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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Gt. Barrington, MA–Poetry & Fiction Series: Donika Kelly @ Blodgett House, Bard College at Simon's Rock
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm
Donika Kelly’s debut collection Bestiary was selected by Nikky Finney for the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and long listed for the National Book Award. She holds an MFA in Writing from the Michener Center[...]
Sep 22 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Instructor: Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader Audience: Adult Members & Nonmembers: Free Spring and fall are the best seasons to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood-warblers,[...]
Kent, CT–2017 Fall Festival @ The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    ADMISSION FEES: $10 for adults/teens, $5 children age 6-12, free for children age 5 or less. Free for CAMA members. Our restored drag saw will be demonstrated, as well as our American #1[...]
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm
  Tickets will be available at the Library on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited. Tickets are $15 each; $10 for students with valid student ID; or $40 for tickets to all three concerts[...]
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm
The Stockbridge Library is thrilled to present a Berkshire Chamber Players concert series. Tickets will be available at the Library on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited. Tickets are $15 each; $10 for students[...]
Sep 23 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
A family friendly Celebration of the Town of Sheffield– for Berkshire County residents, Community Groups, Natural Resource Professionals, and Environmental Educators. This event aims to highlight and inspire other communities of the values of sustainable[...]
Kent, CT–2017 Fall Festival @ The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    ADMISSION FEES: $10 for adults/teens, $5 children age 6-12, free for children age 5 or less. Free for CAMA members. Our restored drag saw will be demonstrated, as well as our American #1[...]

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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