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

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Jun 19 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Instructor: Sanctuary Naturalist Audience: Adult Members & Nonmembers: Free Explore Edith Wharton’s original estate, including woods, wetlands, and meadows. You’ll learn skills for birding by sight and song as we look for numerous bird species,[...]
Douglas McCombs, Chief Curator of the Albany Institute of History & Art, will canvass “Woods and Waters, Hudson River School Landscapes” from the museum’s vast collection (the largest in the Upper Hudson Valley), including works[...]
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm
Set in the 1920’s and loosely based on the Barrymores – it is a masterful love letter to the Great White Way. A big, splashy new musical from William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin, the creators[...]
Stockbridge, MA–Church & State stage play @ berkshire theatre group--unicorn theatre
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm
Hailed as “crackling, resonant, humorous” by NPR and written by Emmy Award-nominated Jason Odell Williams (Brain Games), Church & State is a provocative, fast-paced and witty look at the life of a politician, whose belief[...]
Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 1 – 5 PM, starting the 1st Wednesday in June through 2nd Saturday in October. Against the backdrop of a sheltering Berkshires valley, during summer and fall wander[...]
Jun 20 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Audience: Adult Members: $8.00 Nonmembers: $12.00 Ascend Lenox Mountain with an experienced guide and enjoy several vistas including the sweeping summit view. We’ll hike via Trail of the Ledges and/or Overbrook Trail on a three-mile[...]
Stockbridge, MA–Church & State stage play @ berkshire theatre group--unicorn theatre
Jun 20 @ 2:00 pm
Hailed as “crackling, resonant, humorous” by NPR and written by Emmy Award-nominated Jason Odell Williams (Brain Games), Church & State is a provocative, fast-paced and witty look at the life of a politician, whose belief[...]
Aimee Gelinas on plant identification. THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA. THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX[...]

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Featured Tours & Walks

 

2018 – 17th ANNUAL “HOUSATONIC HERITAGE 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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