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

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  Visitors can experience a FREE guided walking tour on the interpretive trail at the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite in a rural setting two miles from downtown Great Barrington. The interpretive trail highlights Du Bois’s[...]
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Beckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail. Beckley Furnace was built in 1847 by John Adam Beckley, great-grandson of Esquire Samuel Forbes and grandson[...]
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
North Canaan, CT--Beckley Iron Furnace Tours @ Beckley Iron Furnace | North Canaan | Connecticut | United States
The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site offering  tours on Saturdays, Memorial Day thru Columbus Day,  from 10 AM – 2 PM Beckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated[...]
Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  Cost–Members $12; Non-members $20 Contact Information —413.298.3239×3013 cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org Want to explore the Housatonic River on your own? Come to the Cobble between 12 and 4 pm on Saturday or Sunday and rent a boat![...]
Aug 19 @ 2:00 pm
Witty, inventive, and free from convention, the prolific choreographer Trisha Brown holds an uncontested legacy as modern dance’s “boundary-pusher” (The Wall Street Journal). The program will include a specially curated work for the Pillow’s 85th[...]
Sharon, CT–The Music Man @ TriArts Sharon Playhouse
Aug 19 @ 2:00 pm
In 1957, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man opened on Broadway and the rest is history. To celebrate it’s 60th anniversary as an American classic the Sharon Playhouse and director Morgan Green invite you to experience[...]
Stockbridge, MA–“Arsenic and Old Lace” @ The Berkshire Theatre Group-The Fitzpatrick Main Stage
Aug 19 @ 2:00 pm
Celebrated as playwright Joseph Kesselring’s most successful play, Arsenic and Old Lace is a side-splitting, farcical tale. An American classic, Arsenic and Old Lace first debuted on Broadway in 1941, in which New York Times[...]
Aug 19 @ 2:15 pm
The “intense, exacting” (The New York Times) performer and choreographer Irene Rodríguez is one of the most prominent figures in Cuban dance. Alongside her six talented dancers and an ensemble of live musicians, Rodríguez melds[...]

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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