Events

Apr
25
Wed
Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Apr 25 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Apr 25 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Lenox, MA–Woodcock’s Sky Dance @  Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 6 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $5.00, Child free Nonmembers: Adult $7.00, Child free

Love is in the air as the sun sets in early spring. Wet meadows and fields become the American woodcock’s “runway” for a beautiful aerial courtship display. We will visit our meadows at dusk and listen and watch for the woodcock’s performance on their breeding grounds, just before darkness envelops the sanctuary. With any luck, male woodcocks may be heard peenting from the tall grass before spiraling hundreds of feet into night sky. Viewing the woodcock’s sky dance is a natural spectacle that shouldn’t be missed.

Register at    massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or call (413) 637-0320

Apr
26
Thu
Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Apr 26 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Apr 26 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Apr
27
Fri
Pittsfield, MA–Birding at Canoe Meadows @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr 27 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Spring is the best season to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood-warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more. Walk past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands observing changes in bird species each week.

Preregistration is not required. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. Free

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Apr 27 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Apr 27 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Lenox, MA–Spring Salamander & Frog Search @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 5 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00

Woodland salamanders and frogs spend their days under logs, stones and other objects, venturing out only in the cool moist of evenings. Join us as we search the woods and wetlands of Pleasant Valley for these fascinating animals and learn about their interesting lives. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or call (413) 637-0320

Sharon, CT–Exploring Vernal Pools/Amphibian Night @ Sharon Audubon Center
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a great evening in search of the fun and elusive amphibians that are just rising from their winter slumbers. Led by naturalist Zach Adams, the program will involve a short hike and exploration of mud and vernal pools for migrating and breeding amphibians! We are likely to see some fun frogs, and if we are lucky some of the large and charismatic spotted salamanders as they migrate to the vernal pools to breed. This program is open to all ages. So bring some muck boots, a flashlight, and join us for an awesome night in the mud and water searching for amphibians!

 

Apr
28
Sat
Pittsfield, MA–Audubon’s Canoe Meadows Volunteer Day @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Help us care for our beautiful community gardens and wildlife sanctuary. Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of projects, including meadow restoration and fall garden clean up. Tools, gloves, and refreshments will be provided.

Register at   massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or call (413) 637-0320

New Marlborough, MA–Spring Happenings Walk at Steepletop Ridge with Berkshire County Natural Resources Council
Apr 28 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Search for spring happenings throughout the extensive wetlands of this beautiful Reserve.

Difficulty: Easy (easy pace, little elevation changes)

Description: Join us for a stroll around the wetlands of the Steepletop Reserve and search for spring happenings like buds breaking open with new leaves emerging, spring ephemerals popping up, and birds arriving. Please bring a snack, water, and wear appropriate footwear.

Directions: From Great Barrington, take Route 23 east to Monterey. Just after the Monterey line, bear right onto Route 57/183 into New Marlborough. Just before the Old Inn on the Green in New Marlborough, turn left onto New Marlborough-Monterey Road; follow for 1.6 miles. Turn right at the steep, inclining driveway with the Steepletop sign. Bear right into our gravel parking lot at the top of the little hill. The trails begin right at the trailhead parking; there is a kiosk just beyond the gate.

Email mauman@bnrc.org or call 413-499-0596 with any questions

Monterey, MA–Retracing Native Histories on the Landscape–During Spring 2018 Artweek Festival @ The Bidwell House Museum
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Before it is officially open for the season, visit the Bidwell House Museum for a special guided tour of the gardens and grounds with board president and land-use expert Robert Hoogs. As you explore the Native American presence that pre-dated early settler history–this was not the “howling wilderness” often portrayed–you can consider how Mohicans lived on this land for centuries before and after the English settlers. Sitting on 192 acres, this tour will show you some of the 4 miles of forest trails along with stone walls and artifacts built on the Bidwell grounds by farmers in the 18th and 19th centuries. This special guided tour of the grounds will be a fascinating look at the land and how the Berkshire upland forest has been used and maintained for many centuries.

Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek offers new ways to experience art, culture, and creativity. This year, Mass Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism have joined ArtWeek as Lead Champions in this unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on the state’s creative economy.

ArtWeek is an award-winning innovative festival featuring hundreds of unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to arts, culture, and the creative process. Now an annual statewide festival, ArtWeek was born in Boston in 2013 and recently expanded its footprint across the Commonwealth.

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Pittsfield, MA–Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. @ The Colonial Theatre
Apr 28 @ 2:00 pm

Tickets: Adult: $15 Child: $10

The coming-of-age, beloved musical, Disney’s The Lion King, Jr, brings the “Circle of Life” to the Colonial stage, for one weekend only! With music and lyrics by Academy, Grammy, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winners, Elton John and Tim Rice, Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. includes the heartwarming and classic songs, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “Hakuna Matata,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and more! Directed by Travis Daly (The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins), The Lion King, Jr. features Berkshire elementary and middle school students.

 

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Apr 28 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Apr 28 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Apr
29
Sun
Gt. Barrington, MA–Lake Mansfield Spring Clean Up & Family Fun Day
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join friends and neighbors for a fun day of community action

Meet at the Beach

Bring tools: work gloves, rakes, wheelbarrows, hand trowels …And enthusiasm!

Learn about next steps of the Lake Mansfield Improvement Plan
Enjoy a self-guided Conservation Forest Walk
Help plant a garden for native pollinators

12:00 Noon: Potluck Picnic & Community Meeting
Pre-registration requested, not required

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Apr 29 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Pittsfield, MA–Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. @ The Colonial Theatre
Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm

Tickets: Adult: $15 Child: $10

The coming-of-age, beloved musical, Disney’s The Lion King, Jr, brings the “Circle of Life” to the Colonial stage, for one weekend only! With music and lyrics by Academy, Grammy, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winners, Elton John and Tim Rice, Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. includes the heartwarming and classic songs, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “Hakuna Matata,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and more! Directed by Travis Daly (The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins), The Lion King, Jr. features Berkshire elementary and middle school students.

 

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Apr 29 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

May
2
Wed
Gt. Barrington, MA–Berkshire Birds Program at the GB Senior Center
May 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Join Great Barrington Land Conservancy birders, Sharon Siter and Christine Ward and warm up your birding skills for spring! We will present a Birding ID program that will include slides of common and rarer birds to been seen in Berkshire County, both at your feeder and in the field. Information on birding resources and guided birding walks will also be provided. We will also provide information other Great Barrington Land Conservancy resources for seniors, included easy walk and guided walks.

Please sign up at the Claire Teague Senior Center in Great Barrington(917 Main Street) or by emailing Christine@GBLand.org. This event is free and open to the public.

Lenox, MA–Evening at the Beaver Ponds with Mass Audubon @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
May 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00

Enjoy an evening searching for beavers and other wildlife that frequent our wildlife sanctuary ponds. Learn about the lives of beavers, their amazing recovery story, and how they continue to shape the landscape more than 80 years after their reintroduction to the area.
Preregistration is recommended but not required. Register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley or by calling (413) 637-0320

May
3
Thu
Gt. Barrington, MA–Guided Birding Walks at River Walk on Thursdays
May 3 @ 6:00 pm

also at 7:30 AM

River Walk is now an eBird hot spot!

River Walk is the perfect place for you to explore the birds of the Housatonic River corridor. Join Christine Ward, Sharon Siter, and Elia Del Molino for a morning or evening guided birding tour. Bring your binoculars and field guides. Support will be offered for beginning birders. More than 75 species of birds have been sited on River Walk in the past, including bald eagle, great blue heron, kingfisher, and flocks of cedar waxwing. Learn about techniques and tools to help you enjoy the many birds of Berkshire County.

Meet at the Upper River Walk entrance located in the St Peter’s parking lot on Dresser Ave. Contact Christine Ward: info@GBLands.org. Sponsored by Great Barrington Land Conservancy.

Pre-registration suggested: river@gbriverwalk.org

Stockbridge, MA–High School Student Cabaret @ Berkshire Theatre Group--Unicorn Theatre
May 3 @ 7:00 pm

Tickets: $10

The High School Student Cabaret features students from all over the county performing songs, poetry, dance and more. Ticket proceeds benefit BTG PLAYS!, Berkshire Theatre Group’s year-round education program.

 

May
4
Fri
Pittsfield, MA–Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals @ The Colonial Theatre
May 4 @ 7:00 pm

Tickets: Adults: $15 Children 16 and Under: $10

Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals features ten-minute encore performances from this year’s Berkshire County high school musicals. Ticket proceeds benefit BTG PLAYS!, Berkshire Theatre Group’s year-round education program.

 

May
5
Sat
Kent, CT–The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association Presents Our 14th Annual Spring Power-Up and Open House @ Conn. Antique Machinery Assoc.
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Our 2018 Spring Power-Up will be our 14th Anniversary of this celebration to the re-opening of CAMA after a cold, snowy winter. This show has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception 14 years ago.

Northwestern Connecticut winters can be notoriously bad, so the Spring Power-Up will be a good chance to bid the cold weather goodbye. Unlike the Fall Festival, our Spring Power-Up will be a showcase of our own extensive collection of steam and internal combustion engines, tractors, the historic Cream Hill Agricultural School and the Connecticut Museum of Mining and Mineral Science.

That being said, either member or non-member outside exhibitors are welcome to bring their machinery and set up for the day. Show off that new purchase or that fresh restoration project.

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Pittsfield/Hancock, MA–WALK AND WONDER @ hancock shaker village
May 5 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join us on the Farm and Forest Trail for a guided family-friendly (and stroller-friendly) walk to explore the plants and creatures that live there. Included in admission/FREE to members

 

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
May 5 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
May 5 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
May 5 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

May
6
Sun
Kent, CT–The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association Presents Our 14th Annual Spring Power-Up and Open House @ Conn. Antique Machinery Assoc.
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Our 2018 Spring Power-Up will be our 14th Anniversary of this celebration to the re-opening of CAMA after a cold, snowy winter. This show has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception 14 years ago.

Northwestern Connecticut winters can be notoriously bad, so the Spring Power-Up will be a good chance to bid the cold weather goodbye. Unlike the Fall Festival, our Spring Power-Up will be a showcase of our own extensive collection of steam and internal combustion engines, tractors, the historic Cream Hill Agricultural School and the Connecticut Museum of Mining and Mineral Science.

That being said, either member or non-member outside exhibitors are welcome to bring their machinery and set up for the day. Show off that new purchase or that fresh restoration project.

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
May 6 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Pittsfield/Hancock, MA–THE FARM GAMES @ Hancock Shaker Village
May 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for Farm Games. Friends from Greenagers (the organization that brings you the Farmers’ Olympics) will be on hand to run you through farm paces with friendly and hilarious competitions: grain bag toss, moo juice squeeze, bucket carry, wheelbarrow push, hay bale roll, and more.

Included in admission/FREE to members
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Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
May 6 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
May 6 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

May
10
Thu
Gt. Barrington, MA–Guided Birding Walks at River Walk on Thursdays
May 10 @ 6:00 pm

also at 7:30 AM

River Walk is now an eBird hot spot!

River Walk is the perfect place for you to explore the birds of the Housatonic River corridor. Join Christine Ward, Sharon Siter, and Elia Del Molino for a morning or evening guided birding tour. Bring your binoculars and field guides. Support will be offered for beginning birders. More than 75 species of birds have been sited on River Walk in the past, including bald eagle, great blue heron, kingfisher, and flocks of cedar waxwing. Learn about techniques and tools to help you enjoy the many birds of Berkshire County.

Meet at the Upper River Walk entrance located in the St Peter’s parking lot on Dresser Ave. Contact Christine Ward: info@GBLands.org. Sponsored by Great Barrington Land Conservancy.

Pre-registration suggested: river@gbriverwalk.org

May
12
Sat
Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
May 12 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
May 12 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
May 12 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

May
13
Sun
Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
May 13 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
May 13 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
May 13 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

Sheffield, MA–Wildflower Festival guided tour @ Bartholomew's Cobble
May 13 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Come to Bartholomew’s Cobble every Saturday and Sunday from April 21st-> May 13th for guided tours of our Ledges Trail to learn about our amazing wildflowers. Participants will learn the different flowers that are blooming, the insects that pollinate them and what makes them so unique.

Tours will leave from the Visitor’s Center at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes. Spring wildflowers are extremely unique and have extremely short bloom times. Because of this, flowers that will be blooming at the beginning of the festival may not be in bloom by the end, and visitor’s are encouraged to visit the Cobble multiple times during the festival to see as much as possible.

Private tours are available for groups of 6 or more during the week with pre-registration. If you are calling for more information during normal business hours call 413-298-3239 x 3013, during the weekend please call 413-299-8600.

Member Adult: $5; Member Child: FREE;
Nonmember Adult: $10; Nonmember Child: FREE;

Telephone: 413.229.8600
E-mail: westregion@thetrustees.org

May
17
Thu
Gt. Barrington, MA–Guided Birding Walks at River Walk on Thursdays
May 17 @ 6:00 pm

also at 7:30 AM

River Walk is now an eBird hot spot!

River Walk is the perfect place for you to explore the birds of the Housatonic River corridor. Join Christine Ward, Sharon Siter, and Elia Del Molino for a morning or evening guided birding tour. Bring your binoculars and field guides. Support will be offered for beginning birders. More than 75 species of birds have been sited on River Walk in the past, including bald eagle, great blue heron, kingfisher, and flocks of cedar waxwing. Learn about techniques and tools to help you enjoy the many birds of Berkshire County.

Meet at the Upper River Walk entrance located in the St Peter’s parking lot on Dresser Ave. Contact Christine Ward: info@GBLands.org. Sponsored by Great Barrington Land Conservancy.

Pre-registration suggested: river@gbriverwalk.org

May
19
Sat
Sheffield, MA–Home Sweet Home at the Ashley House – The Art of the Garden: Inspiration Grows Here @ ashley house
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Guided Tours on the hour at 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm

Celebrate The Trustees’ public gardens, a living documentary of Massachusetts horticulture and design traditions. Many of these gardens are part of the landscapes of Trustees historic sites, the former homes of historical figures, literati, titans of industry, political leaders, artists and more and span a 300-year timeline from the Colonial Era to the Modern Movement.

Come experience all the beauty, history, and unique stories contained within each home, as well as the exquisitely designed gardens and stunning natural landscapes. Special tours, gardening and family-friendly activities and refreshments will be offered.

Take a guided tour of this pre-Revolutionary war home and learn about the home and its owners, and how an enslaved African-American woman sued for and won her freedom 80 years before the Emancipation Proclamation.

413.298.3239 x3016
mmoulton@thetrustees.org

May
24
Thu
Gt. Barrington, MA–Guided Birding Walks at River Walk on Thursdays
May 24 @ 6:00 pm

also at 7:30 AM

River Walk is now an eBird hot spot!

River Walk is the perfect place for you to explore the birds of the Housatonic River corridor. Join Christine Ward, Sharon Siter, and Elia Del Molino for a morning or evening guided birding tour. Bring your binoculars and field guides. Support will be offered for beginning birders. More than 75 species of birds have been sited on River Walk in the past, including bald eagle, great blue heron, kingfisher, and flocks of cedar waxwing. Learn about techniques and tools to help you enjoy the many birds of Berkshire County.

Meet at the Upper River Walk entrance located in the St Peter’s parking lot on Dresser Ave. Contact Christine Ward: info@GBLands.org. Sponsored by Great Barrington Land Conservancy.

Pre-registration suggested: river@gbriverwalk.org

May
26
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
May 26 @ 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 of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

May
31
Thu
Gt. Barrington, MA–Guided Birding Walks at River Walk on Thursdays
May 31 @ 6:00 pm

also at 7:30 AM

River Walk is now an eBird hot spot!

River Walk is the perfect place for you to explore the birds of the Housatonic River corridor. Join Christine Ward, Sharon Siter, and Elia Del Molino for a morning or evening guided birding tour. Bring your binoculars and field guides. Support will be offered for beginning birders. More than 75 species of birds have been sited on River Walk in the past, including bald eagle, great blue heron, kingfisher, and flocks of cedar waxwing. Learn about techniques and tools to help you enjoy the many birds of Berkshire County.

Meet at the Upper River Walk entrance located in the St Peter’s parking lot on Dresser Ave. Contact Christine Ward: info@GBLands.org. Sponsored by Great Barrington Land Conservancy.

Pre-registration suggested: river@gbriverwalk.org

Jun
2
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Jun 2 @ 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 of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Jun
3
Sun
Monterey, MA–Birding Beyond Your Backyard @ The Bidwell House Museum
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

413-528-6888
bidwellhouse@gmail.com
www.bidwellhousemuseum.org

A Colonial History Museum–a National Register of Historic Places
An authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s

Join Doug Bruce and Tom Ryan. Designed for beginning birders who would like to expand their birding knowledge, this talk and walk will help take you from feeder birds (blue jays, chickadees) to the birds of field and forest. Can’t tell a robin from a crow? No shame—we’ll show you how we do it. This walk is all about birds of the upland forest: we’ll walk the trails on the Bidwell House Museum’s 190+ acres of beautiful hemlock-hardwood forest. Footing is good; very moderate elevation changes. Wear good shoes; bring water and a snack.

Jun
9
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Jun 9 @ 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 of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Jun
16
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Jun 16 @ 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 of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Jun
23
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Jun 23 @ 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 of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Jun
30
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Jun 30 @ 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 of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Jul
7
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Jul 7 @ 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 of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Jul
10
Tue
Stockbridge, MA–HVA Beginner’s Paddle: Glendale Dam
Jul 10 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

July 10, 2018      from  4:30 – 7 pm         trip length 1 – 2 miles
In partnership with: THE HOUSATONIC HERITAGE AREA  & HOUSATONIC VALLEY ASSOC.

Want to be prepared for other paddle trips – experience canoeing – gain confidence? This is your chance! Join us to learn how to safely enter and exit a canoe, learn the basic strokes and how to steer and paddle safely. Led by Housatonic Valley Assoc. volunteer, Charles Murray, an experienced canoeist and ACA certified instructor. Suitable for families with children ages 10yrs+.

Registration is required, space is limited. Call 413-298-7024
Canoes and equipment provided or register to bring your own boat.
Trip information provided upon completion of registration.

Jul
14
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Jul 14 @ 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 of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Jul
21
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Jul 21 @ 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 of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Jul
28
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Jul 28 @ 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 of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Lenox, Ma–Paddling on the Housatonic River:  In Search of Turtles
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lenox, Ma–Paddling on the Housatonic River:  In Search of Turtles

Trip Length: 3 – 4 miles Level: Beginner (6+yrs)

Paddle downstream from Woods Pond and back enjoying the Housatonic River as we search for painted and other turtle species basking along the river’s edge and learn about these ancient reptiles that are struggling to maintain their populations. This paddle trip is suitable for families with children 6 yrs and older.

Registration is required, space is limited. Call 413-298-7024
Canoes and equipment provided or register to bring your own boat.
Trip information provided upon completion of registration.

In partnership with: THE HOUSATONIC HERITAGE AREA

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Get on the river! The best way to enjoy this gorgeous body of water is through a paddling trip.  Housatonic River paddle trips are suitable for most skill levels (see individual descriptions) and are an ideal way to see the river.

CALL 413-298-7024 TO REGISTER or EMAIL
Registration is required as space is limited. Canoes and equipment provided. Trip information provided upon completion of registration.
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Aug
4
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Aug 4 @ 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 of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Aug
5
Sun
Norfolk, CT–Open House at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival @ Norfolk Chamber Music Festival - Yale School of Music
Aug 5 @ 2:00 pm

A day of free events culminating is a performance by the Frank Vignola Trio

Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate–Music Shed
860 542 3000

 

Aug
11
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Aug 11 @ 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 of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Aug
18
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Aug 18 @ 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 of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Aug
25
Sat
Gt. Barrington, MA– Family Paddling Trip on the Housatonic River
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Gt. Barrington, MA-- Family Paddling Trip on the Housatonic River

Get on the river! The best way to enjoy this gorgeous body of water is through a paddling trip. Housatonic River paddle trips are suitable for most skill levels (see individual descriptions) and are an ideal way to see the river.

CALL 413-298-7024 TO REGISTER or EMAIL– PADDLE@HVATODAY.ORG
Registration is required as space is limited. Canoes and equipment provided. Trip information provided upon completion of registration.
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Trip Length: 6.6 miles Level: Beginner (10+yrs)

Get your family out for a day of river exploration! We’ll paddle from Bridge Street, Great Barrington to the Covered Bridge in Sheffield stopping for lunch on a sandbar where the Green River joins the Housatonic. This meandering stretch of the Housatonic River is mostly calm with occasional quickwater and downed trees to negotiate. Suitable for families with children 10+yrs.

Registration is required, space is limited. Call 413-298-7024
Canoes and equipment provided or register to bring your own boat.
Trip information provided upon completion of registration.

In partnership with: THE HOUSATONIC HERITAGE AREA

 

East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Aug 25 @ 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 of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Sep
1
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Sep 1 @ 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 of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Sep
8
Sat
2018 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 80 FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 8 all-day
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Sep 8 @ 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 of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Sep
9
Sun
2018 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 80 FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 9 all-day
Sep
15
Sat
2018 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 80 FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 15 all-day
Sheffield, MA–Paddle the Housatonic River from Bartholomew’s Sheffield – Falls Village, CT
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sheffield, MA--Paddle the Housatonic River from Bartholomew’s Sheffield – Falls Village, CT

Get on the river! The best way to enjoy this gorgeous body of water is through a paddling trip. Housatonic River paddle trips are suitable for most skill levels (see individual descriptions) and are an ideal way to see the river.

CALL 413-298-7024 TO REGISTER or EMAIL– PADDLE@HVATODAY.ORG
All events are FREE! Registration is required as space is limited. Canoes and equipment provided. Trip information provided upon completion of registration.

Trip Length:8.6 miles Level: Intermediate (14+yrs)

Paddle through farms and forest with an eye to the sky for migrating raptors as you wind your way down the Housatonic River to Falls Village, CT. There is a short, 200ft or so, portage around an old dam almost midway in the trip. It is flat, meandering river all the way so easy paddling, but a long day for some as there isn’t much current. Suitable for families with children 14yrs+.

Registration is required, space is limited. Call 413-298-7024
Canoes and equipment provided or register to bring your own boat.
Trip information provided upon completion of registration.

East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Sep 15 @ 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 of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Sep
16
Sun
2018 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 80 FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 16 all-day
Sep
22
Sat
2018 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 80 FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 22 all-day
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Sep 22 @ 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 of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Sep
23
Sun
2018 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 80 FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 23 all-day
Sep
28
Fri
Kent, CT–Conn. Antique Museum Assoc’s 34th Anniversary of our famous Kent Fall Festival @ CAMA (CT Antique Museum Assoc) museum grounds
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

This event is held rain or shine. We have plenty of indoor shelter.

Our restored drag saw will be demonstrated, as well as our American #1 sawmill. Both have plenty of logs to be cut. There will be demonstrations throughout the weekend of the sawmill, as well as our other wood handling machinery including an antique planer and a splitter.  All this in our consolidated wood handling area at the north end of the exhibit field.

Skip Kern, our lead man in the Blacksmith Shop, plans a full weekend of demonstrations along with a number of other area blacksmiths setting up shop in and near ours.

There has been much cosmetic improvement in our Industrial Hall of Steam. Come see the improved appearance and stay for the live demonstrations of our various antique steam engines.  We will be running the Nagle-Corliss engine that saw its operational debut at our 2015 show.

Take a ride on Hawaii Railway #5, a restored 1925 Baldwin narrow gauge locomotive.  As always, the ride is free and as always the running of #5 is subject to weather  and the will of the machinery gods.

See the now completed addition to the CT Museum of Mining and Mineral Science.  John Pawloski and a dedicated team have been hard at work preparing special new exhibits for this substantial addition.

Besides all of CAMA’s permanent exhibits, the grounds will be filled with vendors and outside exhibitors that have brought items to be sold, or shown off.

Sep
29
Sat
2018 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 80 FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 29 all-day
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Sep 29 @ 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 of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Kent, CT–Conn. Antique Museum Assoc’s 34th Anniversary of our famous Kent Fall Festival @ CAMA (CT Antique Museum Assoc) museum grounds
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

This event is held rain or shine. We have plenty of indoor shelter.

Our restored drag saw will be demonstrated, as well as our American #1 sawmill. Both have plenty of logs to be cut. There will be demonstrations throughout the weekend of the sawmill, as well as our other wood handling machinery including an antique planer and a splitter.  All this in our consolidated wood handling area at the north end of the exhibit field.

Skip Kern, our lead man in the Blacksmith Shop, plans a full weekend of demonstrations along with a number of other area blacksmiths setting up shop in and near ours.

There has been much cosmetic improvement in our Industrial Hall of Steam. Come see the improved appearance and stay for the live demonstrations of our various antique steam engines.  We will be running the Nagle-Corliss engine that saw its operational debut at our 2015 show.

Take a ride on Hawaii Railway #5, a restored 1925 Baldwin narrow gauge locomotive.  As always, the ride is free and as always the running of #5 is subject to weather  and the will of the machinery gods.

See the now completed addition to the CT Museum of Mining and Mineral Science.  John Pawloski and a dedicated team have been hard at work preparing special new exhibits for this substantial addition.

Besides all of CAMA’s permanent exhibits, the grounds will be filled with vendors and outside exhibitors that have brought items to be sold, or shown off.

Sep
30
Sun
2018 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 80 FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 30 all-day
Kent, CT–Conn. Antique Museum Assoc’s 34th Anniversary of our famous Kent Fall Festival @ CAMA (CT Antique Museum Assoc) museum grounds
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

This event is held rain or shine. We have plenty of indoor shelter.

Our restored drag saw will be demonstrated, as well as our American #1 sawmill. Both have plenty of logs to be cut. There will be demonstrations throughout the weekend of the sawmill, as well as our other wood handling machinery including an antique planer and a splitter.  All this in our consolidated wood handling area at the north end of the exhibit field.

Skip Kern, our lead man in the Blacksmith Shop, plans a full weekend of demonstrations along with a number of other area blacksmiths setting up shop in and near ours.

There has been much cosmetic improvement in our Industrial Hall of Steam. Come see the improved appearance and stay for the live demonstrations of our various antique steam engines.  We will be running the Nagle-Corliss engine that saw its operational debut at our 2015 show.

Take a ride on Hawaii Railway #5, a restored 1925 Baldwin narrow gauge locomotive.  As always, the ride is free and as always the running of #5 is subject to weather  and the will of the machinery gods.

See the now completed addition to the CT Museum of Mining and Mineral Science.  John Pawloski and a dedicated team have been hard at work preparing special new exhibits for this substantial addition.

Besides all of CAMA’s permanent exhibits, the grounds will be filled with vendors and outside exhibitors that have brought items to be sold, or shown off.

Oct
6
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Oct 6 @ 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 of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Oct
13
Sat
Lenox, MA–Paddling on the Housatonic River–Fall Foliage Paddle the Darey Wildlife Management Area
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lenox, MA--Paddling on the Housatonic River--Fall Foliage Paddle the Darey Wildlife Management Area

Get on the river! The best way to enjoy this gorgeous body of water is through a paddling trip. Housatonic River paddle trips are suitable for most skill levels (see individual descriptions) and are an ideal way to see the river.

CALL 413-298-7024 TO REGISTER or EMAIL– PADDLE@HVATODAY.ORG
All events are FREE! Registration is required as space is limited. Canoes and equipment provided. Trip information provided upon completion of registration.
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Trip Length: about 3- 4 miles Level: Beginner (6+yrs)

We will paddle a favorite section of the Housatonic River in Lenox during fall foliage time. Enjoy beautiful views of October Mountain State Forest as you meander along the Housatonic. This is an easy, flat water paddling with minimal current. Suitable for families with children 6+ yrs).

Registration is required, space is limited. Call 413-298-7024
Canoes and equipment provided or register to bring your own boat.
Trip information provided upon completion of registration.
In partnership with: THE HOUSATONIC HERITAGE AREA