Events

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

 

 

Lenox, MA–Lift Ev’ry Voice Event @ The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home
Aug 20 @ 3:00 pm

Enjoy the SculptureNow exhibition at the Mount, as never before, when Lift Ev’ry Voice takes you for a walk through a medley of music, dance and poetic responses to the grounds and sculpture.

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

 

 

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
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”

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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”

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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

Nov
18
Sat
Monterey, MA–Colonial Thanksgiving Party – Benefit for the Museum @ The Bidwell House Museum
Nov 18 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Live music, refreshments, silent auction and good cheer. For tickets: 413-528-6888.

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