Events

Jul
29
Sat
Sheffield, MA–Housatonic River Guided Canoe Trips @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Jul 29 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us every Saturday and Sunday morning for a guided trip on the Housatonic River from June 3 thru Sept 3.

See great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and so much more. This trips goes down and up stream. Please make sure that you are physically prepared to paddle an hour upstream against a gentle current.

Registration Required.   Cost–members $24; non-members $30

Contact Information
413.298.3239   x 3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

 

North Canaan, CT–Beckley Iron Furnace Tours @ Beckley Iron Furnace
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site offering  tours on Saturdays, Memorial Day thru Columbus Day,  from 10 AM – 2 PM

Blackberry River Walk & Beckley FurnaceBeckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

 

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Jul 29 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Cost–Members $12; Non-members $20

Contact Information —413.298.3239×3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Want to explore the Housatonic River on your own? Come to the Cobble between 12 and 4 pm on Saturday or Sunday and rent a boat!  June 3 thru Sept 3
Cost included paddles and life vests.

Jul
30
Sun
Sheffield, MA–Housatonic River Guided Canoe Trips @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Jul 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us every Saturday and Sunday morning for a guided trip on the Housatonic River from June 3 thru Sept 3.

See great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and so much more. This trips goes down and up stream. Please make sure that you are physically prepared to paddle an hour upstream against a gentle current.

Registration Required.   Cost–members $24; non-members $30

Contact Information
413.298.3239   x 3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

 

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Jul 30 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Cost–Members $12; Non-members $20

Contact Information —413.298.3239×3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Want to explore the Housatonic River on your own? Come to the Cobble between 12 and 4 pm on Saturday or Sunday and rent a boat!  June 3 thru Sept 3
Cost included paddles and life vests.

Sheffield, MA–Col. Ashley House Tours at 12 pm, 1 pm & 2 pm (The Trustees of Reservations) @ Col. Ashley House Museum
Jul 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Ashley House tells the intertwined stories of the Ashleys and the enslaved African Americans who lived here in the 18th century. The Ashley House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and an anchor site on the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail.

Col. John Ashley built the house in 1735, and spent the next decades accumulating wealth and land. By the time of his death in 1802, Ashley owned more than 3,000 acres – including the land that is now The Trustees’ Bartholomew’s Cobble. Ashley supported the American Revolution, heading a committee that wrote the fiery Sheffield Resolves, a petition against British tyranny and manifesto for individual rights, in 1773. His financial success was based in part on the labor of five enslaved African Americans.

Inspired by Revolutionary-era rhetoric and her own desire for freedom, Mum Bett, who was enslaved in the Ashley House, helped end slavery in Massachusetts. In 1781, she sued Col. Ashley for her freedom – and won. Mum Bett was and remains an inspiration to all who learn her story.

Today, the Ashley House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and an anchor site on the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail. It contains fine collections of redware, furniture, and tools. The Ashley House is adjacent to Bartholomew’s Cobble Reservation, which offers five miles of scenic trails.

The Ashley House is part of the Berkshire 18th Century Trail.

Date & Time–
Sunday, July 2, 9 , 16, 23, 30 aug 6,13, 20, 27

Tours given at:  12 Noon, 1 PM, & 2 PM

 

 

Jul
31
Mon
Pittsfield, MA–Concerts Sponsored by ShireCity @ First Street Common
Jul 31 @ 6:00 pm

Shire City Sessions are back for 2017 with free concerts, an inspired lineup of live, original music at the First Street Common. The concerts will run for three consecutive Mondays beginning July 24. All events start at 6 pm and are free and open to all ages.

July 24 – features singer/songwriter Drew Angus, a 2016 American Idol finalist, with special guest Izzy Heltai, an acoustic folk singer-songwriter from North Adams.

July 31 – features Born Without Bones, a three-piece hailing from Milford, MA with special guest, local hero Luke Tobin from North Adams.

August 7 – presents Vundabar from Boston , who is currently on tour with Rozwell Kid. The opening band that night is Francesca Shanks, a two-piece band out of North Adams featuring ukulele, moog and percussion, who’s currently wrapping up a tour of their own.

Wandering Star Craft Brewery will be pouring craft beer all evening and Ernie will be selling hot dogs each night.

For more info about the performers, go to https://shirecitymusic.com/ and like Shire City Sessions on Facebook.

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Aug
4
Fri
Norfolk, CT–“A Weekend in Norfolk”
Aug 4 all-day
Aug
5
Sat
Norfolk, CT–“A Weekend in Norfolk”
Aug 5 all-day
Sheffield, MA–Housatonic River Guided Canoe Trips @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 5 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us every Saturday and Sunday morning for a guided trip on the Housatonic River from June 3 thru Sept 3.

See great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and so much more. This trips goes down and up stream. Please make sure that you are physically prepared to paddle an hour upstream against a gentle current.

Registration Required.   Cost–members $24; non-members $30

Contact Information
413.298.3239   x 3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

 

East Canaan, CT–Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument Tours @ Beckley Furnace
Aug 5 @ 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.

North Canaan, CT–Beckley Iron Furnace Tours @ Beckley Iron Furnace
Aug 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site offering  tours on Saturdays, Memorial Day thru Columbus Day,  from 10 AM – 2 PM

Blackberry River Walk & Beckley FurnaceBeckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

 

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 5 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Cost–Members $12; Non-members $20

Contact Information —413.298.3239×3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Want to explore the Housatonic River on your own? Come to the Cobble between 12 and 4 pm on Saturday or Sunday and rent a boat!  June 3 thru Sept 3
Cost included paddles and life vests.

Aug
6
Sun
Norfolk, CT–“A Weekend in Norfolk”
Aug 6 all-day
Sheffield, MA–Housatonic River Guided Canoe Trips @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 6 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us every Saturday and Sunday morning for a guided trip on the Housatonic River from June 3 thru Sept 3.

See great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and so much more. This trips goes down and up stream. Please make sure that you are physically prepared to paddle an hour upstream against a gentle current.

Registration Required.   Cost–members $24; non-members $30

Contact Information
413.298.3239   x 3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

 

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 6 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Cost–Members $12; Non-members $20

Contact Information —413.298.3239×3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Want to explore the Housatonic River on your own? Come to the Cobble between 12 and 4 pm on Saturday or Sunday and rent a boat!  June 3 thru Sept 3
Cost included paddles and life vests.

Sheffield, MA–Col. Ashley House Tours at 12 pm, 1 pm & 2 pm (The Trustees of Reservations) @ Col. Ashley House Museum
Aug 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Ashley House tells the intertwined stories of the Ashleys and the enslaved African Americans who lived here in the 18th century. The Ashley House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and an anchor site on the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail.

Col. John Ashley built the house in 1735, and spent the next decades accumulating wealth and land. By the time of his death in 1802, Ashley owned more than 3,000 acres – including the land that is now The Trustees’ Bartholomew’s Cobble. Ashley supported the American Revolution, heading a committee that wrote the fiery Sheffield Resolves, a petition against British tyranny and manifesto for individual rights, in 1773. His financial success was based in part on the labor of five enslaved African Americans.

Inspired by Revolutionary-era rhetoric and her own desire for freedom, Mum Bett, who was enslaved in the Ashley House, helped end slavery in Massachusetts. In 1781, she sued Col. Ashley for her freedom – and won. Mum Bett was and remains an inspiration to all who learn her story.

Today, the Ashley House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and an anchor site on the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail. It contains fine collections of redware, furniture, and tools. The Ashley House is adjacent to Bartholomew’s Cobble Reservation, which offers five miles of scenic trails.

The Ashley House is part of the Berkshire 18th Century Trail.

Date & Time–
Sunday, July 2, 9 , 16, 23, 30 aug 6,13, 20, 27

Tours given at:  12 Noon, 1 PM, & 2 PM

 

 

Aug
7
Mon
Pittsfield, MA–Concerts Sponsored by ShireCity @ First Street Common
Aug 7 @ 6:00 pm

Shire City Sessions are back for 2017 with free concerts, an inspired lineup of live, original music at the First Street Common. The concerts will run for three consecutive Mondays beginning July 24. All events start at 6 pm and are free and open to all ages.

July 24 – features singer/songwriter Drew Angus, a 2016 American Idol finalist, with special guest Izzy Heltai, an acoustic folk singer-songwriter from North Adams.

July 31 – features Born Without Bones, a three-piece hailing from Milford, MA with special guest, local hero Luke Tobin from North Adams.

August 7 – presents Vundabar from Boston , who is currently on tour with Rozwell Kid. The opening band that night is Francesca Shanks, a two-piece band out of North Adams featuring ukulele, moog and percussion, who’s currently wrapping up a tour of their own.

Wandering Star Craft Brewery will be pouring craft beer all evening and Ernie will be selling hot dogs each night.

For more info about the performers, go to https://shirecitymusic.com/ and like Shire City Sessions on Facebook.

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Aug
12
Sat
Sheffield, MA–Housatonic River Guided Canoe Trips @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 12 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us every Saturday and Sunday morning for a guided trip on the Housatonic River from June 3 thru Sept 3.

See great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and so much more. This trips goes down and up stream. Please make sure that you are physically prepared to paddle an hour upstream against a gentle current.

Registration Required.   Cost–members $24; non-members $30

Contact Information
413.298.3239   x 3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

 

East Canaan, CT–Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument Tours @ Beckley Furnace
Aug 12 @ 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.

North Canaan, CT–Beckley Iron Furnace Tours @ Beckley Iron Furnace
Aug 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site offering  tours on Saturdays, Memorial Day thru Columbus Day,  from 10 AM – 2 PM

Blackberry River Walk & Beckley FurnaceBeckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

 

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 12 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Cost–Members $12; Non-members $20

Contact Information —413.298.3239×3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Want to explore the Housatonic River on your own? Come to the Cobble between 12 and 4 pm on Saturday or Sunday and rent a boat!  June 3 thru Sept 3
Cost included paddles and life vests.

Aug
13
Sun
Sheffield, MA–Housatonic River Guided Canoe Trips @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 13 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us every Saturday and Sunday morning for a guided trip on the Housatonic River from June 3 thru Sept 3.

See great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and so much more. This trips goes down and up stream. Please make sure that you are physically prepared to paddle an hour upstream against a gentle current.

Registration Required.   Cost–members $24; non-members $30

Contact Information
413.298.3239   x 3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

 

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 13 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Cost–Members $12; Non-members $20

Contact Information —413.298.3239×3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Want to explore the Housatonic River on your own? Come to the Cobble between 12 and 4 pm on Saturday or Sunday and rent a boat!  June 3 thru Sept 3
Cost included paddles and life vests.

Sheffield, MA–Col. Ashley House Tours at 12 pm, 1 pm & 2 pm (The Trustees of Reservations) @ Col. Ashley House Museum
Aug 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Ashley House tells the intertwined stories of the Ashleys and the enslaved African Americans who lived here in the 18th century. The Ashley House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and an anchor site on the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail.

Col. John Ashley built the house in 1735, and spent the next decades accumulating wealth and land. By the time of his death in 1802, Ashley owned more than 3,000 acres – including the land that is now The Trustees’ Bartholomew’s Cobble. Ashley supported the American Revolution, heading a committee that wrote the fiery Sheffield Resolves, a petition against British tyranny and manifesto for individual rights, in 1773. His financial success was based in part on the labor of five enslaved African Americans.

Inspired by Revolutionary-era rhetoric and her own desire for freedom, Mum Bett, who was enslaved in the Ashley House, helped end slavery in Massachusetts. In 1781, she sued Col. Ashley for her freedom – and won. Mum Bett was and remains an inspiration to all who learn her story.

Today, the Ashley House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and an anchor site on the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail. It contains fine collections of redware, furniture, and tools. The Ashley House is adjacent to Bartholomew’s Cobble Reservation, which offers five miles of scenic trails.

The Ashley House is part of the Berkshire 18th Century Trail.

Date & Time–
Sunday, July 2, 9 , 16, 23, 30 aug 6,13, 20, 27

Tours given at:  12 Noon, 1 PM, & 2 PM

 

 

Aug
17
Thu
Pittsfield, MA–3rd Thursday Street Festival Event Celebrates Food with Dozens of Food Vendors, Theatrical Performances and Dancing with DJ BFG
Aug 17 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

rain or shine, and there is plenty of free parking throughout downtown’s Upstreet Cultural District.

Upstreet Pittsfield’s award-winning street festival, 3rd Thursdays, returns, on Thursday, July 20th. The event will feature dozens of food vendors and Upstreet restaurants selling their delectables on the street. The event also features a dance party with DJ BFG on upper North Street; theatrical performances at Palace Park; Salsa dancing in front of Crawford Square and live music all night long at Persip Park. The largest free outdoor event series in the Berkshires, 3rd Thursdays are family friendly and open to all. North Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from West Street to Linden Street and will be filled with music, performance, food and community activities.

The entire half mile of 3rd Thursday will once again be smoke-free.

3rd Thursday welcomes back the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Pop-Up performance series.

Big Elm Brewing will host a beer garden once again at the space next to Hot Harry’s with a live performance and photo booth from Berkshire Museum’s Guitar: the Instrument that Rocked the World Exhibit.

The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will remain open for Community Access to the Arts (CATA)’s I am a Part of Art Annual Show. The exhibit showcases 185 original works of art, representing more than 125 artists with disabilities. Works are professionally matted and framed, and all pieces are for sale, with proceeds supporting commissions for individual artists.

 

Aug
19
Sat
Sheffield, MA–Housatonic River Guided Canoe Trips @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us every Saturday and Sunday morning for a guided trip on the Housatonic River from June 3 thru Sept 3.

See great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and so much more. This trips goes down and up stream. Please make sure that you are physically prepared to paddle an hour upstream against a gentle current.

Registration Required.   Cost–members $24; non-members $30

Contact Information
413.298.3239   x 3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

 

East Canaan, CT–Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument Tours @ Beckley Furnace
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Beckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

Beckley Furnace was built in 1847 by John Adam Beckley, great-grandson of Esquire Samuel Forbes and grandson 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.

North Canaan, CT–Beckley Iron Furnace Tours @ Beckley Iron Furnace
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site offering  tours on Saturdays, Memorial Day thru Columbus Day,  from 10 AM – 2 PM

Blackberry River Walk & Beckley FurnaceBeckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

 

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Cost–Members $12; Non-members $20

Contact Information —413.298.3239×3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Want to explore the Housatonic River on your own? Come to the Cobble between 12 and 4 pm on Saturday or Sunday and rent a boat!  June 3 thru Sept 3
Cost included paddles and life vests.

Aug
20
Sun
Sheffield, MA–Housatonic River Guided Canoe Trips @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 20 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us every Saturday and Sunday morning for a guided trip on the Housatonic River from June 3 thru Sept 3.

See great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and so much more. This trips goes down and up stream. Please make sure that you are physically prepared to paddle an hour upstream against a gentle current.

Registration Required.   Cost–members $24; non-members $30

Contact Information
413.298.3239   x 3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

 

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 20 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Cost–Members $12; Non-members $20

Contact Information —413.298.3239×3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Want to explore the Housatonic River on your own? Come to the Cobble between 12 and 4 pm on Saturday or Sunday and rent a boat!  June 3 thru Sept 3
Cost included paddles and life vests.

Sheffield, MA–Col. Ashley House Tours at 12 pm, 1 pm & 2 pm (The Trustees of Reservations) @ Col. Ashley House Museum
Aug 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Ashley House tells the intertwined stories of the Ashleys and the enslaved African Americans who lived here in the 18th century. The Ashley House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and an anchor site on the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail.

Col. John Ashley built the house in 1735, and spent the next decades accumulating wealth and land. By the time of his death in 1802, Ashley owned more than 3,000 acres – including the land that is now The Trustees’ Bartholomew’s Cobble. Ashley supported the American Revolution, heading a committee that wrote the fiery Sheffield Resolves, a petition against British tyranny and manifesto for individual rights, in 1773. His financial success was based in part on the labor of five enslaved African Americans.

Inspired by Revolutionary-era rhetoric and her own desire for freedom, Mum Bett, who was enslaved in the Ashley House, helped end slavery in Massachusetts. In 1781, she sued Col. Ashley for her freedom – and won. Mum Bett was and remains an inspiration to all who learn her story.

Today, the Ashley House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and an anchor site on the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail. It contains fine collections of redware, furniture, and tools. The Ashley House is adjacent to Bartholomew’s Cobble Reservation, which offers five miles of scenic trails.

The Ashley House is part of the Berkshire 18th Century Trail.

Date & Time–
Sunday, July 2, 9 , 16, 23, 30 aug 6,13, 20, 27

Tours given at:  12 Noon, 1 PM, & 2 PM

 

 

Aug
26
Sat
Sheffield, MA–Housatonic River Guided Canoe Trips @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us every Saturday and Sunday morning for a guided trip on the Housatonic River from June 3 thru Sept 3.

See great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and so much more. This trips goes down and up stream. Please make sure that you are physically prepared to paddle an hour upstream against a gentle current.

Registration Required.   Cost–members $24; non-members $30

Contact Information
413.298.3239   x 3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

 

East Canaan, CT–Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument Tours @ Beckley Furnace
Aug 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.

North Canaan, CT–Beckley Iron Furnace Tours @ Beckley Iron Furnace
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site offering  tours on Saturdays, Memorial Day thru Columbus Day,  from 10 AM – 2 PM

Blackberry River Walk & Beckley FurnaceBeckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

 

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 26 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Cost–Members $12; Non-members $20

Contact Information —413.298.3239×3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Want to explore the Housatonic River on your own? Come to the Cobble between 12 and 4 pm on Saturday or Sunday and rent a boat!  June 3 thru Sept 3
Cost included paddles and life vests.

Aug
27
Sun
Sheffield, MA–Housatonic River Guided Canoe Trips @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us every Saturday and Sunday morning for a guided trip on the Housatonic River from June 3 thru Sept 3.

See great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and so much more. This trips goes down and up stream. Please make sure that you are physically prepared to paddle an hour upstream against a gentle current.

Registration Required.   Cost–members $24; non-members $30

Contact Information
413.298.3239   x 3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

 

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Aug 27 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Cost–Members $12; Non-members $20

Contact Information —413.298.3239×3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Want to explore the Housatonic River on your own? Come to the Cobble between 12 and 4 pm on Saturday or Sunday and rent a boat!  June 3 thru Sept 3
Cost included paddles and life vests.

Sheffield, MA–Col. Ashley House Tours at 12 pm, 1 pm & 2 pm (The Trustees of Reservations) @ Col. Ashley House Museum
Aug 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Ashley House tells the intertwined stories of the Ashleys and the enslaved African Americans who lived here in the 18th century. The Ashley House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and an anchor site on the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail.

Col. John Ashley built the house in 1735, and spent the next decades accumulating wealth and land. By the time of his death in 1802, Ashley owned more than 3,000 acres – including the land that is now The Trustees’ Bartholomew’s Cobble. Ashley supported the American Revolution, heading a committee that wrote the fiery Sheffield Resolves, a petition against British tyranny and manifesto for individual rights, in 1773. His financial success was based in part on the labor of five enslaved African Americans.

Inspired by Revolutionary-era rhetoric and her own desire for freedom, Mum Bett, who was enslaved in the Ashley House, helped end slavery in Massachusetts. In 1781, she sued Col. Ashley for her freedom – and won. Mum Bett was and remains an inspiration to all who learn her story.

Today, the Ashley House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and an anchor site on the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail. It contains fine collections of redware, furniture, and tools. The Ashley House is adjacent to Bartholomew’s Cobble Reservation, which offers five miles of scenic trails.

The Ashley House is part of the Berkshire 18th Century Trail.

Date & Time–
Sunday, July 2, 9 , 16, 23, 30 aug 6,13, 20, 27

Tours given at:  12 Noon, 1 PM, & 2 PM

 

 

Sep
2
Sat
Sheffield, MA–Housatonic River Guided Canoe Trips @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Sep 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us every Saturday and Sunday morning for a guided trip on the Housatonic River from June 3 thru Sept 3.

See great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and so much more. This trips goes down and up stream. Please make sure that you are physically prepared to paddle an hour upstream against a gentle current.

Registration Required.   Cost–members $24; non-members $30

Contact Information
413.298.3239   x 3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

 

East Canaan, CT–Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument Tours @ Beckley Furnace
Sep 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.

North Canaan, CT–Beckley Iron Furnace Tours @ Beckley Iron Furnace
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The grounds are open year round during daylight hours, and we have knowledgeable guides on site offering  tours on Saturdays, Memorial Day thru Columbus Day,  from 10 AM – 2 PM

Blackberry River Walk & Beckley FurnaceBeckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

 

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Sep 2 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Cost–Members $12; Non-members $20

Contact Information —413.298.3239×3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Want to explore the Housatonic River on your own? Come to the Cobble between 12 and 4 pm on Saturday or Sunday and rent a boat!  June 3 thru Sept 3
Cost included paddles and life vests.

Sep
3
Sun
Sheffield, MA–Housatonic River Guided Canoe Trips @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Sep 3 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us every Saturday and Sunday morning for a guided trip on the Housatonic River from June 3 thru Sept 3.

See great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and so much more. This trips goes down and up stream. Please make sure that you are physically prepared to paddle an hour upstream against a gentle current.

Registration Required.   Cost–members $24; non-members $30

Contact Information
413.298.3239   x 3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

 

Sheffield, MA–Canoe Rentals on the Housatonic River @ Bartholomew's Cobble--The Trustees of the Reservations 
Sep 3 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Cost–Members $12; Non-members $20

Contact Information —413.298.3239×3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Want to explore the Housatonic River on your own? Come to the Cobble between 12 and 4 pm on Saturday or Sunday and rent a boat!  June 3 thru Sept 3
Cost included paddles and life vests.

Sep
10
Sun
Sheffield, MA–The Housatonic River Flotilla @ Bartholomew's Cobble
Sep 10 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Come to the Cobble and celebrate the Housatonic River! Community groups and organizations have been working for month to dress up, or build, their boats for our river floatilla event. This year, our theme is “River Heros” and boats will be competeing for various titles such as “best boat” and “most creative”.

The entire event will be held  on Corbin’s Neck where participants will have an excellent view of the river as the boats pass by the judging platform.

The event begins at 11:30 with the Berkshire Bateria perfoming at 12pm and 2pm. The boat parade will begin at 1. This event is a fabulous way to show support for the Housatonic River. Food and beverages will be for sale down at the river, and picnics are welcome. Consider bringing your favorite picnic blanket or lawn chair as the grass can get itchy.

Contact Information
413.298.3239×3013
cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

 

Sep
16
Sat
2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 16 all-day

FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE –“2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS”

click on  “event website” listed above

Sep
17
Sun
2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 17 all-day

FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE –“2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS”

click on  “event website” listed above

Sep
22
Fri
Kent, CT–2017 Fall Festival @ The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

 

ADMISSION FEES: $10 for adults/teens, $5 children age 6-12, free for children age 5 or less. Free for CAMA members.

Our restored drag saw will be demonstrated, as well as our American #1 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 progress in the latest 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
23
Sat
2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 23 all-day

FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE –“2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS”

click on  “event website” listed above

Kent, CT–2017 Fall Festival @ The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

 

ADMISSION FEES: $10 for adults/teens, $5 children age 6-12, free for children age 5 or less. Free for CAMA members.

Our restored drag saw will be demonstrated, as well as our American #1 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 progress in the latest 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
24
Sun
2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 24 all-day

FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE –“2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS”

click on  “event website” listed above

Kent, CT–2017 Fall Festival @ The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

 

ADMISSION FEES: $10 for adults/teens, $5 children age 6-12, free for children age 5 or less. Free for CAMA members.

Our restored drag saw will be demonstrated, as well as our American #1 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 progress in the latest 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
Sat
2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 30 all-day

FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE –“2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS”

click on  “event website” listed above

Oct
1
Sun
2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Oct 1 all-day

FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE –“2017 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS”

click on  “event website” listed above

Oct
7
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument Tours @ Beckley Furnace
Oct 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.