Events

Jul
26
Wed
Lanesborough, MA–“The Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps on Mount Greylock”, talk and slide presentation @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Jul 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

Presented by DCR Park Naturalist Mike Whalen–A lively interactive presentation featuring cultural artifacts and recollections of the 1930’s federal work program that invented a modern wilderness park landscape. Participants are encouraged to share their own keepsakes and memories of Mount Greylock. This 1-hour program is FREE and open to the public.==

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING VISITORS TO THE PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET / ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK SIGNS AND BASCOM LODGE SIGNS… 9 MILES
TO THE SUMMIT.

 

Stockbridge, MA–Presentation: Turtles of the Housatonic River Watershed
Jul 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

From the tiny, 3-inch, bog turtle to the large snapping turtles, we
have six turtle species residing in our watershed. Learn more about
each of the turtles, their different habitats, what is impacting our
turtle populations and what we can do to help from our local reptile
expert, Tom Tyning. There will be an emphasis on the wood turtle, a
species of concern, which Tom has been studying for many years.

FREE!

Presentation location–
Housatonic Valley Association
Merwin House
14 Main Street, Stockbridge MA 01262

for info, call 413-298-7024 or Email: adixon@HVATODAY.ORG

Offered in collaboration with the Housatonic Heritage Area.

Jul
29
Sat
Gt. Barrington, MA–Free Guided Walking Tours at the W.E.B. Dubois Homesite at 11 am, 1 pm & 2 pm
Jul 29 all-day

 

Visitors can experience a FREE guided walking tour on the interpretive trail at the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite in a rural setting two miles from downtown Great Barrington. The interpretive trail highlights Du Bois’s journey from Great Barrington to the world stage, information from ongoing archaeological excavations, as well as the Homesite dedication in 1969. Visitors can also explore Du Bois’s legacy in the landscape of downtown Great Barrington. Take the W.E.B Du Bois in Great Barrington Walking Tour to learn about places and people important to Du Bois.

Lenoxdale, MA–Beginner’s Paddling Trip on the Housatonic River with the staff of the Housatonic Valley Association & Search for Turtles with Tom Tyning
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Trip Length: 3-4 miles Level: Beginner

Paddle upstream 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.

FREE! Registration is required, space is limited.
Canoes and equipment provided or register to bring your own
boat. Trip information provided upon completion of registration.

TO REGISTER, call 413-298-7024 or Email: PADDLE@HVATODAY.ORG

Offered in collaboration with the Housatonic Heritage Area.
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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.

 

Tyringham, MA–History Talk: Travels with Satan: My Fifty Years as a Witchcraft Historian–Sponsored by the Bidwell House Museum @ Tyringham Union Church
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am

A talk by John Demos, Samuel Knight Professor of American History Emeritus at Yale University and award-winning author. His book Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England (1982) won the Bancroft Prize. He published The Enemy Within: A Short History of Witch-Hunting in 2008.

Members: $10. Non-members: $15

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

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

Jul
30
Sun
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

 

 

Lanesborough, MA–“Morrighan’s Flight”, Foot stomping Celtic music by this local band @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING VISITORS TO THE PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

Aug
1
Tue
Lenox, MA–SUMMER TEA & TALKS SERIES @ Ventfort Hall Association
Aug 1 @ 4:00 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $26.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $26.00. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

William Henry Vanderbilt died in 1885, leaving to his four sons and four daughters a fortune of $200 million (today $230 billion). Historian Dr. Gary Helm Darden is “Keeping Up with the Vanderbilts: Architectural Rivalries,” noting that the siblings commenced an unparalleled American building spree – urban palaces, country estates and summer villas.

Aug
5
Sat
Gt. Barrington, MA–Free Guided Walking Tours at the W.E.B. Dubois Homesite at 11 am, 1 pm & 2 pm
Aug 5 all-day

 

Visitors can experience a FREE guided walking tour on the interpretive trail at the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite in a rural setting two miles from downtown Great Barrington. The interpretive trail highlights Du Bois’s journey from Great Barrington to the world stage, information from ongoing archaeological excavations, as well as the Homesite dedication in 1969. Visitors can also explore Du Bois’s legacy in the landscape of downtown Great Barrington. Take the W.E.B Du Bois in Great Barrington Walking Tour to learn about places and people important to Du Bois.

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.

 

Aug
6
Sun
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

 

 

Lanesborough, MA–“The Greylock Glen”, talk and slide presentation and history @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Ralph Brill presents the History of The Glen as well as his proposal for it. A Glen development was initiated more than forty years ago. What happened? What can happen? What will Happen? Come join the conversation.

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

Aug
8
Tue
Lenox, MA–SUMMER TEA & TALKS SERIES @ Ventfort Hall Association
Aug 8 @ 4:00 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $26.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $26.00. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Architectural historian Frances Morrone returns to Ventfort Hall to roll out the red carpet on “The Plaza: New York’s Legendary Hotel.” Built during the Gilded Age, an era of extravagant gestures, the hotel, with every architectural detail designed in the grand manner, was the address of diplomats, actors, royalty, the rich, the famous and, of course, Eloise.

Aug
9
Wed
Lanesborough, MA–“Landscapes for the People”, photography presentation @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Unknown Elder: George Alexander Grant–First Chief Photographer of the National Park Service

Ren and Helen Davis, authors of Landscapes for the People, will share information about George Alexander Grant’s life, and show a selection of stunning black-and-white photographs taken of the national parks during his 25+year carreer.

Copies of Landscapes for the People, as well as Our Mark on This Land: A Guide to the Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in America’s Parks, will be available for purchase.

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

Aug
12
Sat
Gt. Barrington, MA–Free Guided Walking Tours at the W.E.B. Dubois Homesite at 11 am, 1 pm & 2 pm
Aug 12 all-day

 

Visitors can experience a FREE guided walking tour on the interpretive trail at the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite in a rural setting two miles from downtown Great Barrington. The interpretive trail highlights Du Bois’s journey from Great Barrington to the world stage, information from ongoing archaeological excavations, as well as the Homesite dedication in 1969. Visitors can also explore Du Bois’s legacy in the landscape of downtown Great Barrington. Take the W.E.B Du Bois in Great Barrington Walking Tour to learn about places and people important to Du Bois.

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.

 

Aug
13
Sun
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

 

 

Lanesborough, MA–“Mushrooms of the Berkshires”, talk and slide presentation @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Aug 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

John Wheeler, local wild mushroom enthusiast and founding member of the Berkshire Mycological Society will speak to the joys of mushroom identification, seasons, and typical habitats of our local fungal treasures.

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

Aug
15
Tue
Lenox, MA–SUMMER TEA & TALKS SERIES @ Ventfort Hall Association
Aug 15 @ 4:00 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $26.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $26.00. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Dr. Margot MacIlwain Nishimura, Deputy Director for Collections at Newport Restoration Foundation, will open the door on storied “Rough Point, Mansion and Museum: Doris Duke’s Newport Legacy” and its extraordinary treasures. Overlooking fabulous gardens and the ocean, the English manorial-style mansion is furnished with first-rate art and antiques.

Aug
16
Wed
Lee, MA–Paddling and Exploration of the Housatonic River with Housatonic Valley Association Staff
Aug 16 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 

Trip Length: 6 miles Level: Intermediate

Discover the river’s ecology as we paddle a beautiful stretch of
the Housatonic River from Lee to South Lee with views of Beartown
Mountain. Some paddling experience preferable. We’ll stop along
the way to explore the invertebrates, look for signs of wildlife as we
learn about the constantly changing ‘riverscape.”

FREE! Registration is required, space is limited.
Canoes and equipment provided or register to bring your own
boat. Trip information provided upon completion of registration.

TO REGISTER, call 413-298-7024 or Email: PADDLE@HVATODAY.ORG

Offered in collaboration with the Housatonic Heritage Area.

Lanesborough, MA–“Wintergreen”, folk music @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

 

Aug
19
Sat
Gt. Barrington, MA–Free Guided Walking Tours at the W.E.B. Dubois Homesite at 11 am, 1 pm & 2 pm
Aug 19 all-day

 

Visitors can experience a FREE guided walking tour on the interpretive trail at the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite in a rural setting two miles from downtown Great Barrington. The interpretive trail highlights Du Bois’s journey from Great Barrington to the world stage, information from ongoing archaeological excavations, as well as the Homesite dedication in 1969. Visitors can also explore Du Bois’s legacy in the landscape of downtown Great Barrington. Take the W.E.B Du Bois in Great Barrington Walking Tour to learn about places and people important to Du Bois.

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.

 

Aug
20
Sun
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

 

 

Sheffield, MA–Elizabeth Freeman Day @ Col. Ashley House
Aug 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Slavery began to crumble in Massachusetts when Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman successfully sued for her freedom from slavery and did it more than 80 years before the Emancipation Proclamation. The Trustees will host an afternoon of activities to celebrate and illuminate the story of Elizabeth Freeman at the Ashley House in Sheffield, MA. Activities will include guided tours of the Ashley House and a performance by storyteller an actress Tammy Denease with her dramatic re-telling of “Mumbet’s Story.”

Cost–FREE

Contact Information
413.298.3239×3016
mmoulton@thetrustee.org

 

Aug
22
Tue
Lenox, MA–SUMMER TEA & TALKS SERIES @ Ventfort Hall Association
Aug 22 @ 4:00 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $26.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $26.00. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Ventfort Hall’s resident historian, Cornelia Brooke Gilder will tell all with “Friends and Fireworks: Edith Wharton Enters Berkshire Society.” As Nini quotes in her new book Edith Wharton’s Lenox, “As a hostess, designer, gardener and writer, Wharton set high standards that delighted many…But her perceptive and sometimes indiscreet pen also alienated…” others.

Aug
23
Wed
Lanesborough, MA–“Berkshire Highlanders”, bagpipe music @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Aug 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

 

Aug
26
Sat
Gt. Barrington, MA–Free Guided Walking Tours at the W.E.B. Dubois Homesite at 11 am, 1 pm & 2 pm
Aug 26 all-day

 

Visitors can experience a FREE guided walking tour on the interpretive trail at the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite in a rural setting two miles from downtown Great Barrington. The interpretive trail highlights Du Bois’s journey from Great Barrington to the world stage, information from ongoing archaeological excavations, as well as the Homesite dedication in 1969. Visitors can also explore Du Bois’s legacy in the landscape of downtown Great Barrington. Take the W.E.B Du Bois in Great Barrington Walking Tour to learn about places and people important to Du Bois.

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.

 

Aug
27
Sun
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

 

 

Lanesborough, MA–Oakes Smith, folk music @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

Aug
29
Tue
Lenox, MA–SUMMER TEA & TALKS SERIES @ Ventfort Hall Association
Aug 29 @ 4:00 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $26.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $26.00. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Master Restorer Frank MacGruer is a principled advocate when it comes to “Antique Furniture. Use, Care & Restoration. Surface, Substance & Science.” He will take on the subject with photographs of repair work in progress, before and after restoration work, examples of finish problems and solutions, maintenance products and tools of the trade.

Aug
30
Wed
Lanesborough, MA–“Austin Thomas”, artist talk @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Aug 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

Sep
2
Sat
Gt. Barrington, MA–Free Guided Walking Tours at the W.E.B. Dubois Homesite at 11 am, 1 pm & 2 pm
Sep 2 all-day

 

Visitors can experience a FREE guided walking tour on the interpretive trail at the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite in a rural setting two miles from downtown Great Barrington. The interpretive trail highlights Du Bois’s journey from Great Barrington to the world stage, information from ongoing archaeological excavations, as well as the Homesite dedication in 1969. Visitors can also explore Du Bois’s legacy in the landscape of downtown Great Barrington. Take the W.E.B Du Bois in Great Barrington Walking Tour to learn about places and people important to Du Bois.

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.

 

Sep
3
Sun
Lanesborough, MA–“Marafanyi”, music and drumming @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Lara Gonzalez & Yael Shacham fuse original songs and spoken word with traditional West African rhythm and dance, showcasing indigenous instruments. The ladies of Marafanyi will be joined by special guests.

For Workshop Info. and Pricing check the “Workshops” page of our website: http://www.marafanyi.com/

FREE Performance after workshops from 6 pm – 7 pm , on the porch of the Lodge

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

Sep
5
Tue
Lenox, MA–SUMMER TEA & TALKS SERIES @ Ventfort Hall Association
Sep 5 @ 4:00 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $26.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $26.00. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Ulysses Grant Dietz, Curator of Decorative Arts, Newark Museum, will put the sparkle on “Elegance and Aspiration: Money, Taste and Jewelry in America’s Gilded Age,” focusing on the meteoric rise of jewelry wearing after the Civil War. He will also explore the aspirational symbolism of jewelry, an aristocratic model for a nation without a social hierarchy.

Sep
9
Sat
Monterey, MA–Gravestone Art in Monterey’s Old Cemeteries @ the Bidwell House Museum
Sep 9 @ 10:00 am

A talk and walk with Historical Archaeologist Bob Drinkwater, an expert on New England tombstone carvers. Drinkwater will give a brief history of gravestone art and then lead a tour of Monterey’s historic cemeteries. Drinkwater is a charter member and past president of the Association for Gravestone Studies. He holds an M.A. in Anthropology from UMass, Amherst.
Members: $10. Non-members: $15.

413-528-6888
email: bidwellhouse@gmail.com

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

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

 

Lanesborough, MA–“The Industrial Revolution in Berkshire County”, talk and book signing @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Industrial Berkshire County was once home to an industrial base that helped a young nation meet its needs in textiles, paper, glass, iron and a variety of other products. Author of Berkshire County’s Industrial Heritage, John Dickson, will discuss through historic photos the impact of the 19th century mills and factories that tell a story of enterprising young men and women – owners and immigrant labor – harnessing the power of the streams and rivers to make products and profits and to make a living for their families.

Copies of Berkshire County’s Industrial Heritage will be available for purchase.

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

 

 

Sep
13
Wed
Lanesborough, MA–“Boreal Forest Ecology Slideshow and Summit Walk”, talk and slide show @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Sep 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Learn about the ecology of high elevation Boreal forests of Western MA found only at elevations over 2000 ft, such as Mt Greylock Summit and at Tamarack Hollow in Windsor, MA. Take a short, easy plant/tree ID walk at the summit and then learn more about the indicator species of this forest type such as Balsam Fir, Red Spruce, Clintonia Borealis and Bunchberry in an informative slideshow narration in the lodge led by naturalist and cultural educator Aimee Gelinas M.Ed.

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THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.

THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

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

Lanesborough, MA–“Raptors of Greylock – New England’s Birds of Prey”, Live Birds & Demonstrations @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Sep 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Starts promply 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (depending on turn-out and length of outdoor demonstrations)

Displays and discussions in the Lobby – Birding demonstrations held outdoors (weather permitting).  Meet live birds of prey! Touchable artifacts, engaging information, and demonstrations from THE SOUTHERN VERMONT NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM — www.vermontmuseum.org

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.

BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

 

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

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

Lanesborough, MA–“A Virtual Tour of the Autumn New England Sky”, talk & slideshow @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A Virtual Tour of the Autumn New England Sky–Kevin Collins presents a guide to understanding the stars up above and how to participate in local astronomy groups. If the sky is clear there will be a short observing session outside the lodge after dinner, dress warm.

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

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

Lanesborough, MA–“History and Nature of the Mount Greylock Summit”, nature walk and talk around the summit @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join Mike Whalen from the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation and Peter Dudek from Bascom Lodge atop the most scenic, highest elevation (3491′) and oldest wilderness state park in Massachusetts. Discover the 1930’s period of great park building when government work programs like the Civilian Conservation Corps created special places for recreation. The rustic, yet elegant, “parkitecture” of Bascom Lodge became a distinctive style that defined America’s parks. This is an interpretive walk around the summit of Mount Greylock, with an emphasis on its unique ecology and historic structures as they comprise a fully realized historic landscape. Identify boreal plants unique to the mountain, consider how the summit has changed over time, recall noteworthy literary connections and take an insider’s tour of Bascom Lodge.

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.

BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

 

Lanesborough, MA–“Debra Bricker Balken & Barbara Takenaga”, a dialog about Barbara’s current exhibition at Williams College @ Bascom Lodge-Atop Mount Greylock
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Art Historian Debra Bricker Balken will have a conversation with Barbara Takenaga about her work and her exhibit this fall at the Williams College Museum of art.

Debra Bricker Balken is the author and/or curator of numerous books and exhibitions on John Marin, Phillip Guston, John Storrs, Arthur Dove and other artists.

Barbara Takenaga exhibits her work widely and teaches at Williams College.

THIS IS A “FREE” PUBLIC PROGRAMMING EVENT OFFERED FROM 6 – 7 PM… OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UPPER HOUSATONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.

THIS FREE EVENT IS FOLLOWED AT 7 PM, BY AN OPTIONAL PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU that CHANGES NIGHTLY. (ONE SEATING ONLY). RESERVATIONS REQUESTED.
THE KITCHEN AT BASCOM LODGE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FRESH, HAND-MADE FOOD, CRAFTED FROM INGREDIENTS PURCHASED FROM LOCAL, FAMILY OWNED FARMS.

CALL: 413-743-1591, EMAIL US AT: MAIL@BASCOMLODGE.NET, OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EACH EVENING’S MENU

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, BASCOM LODGE AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE; AFFORDING PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES.
BASCOM LODGE, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, IS A RUSTIC ARTS AND CRAFTS MOUNTAIN LODGE BUILT IN THE 1930’S BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS. CONSTRUCTED OF LOCAL STONE AND OLD GROWTH RED SPRUCE TIMBERS, THE LODGE WAS DESIGNED IN AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS. NESTLED ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. GREYLOCK, THE STATE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, THE LODGE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF A 12,500 ACRE WILDERNESS PARK.
FROM RT 7, DRIVE TO LANESBOROUGH AND WATCH FOR THE MOUNT GREYLOCK RESERVATION AND VISITOR CENTER SIGNS (2 MILES NORTH OF LANESBORO TOWN LINE). TURN ONTO NORTH MAIN STREET, THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO QUARRY ROAD, THEN BEAR LEFT ONTO ROCKWELL ROAD AND FOLLOW MOUNT GREYLOCK/BASCOM LODGE SIGNS FOR 9 MILES THROUGH THE FOREST
TO THE SUMMIT.

 

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.