The Upper Housatonic Valley is geographically distinctive: Its boundaries create the mostly rural watershed of the Housatonic River’s path through much of Berkshire County and Northwest Connecticut. In this region, we investigate, interpret and preserve the stories of this region in a corner of New England rich with history, cultural legacy and natural resources.
Our goal is to foster a richer experience of visiting, exploring, learning and understanding the Upper Housatonic Region. We are dedicated to conserving this heritage while supporting compatible economic opportunities.
The Connecticut towns: Canaan, Colebrook, Cornwall, Kent, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, and Warren. The Massachusetts towns are Alford, Becket, Dalton, Egremont, Great Barrington, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesboro, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Marlboro, Pittsfield, Richmond, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham, Washington, and West Stockbridge.
It is with gratitude and humility that we acknowledge that we are learning, speaking and gathering on the ancestral homelands of the Mohican people, who are the indigenous peoples of this land. Despite tremendous hardship in being forced from here, today their community resides in Wisconsin and is known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. We pay honor and respect to their ancestors past and present as we commit to building a more inclusive and equitable space for all.
Housatonic Heritage advocates for informed research and respectful interpretation of the Indigenous People that have historically inhabited the lands of the Upper Housatonic River region. We urge others to join us in learning about these important histories, to understand the culture and lifeways of the Mohican Indians, and to respect both their true history and their contemporary lives.