfest!,[...]
Feb 17 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Have you ever wondered what winter life was like during the mid-18th century? Join us at Bartholomew’s Cobble in February to learn how Elizabeth Freeman, a freed slave and beloved healer in the area, tended[...]
TWO WEEKS OF WINTER FUN IN BEAUTIFUL NORTHWEST CONNECTICUT – Feb. 11 – 28, 2016 Detailed Events (dates/times of events) can be found at– www.AWinterFestival.com Bring your friends and family and join us for Jumpfest!,[...]
Flying Deer Nature Center comes to the Cobble for vacation week! Get your 7 to 13 year old child outside for some amazing nature adventures with daily immersion in the woods and meadows of the[...]

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 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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