Annual Housatonic Heritage Walks in the Berkshires (MA) and Litchfield County (CT)   –  2016 Schedule – 3 Weekends

Sept. 17 + 18,  24 + 25  and Oct. 1 + 2

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This 15th annual event, the 2016 Housatonic Heritage Walks program offers 60+ FREE guided walks to the most interesting historic, cultural and natural sites in Berkshires of MA and Litchfield County, CT.

Heritage Walks 2016 Booklet

All types of heritage walks are offered, ranging from tours of historic buildings, cemeteries, and town centers, hikes on the Appalachian Trail, walks through industrial heritage sites and ruins, walks and bike rides on old country roads that have a history, behind-the-scenes tours at various performing arts venues, and strolls through formal gardens and estates. The Walks take place at established heritage and cultural sites, as well as less familiar areas. Also included  is a canoe paddling trip on the Housatonic River, and “family friendly” walks. All ages – all people are invited to join us ! Local experts leading the tours will help participants explore the region’s rich and varied historical, cultural, industrial and environmental history.housatonic river paddling trips a

A great many historically and culturally significant venues will open their doors to the public on these weekends. Natural resource conservation organizations provide access to many of the region’s significant resource areas, and provide interpretive talks about those resources.

Historians, naturalists, and environmentalists will help participants explore:

 

 

  • The Housatonic River
  • The history of the villages and towns in the region as expressed in archaeological and industrial sites, architecture, bridges, and monuments,
  • Both prominent and unsung geological, ornithological and horticultural resources, and
  • Splendid autumn foliage vistas.

The Housatonic Heritage Walks are a partnership the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, the numerous heritage organizations in the Upper Housatonic River Valley, the Berkshire Visitors Bureau, and the National Park Service.

SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 17, 2016

1 – Stockbridge, MA     9 AM – 12 PM  Paddling Tour with Housatonic Valley Association - Heritage Walk #1

HOUSATONIC RIVER PADDLING TRIP IN STOCKBRIDGE–FROM PARK ST.TO GLENDALE DAM

This paddling tour, led by Dennis Regan & Alison Dixon, from the Housatonic Valley Assoc., is on meandering flatwater, passing through the scenic area of the Stockbridge County Club. All equipment provided, or use your own canoe/kayak–just let us know. Pre-trip vehicle shuttling possible. For safety concerns, space is limited. Suitable for ages 10+ years, if accompanied by an adult. Bring lunch/drink, sunscreen, jacket & hat. Wear lightweight pants – not denim.  Full info. will be sent upon REQUIRED pre-registration. 3 hours–4 miles
Registration is REQUIRED– 413-394-9796 or email  adixon@hvatoday.org    website

Meet at the Housatonic River access site on Park St., off Rt 7 (across from the Mobil gas station), is located 0.25 mile south of The Red Lion Inn (on Main St./Rt 7 junction) in the center of Stockbridge.   GOOGLE MAP 

 

2 – Lenox & Pittsfield, MA     9 AM – 12 PM

IRON ORE TO ORIOLES: ECOLOGY AND INDUSTRY IN THE BERKSHIRES

Join Mass. Audubon & the Berkshire County Historical Society on an exploration of the fascinating ecological history of the Berkshires landscape–a story of massive change and recovery. We will visit several sites that reveal elements of the story of how the Berkshires landscape was shaped through human activity (particularly the 18th/19th century charcoal, lime, glass & iron industries) and how the rise and fall of local industry has impacted native forests and wildlife. We will travel by van to lime & charcoal making sites at Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Sanctuary and to the Lenox Historical Society’s iron ore sites in downtown Lenox.

We’ll then drive through Lenoxdale to view the memorial to the place where iron furnace smoke once obscured the sun. Our final destination will be to the Berkshire County Historical Society’s Arrowhead Museum (Herman Melville wrote “Moby-Dick’ at his home here); where we will view artifacts from the glass and iron ore industries. Learn about landscape and wildlife changes from the 1800’s to the present. NOTE: This program is appropriate for participants with mobility challenges and can be wheelchair accessible–Please request needed accommodations upon pre-registration.

NOTE–Does not include  a tour of Arrowhead Museum. 3 hours – 15 miles drive by van – < 1 mile walk
Pre-registration is REQUIRED–email berkshires@massaudubon.org or call 413-637-0320

From Rt 7/20 in Lenox, take West Dugway Road (which is a short distance north of the Arcadian Shop). Then take a left on West Mountain Rd and drive 1.5 miles to Pleasant Valley Sanctuary.  Google Map 

3 – Falls Village, CT     9 AM – 3 PMFalls Village-Canaan Meetinghouse

SELF-GUIDED TOUR OF THE SOUTH CANAAN MEETINGHOUSE

Enjoy a self-guided tour of the historic South Canaan Meetinghouse, in scenic Falls Village, during the Historical Society’s annual Peddler’s Flea Market. 1/2 hour

The meetinghouse is located at the junction of Rt 63 & Rt 7.  Google Map 

 

4 – Gt. Barrington, MA     9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

EXPLORE THE BERKSHIRE STREET RAILWAY ELECTRIC TOWERS BUILT IN 1913

Bernard Drew, from the Great Barrington Historical Society, will lead participants along the “Old Road Between the Mountains” to a string of surviving 40-foot steel electrical transmission towers, describing their over-mountain construction in 1913 to carry 33,000-volt electric lines from Pittsfield to a sub-station in Sheffield to provide power for trolley tracks to North Canaan and South Egremont. Learn about an early town reservoir and an old, legal tug-of-war over the road. Walk is mostly on woods roads, with some uphill. Wear boots/dress for bush-whacking and bring drink/snack. 3 hours–2 miles

To register–email  bddrew@verizon.net

From the junction of Rte 41 & 7 in Gt. Barrington, on the east side of the bridge spanning the Housatonic River, drive south on East St. Drive to the end of the road, which along the way turns into Pine St. Park next to the woods. Do not go beyond the “NO OUTLET” sign. Walk to the end of Pine St. to the gate.  GOOGLE MAP  

5 – West Stockbridge, MA      10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

HISTORY OF THE NEIGHBORHOODS OF WEST STOCKBRIDGE–MAPLE STREET AND OUR “FIRST” DEVELOPMENT

Join Bob Salerno and Barbara Dowling, from the West Stockbridge Historical Society, as we tour the back streets of town–as we discover plans that were, plans that never happened and what is here today. Wear comfortable shoes. Join us afterwards at an Open House at the 1854 Town Hall. 1.5 hours–0.5 mile

To register–wshistorybd@gmail.com or 413-232-4270

Meet in front of the 1854 Town Hall on Main Street (Rt 102). Look for the large white building with the balloons out front.  GOOGLE MAP  

6 – Pittsfield, MA      10 AM – 12 PM

CONSTRUCT FAIRY HOUSES AT HERMAN MELVILLE’S ARROWHEAD MUSEUM

“How to get to fairy-land, by what road, I did not know…” by Herman Melville, author of “The Piazza”, written at Arrowhead in 1856. Children will collect and use nature’s materials to construct houses for the Arrowhead fairies, also hear stories, and explore the nature trail on the Berkshire County Historical Society property.

To register–413-442-1793 or pr@berkshirehistory.org

From Rt 7/20 in Lenox (1/3 mile south of the Pittsfield/Lenox line) turn east onto Holmes Rd and head north for 2 miles. Meet in the far back parking area at Arrowhead at 780 Holmes Rd.  GOOGLE MAP  

7 – Monterey, MA      10 AM – 12:30 PMBidwell House Museum, Monterey, MA - Heritage Walk

EXPLORE CENTURIES OF STONE WALLS AT THE BIDWELL HOUSE MUSEUM

Join Robert Hoogs, from the Bidwell House Museum, on an exploration of the 4 miles of stone walls built by settlers. Visualize the landscape that resulted from the settlement and farming activities and visit the first meeting house site and cellar holes. Note: Does not include an interior house tour. Wear sturdy footwear & bring drink/snack. 2.5 hours–2 miles

To register–bidwellhouse@gmail.com or 413-528-6888.

From Monterey center–take Tyringham Rd. for 2 miles. Turn left onto Art School Rd. and drive 1 mile to the end; OR From the traffic light at Big Y in Lee–take Tyringham Rd and drive 5.4 miles, take a right onto Monterey Rd and drive for 2 miles, then take a right on Art School Rd. and drive 1 mile to the end.   GOOGLE MAP 

8 – Kent, CT     10 AM – 12:30 PMBartholomews

APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKE FROM BULLS BRIDGE TO 10-MILE RIVER SHELTER

Join the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Hannah Chamberlain, and Beth Critton, from AMC’s CT Chapter, on this scenic hike to the Ned Anderson Memorial Bridge and to an AT shelter. Learn the history of the AT (bring binoculars–a good birdwatching area). Family-friendly, gentle grade trail. Wear boots/sturdy footwear and bring drink/snacks. Limit 12 hikers. 2.5 hours–2 miles

To register 413-528-8002 or email…hchamberlain@appalachiantrail.org

Meet at the AT parking area near Bulls Bridge. From Kent– travel south on Rt 7 for 4 miles to a traffic light at the junction with Bulls Bridge Rd. and park here. OR, From New Milford–drive north on Rt 7 for approx. 9 miles to traffic light at the junction with Bulls Bridge Rd. in Kent. Park here, before the covered bridge.  GOOGLE MAP  

9 – New Marlborough, MA      10 AM – 2 PM

WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE–IN THE SCENIC HILLTOWN OF NEW MARLBOROUGH

The New Marlborough Land Trust will sponsor a hike to explore the wonders of the 1000 Acre Lake and mysterious East Indies Pond, both in Cookson State Forest. Moderate difficulty trek over a flood control dam, past ruined mill sites and long abandoned farms, and over a wonderful suspension bridge. Wear sturdy footwear & bring drink/lunch.   4 hours–5 miles

To register, email–nmlandtrust@gmail.com or call–413 229 8633

From the junction of Rts 7 & 183 in Gt. Barrington, drive east on Rt 183 to the Village of New Marlborough, where you will take a right (heading towards Norfolk, CT), and drive on New Marlborough-Southfield Road (which will bear left at a junction along the way onto Norfolk Rd) and drive to the Southfield Store. Directly across from the Store, take East Hill Road and drive for 1.7 miles, then turn right onto Hotchkiss Road and drive for 0.9 mile to the Land Trust trailhead and parking area on the left.  GOOGLE MAP  

10 – Lee, MA       10 AM – 3 PM   Goose Pond1--Diane Cote

HIKE THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL WITH NATURALISTS TO THE BEAUTIFUL UPPER GOOSE POND

Join Tom & Nancy Condon, from “The Naturalists’ Club”, based out of the Springfield Science Museum, for this unique hike on the Appalachian Trail to beautiful Upper Goose Pond, where we will wander its shoreline to look for wildlife. Our journey will start by skirting the edge of Greenwater Pond, crossing over the Mass. Turnpike on the footbridge and then ascending a small ridge. We will pass through lovely forests until the view opens up at Upper Goose Pond. We’ll stop to have lunch along the shoreline. Wear boots/sturdy shoes & bring drink/lunch. Moderate difficulty hike. 5 hours–4 miles

To register–e-mail: spiderwoman@russellma.net or phone: 413-297-0778

Meet at the Appalachian Trail parking area on Rt 20 in Lee. From the junction of Rt 20/102 in Lee, (at the Mass turnpike exit 2/entrance to the Prime Outlet store)–head east on Rt 20 towards Becket, and drive 4.1 miles to the A.T. parking area on the right side of the road.  GOOGLE MAP  

11 – Salisbury, CT      11:00 AM – 12 PMSalisbury Cannon

CANNON AT 20 PACES! THE RISE AND FALL OF THE AMES IRON WORKS

Contrast a shaded walk along a flat trail beside the Housatonic River with the smoky history of the same land. Lou Bucceri, from the Salisbury Assoc. Historical Society, will share the history about the factory and the people that produced the most powerful cannon of the Civil War. Learn how the cannon destroyed no Confederate targets, but only the man and company who created it. 1 hour–1/4 mile x

From the Rt 7 & Rt 112 junction in Falls Village–Drive west on Rt 112 to Dugway Road (opposite the Outfield Entrance to Lime Rock Park), turn right and follow Dugway Rd. for 2 miles. At iron bridge, turn left, then immediately turn right onto Housatonic River Rd. Drive 0.5 mile to parking lot for Falls Village Dam boat launch. OR from Rt 44 or Rt 41–Drive east on Rt 112 until you reach the Outfield Entrance to Lime Rock Park, then turn left onto Dugway Road and follow the above highlighted directions.  GOOGLE MAP  

 

12 – Lanesborough, MA      1 PM – 2 PM   Bascom Lodge - Mount Greylock - Heritage Walk

THE HISTORY AND NATURE OF MT. GREYLOCK’S SUMMIT–A HISTORIC MOUNTAINTOP WALK

Join Jude Stull, from Mass. Dept. of Conservation & Recreation and Peter Dudek, from Bascom Lodge, at the most scenic, highest point (3,491′) and the oldest wilderness state park in the state. Learn about the 1930’s period of great park building, when the government created special places for public recreation. The “parkitecture” of Bascom Lodge became a distinctive style that defined America’s parks. An interpretive walk around the summit of Mount Greylock, with an emphasis on its natural habitat and historic structures. Identify plants unique to the mountain, history of the summit and how it has changed over the years, literary history and take a tour of Bascom Lodge and hear its history. Note: small parking fee at summit 1 hour – <0.25 mile

Meet on the summit of Mt. Greylock in front of Bascom Lodge. Parking fee. Access to the reservation is from Notch Rd in No. Adams OR Rockwell Rd., off Rt 7 in Lanesborough.  GOOGLE MAP 

 

13 – Lenox, MA      2 PM – 3 PM  Church on the Hill - D. Cote1

REVOLUTIONARY WAR HEROES & INTERESTING CHARACTERS RESIDING IN THE CHURCH ON THE HILL CEMETERY

Join Lucy Kennedy, from the Lenox Historical Commission, for a tour of the Lenox Church on the Hill Cemetery; which dates from 1771 and includes town founders, Revolutionary War heroes and others with interesting histories to tell. 1 hour– <0.5 mile

To register–lenoxhistory@gmail.com

Meet at 169 Main St., Lenox, Church on the Hill parking lot (corner of Greenwood & Main St.)  GOOGLE MAP  

 

14 – Hancock, MA      3 PM – 4 PMWater power at Hancock Shaker Village - Heritage Walk

WORKING WITH THE LAND: THE FARM & FOREST TRAIL AT HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE

Walk the Farm and Forest Trail to witness 200 years of working with the land. Explore how the Shakers used their natural resources and how the Village still emphasizes sustainable practices in its CSA and its use of water and solar power. The trail is universally accessible and the program is appropriate for all ages. NOTE: Does not include general admission to the Village. 1 hour – <1/2 mile

To register– 413-443-0188 x-0 or info@hancockshakervillage.org

Meet at the HSV Visitor Center, main entrance, on Rt. 20 (34 Lebanon Mt. Road), Hancock. From the junction of Rt 41 & Rt 20 junction, drive west on Rt 20 for 0.5 mile to the HSV entrance. GOOGLE MAP  

 

SUNDAY – SEPTEMBER 18, 2016

15 – Lenox, MA      9 AM – 12:30 PM

HIKE YOKUN RIDGE NORTH TRAIL TO PANORAMIC LENOX VISTA

Join Berkshire Natural Resources Council staff for a moderate hike from Olivia’s Overlook to a hidden panoramic vista which overlooks downtown Lenox, Parsons Marsh and beyond! For an extended hiking option, interested hikers can hike the Brothers Trail back to Olivia’s Overlook. Bring drink/snack and wear boots/sturdy footwear. 2.5 hours–4 miles

To register–mleavitt@bnrc.net or 413-499-0596

FROM the Rt 102 & Rt 183 junction/light in Stockbridge–drive 4 miles north on Rt 183, then turn left onto Richmond Mt.Rd. Drive uphill 1.4 miles to BNRC’s Olivia’s Overlook. OR FROM Rt 41 in Richmond, across from the fire station–drive 2.8 miles east on Lenox Rd. to the BNRC sign at the top of the mountain. OR FROM Lenox Center–at tall marble monument junction, take West St./Rt 183 and drive 1.5 miles to Richmond Mt. Rd on the right. Drive uphill for 1.4 miles to BNRC’s Olivia’s Overlook. GOOGLE MAP 

 

16 – Kent, CT      9:30 AM -12:30 PM1f--Diane Cote

HIKE THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL FROM BULLS BRIDGE TO A SCENIC VISTA OVERLOOKING CONN. AND NY

Join Marge Smith, from the Kent Historical Society, for this great hike and search for remnants of the Bulls Bridge iron industry along the way on this easy to moderate hike, with some steep sections. Wear boots/sturdy shoes, bring drink/food & tick repellant. 3 hours–2 miles

To register, email–curator@kenthistoricalsociety.org

Bulls Bridge is on the west side of Rte 7 in South Kent, approximately 5 miles south of the center of Kent. At the stoplight at Bulls Bridge, turn right and drive over the covered bridge and the canal bridge. Take the next right onto River Road and drive 1/4 mile. Park on either side of the road.  GOOGLE MAP  

 

17 – Sheffield, MA      9:30 AM – 12 PM

EXPLORE THE SCHENOB BROOK WETLANDS AT THE NATURE CONSERVANCY’S DRURY PRESERVE

Explore this preserve with Angela Sirois-Pitel. Hike through rare, forested wetlands, fields, unique cobbles, and to a pond on Schenob Brook. Great wildlife viewing and a spectacular view of the Berkshire-Taconic mountains. Wear boots/sturdy footwear and bring drink/snack–3 miles–2.5 hours

To register: contact rene.wendell@tnc.org, or call (413)429-5025

From Rt 7 in Sheffield center, turn onto Berkshire School Rd. Take a left onto Salisbury Rd; and after 1 mile, turn left on Barnum St. and drive 1.3 miles.  GOOGLE MAP  

 

18 – Gt. Barrington, MA      11 AM – 3 PM

HIKE THROUGH FOREST OF GIANT GLACIAL BOULDERS TO GRAND SUMMIT VISTA !  Flag Rock Vista2FLGR-7 Flag Rock 2912 Housatonic MA MAy 2015 N42°15'09.1" W73°21'12.7"

Impressive “GIGANTIC” boulders lie scattered along the western side of Monument Mountain–many the size of small houses! Some even contain Indian shelter caves. Join Christy Butler, author of new book “Rockachusetts” for a hike through these magical fairlyland-like woodlands! Wear boots/sturdy footwear & bring drink/snacks. 4 hours–3.5 miles

To register…chrisjan@berkshirephotos.com OR 413-743-4326

Meet at side of road 0.2 mile north of Taft’s Farm/Division Road/Rt 183 junction. Driving on Rt 7, at the junction of Rts 7 & 183 (at the north end of Gt. Barrington), drive north on Rt 183 for 0.8 mile. GOOGLE MAP  

 

19 – Richmond, MA      11 AM – 12 PMHilltop Orchards, Richmond, Ma - Heritage Walk #14

HILLTOP ORCHARD’S HERITAGE, ANTIQUE APPLE TOUR & FURNACE BROOK WINERY

Explore this historic orchard and enjoy a tree-plucked apple, on a walk to the spendid vista from the hilltop, with owner John Vittori. Hear about their preserving and perpetuating many varieties of rare heritage apples. Also the Berkshires’ first farm winery, enjoy a free wine tasting. Wear sturdy footwear. 1 hour–< 1 mile

Meet outside the orchard store on Rt 295, Richmond (508 Canaan Rd. – 1/4 mile east of the NY border and 1 mile west of junction Rt 295 & Rt 41).  GOOGLE MAP 

 

20 – Gt. Barrington, MA      11 AM – 12 PMGB Riverwalk3

AN INTERPRETIVE STROLL ON THE HOUSATONIC RIVER WALK – BERKSHIRES’ NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL

Join the Greenagers on a tour of this designated National Recreation Trail that follows the Housatonic River as it flows behind Main St. Incredible volunteer efforts removed 400 tons of debris from the river and developed a trail that respects nature and reveals the river’s beauty. Learn of the historic, cultural and ecological significance of the river. 1 hour–0.5 mile

To register–elia@greenagers.org or 413-429-6416

Meet at the Du Bois River Garden Park at Church St. and River St. The River Walk is located in the heart of Great Barrington. Parking is located off of Rt 7, on Bridge St., behind the Searles Bryant building (across the street from Memorial Field).  GOOGLE MAP

 

21 – Gt. Barrington, MA      1 PM – 4 PM

EXPLORE THE BERKSHIRE STREET RAILWAY ELECTRIC TOWERS BUILT IN 1913

Bernard Drew, from the Great Barrington Historical Society, will lead participants along the “Old Road Between the Mountains” to a string of surviving 40-foot steel electrical transmission towers, describing their over-mountain construction in 1913 to carry 33,000-volt electric lines from Pittsfield to a sub-station in Sheffield to provide power for trolley tracks to North Canaan and South Egremont. Learn about an early town reservoir and an old, legal tug-of-war over the road. Walk is mostly on woods roads, with some uphill. Wear boots/dress for bush-whacking and bring drink/snack. 3 hours–2 miles

To register–email bddrew@verizon.net

From the junction of Rte 41 & 7 in Gt. Barrington, on the east side of the bridge spanning the Housatonic River, drive south on East St. Drive to the end of the road, which along the way turns into Pine St. Park next to the woods. Do not go beyond the “NO OUTLET” sign. Walk to the end of Pine St. to the gate. GOOGLE MAP  

 

22 – Falls Village, CT      1:30 PM – 2:30 PMAmerican Chestnut trees

AMERICAN CHESTNUTS: LOST & FOUND

Join Ellery Sinclair for a walk into a 300-planting american chestnut orchard at Great Mountain Forest. Learn of the dramatic, sudden loss of this major tree and the ecological impact. Hear of the American Chestnut Foundation’s efforts to restore this iconic tree to our landscape. Wear sturdy footwear. 1 hour–1/4 mile

To register– 860-824-7454 or WML61@comcast.net. Rain cancels this walk.

Take Rt 7 or Rt 63 to Undermountain Rd in Falls Village. The grove will be posted with signs for the walk. It is located approx. 3 miles from Rt 7–on the left side of the road, OR approx. 1 mile from Rt 63–it is on the right side of the road.   GOOGLE MAP  

 

23 – Monterey, MA      1:30 PM – 3:30 PMGould Farm, Monterey, MA - Heritage Walk

THE HUMAN AND NATURAL HISTORY OF GOULD FARM’S WOODLAND

Join Robert Rausch on a hike around the farm, to learn about its founding as one of the first theraputic ‘working communities’ 100+ years ago. Explore the land as we pass old charcoal pits, stone walls and foundations. Learn about our “model forest” status. Join us for tea in the main house afterwards. Wear sturdy footwear and bring drink/snack. 2 hours–2 miles

From Rt 102 in Lee, at the traffic light at Big y–take Tyringham Rd and drive 6 miles south, then turn right on to Monterey Rd and drive 4 miles to Rt 23 in Monterey center. At Rt 23, turn right, and drive 2 miles, then turn left onto Curtis Rd and drive1/2 mile to Gould Rd. Turn left and continue to the 2nd driveway, to the Harvest Barn OR From Rt 23 in Monterey–turn onto Curtis Rd (at Gould Farm/Harvest Barn sign) and drive 1/2 mile to Gould Rd, then turn left and continue to the 2nd driveway, to the Harvest Barn.  GOOGLE MAP  

 

24 – Lenox, MA     3 PM – 4:30 PMEdith Wharton's The Mount - Heritage Walk

EXPLORE THE IMPRESSIVE GARDENS & LANDSCAPE OF THE MOUNT–HOME OF EDITH WHARTON

Join Anne Schuyler to explore the impressive gardens and woodland trails of the 1902 home (a National Historic Landmark) of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton. NOTE: Does not include an interior house tour. 1.5 hours – 1 mile

From the junction of Rt 20 & Rt 7 in Lenox, head south on Rt 7, and drive 1 mile to Plunkett St. on the left. Meet at the ticket booth. www.EdithWharton.org  GOOGLE MAP  

 

 

SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

25 – Lenox & Pittsfield, MA      9 AM – 12 PM

IRON ORE TO ORIOLES: ECOLOGY AND INDUSTRY IN THE BERKSHIRES

Join Mass. Audubon & the Berkshire County Historical Society on an exploration of the fascinating ecological history of the Berkshires landscape–a story of massive change and recovery. We will visit several sites that reveal elements of the story of how the Berkshires landscape was shaped through human activity (particularly the 18th/19th century charcoal, lime, glass & iron industries) and how the rise and fall of local industry has impacted native forests and wildlife. We will travel by van to lime & charcoal making sites at Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Sanctuary and to the Lenox Historical Society’s iron ore sites in downtown Lenox.

We’ll then drive through Lenoxdale to view the memorial to the place where iron furnace smoke once obscured the sun. Our final destination will be to the Berkshire County Historical Society’s Arrowhead Museum (Herman Melville wrote “Moby-Dick’ at his home here); where we will view artifacts from the glass and iron ore industries. Learn about landscape and wildlife changes from the 1800’s to the present. NOTE: This program is appropriate for participants with mobility challenges and can be wheelchair accessible–Please request needed accommodations upon pre-registration.

NOTE–Does not include  a tour of Arrowhead Museum. 3 hours – 15 miles drive by van – < 1 mile walk
Pre-registration is REQUIRED–email berkshires@massaudubon.org or call 413-637-0320

From Rt 7/20 in Lenox, take West Dugway Road (which is a short distance north of the Arcadian Shop). Then take a left on West Mountain Rd and drive 1.5 miles to Pleasant Valley Sanctuary. GOOGLE MAP  

 

26 – Hinsdale, MA      9 AM – 12 PMOld Mill Trail, Hinsdale, MA - Heritage Walk

WALK THE OLD MILL TRAIL ALONG THE EAST BRANCH OF THE HOUSATONIC RIVER

Join a pleasant walk with Dennis Regan, from the Housatonic Valley Assoc., along the Housatonic River on the Old Mill Trail, that follows the remnants of an early mill operation that once powered a thriving woolen mill. Wear sturdy footwear and bring drink/snack. 3 hours–3 miles

To register–dregan@hvatoday.org or 413-394-9796

Meet at the Old Mill Trail along the Housatonic River at the junction of Old Dalton Rd. and Rt 8 in Hinsdale–3.5 miles from junction of Main St, High St, and Rt 9/8A in Dalton .  GOOGLE MAP 

 

27 – Pittsfield, MA     10 AM – 11 AMColonial Theater Pittsfield - Heritage Walk #13

TOUR OF THE HISTORIC COLONIAL THEATRE

Journey through the history of the gilded age Colonial Theatre as we share the story of the 1903 world-class theatre, movie house, National Historic Treasure appointment by Hillary Clinton, restoration, and 2006 grand re-opening. 1 hour tour

To register–413-448-8084, ext.31

Located at 111 South St., just north of the junction of Rts 7 & 20 in the center of Pittsfield. Wear sensible walking shoes for walking through 3 floor levels. We do have elevator access.  GOOGLE MAP  

 

28 – Warren, CT      10 AM – 12 PMCoords Preserve Pond, Warren

EXPLORING WARREN’S PAST ON THE COORDS PRESERVE

Join Town Historian, Ellen Paul and Warren Land Trust officer, Dave Schneiderbeck, for a history hike, exploring the old cellar holes and stone walls of the Coords Preserve, a Warren Land Trust Preserve. Walk through hardwood forest, wetlands and skirt a beaver pond. Wear boots/sturdy footwear and bring drink/snack. 2 hours–3 miles

To register…email warrenhistorian@hotmail.com or phone 860-868-6724

From Warren Center, Take Route 341/45 south for 0.9 mile. Turn left onto Town Hill Rd. and drive for 0.9 mile. Then turn right onto Angevine Rd. for 0.1 mile and park.  GOOGLE MAP  

 

29 – New Milford, CT      9 AM – 10 AM  &  10 AM – 11 AM  &  11 AM – 12 PM

THREE GUIDED TOURS THROUGH TORYS CAVE

Join Paul Elconin, from Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust and the Northeastern Cave Conservancy on a special 1-hour guided tour through Torys Cave. The Cave is one of the very few that are open for visitation in Connecticut. NCC will take a group of 8 people into the cave and discuss caving, bat biology, cave history, exploration, management, and safety. Wear long pants and shirts, sturdy boots, work gloves, and bring a change of clothes. Children must be over 8 yrs of age. Participants should be able to scramble and crawl over rocks and squeeze through obstacles.

RAIN DATE–SUNDAY, 9/25–SAME TIMES

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. A maximum of 8 participants. email…info@weantinoge.org or call 860-927-1927

Torys Cave is located on Route 7, New Milford, CT. [For Google Maps/GPS, enter “Torys Cave Preserve” or 436 Kent Road/Rt 7, New Milford, CT.] The trail to the cave entrance is located about 2.3 miles south of the junction of Rtes 55 & 7; and 2.2 miles north of the junction of Rtes 37 & 7. Parking details will be further described when you pre-register.    GOOGLE MAP  

 

30 – Norfolk, CT      10 AM – 12 PMBlackberry River Walk & Beckley Furnace

WALK THROUGH NORFOLK’S INDUSTRIAL PAST ALONG THE BLACKBERRY RIVER

Join Richard Byrne, from the Norfolk Historical Society, for a tour of what was once Norfolk’s industrial district. Beginning at the millstone in front of the Church of Christ, we will visit Buttermilk Falls, site of a 1750 saw mill, grist mill, and iron works; then head west along the Blackberry River viewing the remains of dams and the footprints of factories such as the Aetna Silk Mill, the Norfolk & New Brunswick Hosiery Co. and the Hartford Spring & Axle Co.

RAIN DATE: Sunday, Sept. 25 –Same time

Meet at the Norfolk Historical Museum, 13 Village Green  GOOGLE MAP  

 

31 – Falls Village, CT      10 AM – 12 PMGreat Mountain Forest

HISTORY AND ECOLOGY ON CANAAN MOUNTAIN IN GREAT MOUNTAIN FOREST

Join Hans Carlson, from the Great Mountain Forest, for this hike that begins in the valley of one of the tributaries of Wangum Brook. There are several interesting historical sites along this section. We then climb up onto the Canaan Mountain plateau, where it crosses some of the few rocky balds in this part of southern New England. These bald areas contain some interesting and locally rare ecological communities–moss and lichens that are hundreds of years old. The summit offers panoramic views of the Housatonic Valley and Great Mountain Forest. 2 hours–3 miles

To register–jean@greatmountainforest.org OR 860-824-8188

From junction of Rts 7 & 44 in Canaan, CT, drive south on Rt 7 for 3.5 miles. Turn left onto Undermountain Rd and follow for 3 miles, then turn left onto Canaan Mt. Rd. and drive 3 miles to the top to 200 Canaan Mt. Rd., the GMF office is in old farmhouse.  GOOGLE MAP  

 

32 – Tyringham, MA      10 AM – 12:30 PMTyringham Cobble

APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKE TO TYRINGHAM COBBLE

Join Hannah Chamberlain, from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Christine Ward, from Gt. Barrington Land Trust, on this moderate, history hike to the top of one of New England’s major thrust faults, with a view of the beautiful Tyringham Valley below. Wear boots/sturdy footwear and bring drink/snacks. Limited to 12 hikers. 2.5 hours–3 miles

To register, email hchamberlain@appalachiantrail.org OR call 413-528-8002

Meet at the Appalachian Trail parking area on Tyringham/Main Road. From Gt. Barrington–Take Rt 23 east to Monterey center. Take a left onto Tyringham Rd.and drive 4 miles to the junction with Main Rd. in Tyringham. Take a left on Main Rd and drive 1 mile to the trailhead OR From the Lee, Mass turnpike–head south on Rt 102, then take an left at the Big Y traffic light, onto Tyringham Rd/Main Rd. Drive 5 miles to the AT trailhead on Main Road.  GOOGLE MAP  

 

33 – Windsor, MA      10 AM – 1 PM

DROWNED LANDS HIKE: RIVER, STREAMS & PONDS OF THE SPRUCE-FIR BOREAL FOREST

This hike with Aimee Gelinas will take place at the Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center and continue through Notchview Reservation and Windsor Jambs State Forest, crossing over the drowned lands watershed, spring-fed streams and to a backcountry beaver pond. Hike concludes at Windsor Jambs along the East branch of the Westfield River at remnants of the former Babbit axe factory sluiceway. A car spot and carpool to the trailhead at the start of the hike will allow for a one-way hike. Hike is free (donations accepted). Supported by the Cummington & Windsor Cultural Councils & Berkshire Environmental Endowment Fund. Wear hiking boots and bring drink/snack. 3 hours–3 miles

To register–aimee@gaiaroots.com or 413-522-1505

Meet at Windsor Jambs State Park entrance on River Road (off Rt 9) in Windsor. See website for detailed directions….http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/western/wnds.htm )   GOOGLE MAP  

 

34 – Salisbury, CT      11:00 AM – 12 PMSalisbury Cannon

CANNON AT 20 PACES! THE RISE AND FALL OF THE AMES IRON WORKS

Contrast a shaded walk along a flat trail beside the Housatonic River with the smoky history of the same land. Lou Bucceri, from the Salisbury Assoc. Historical Society, will share the history about the factory and the people that produced the most powerful cannon of the Civil War. Learn how the cannon destroyed no Confederate targets, but only the man and company who created it. 1 hour–1/4 mile x

From the Rt 7 & Rt 112 junction in Falls Village–Drive west on Rt 112 to Dugway Road, turn right and follow Dugway Rd. for 2 miles. At iron bridge, turn left, then immediately turn right onto Housatonic River Rd. Drive 0.5 mile to parking lot for Falls Village Dam boat launch. OR from Rt 44 or Rt 41–Drive east on Rt 112 until you reach the Outfield Entrance to Lime Rock Park, then turn left onto Dugway Road and follow the above highlighted directions.   GOOGLE MAP  

35 – Washington, CT      1 PM – 2 PM  village, replicated bark wigwamgs

STEP BACK IN TIME: NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE WALK AT THE INSTITUTE FOR AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES

Lucianne Lavin will lead a walk along the museum’s trails and end at a replicated 16th century Algonkian village. Glimpse into the history and culture of the local Pootatuck tribal peoples, learn about their medicinal plants, and hear of their community life and spirituality. Wear sturdy footwear. 1.5 hours– < 1 mile

To register–860-868-0518 or general@iaismuseum.org

Drive on Rt 67 towards Roxbury. Turn onto Rt 199 and follow for 2 miles, then turn onto Curtis Road and drive to the end. IAIS is the last driveway on the right. Meet inside the gift shop.  GOOGLE MAP 

 

36 – Richmond, MA      1 PM – 3 PMRichmond schoolhouse

OPEN HOUSE AT THE HISTORIC NORTHEAST ONE-ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE

Join Gloria Morse–Richmond Historial Society and Virginia Larkin-Richmond Historical Commission for a talk during a short walking tour of the area. See remains of the former Branch Tavern, once a popular 18th and 19th century stopover on the stagecoach route between Hartford, CT, to Bennington, VT, and a turnpike route from Kinderhook, NY, to Pittsfield, MA. The schoolhouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 1 – 2 hours–<0.25 mile

Meet at the Richmond schoolhouse, located at 981 Summit Road, at the corner of Summit Rd. and Swamp Rd. (0.5 miles south of Bartlett’s Orchard store).   GOOGLE MAP  

 

37 – Alford, MA      2 PM – 5 PM

HIKE AT ALFORD SPRINGS RESERVE

Join Mike Leavitt–Berkshire Natural Resources Council and Christine Ward–Great Barrington Land Conservancy, for a hike to explore BNRC’s beautiful Alford Springs Reserve. Wear boots/sturdy footwear & bring drink/snack. 3 hours – 3 miles

To register–mleavitt@bnrc.net or 413-499-0596

From Rt. 7 in the center of Gt. Barrington, at the traffic light by the big stone St. James church and the tourist info building, take Taconic Ave. (which later turns into Alford Rd.) After passing Simon’s Rock College, take a left onto Seekonk Rd., which turns into Green River Rd. Take a right onto Mountain Rd, just before the NY/MA state line. Bear hard right past BNRC’s first parking lot and drive to the end of Old Village Road to the trailhead.   GOOGLE MAP  

 

SUNDAY- SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

38 – Washington, MA      9:30 AM – 1 PMMuddy Pond, Washington, MA - Heritage Walk

THE SECRETS OF MUDDY POND & THE BUILDING OF THE 1ST U.S. RAILROAD MOUNTAIN CROSSING

Join David Pierce, from the Friends of the Keystone Arches & the Chester Railway Station Museum, on a hike around Muddy Pond and it’s interesting history, on the watershed divide of the Berkshires. This area presented unique challenges to Whistler’s father as he engineered the world’s first mountain railroad up and over the Berkshire plateau! The railway age began in earnest here, bringing the canal era to an end. Level walk, but very rocky ground on the side of railroad tracks. Wear boots with good ankle support & bring snack/drink. Heavy rain will cancel. 3 miles–3.5 hours

To register–dpiercedlp@aol.com or 413-354-7752

From the junction of Rt 102 & Rt 20 in Lee–Drive 7 miles east on Rt 20 to West Becket, to the junction where Rt 8 splits. Turn left onto Rt 20-east/Rt 8-north. Drive for 5 miles, and at the bottom of a long hill, take a left turn onto Rt 8-north. Drive 10 miles to the Washington Town Hall and take a right turn onto Summit Hill Rd. Shortly, you will reach a narrow bridge over the railroad tracks–park along here. OR FROM DALTON–follow Rt 8 south (approx. 9 miles) and turn left onto Summit Hill Rd. in Washington. Within a short distance, you will reach a narrow bridge over the railroad tracks-park along here.

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39 – Stockbridge, MA      10 AM – 12 PM

A LEISURELY 19-MILE BIKE RIDE THROUGH SCENIC TYRINGHAM VALLEY TO ASHINTULLY GARDENS & RETURNCycling in Stockbridge, MA - Heritage Walk

Join Marie Raftery, Stew Edelstein, Buck Smith & Marge Cohen, from the Stockbridge Bike Committee & the Berkshire Bike Path Council on this ride through the gorgeous Tyringham farm valley, mostly on less traveled roads. Terrain is gently rolling, no steep hills. We will pause at a few locations for a brief history of sites. The highlight will be a stop at Ashintully Gardens in Tyringham for a short talk. NOTE: No formal tour of the grounds or buildings. Helmets are required. 2 hrs–19 miles

To register–kraftery@roadrunner.com OR 413-298-4910

Ride starts from the Stockbridge Town Office Building, 6 Main St./Rt 102.

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40 – Lanesborough, MA      10 AM – 12 PM  &  1 PM – 3 PM

A DISCOVERY HIKE AT BERKSHIRE NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL’S CONSTITUTION HILL – OR, A FEW MINUTES WITH JOSH BILLINGS

Join historian Mike Whalen, sponsored by the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, as we explore the fascinating cultural and natural history of BNRC’s property–Constitution Hill. This 252-acre preserve encompasses the broad sweep of the town’s lively heritage from colonial times to the present. The birthplace of 19th-century humorist Josh Billings, the hilltop acquired its iconic name in 1788 as the site of a famous bonfire celebrating the state’s successful ratification of the U.S. Constitution. This hike will feature a visit to the historic Constitution Oak tree and offer significant evidence of early agriculture and the hill’s important connection to the local iron industry. Today, Constitution Hill is known for 4-season recreation and bird-watching; yet it retains much of the rugged charm that has always distiguished its unusual place in the annals of local lore. Wear boots/sturdy footware and bring drink/snack. Rain cancels. 2 hours–2 miles

To register email- hikewithmike@live.com or phone 413-499-9935

Take Rt 7 to the center of Lanesborough. At the brick Newton Memorial Town Hall building, turn west onto Bridge St. and continue uphill to the end of the road (it becomes a gravel road at the top). Meet at the open parking area with kiosk map-board.

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41 – Gt. Barrington, MA      11 AM – 12 NOONGB Riverwalk3

AN INTERPRETIVE STROLL ON THE HOUSATONIC RIVER WALK – BERKSHIRES’ NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL

Join the Greenagers on a tour of this designated National Recreation Trail that follows the Housatonic River as it flows behind Main St. Incredible volunteer efforts removed 400 tons of debris from the river and developed a trail that respects nature and reveals the river’s beauty. Learn of the historic, cultural and ecological significance of the river. 1 hour–0.5 mile

To register–elia@greenagers.org or 413-429-6416

Meet at the Du Bois River Garden Park at Church St. and River St. The River Walk is located in the heart of Great Barrington. Parking is located off of Rt 7, on Bridge St., behind the Searles Bryant building (across the street from Memorial Field).

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42 – Stockbridge, MA      1 PM – 2:30 PMMary Flynn Trail, Stockbridge, MA - Heritage Walk

A LEISURELY, PLEASANT STROLL OVER LAUREL HILL AND THE MARY FLYNN TRAIL

Join Patricia Flinn for a leisurely history walk of the Laurel Hill Association’s signature property, and continuing on to the Mary Flynn Trail. Includes some up-hill walking; and the Mary Flynn Trail is handicap accessible. Wear sensible walking shoes. 1.5 hours–1.5 miles

Meet at the right side of the Stockbridge Town Offices building at 50 Main St.

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43 – Becket, MA      1 PM – 3 PMBecket, MA Land Trust Quarry - Heritage Walk

EXPLORING THE BECKET LAND TRUST’S HISTORIC QUARRY & FOREST

Enjoy a leisurely hike to explore the historic quarry with Land Trust founders, Ken and Ann Smith. Learn about granite quarrying from 1850-1950’s. Witness the quarry, now filled with water, surrounded by stands of beautiful white birch trees and the standing wooden derrick and winches. Hear how the Trust saved this property for recreation and developed miles of hiking trails. Wear boots/sturdy footwear & bring drink/snack. 2 hours–2 to 3 miles

To register–LandTrust@BecketLandTrust.org

From junction of Rts 20 & 102 in Lee, take Rt 20 east and drive about 14 miles, to where Rt 8 turns left off Rt 20, you will turn right on Bonny Rigg Hill Rd. and drive about 2 miles. Turn left on Quarry Rd. and drive for 1 mile, parking is on the right.

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44 – Lenox, MA      1 PM – 4 PM

A WALK BACK IN TIME TO THE BERKSHIRES GILDED AGE HISTORY AT KENNEDY PARK

A moderate hike in historic Kennedy Park. Originally the site of the 400-room, Hotel Aspinwall, which was frequented by elite clientele from 1901, until burning down in 1931. View remnants of this magnificent expression of the Berkshires Gilded Age as Jan Chague, from the Lenox Historical Society, shares the park’s history. Wear sturdy footwear. 3 hours–5 miles. Rain will cancel this hike.

To register – j4chague@gmail.com or 413-637-1818

Meet at Kennedy Park parking area on West Dugway Rd. off Rt 7/20 (just a short distance north of the Arcadian Shop on Rt 7/20). West Dugway Rd. is also the road to Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Sanctuary.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

45 – Cornwall, CT      9 AM – 12 PM

LEARN ABOUT THE OLD GROWTH WHITE PINE TREES IN NORTHWESTERN Cathedral Pines--Ballyhack Preserve--CornwallCONNECTICUT

Join Ron Hummell for a visit to three forest preserves to learn about the natural history of white pine trees and enjoy the forests and wildlife along the way. Start at CATHEDRAL PINES–to witness & learn about the extensive damage caused by the 1989 tornado and subsequent regrowth. BALLYHACK–well known for large stand of old growth pines. GOLD’s–an old growth pine forest which has been thinned many times to promote restoration. Easy walking with some hills, good hike for families. Wear sturdy footwear and bring drink/snacks. 3 hours–2 miles of walking–4 miles to drive between the three preserves

To register–email gobibear@icloud.com or call 860-672-2325

Meet at Cathedral Pines Preserve. From Rt 4 in Cornwall, take Pine St.and drive to the T-junction, where you will take a left onto Valley Road. Drive 0.3 mile and take the first left onto Essex Hill Rd. and drive 0.2 mile to the parking area on the left.

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46 – Lee, MA      10 AM – 12 PM

HIKE AT BERKSHIRE NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL’S BASIN POND RESERVE

Today Basin Pond is a quiet little beaver pond and wetland area. But attempts in 1886 and 1968 to dam the pond led to loss of life and heavy property damage. This interpretive hike through a boulder-strewn forest is led by a guide from Berkshire Natural Resources Council. Wear boots/sturdy footware and bring drink/snack. 2 hours–3 miles

To register–mleavitt@bnrc.net or 413-499-0596

From the intersection of Rt 102 & Rt 20 in Lee (at exit 2 of the Mass Pike), drive east on Rt 20 for 4 miles, turn left on Becket Rd (across from LuJohn’s Auction Gallery). Drive uphill 0.3 mile to the BNRC sign/parking area for Basin Pond, on the left; or a little further up the road is a bigger parking area.

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47 – Monterey, MA      10 AM – 1 PMBidwell House -monument in woods

HIKE THE ROYAL HEMLOCK TRAIL AT THE BIDWELL HOUSE MUSEUM–IN THE STEPS OF THE EARLY SETTLERS

Join us for a guided walk on Bidwell House Museum lands and Berkshire Natural Resources Council’s Hudson-Howard property, tracing the route of the early settlers of Township No. 1 from Tyringham valley to their first meeting house on the hill near the Museum. Richard Greene will lead the group on old roadways, past foundations and stone walls of long-ago homesteads, and explore flora and fauna. NOTE: Wear hiking boots/sturdy footwear, as terrain is steep and rocky in a few places. Bring drink/snack. 3 hours–4 miles

To register–bidwellhouse@gmail.com or 413-528-6888

From Monterey center–take Tyringham Rd. for 2 miles. Turn left onto Art School Rd. and drive 1 mile to the end; OR From the traffic light at Big Y in Lee–take Tyringham Rd and drive 5.4 miles, take a right onto Monterey Rd and drive for 2 miles, then take a right on Art School Rd. and drive 1 mile to the end.

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48 – New Marlborough, MA      10 AM – 1 PM

HIKE AT BERKSHIRE NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL’S STEEPLETOP RESERVE

Join the New Marlborough Land Trust for a hike at Steepletop, an exciting new Berkshire Natural Resouces Council reserve. This relatively easy walk will explore wetlands and woodlands in a gorgeous, unspoiled upland setting at the headwaters of the Harmon Brook. Wear sturdy footwear & bring lunch/drink. 3 hours – 4 miles

To register, email–nmlandtrust@gmail.com or call–413 229 8633

Meet at the parking area at the head of the Steepletop Reserve access road off of New Marlborough-Monterey Road. From Great Barrington, at the junction of Rts 7 & 183, follow Rt 183 east for 3.5 miles to a slight right on Routes 183/57. Follow 183/57 for 5.7 miles to a left on New Marlborough-Monterey Road (The Old Inn on the Green is on this corner); follow for 1.6 miles to a right at 648 New Marlborough-Monterey Road and BNRC’s Steepletop access road. The parking area is at the head of the access road.

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49 – Norfolk, CT      10 AM – 1 PMGreat Mountain Forest

FROM THE BEDROCK UPLANDS TO THE “VALLEY TRAIN” AND BEYOND AT GREAT MOUNTAIN FOREST

Join Star Childs, from the Great Mountain Forest, for a hike in the headwaters area of the Blackberry River watershed, covering forested bedrock uplands with views of the upper Housatonic watershed and the reforested and uniquely vegetated glacial outwash features and knob and kettle topography overlying the largest stratified drift acquifer in the state of Conn. Moderate to strenous hike (depending on the group) on woodland trails and gravel roads. Wear sturdy footwear & bring lunch/drink. 3 hours–5 miles

To register–jean@greatmountainforest.org OR 860-824-8188

From the town green in Norfolk, (at the junction of Rtes 44 & 272), drive south on Rt 272 and take first right onto Mountain Rd. Drive 0.4 mile and take left onto West Side Rd, and drive 1.5 miles and take a right onto Windrow Rd. Drive 0.75 mile to a parking area on the left, at 201 Windrow Rd.

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50 – Salisbury, CT      11:00 AM – 12 PMSalisbury Cannon

CANNON AT 20 PACES! THE RISE AND FALL OF THE AMES IRON WORKS

Contrast a shaded walk along a flat trail beside the Housatonic River with the smoky history of the same land. Lou Bucceri, from the Salisbury Assoc. Historical Society, will share the history about the factory and the people that produced the most powerful cannon of the Civil War. Learn how the cannon destroyed no Confederate targets, but only the man and company who created it. 1 hour–1/4 mile x

From the Rt 7 & Rt 112 junction in Falls Village–Drive west on Rt 112 to Dugway Road (opposite the Outfield Entrance to Lime Rock Park), turn right and follow Dugway Rd. for 2 miles. At iron bridge, turn left, then immediately turn right onto Housatonic River Rd. Drive 0.5 mile to parking lot for Falls Village Dam boat launch. OR from Rt 44 or Rt 41–Drive east on Rt 112 until you reach the Outfield Entrance to Lime Rock Park, then turn left onto Dugway Road and follow the above highlighted directions.

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51 – Lenox, MA      11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

TANGLEWOOD – BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR

Join a BSO guide for a tour of the Tanglewood campus, the Koussevitzky Music Shed, and Ozawa Hall. Learn of the historic background of Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center. 1 hour– <1/2 mile

To register–bsav@bso.org or 617-638-9390

From the Rt 102 & Rt 183 flashing light, intersection at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens, drive on Rt 183 north for 4 miles to the Tanglewood Main Gate. OR FROM Rt 41 IN RICHMOND, across from the fire station, drive 4.5 miles east up Lenox Rd., and over then down Richmond Mt. Rd. Tanglewood is at the bottom of the mountain. Turn left and you will shortly see the Main Gate. OR FROM LENOX CENTER, drive a couple of miles on West St./Rt 183 to the Main Gate at Tanglewood.

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52 – Lenox, MA     2 PM – 3 PM1Historic Lenox2

HISTORIC LENOX VILLAGE TOUR

Join Lucy Kennedy, from the Lenox Historical Commission, for a tour of Lenox Village, highlighting historic buildings from various eras that illustrate the development of the town. 1 hour–< 1 mile

To register–lenoxhistory@gmail.com

Meet at Lenox Town Hall, 6 Walker St.

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53 – Hancock, MA      1 PM – 3 PMhsv2

HISTORIC WALK ON THE SHAKER TRAIL

Hike the Shaker Trail located across Rte 20 from Hancock Shaker Village, to the HSV North Family Site and to Mount Sinai, a spiritual “feast ground” for the Shaker community. Hike will include stops at remains of mill sites, of the North Family dwelling site (active from 1821-1867), and the summit of the mountain, where the Shakers held special celebratory services twice a year in the mid-19th century. Moderate to strenuous hike. NOTE: This walk does not include general admission to the Village. For a fee, admission to the Village can be arranged before or after the free Heritage Walk. Wear hiking boots/sturdy footwear & bring drink/snacks. 2 hours–2.5 miles

To register– 413-443-0188 x-0 or info@hancockshakervillage.org

Meet at the HSV Visitor Center/ticket desk, main entrance, on Rt 20 (34 Lebanon Mt. Road), Hancock. From the junction of Rt 41 & Rt 20, drive west on Rt 20 for 0.5 mile to the HSV entrance.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2016

54 – Dalton, MA      9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

HIKE & EXPLORE BERKSHIRE NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL’S BOULDERS RESERVE

Hike with Berkshire Natural Resources Council staff at The Boulders–a 686 acre conservation and recreation area that has been open to the public for decades – but no one knew where it was located! Since the acquisition of the property in 2015, BNRC has made improvements to signage and trails. See why The Boulders became an instant staff favorite! Wear boots/sturdy footwear & bring drink/snack. 3 hours–5 miles

To register–mleavitt@bnrc.net or 413-499-0596

From the junction of Rtes 8 & 9 in the Coltsville section of Pittsfield–drive east on Rte 8/9 for 1.4 miles and take a left on Park Ave. Drive 0.25 miles on Park Ave. to Craneville Elementary School (71 Park Ave.).

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55 – Becket, MA      10 AM – 1:30 PM1d--Diane Cote

HIKE TO 2.5 OF THE  7  KEYSTONE ARCH BRIDGES–A MOST MAGNIFICENT ENGINEERING FEAT !

Join David Pierce, Friends of the Keystone Arches and the Chester Railway Station Museum, for a hike to 2.5 of the 7 keystone arch railway bridges. On the drive to the start of hike, experience the historic, unspoiled, naturally beautiful drive over Jacob’s Ladder Trail Scenic Byway. Built in 1800, this road was the first mountain road crossing built for automobiles through the rugged countryside, eventually helping open the West for settlement. The hike is on moderate terrain to see the awe-inspiring historic keystone arch railroad bridges–the first ever built in America, in 1840. They are impressive, breath-taking structures! 70 feet high, brilliantly revealing their ancestry in the great cathedrals of ancient Rome. If you enjoyed the Muddy Pond walk with Dave, you won’t want to miss this walk also! Wear boots/sturdy footwear. Bring drink/lunch. 3.5 hours– 5 miles

To register–dpiercedlp@aol.com or 413-354-7752

From junction of Rts 20 & 102 in Lee, take Rt 20 east and drive ~ 18 miles to Chester center. Meet at the Chester Railway Museum, 10 Prospect St. We will carpool 2 miles to the trailhead.

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56 – Mill River, MA      10 AM – 11 AMBerkshire Wildflower Honey + Mill River Farm

TOUR MILL RIVER FARM–A CERTIFIED ORGANIC FARM & BERKSHIRE WILDFLOWER HONEY

Jan Johnson will take you on a tour of her holistically managed farm: the pastures,  gardens, grazing & planting areas. She will also talk about Berkshire Wildflower Honey and her practice of natural beekeeping.  Wear sturdy footwear.  1 hour–1/2 mile

To register–jj01230@gmail.com

From Rt 7 south of Gt. Barrington center, just before the center of Sheffield, take a left/east on Maple St., then a right onto Hewins St.

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57 – Gt. Barrington, MA      11 AM – 12 PMGB Riverwalk3

AN INTERPRETIVE STROLL ON THE HOUSATONIC RIVER WALK – BERKSHIRES’ NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL

Join the Greenagers on a tour of this designated National Recreation Trail that follows the Housatonic River as it flows behind Main St. Incredible volunteer efforts removed 400 tons of debris from the river and developed a trail that respects nature and reveals the river’s beauty. Learn of the historic, cultural and ecological significance of the river. 1 hour–0.5 mile

To register–elia@greenagers.org or 413-429-6416

Meet at the Du Bois River Garden Park at Church St. and River St. The River Walk is located in the heart of Great Barrington. Parking is located off of Rt 7, on Bridge St., behind the Searles Bryant building (across the street from Memorial Field).

 

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58 – Kent, CT      1 PM – 2 PM  Hall of Conn. Geology, Kent

TOUR OF THE NEW “HALL OF CONNECTICUT GEOLOGY”

Join John Pawloski, from the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association Museum, for a tour of the Connecticut Museum of Mining and Mineral Science. The tour will focus on our exciting new “Hall of Connecticut Geology”, which tells the geological story of how Connecticut “came to be”. 1 hour

CAMA is on Rt 7, 1 mile north of the center of Kent (31 Kent-Cornwall Rd)

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59 – Tyringham, MA      1 PM – 2 PMAshintully Ruins

TOUR BEAUTIFUL ASHINTULLY GARDENS & THE “MARBLE PALACE” RUINS

Join Tracy Remelius, from The Trustees of Reservations, for a tour of this 30-year creation of contemporary composer John McLennan– Ashintully Gardens are a serene retreat in the Berkshires surrounded by forested hills and traversed by a rushing stream. A moderate walk on a 1/2-mile woodland trail leads to the ruins of the “Marble Palace”, built in the early 20th century by Egyptologist/politician Robb de Peyster Tytus, who had originally assembled the 1,000 acre Ashintully estate. On the hill overlooking Tyringham Valley, between 1910 – 1912, Tytus built a Georgian-style mansion, which contained 35 rooms, 10 baths, and 15 fireplaces. Though it was destroyed by fire in 1952, the front terrace, foundation, and four Doric columns remain today—a testament to a bygone era. The present-day ruins command a striking view of distant Berkshire Hills. Wear sturdy footwear. 2 hours–1 mile

From the Mass Turnpike-exit 2, take Rt. 20 South, then immediately bear right at the traffic light, onto Rt. 102, and then immediately turn left onto Tyringham Rd. (Do not drive past Big Y) Drive for 6.5 mi. to Sodem Rd. Turn left and park on the lawn off of the road.

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