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.


Heritage Area Map

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


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Oct 24 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Oct 24 @ 1:00 pm
Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila stars Elina Garanca and Roberto Alagna in the title roles. The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — 14 Castle Street — Great Barrington, MA 01230 — Box Office: 413-528-0100
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Take a candlelit tour through the Washington Green Cemetery. Meet some of the enterprising residents from Washington’s past – shopkeepers, merchants and farmers! Tour starts at Gunn Historical Museum, 5 Wykeham Road, Washington, CT. Free[...]
Take a candlelit tour along a path of 1,000 luminaries through the cemetery and meet some of Washington’s unforgettable residents from the past! The theme of this year’s tour is “Tales from the Depot’s Shopkeepers”[...]
Oct 27 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Oct 27 @ 8:00 am – 5:15 pm
The Benefits of Multiple Perspectives for Interpreting Our Local Histories and Cultural Heritage: Decolonizing New England Archaeology and Museum “Colonialism” has been defined as when one nation seizes control of another nation’s natural resources &[...]
Oct 27 @ 8:30 am
In the picturesque village of Norfolk the first ever Tour-de-Forest will be held, a bike ride through Great Mountain Forest, on Saturday, October 27th. Rather than a race this unique event is a bike tour[...]

Experience the Regions Rich and Varied Heritage.

Featured Tours & Walks



Sept. 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23, 29 & 30–Autumn Weekends Are Filled With Free, Guided Intrepretive Tours:

The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area (Housatonic Heritage) invites you to the annual Heritage Walks Weekends.  60+ free, guided tours are offered throughout Berkshire County (MA) and Litchfield County (CT).

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 historic estate garden tours and town districts;  natural resources organizations will provide access to the region’s most interesting outdoor recreational areas.  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.


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Housatonic Heritage – in partnership with the National Park Service.

Housatonic Heritage is a partner of the
Tri-State Chamber of Commerce.