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.

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

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Feb 21 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Tue, Feb 20, 2018  thru  Fri, Feb 23, 2018 (9:00 am – 3:30 pm) Audience: Children (suitable for children 7 – 11 years) Members: $190.00 Nonmembers: $250.00 Join the adventure and explore Pleasant Valley in[...]
Moderate (moderate pace, moderate elevation changes) Description: Enjoy the 20-30 minute climb from the trailhead to the spine of the hill and the summit. After descending from the ridgeline, return on the blue-blazed trail, noting[...]
Feb 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
During the winter it can be much easier to spot some of the treasures in the forest. Bring your family for a walk at the Cobble and collect some natural objects as you go. Back[...]
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Tue, Feb 20, 2018  thru  Fri, Feb 23, 2018 (9:00 am – 3:30 pm) Audience: Children (suitable for children 7 – 11 years) Members: $190.00 Nonmembers: $250.00 Join the adventure and explore Pleasant Valley in[...]
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
During the winter it can be much easier to spot some of the treasures in the forest. Bring your family for a walk at the Cobble and collect some natural objects as you go. Back[...]
by Jana Laiz and adapted by Travis G. Daly This event is part of the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival Tickets: Adults: $10 Children: $5   History comes to life in this exciting new play about,[...]
Feb 22 @ 3:30 pm
The popular puppeteer Carl Sprague returns to the mansion to charm all ages with the classic fairy tale “The Frog Prince” by the Brothers Grimm. There will be two performances. The audiences will have the[...]
Feb 23 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Tue, Feb 20, 2018  thru  Fri, Feb 23, 2018 (9:00 am – 3:30 pm) Audience: Children (suitable for children 7 – 11 years) Members: $190.00 Nonmembers: $250.00 Join the adventure and explore Pleasant Valley in[...]

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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