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


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  Visitors can experience a FREE guided walking tour on the interpretive trail at the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite in a rural setting two miles from downtown Great Barrington. The interpretive trail highlights Du Bois’s[...]
Sheffield, MA–Housatonic River Guided Canoe Trips @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Join us every Saturday and Sunday morning for a guided trip on the Housatonic River from June 3 thru Sept 3. See great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and so much more. This trips[...]
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
North Canaan, CT--Beckley Iron Furnace Tours @ Beckley Iron Furnace | North Canaan | Connecticut | United States
The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site offering  tours on Saturdays, Memorial Day thru Columbus Day,  from 10 AM – 2 PM Beckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated[...]
Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Jul 22 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  Cost–Members $12; Non-members $20 Contact Information —413.298.3239×3013 cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org Want to explore the Housatonic River on your own? Come to the Cobble between 12 and 4 pm on Saturday or Sunday and rent a boat![...]
Jul 22 @ 1:00 pm
The talented dancers of the Pioneer Valley Ballet under the direction of Thomas Vacanti will present an improvisational dance program in the Museum’s Crane Room.  
Jul 22 @ 1:30 pm
The BSO’s Tanglewood Family Concert provides an engaging chamber concert experience especially for children ages 3–8 and their families. Pre-concert activities begin at 11:30am. This year’s concert features a brass quintet comprised of BSO musicians.
Pittsfield, MA–“The Music Man” @ The Colonial Theatre-The Berkshire Theatre Group
Jul 22 @ 2:00 pm
The Music Man is about a con-man who ultimately does good by a community. “Professor” Harold Hill’s heart opens up through the course of one of America’s most beloved musicals. In the magical number “’Till[...]
Sharon, CT–Far Away @ TriArts Sharon Playhouse
Jul 22 @ 2:00 pm
Friday, July 7 8:00 pm Saturday, July 8 8:00pm Friday, July 14 8:00 PM Saturday July 15 8:00PM Friday July 21 8:00PM Saturday July 22 8:00PM Saturday, July 8 2:00 pm Sunday, July 9 2:00[...]

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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