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

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Join author Jana Laiz as she launches her latest illustrated children’s book, Billy Budd in the Breadbox, a true story of the vivid imagination and love between the great American author Herman Melville and his[...]
Written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner, David Auburn (Proof), Lost Lake is an engrossing, evocative play. Part drama, part melancholy comedy, Lost Lake follows the story of Veronica and Hogan, imperfect strangers tangled up[...]
Location: Berkshire Lakes, Various Towns Audience: Adult Members: $10.00 Nonmembers: $15.00 Spend the morning visiting several Berkshire Lakes in search of migrating waterfowl. Stop at Bartlett’s Apple Orchard for hot cider and donuts along the[...]
Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m. Cornwall Bridge National Iron Bank, Junction of Routes 4 & 7 Join us on a walking tour around Cornwall Bridge lead by Town Historian Dody Clarke. This program is free[...]
Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join Dr. Jeffrey Ward, Chief Scientist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, on a 3-mile hike to wash away stress from today’s hectic life. Come bask in the beauty of autumnal forests and let their[...]
Oct 21 @ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years) Members & Nonmembers: Free Help us care for our beautiful native gardens, trails/boardwalks, and education spaces. Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of projects throughout[...]
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years) Members & Nonmembers: Free View beautiful images of wildlife and nature from Mass Audubon’s Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest. The winning images, selected from[...]
Written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner, David Auburn (Proof), Lost Lake is an engrossing, evocative play. Part drama, part melancholy comedy, Lost Lake follows the story of Veronica and Hogan, imperfect strangers tangled up[...]

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 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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