Heritage Walks

2019 Annual HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS in Berkshire County (MA) and Litchfield County (CT)   –   ALL 4 Weekends in September !

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This 18th annual event, the 2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS event offers 71 FREE guided walks to the most interesting historic, cultural and natural sites in Berkshire County, MA, and Litchfield County, CT.

Saturday & Sunday on all four September weekends:

  • Sept. 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22 and 28 & 29

All types of heritage walks are offered, ranging from tours of historic buildings, cemeteries, and town centers, hikes on the Appalachian Trail, walks through industrial heritage sites and ruins, walks and bike rides on old country roads that have a history, behind-the-scenes tours at various performing arts venues, and strolls through formal gardens and estates.

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The Walks take place at established heritage and cultural sites, as well as less familiar areas. Also included  is a canoe paddling trip on the Housatonic River, and “family friendly” walks. All ages – all people are invited to join us!  Local experts leading the tours will help participants explore the region’s rich and varied historical, cultural, industrial and environmental history.

A great many historically and culturally significant venues will open their doors to the public on these weekends. Natural resource conservation organizations provide access to many of the region’s significant resource areas, and provide interpretive talks about those resources.

Knowledgeable, local historians, naturalists, and environmentalists will help participants explore:

  • The Housatonic River Valley in Berkshire County, MA and Litchfield County, CT
  • The history of the villages and towns in the region as expressed in archaeological and industrial sites, architecture, bridges, and monuments,
  • Both prominent and unsung geological, ornithological and horticultural resources, and
  • Splendid autumn foliage vistas.

The HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS are a partnership between the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, the numerous heritage organizations in the Upper Housatonic River Valley, the Berkshire Visitors Bureau, and the National Park Service.

We’re extremely grateful for our ‘HERITAGE WALKS’ sponsors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SCHEDULE OF 2019 HERITAGE WALKS


  SATURDAY, SEPT  7, 2019


1 – Sheffield, MA        9 AM – 12 noon

EXPLORE THE NATURE CONSERVANCY’S DRURY PRESERVE & MOON IN THE POND ORGANIC FARM

See how nature conservation and sustainable agriculture live harmoniously side by side. Explore the unique beauty and nature of Schenob Brook with a spectacular view of the Berkshire-Taconic mountains on a moderate hike with naturalist, Rene Wendell, from The Nature Conservancy.  We will also walk through the Moon In The Pond Farm and learn about this diverse, organic farm that TNC helped protect.

Wear sturdy footwear and bring drink/snack. It will be the height of fall bird migration, so bring your binoculars. 3  hours–3 miles     To register–rene.wendell@TNC.org or call  413-923-3173

GPS 42.081399, -73.378350   From Rt 7 in Sheffield center, turn onto Berkshire School Rd. Take a left onto Salisbury Rd; and after 1 mile, turn left on Barnum St. and drive 1.3 miles.  GOOGLE MAP


2 – Windsor/Savoy, MA           9:30 AM – 12 NOON

BOREAL SPRUCE-FIR FOREST, PLANT, TREE & WILD EDIBLE HIKE AT THE TAMARACK HOLLOW NATURE CENTER

This hike, led by naturalist and Tamarack Hollow director, Aimee Gelinas, will feature the unique high elevation flora of the boreal forest, including tips for tree, plant and wild edible identification. Hike is free (donations are accepted for support of the nature center). Supported by the Windsor Cultural Council and the Central Berkshire Fund. 2.5 hours–2 miles

Registration required–email aimee@gaiaroots.com

From Rt 9, in Windsor center, take Rt 8A north to Rt 116 in Savoy, and turn right onto Route 116 heading towards Savoy Center. Drive 1.1 miles through the center of Savoy (you will pass the Savoy General Store, then Windsor Jambs State Forest sign). Take your first right after the center of town, onto River Rd (mail boxes and two houses on each corner). Cross the bridge over the river and go immediately to your right, uphill – this is Griffin Hill Rd. If using a GPS, type in Griffin Hill Road, Savoy, to get to the beginning of this road. (there is a small “Tamarack Hollow” sign on a post). Continue up this road (turns to dirt) for about 1 mile until it ends at a “road closed” sign (you are now on Savoy Hollow Road, Windsor). Turn around in the driveway of #1515 or #1516 and park along the road facing north (or in the driveway of #1516)–Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center.   GOOGLE MAP


3  – Pittsfield, MA      10 AM – 12:30 PM 

URBAN MILL HISTORY TRAIL OF PITTSFIELD IN THE 1800’s

Join John Dickson, from the Berkshire County Historical Society, for a historic walk through north Pittsfield along the Housatonic River and its tributary, Onota Brook. We will pass the buildings and remnants of 7 “major and once thriving” mills to examine the connection between the flowing water and industrial activity in the 1800’s. Take a step back in time to find the buildings that are Pittsfield’s history and hear about their origins and our ancestors who worked in them. Most of the walk will be on sidewalks/paved areas. These were the factories that drove Pittsfield’s economy, and enticed thousands of workers and their families to come to Pittsfield in search of a better life.    2 hours–4 miles

Meet at the Pontoosuc Lake boat ramp on Hancock Road. Take Rt 7 to the southern edge of the lake, and turn onto Hancock Road. Boat Ramp parking lot is on the right just past the dam. GPS 42.484521, -73.247158   GOOGLE MAP


4 – Lee, MA                                10 AM – 11 AM

TOUR THE HISTORIC HIGH LAWN FARM, OUR JERSEY COWS, ROBOTIC MILKING & MUSEUM

Nationally recognized High Lawn Farm has been in continuous operation since the late 1800’s. We are the last remaining, intact dairy farm in the Berkshires—producing, bottling and delivering our own milk—representing over 100 years in the same family. Certain families in the present herd of cows trace direct lineage across 15 generations to the original herd of 1918. Join Roberto Laurens on a walking tour of our dairy operation, the barns and museum. 1 hour-1/4 mile

GPS 42.3173, -73.2729 535 Summer St., Lee, MA. From the center of Lee, where Rt 7 crosses the Housatonic River, turn onto Summer St. and drive 1.5 miles.


5 – Sharon, CT                 10 AM – 12 NOON

HIKE TO THE SUMMIT OF THE MARIE MOORE PRESERVE

Hike to the summit of the Mary Moore Preserve, with the Sharon Land Trust, to take in a 30 mile view, including Bear Mountain, Mount Everett, and Mount Greylock. This is a moderate hike with some up’s and down’s. 2 hours–2 miles

GPS 41.8793, -73.4768     Meet at Williams Road Parking Area – at the corner of Route 41 and Williams Road – just a bit north of the Sharon Town Green


6 – Lenox, MA                 11 AM – 12 NOON

HISTORIC LENOX VILLAGE WALKING TOUR: VISUALIZING 250 YEARS OF HISTORY

Join Lucy Kennedy, from the Lenox Historical Society, for a tour of the village of Lenox, where we will view buildings from the Revolutionary War to the Gilded Age resort era on Main And Church Streets. 1 hour–0.5 mile

GPS 42.3565, -73.2848 Meet at the Lenox Historical Society, 65 Main Street, Lenox


7 – Stockbridge, MA                       1 PM – 2 PM

CHESTERWOOD: AN ARTIST’S LANDSCAPE

Explore the landscape of the home, studio and gardens of famous public sculptor, Daniel Chester French, who designed and sculpted the gardens and walkways after European estates. Learn about the mechanics that went into building a “Berkshire cottage” on this tour with Gerard Blache. NOTE: Does not include an interior tour. 1 hour–0.5 mile

GPS 42.284896, -73.352277    From Stockbridge, drive west on Rt 102, turn left on Rt 183. 0.25 mile past the Norman Rockwell Museum, turn right onto Mohawk Lake Road, then left onto Willow St., which becomes Williamsville Rd., just before reaching Chesterwood. Meet at the Barn Gallery.


8 – Stockbridge, MA       1 PM – 2:30 PM

A LEISURELY, PLEASANT STROLL OVER LAUREL HILL AND THE MARY FLYNN TRAIL

Join Patricia Flinn for a leisurely history walk of the Laurel Hill Association’s signature property, and continuing on to the Mary Flynn Trail, which is handicap accessible. Wear sensible walking shoes. 1.5 hours–1.5 miles

Meet at the Stockbridge Town Offices building at 50 Main St., at the ‘Town Offices’ sign.  GPS 42.281649, -73.305837   GOOGLE MAP


9 – Monterey, MA           1 PM – 3 PM

A WOODLAND HIKE FROM GOULD FARM  TO THE BERKSHIRE NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY

In the early 1900’s, life wasn’t easy for William and Agnes Gould and their guests living and working on their new farm in Monterey.  Today—105 years later–Gould Farm is a thriving psychiatric rehabilitation program, thanks to their original vision and perseverance. Lisa Lewis and Bob Rausch will talk about Gould Farm’s history, mission, and connection to the land as you begin your walk along the forested trails behind the Harvest Barn Bakery.

The second half of the walk will be led by Tom Mendelsohn, Berkshire Fish Hatchery Board member. He will take you on a tour of the historic property, where, for over a century, hundreds of thousands of fish have been cultured in a pristine aquifer that supplies a system of beautiful, natural pools with 200 gallons of water per minute. Van service back to Gould Farm will be provided. Rain or shine. Bring drink, snack, sunscreen, bug repellant. 2 hours–3 miles

GPS 42.174770, -73.241113    From Rt 102 in Lee, at the traffic light at Big Y–take Tyringham Rd and drive 5.5 miles south, then turn right on to Monterey Rd and drive 4 miles to Rt 23 in Monterey center. At Rt 23, turn right, and drive 2 miles, then turn left onto Curtis Rd and drive 0.5 mile to Gould Rd. Turn left and continue to the 2nd driveway, to the Harvest Barn OR From the traffic light junction of Rts 7 & 23 in Gt. Barrington–Take Rt 23 east and drive 6.2 miles and turn right onto Curtis Rd and drive 0.5 mile to Gould Rd, then turn left and continue to the 2nd driveway, to the Harvest Barn.  GOOGLE MAP


10 – Mount Washington, MA

2 PM – 4 PM–rain date 9/8

THE VIEW FROM “THE DOME”–HIKE AT MOUNT EVERETT STATE RESERVATION

The Dome, also known as Mount Everett, has figured prominently both in the landscape and history of the southern Berkshires. Notable scientists and luminaries have chronicled their impressions of this place. Follow in their footsteps as we ascend to the top of The Dome for a sweeping view of the Housatonic River Valley and into New York State.

Join Alec Gillman, of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, for a rigorous hike up the Appalachian Trail to the summit of Mount Everett (a 500 foot elevation gain over 0.7 mile). Along the way we will dip into the past, recounting some of these colorful stories, and allow for the opportunity to create your own impressions of The Dome. Wear comfortable, sturdy boots/shoes, hiking poles, appropriate clothing for weather, insect repellent, plenty of drink/snack. 2 hours–1.4 miles round-trip

GPS: 42.106535,-73.4365745   Mount Everett State Reservation – approximately 123 East Street, Mount Washington, MA, is 7.5 miles from the intersection of MA Routes 23 and 41 in South Egremont; or 5.4 miles from NY Route 22 in Copake, NY, via NY route 344. Look for the State Reservation sign. Then follow the dirt Mount Everett Road for 2 miles uphill, past Guilder Pond, to the Appalachian Trail parking lot.


    SUNDAY, SEPT  8, 2019


11 – Gt. Barrington, MA       10 AM –  11 AM

AN INTERPRETIVE STROLL ON THE HOUSATONIC RIVER WALK – BERKSHIRES’ NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL

Join the Greenagers on a tour of this designated National Recreation Trail that follows the Housatonic River as it flows behind Main St. Incredible volunteer efforts removed 400 tons of debris from the river and developed a trail that respects nature and reveals the river’s beauty. Learn of the historic, cultural and ecological significance of the river.   1 hour–0.5 mile

Meet at the Du Bois River Garden Park at Church St. and River St. The River Walk is located in the heart of Great Barrington. Parking is located off of Rt 7, on Bridge St., behind the Searles Bryant building (across the street from Memorial Field).   GPS 42.193751, -73.359233   GOOGLE MAP


12 – Lenox, MA       10 AM – 12 PM     

A WALK BACK IN TIME TO THE BERKSHIRES GILDED AGE HISTORY AT KENNEDY PARK

Enjoy a hike through Kennedy Park to discover who some of the first inhabitants were and imagine going back in time to the Golden Age Era. Lenox truly has a unique treasure right in the middle of town–with magnificent views of Mount Greylock to the north, and the Catskills to the west.

The late Hotel Aspinwall was built in 1902 on the ledges at an altitude of 1,460 feet. This leviathan was touted as “Hotel Beautiful” with many famous people sojourning to its splendor. After the fire of 1931, all that is left are some cellar holes and skeletal remains of what had been a glorious era. Jan Chague, of the Lenox Historical Society, invites you to join her on this moderate hike as we meander back into history at this lovely, colorful time of the year. Wear sturdy footwear and bring snack/drink.  Rain will cancel  2 hours–3 miles   To Register: jg_chague@hotmail.com OR 413-637-1818

GPS 42.382866, -73.278640    Meet in the parking lot at the Arcadian Shop on Route 7/20, Lenox, MA (north of Lenox Ctr)           GOOGLE MAP


13  – Becket, MA     10 AM – 12 PM

EXPLORING THE BECKET LAND TRUST’S HISTORIC QUARRY & FOREST

Enjoy a leisurely hike to explore the historic quarry with Becket Land Trust founders, Ken and Ann Smith. Learn about granite quarrying from 1850-1950’s. Witness the quarry, now filled with water, surrounded by stands of beautiful white birch trees and the standing wooden derrick and winches. Hear how the Trust saved this property for recreation and developed miles of hiking trails. Wear sturdy footwear & bring drink/snack.   2 hours–2 to 3 miles

From junction of Rts 20 & 102 in Lee, take Rt 20 east and drive about 14 miles, to the junction where Rt 8 turns left off Rt 20–here, you will turn right on Bonny Rigg Hill Rd. Drive about 2 miles and turn left on Quarry Rd. and drive for 1 mile, parking is on the right.  GPS 42.251165, -73.020148   GOOGLE MAP


14 – Lee, MA                10 AM – 2 PM

HIKE THE FIRST SECTION OF THE PROPOSED “HIGHLANDS FOOTPATH”  & LEARN OF THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS (CCC) IN OCTOBER MT. STATE FOREST

Join us for a hike on the proposed new-trail partnership between the “Highlands Footpath” & “The High Road” (an initiative of the Berkshire Natural Resources Council). Hike leaders, Highlands Footpath volunteer Meredyth Babcock, Mariah Auman from BNRC, and Alec Gillman from the Mass Dept. of Conservation & Recreation, will take you for a hiking sampler of the start of the newly proposed 40-mile “Highlands Footpath”, on the scenic Gorge Trail uphill to Felton Pond, to an overlook to take in the view of the scenic valley below. We will discover forgotten rustic features built by the CCC some 80 years ago and hear stories about  October Mountain State Forest.

The CCC, a “New Deal program” during the 1930s Great Depression, improved public parks and forests nationwide. The program inspired a recreational heritage that we still enjoy today and one that we are expanding on through the development of this new long distance footpath from Lee, through Becket, Chester, Worthington, Chesterfield and Cummington to the DAR State Forest in Goshen. Learn about the Highlands Footpath–a joint effort of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, The Trustees of Reservations, The Nature Conservancy and Westfield Wild & Scenic River Committee, and local trail groups. A moderate, uphill hike with a 700′ elevation gain. Wear sturdy footwear, appropriate clothing for weather, bring lunch and drink.  4 hours – 3 miles

From the sharp corner on Rt 7, at Mobil station and railroad tracks, in Lee, take Center St. east and shortly bear left on Columbia St. and continue until the junction of Bradley St. and Greylock St. Take left onto Bradley St. and soon cross Mill St. Stay on Bradley St. which soon changes name to Woodland Road and continue until reaching the junction of 286 Woodland Road and Valley St., next to Woods Pond. Meet here, where a shuttle van is available to the trail head.   GPS 42.347414, -73.239887    GOOGLE MAP


15 – Dalton, MA              1 PM – 3 PM

NATURAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY OF WAHCONAH FALLS

This hike, led by Naturalist and Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center Director Aimee Gelinas, will weave through hemlock groves and glacial erratics and along a cascading brook and falls. Learn to identify trees and plants along the way and visit the remnants of the Booth Talc Mill that once utilized the brook for power and learn about its fascinating history. Hike is free (donations accepted to support the Nature and Cultural Center). Supported by the Dalton Cultural Council & the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation – Berkshire Environmental Endowment Fund. www.tamarackhollownatureanculturalcenter.org 2 hours–2 miles

Registration required – aimee@gaiaroots.com

GPS 42.489304, -73.11492   GOOGLE MAP

For directions to Wahconah Falls, visit: https://www.mass.gov/locations/wahconah-falls-state-park


16 – Gt. Barrington, MA                           1 PM – 3 PM

THE 1890’s GREAT BARRINGTON OF BLACK ENTREPRENEURS JASON & ALMIRA COOLEY

Join Bernard Drew, from the Gt. Barrington Historical Society for this walking tour. The Cooleys were in domestic service to the Bigelow family on Main Street in the 1870s. They were popular cooks at the annual Housatonic Agricultural Society fair and came to own a succession of restaurants on Main Street in the 1880s and ‘90s.

They had the first Black bed-and-breakfast in the Southern Berkshires. They built one of the first homes in the Brooklyn section of town; and they knew W.E.B. Du Bois. Jason was a founding trustee of Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church. Two of their homes and several business locations still survive today. Note: Does not include a tour of the church interior, which is currently under reconstruction. 2 hours–1.5 miles

GPS 42.1960679, -73.3624538   Start at the Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church, Elm Court, off of Main St. in the center of Gt. Barrington. From Main St., turn onto Elm St. (located between Berkshire Bank and Carr Hardware). Drive just a bit on Elm St. and then to Elm Court on the right.


17 – Sheffield, MA         1:30  PM –  4 PM

A GENTLE WALK ON THE SHAYS REBELLION SECTION OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL

Join Appalachian Mountain Club leader, Bess Dillman, for a walk starting at the monument commemorating the last battle of Shay’s Rebellion in 1787, then walk through fields, hardwood forests, and across a swampy area on a boardwalk, to the railroad tracks and Rt 7. The trail is uneven with roots and rocks; however, this section is one of the flattest sections on the AT and is a lovely walk through a variety of habitats. Wear sturdy footwear.  4 miles–2.5 hours

From Rt 7 in Sheffield–Driving south on Rt 7, drive 2.2 miles from the Big Y store in Gt. Barrington and take a right onto Lime Kiln Road and drive 1 mile and turn right–you will immediately see the monument on the right and AT parking area on the left. From Rt 23/41 in Egremont–take Sheffield Road and drive for 1.7 miles to the AT parking area on the right and the Shay’s Rebellion marker on the left.   GPS 42.146643, -73.386013    GOOGLE MAP


18 – Lenox, MA      2 PM – 3 PM

WALKING TOUR OF THE CHURCH ON THE HILL CEMETERY–GENERALS, JUDGES, WRITERS & ORDINARY HEROES

Join Lucy Kennedy, from the Lenox Historical Commission, for a tour of the Lenox Church on the Hill Cemetery; which dates back to 1771 and includes town founders, Revolutionary War heroes and others with interesting histories to tell. 1 hour– <0.5 mile

To register–lenoxhistory@gmail.com

GPS 42.3565, -73.2848   Meet at 169 Main St., Lenox Church on the Hill parking lot (corner of Greenwood & Main St.)

 


19 – Washington, CT      2 PM – 3 PM

STEP BACK IN TIME: NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE WALK AT THE INSTITUTE FOR AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES

Archaeologist, Dr. Lucianne Lavin will lead a walk along the museum’s trails and end at a replicated 16th century Algonkian village. Glimpse into the history and culture of the local Pootatuck tribal peoples, learn about their medicinal plants, and hear of their community life and spirituality. Wear sturdy footwear. NOTE–Does not include a tour of the museum interior, which, for a fee, can be arranged before or after the free Heritage Walk. 1 hour– < 1 mile To register–860-868-0518 or email general@iaismuseum.org

GPS 41.610699, -73.325217     Drive on Rt 67 towards Roxbury. Turn onto Rt 199 and follow for 2 miles, then turn onto Curtis Road and drive to the end. IAIS is the last driveway on the right. Meet inside the gift shop.   GOOGLE MAP


20 – Pittsfield, MA                   2 PM – 3:30 PM

GEOLOGY OF HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE

Spend an afternoon, with John Parker, walking around historic Hancock Shaker Village, exploring the rocks, stones, landforms, evidence of glaciation and out on the Farm & Forest Trail, where you’ll look for evidence of glaciation, quarries, and other secrets of the earth. NOTE: This walk does not include general admission to the Village.

For a fee, admission to the Village can be arranged before or after the free Heritage Walk. Wear sturdy footwear. 1.5 hours–approx. 2 miles

To register– 413-443-0188 x-0 or info@hancockshakervillage.org

GPS 42.430911, -73.340498   Meet at the HSV Visitor Center/ticket desk, main entrance, on Rt 20 (34 Lebanon Mt. Road), Pittsfield/Hancock. From the junction of Rt 41 & Rt 20 junction- drive west on Rt 20 for 1/2 mile to the HSV entrance.


  SATURDAY, SEPT 14, 2019


21 – Becket/Chester, MA           9:30 AM –  1:00 PM

HISTORY HIKE TO THE KEYSTONE ARCHES RAILROAD BRIDGES–A MOST MAGNIFICENT ENGINEERING FEAT BUILT IN THE 1840’s!

Join David Pierce, from the Friends of the Keystone Arches, for a hike to the keystone arch railway bridges. (On the drive to the start of hike, experience the historic, unspoiled, naturally beautiful drive over Jacob’s Ladder Trail Scenic Byway. Built in 1800, this road was the first mountain road crossing built for automobiles through the rugged countryside, eventually helping open “the West” for settlement.)

The hike is on moderate terrain to see the awe-inspiring historic keystone arch railroad bridges–the first ever built in America, in 1840. They are impressive, breath-taking structures! 70 feet high, brilliantly revealing their ancestry in the great cathedrals of ancient Rome. Wear sturdy footwear. Bring drink/lunch.   3.5 hours– 5 miles.

To register–dpiercedlp@aol.com or 413-354-7752

From junction of Rts 20 & 102 in Lee, take Rt 20 east and drive ~ 18 miles to Chester center. Meet at the Chester Railway Museum, 10 Prospect St. We will carpool 2 miles to the trailhead.   GPS 42.280547, -72.978600   GOOGLE MAP


22 – Pittsfield, MA               10 AM – 11 AM

TOUR OF THE HISTORIC COLONIAL THEATRE

Bill Munn will take you on a journey through the history of the gilded age Colonial Theatre, as he shares with you the story of the 1903 world-class theatre, movie house, National Historic Treasure appointment by Hillary Clinton, restoration, and 2006 grand re-opening.  1 hour tour

Located at 111 South St., just north of the junction of Rts 7 & 20 in the center of Pittsfield. Wear sensible walking shoes for walking through 3 floor levels. We do have elevator access.   GPS 42.446224, -73.254028   GOOGLE MAP


23 – Hinsdale, MA      10 AM – 11 AM

FROM MOUNTAIN TOP TO THE HEADWATERS OF THE HOUSATONIC RIVER–A POWERPOINT PRESENTATION ON THE HISTORY OF HINSDALE

Enjoy an indoor PowerPoint presentation with Peter White, as he shows the history of Hinsdale’s migrating town centers, the mills and dams, the eventual use of the Housatonic River, and the development of the town center after the railroad came through town. 1 hour

To register, email–PepaWhite@aol.com

GPS 42.4376711, -73.12283579    Hinsdale Town Hall, 39 South Street Hinsdale, MA    GOOGLE MAP


24 – Cornwall, CT      10 AM – 11:30 AM

WALK THE CORNWALL TRINITY RIVERSIDE TRAIL

Walk with Johan Winsser, from the Cornwall Conservation Trust, on a quiet, level, shady trail through varying woodlands, along the Housatonic River, and with old stone works at the end. The old river road used to connect the villages of West Cornwall and Cornwall Bridge, until the railroad was built in 1842 and it fell into diminished use.    1.5 hours—2.8 miles.

Follow Route 7 to Cornwall Bridge, then bear RIGHT on to Route 4 EAST.  In about 3.5 miles, turn Left on to Route 125 (Grange Hall Road).  In 1.3 miles, continue straight on to Route 128 WEST to West Cornwall. At the Covered Bridge, turn LEFT on to Lower River Road, drive through the Trinity Retreat Center, and park at the little parking lot at the END of the road.  GPS 41.866844, -73.366267   GOOGLE MAP


25 – Gt. Barrington, MA      10 AM – 11:30 AM

SKETCH LIKE AN ARCHITECT – DRAWING GT. BARRINGTON

Join Nick Greene for a crash course in observing and drawing some of Great Barrington’s favorite landmarks as an architect does. Nick will show participants how much better they can understand and appreciate architecture when they draw their surrounding built environment. He’ll even throw in some exciting historical facts and stories along the way! Participants should wear walking shoes and bring along a sketchbook and drawing utensil of choice (pen or pencil are fine).

GPS 42.1937862, -73.3638237    Meet at the stone monument in front of the  Gt. Barrington Town Hall, 334 Main St.      GOOGLE MAP


26 – So. Egremont, MA     10 AM – 12 NOON

TOUR OF APRIL HILL CONSERVATION AND EDUCATION CENTER–A 1744 FARMSTEAD

Join Greenagers director, Will Conklin, for a tour of the historic house and the 100-acre property of April Hill Conservation and Education Center (the former Kellogg Conservation Center that was owned by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy). Easy level walking/hiking. 2 hours– < 1 mile        To register– office@greenagers.org

GPS 42.154564, -73.420702     Meet at 62 Undermountain Rd., (Rt 41) So. Egremont, MA. From the north: while driving on Rt 23 through the the center of So. Egremont, MA, at the junction of Rt 23 & 41, turn onto Rt 41 and drive 1 mile. From the south: from Salisbury, CT, drive 12 miles on Rt 41.


27 – Falls Village, CT                         11 AM – 12 NOON

WALKING TOUR OF HISTORIC FALLS VILLAGE

The Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society will host a walking history tour of Falls Village that will begin at the Depot, 44 Railroad Street. Arrive early to browse the Museum at the Depot. The walk will be an easy walk around town. Also, don’t miss the Great Falls when you are in town.

GPS 41.953487, -73.364268   Meet at the Falls Village Depot at 44 Railroad Street, Falls Village.

 

 


28 – Gt. Barrington, MA      1 PM – 2 PM                           & 2 PM – 3 PM

ENCOUNTERING W.E.B. DU BOIS – NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK TOUR

W.E.B. Du Bois, the great African-American author and civil rights leader, was born and raised in Great Barrington and returned frequently. Join David Glassberg, from the Friends of the W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site, for an interpretive tour on a level woods trail, leading to the foundation of Du Bois’ boyhood home–the first destination in the U.S. to tell the story of his life and legacy. 1 hour-<0.5 mile.  Recommend insect repellent. website – www.duboisnhs.org

GPS 42.177022, -73.394301    Meet at the DuBois Homesite (at 612 So. Egremont Rd), located 2 miles south of Gt. Barrington center. At junction where Rt 7 & Rt 23 split off, take Rt 23 and drive west for ~ 1 mile.        GOOGLE MAP


29 – Pittsfield/Hancock, MA     1 PM – 4 PM

HISTORY WALK ON THE HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE “SHAKER TRAIL”

Hike the Shaker Trail from Hancock Shaker Village, to the Hancock North Family Site and to Mount Sinai, a spiritual “feast ground” for the Shaker community. Hike will include stops at remains of mill sites, of the North Family dwelling site (active from 1821-1867), and the summit of the mountain, where the Shakers held special celebratory services twice a year in the mid-19th century. Moderate to strenuous hike.

NOTE: This walk does not include general admission to the Village. For a fee, admission to the Village can be arranged before or after the free Heritage Walk. Wear sturdy footwear & bring drink/snacks. 2 hours – 2.5 miles.

To register– 413-443-0188 x-0 or info@hancockshakervillage.org

GPS 42.430911, -73.340498    Meet at the HSV Visitor Center/ticket desk, main entrance, on Rt 20 (34 Lebanon Mt. Road), Pittsfield/Hancock. From the junction of Rt 41 & Rt 20 junction- drive west on Rt 20 for 1/2 mile to the HSV entrance.    GOOGLE MAP


  SUNDAY, SEPT 15, 2019


30 – Pittsfield, MA      10 AM – 12:30 PM 

URBAN MILL HISTORY TRAIL OF PITTSFIELD IN THE 1800’s

Join John Dickson, from the Berkshire County Historical Society, for a historic walk through north Pittsfield along the Housatonic River and its tributary, Onota Brook. We will pass the buildings and remnants of 7 “major and once thriving” mills to examine the connection between the flowing water and industrial activity in the 1800’s.

Take a step back in time to find the buildings that are Pittsfield’s history and hear about their origins and our ancestors who worked in them. Most of the walk will be on sidewalks/paved areas. These were the factories that drove Pittsfield’s economy, and enticed thousands of workers and their families to come to Pittsfield in search of a better life.    2 hours–4 miles

Meet at the Pontoosuc Lake boat ramp on Hancock Road. Take Rt 7 to the southern edge of the lake, and turn onto Hancock Road. Boat Ramp parking lot is on the right just past the dam. GPS 42.484521, -73.247158   GOOGLE MAP


31 – Stockbridge, MA      10 AM – 11 AM

SCULPTING THE LAND: DANIEL CHESTER FRENCH’S ARTIST-DESIGNED LANDSCAPE AT CHESTERWOOD

This easy walk will lead through the various designed landscape at Chesterwood including the house environs, formal gardens and woodland walks. Ms. Balint will point out design features created by French while living at Chesterwood and place his efforts in the greater context of artists-designed landscapes throughout the country. Each participant will leave with a list of other grounds available for walking that are part of preserved artists’ sites. Participants will go into the historic house and studio with the walk leader, for a short intro to these buildings and how they related to the landscape. 1.5 hours–2 miles

To register – vbalint@savingplaces.org OR 413-298-2033

GPS 42.339157, -73.28927    From Stockbridge, drive west on Rt 102, turn left on Rt 183. 1/4 of a mile past the Norman Rockwell Museum, turn right onto Mohawk Lake Road, then left onto Willow St., which becomes Williamsville Rd., just before reaching Chesterwood. Meet at the Barn Gallery.


32 – Gt. Barrington, MA           10 AM – 11 AM

AN INTERPRETIVE STROLL ON THE HOUSATONIC RIVER WALK – BERKSHIRES’ NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL

Join the Greenagers on a tour of this designated National Recreation Trail that follows the Housatonic River as it flows behind Main St. Incredible volunteer efforts removed 400 tons of debris from the river and developed a trail that respects nature and reveals the river’s beauty. Learn of the historic, cultural and ecological significance of the river.   1 hour–0.5 mile

Meet at the Du Bois River Garden Park at Church St. and River St. The River Walk is located in the heart of Great Barrington. Parking is located off of Rt 7, on Bridge St., behind the Searles Bryant building (across the street from Memorial Field).   GPS 42.193751, -73.359233   GOOGLE MAP


33 – Hancock, MA      10 AM – 12 NOON

HIKE ON THE TACONIC CREST TRAIL – FROM LEBANON MT. ROAD/RT 20 TO TWIN PONDS, PITTSFIELD STATE FOREST

Hike from the southern terminus of the 37-mile long Taconic Crest Trail to Twin Ponds (in Pittsfield State Forest), one of the many reservoirs built by the Shakers. This is an out and back ridge walk through a hemlock and hardwood forest with some short steeper sections. Learn about the Taconic Hiking Club and why the Taconic region and this trail are so important to efforts to preserve larger intact forested areas. Bring snack/drink and wear study footwear.  2 hours–3 miles

To register – kcoyross@aol.com OR 518-794-7474

From Pittsfield, take Rt. 20 west beyond Hancock Shaker Village and continue 0.5 mile to the top of Lebanon Mountain. At the top and before the descent begins, pull into the large pullover parking area on the right. The trailhead begins here.


34 – Stockbridge, MA          11 AM – 12 NOON

A GUIDED TOUR OF THE MISSION HOUSE

In the mid-1730s, the Mohicans living in western Massachusetts gave permission for a young minister to live among them. The Rev. John Sergeant lived in a simple cabin until he built the Mission House c.1742. Now located on Main Street in Stockbridge, this National Historic Landmark, the story of the Mission House holds a multi-layered history: the Stockbridge Experiment, when the Stockbridge Mohicans lived side-by-side with English colonists, and the Colonial Revival restoration by Mable Choate and Fletcher Steele in the late 1920’s. The Mission House also showcases an outstanding collection of 18th-century American furniture and decorative arts.

GPS 42.28381870, -73.3158009     The Mission House is located on Main Street, at the corner of Sargeant St., 0.25 mile west of the Red Lion Inn.    GOOGLE MAP


35 – Lanesborough, MA     1 PM – 2 PM

BALANCE ROCK AND ITS PREHISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE ON HERMAN MELVILLE’S WRITING

Join Peter Bergman, from the Berkshire County Historical Society at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead Museum, for this walk at Balance Rock State Park. In 1851, Melville and his neighbor Sarah Morewood went to the already famous Balance Rock in Lanesborough to experience the rock’s influence. What emerged was a historic event for him which he used in his next novel. See and experience both the modern and ice-age sense of place, then wander the wondrous woods to your heart’s content. 1 hour–< 1 mile

To register, email – pbergman89@aol.com or 413-442-1793, ext. 14

GPS 42.508451837, -73.2651389    Drive north on Wahconah St., Pittsfield, to the traffic light at Peck’s Road and follow it past the lake until you come to the sign for Balance Rock State Park. Turn left and park in the lot.   GOOGLE MAP


Amesville Iron Works 36 – Salisbury, CT                  1  PM –  2 PM

CANNON AT 20 PACES! THE RISE AND FALL OF THE AMES IRON WORKS

Contrast a shaded walk along a flat trail beside the Housatonic River with the smoky history of the same land. Lou Bucceri, from the Salisbury Association Historical Society, will share the history about the factory and the people that produced the most powerful cannon of the Civil War. Learn how the cannon destroyed no Confederate targets, but only the man and company who created it.   1 hour–0.5  mile

From the Rt 7 & Rt 112 junction in Falls Village–Drive west on Rt 112 to Dugway Road (opposite the Outfield Entrance to Lime Rock Park), turn right and follow Dugway Rd. for 2 miles. At iron bridge, turn left, then immediately turn right onto Housatonic River Rd. Drive 0.5 mile to parking lot for Falls Village Dam boat launch. OR from Rt 44, turn onto Housatonic River Road.   GPS 41.963895, -73.372007   GOOGLE MAP


37 – Great Barrington, MA   1 PM – 3:00 PM 

AN EXPLORATION OF POLLINATOR PLANTS & OTHER BENEFICIAL PLANTS AT THE McALLISTER WILDLIFE PRESERVE

Join Devan Arnold of Sassafras Land Care and the Great Barrington Agricultural Commission on a guided plant walk at the McAllister Wildlife Refuge in Great Barrington. He will be leading participants on a botanical meet-and-greet through high open meadows, low-lying vegetated wetlands, mixed woodlands and ultimately to the banks of the Green River. The exploration will focus on plant and pollinator relationships as well as the ecological role played by so-called ‘weed species’.  The trail is of a moderate incline, descending a total of 247 vertical feet from parking area to river.  2 hours–1.5 miles

GPS 42.1959, -73.3621   From Main St., in the center of Gt. Barrington, take Castle St. and drive uphill for 0.9 mile. Then take a left onto Haley Road and drive 0.5 mile to the Park. Park along the side of the road.


  SATURDAY, SEPT 21, 2019


38 – Gt. Barrington, MA     9 AM – 2 PM

HOUSATONIC RIVER PADDLING TRIP

Paddle a stretch of the Housatonic River through Gt. Barrington, with Alison Dixon, from the Housatonic Valley Association. Learn about the history of the area as we meander our way through farms and forest, with an eye to the sky for migrating raptors as you paddle. Get your family out for a day of river exploration. We’ll paddle from Bridge Street, Great Barrington to the Covered Bridge in Sheffield stopping for lunch on a sandbar where the Green River joins the Housatonic. This meandering stretch of the Housatonic River is mostly calm with occasional quickwater. This is a beginner paddle suitable for 10+ years old.

. Participants will need to bring lunch/drinks. Canoes, paddles and pfd’s are provided. You can register to bring your own canoe/kayak. HVA will coordinate shuttling of participants’ cars to ensure everyone gets back to their vehicle at the end of the trip.  For safety concerns, space is limited. Bring lunch/drink, sunscreen, jacket & hat. Wear lightweight pants – NOT denim.  5 hours–7 miles

Directions to the start of paddling trip will be given at the time of pre-registration.    413-394-9796 or email adixon@hvatoday.org


39 – Stockbridge, MA       10 AM -11 AM

TOUR HISTORIC NEW ENGLAND’S MERWIN HOUSE AND HEAR THE STORY OF ITS PAST AND PRESENT

Get to know the Merwin House–a guided tour of the house and learn the history of the owners, past and present. 1 hour

GPS 42.2831277, -73.3170488 Meet at 14 Main Street (0.25 mile west from The Red Lion Inn). Parking along the side of the road.    GOOGLE MAP


40 – Sharon, CT                         10 AM – 12 NOON

SHARON MOUNTAIN PRESERVE HIKE

Walk the bog bridge trail with the Sharon Land Trust, including a 100 foot long wooden boardwalk, in the heart of this wetland complex. Secluded between two ridges, this preserve is a magical place! This is a moderate hike with some up’s and down’s. 2 hours–2 miles

GPS 41.868427, -73.4263028     Meet at the East Street Parking Area – From Route 4, turn onto East Street (on the northern side of Route 4). Continue to parking area approximately 2.3 miles on the Left.


41 – Warren, CT              10 AM – 11:30 AM

MORE HISTORY HIDDEN IN THE WOODS: CHARCOAL PITS AND THE IRON INDUSTRY IN THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF CONNECTICUT

Join Ellen Paul and BK Stafford, from the Warren Land Trust and the Warren Historical Society, to learn about one of our region’s most important industries as we walk through the woods to the site of two charcoal pits, on moderately challenging terrain. Bring a drink and we’ll provide the trail mix cookies! 1.5 hours–2.5 miles

To register, info@warrenlandtrust.org or 917-543-5442

GPS 41.731154, -73.383956      Park at the Warren Town Hall at 50 Cemetery Road.


42  – Lenox, MA      10 AM – 12 NOON

FROM BEDROCK TO BIRDS: HOW GEOLOGY & HYDROLOGY SHAPE ECOSYSTEMS

Learn to “read” the landscape on a deeper level by making connections between geological features, including bedrock, landforms, and habitat characteristics for plants and wildlife along the trails at Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. We will use history (very old history) to gain perspectives that will help you interpret the natural history of the Berkshires or any other region. 2 hours–1 mile    Pre-registration is required–email gtraser@massaudubon.org or call 413-637-0320

GPS 42.382612, -73.298812      From Rt 7/20 in Lenox, take West Dugway Road (which is located a very short distance north of the Arcadian Shop). Drive to West Mountain Rd and take a left and drive 1.5 miles to Pleasant Valley Sanctuary.

Pre-registration is required (register on their website) – https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/pleasant-valley/69628-housatonic-heritage-hike-landscape-history-ecology https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:sanctuary=15:program_code=61779

From Rt 7/20 in Lenox, take West Dugway Road (which is located a very short distance north of the Arcadian Shop). Drive to West Mountain Rd and take a left and drive 1.5 miles to Pleasant Valley Sanctuary.   GPS 42.382612, -73.298812   GOOGLE MAP


43 – Monterey, MA     10 AM – 12:30 PM

RETRACING NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORIES ON THE LANDSCAPE AT THE BIDWELL HOUSE

Retrace the steps of the Native Americans—specifically the local Stockbridge Band of the Mohican Tribe—who lived and hunted in this area for thousands of years. Join Rob Hoogs and the Bidwell House for an exploration of the 16th century Native American landscape on a new interpretive trail highlighting the Native Americans’ use and management of the woodlands; with displays and re-creations of a hunting village, medicinal herbs, the “Three Sisters,” maple sugaring and archaeology.

Please dress for the weather, wear hiking boots and bring drink/snack. NOTE–Does not include a tour of the museum interior, which for a fee, can be arranged after the free Heritage Walk. 2.5 hours–3 miles To register, email – bidwellhouse@gmail.com or call 413-528-6888.

From Monterey center–take Tyringham Rd. for 1.5 miles,and take a left onto Art School Rd. and drive 1 mile to the end; OR From the traffic light at Big Y in Lee–take Tyringham Rd and drive 5.5 miles, take a right onto Monterey Rd and drive for 2.3 miles, then take a right on Art School Rd. and drive 1 mile to the end.    GPS 42.208681, -73.218325   GOOGLE MAP


44 – Egremont,            MA 10 AM – 2 PM

APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKE: FROM KELLOGG RD., SHEFFIELD, TO JUG END RD., EGREMONT

Join Cosmo Catalano, from the Appalachian Mt. Club, on this moderate paced, flat-terrain hike traversing the entire Housatonic Valley in Sheffield, Great Barrington, and Egremont. We will hike through open fields and wooded hills. Bring lunch/drink. Dress for the weather & sturdy shoes. Dogs must be leashed. Families welcome, parent/guardian must hike with children under 18. (For those wishing a shorter hike, we can arrange a “bail out” point at the Shays’ Rebellion monument on So. Egremont Road at 2.7 miles.) 4 hours–5.4 miles

Must register, as group size is limited to 12 – catalano.cosmo@gmail.com OR 413-822-0094

GPS 42.14483, -73.43107     Meet at Jug End Road, Egremont, and we will spot cars at each end of the hike. From downtown Great Barrington, take Rt 7 south to Rt 41/23. Turn right on Rt 41/23 and proceed through South Egremont, take a left on Rt 41, at the light. Then immediately take right onto Mt. Washington Rd. After 0.8 miles, turn left on Avenue St.and proceed for approx. 0.8 miles to a pull out on the right at the A.T. We’ll leave some cars here and carpool to Kellogg Rd., Sheffield.


45 – Dalton, MA                   10 AM – 1 PM

HIKE THE BOULDERS PRESERVE WITH BERKSHIRE NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL

Join Berkshire Natural Resources Council staff in exploring their “Boulders Preserve”. Learn about the land use and natural history of this diverse 645-acre reserve nestled primarily within Pittsfield city limits. Bring lunch/drink, and appropriate footwear. 3 hours–3.5 miles

To register – mauman@bnrc.org OR 413-499-0596

GPS: 42.4816, -73.1783      Meet at the trailhead parking area on Gulf Road, Dalton–Take Rte 8/9 east from the center of Pittsfield. Take a left onto Park Avenue, passing Craneville School. Take a left onto Gulf Road. Park at the pull-off on the left, opposite the parking for the Appalachian Trail.


46 – West Stockbridge, MA       10:30 AM – 12 NOON

NEIGHBORHOODS OF WEST STOCKBRIDGE–19TH CENTURY COMMERCIAL DISTRICT

West Stockbridge was at its peak in the late 1800’s with the quarries, mines, and kilns in full production. Join Robert Salerno and Barbara Dowling, from the West Stockbridge Historical Society, for a walking tour of our downtown commercial district, where many of the buildings are the same as they were back then–-but the businesses are all different. Reception at the Old Town Hall to follow. 1.5 hours–0.5 mile

To register – info@weststockbridgehistory.org OR call 413-232-5055

 GPS 42.3341559, -73.3667459   Meet at the Old Town Hall, 9 Main Street, West Stockbridge     GOOGLE MAP


47 – Richmond, MA           1 PM – 2:30 PM

HIKE TO THE UNIQUE GEOLOGIC FEATURE KNOWN AS “THE RICHMOND BOULDER TRAIN”

Join Bill Edwards, from the Richmond Historical Society, for a walk to see and learn about The Richmond Boulder Train–a unique, famous geologic feature that was identified by Dr. Stephen Reed. In 1842, he identified a line of large, erratic boulders stretching through the Richmond landscape, recognizing that they did not fit in with their surrounding geology, and theorizing that the movement of these large boulders could only have occurred by some great force and that the boulders extended from the source point just over the border in NY state.

Presenting his findings at a national conference, he triggered a trans-Atlantic debate on the boulders origin. Reed proposed glacial transport while other geologists argued icebergs and tsunamis. In the 1870’s, Reed’s “theory of continental glaciation” was finally accepted by the scientific community.   He and the Richmond countryside were instrumental toward understanding the process of continental glaciation. Wear sturdy footwear and insect repellent.   1 mile–1.5 hours

To register– wedwards44@hotmail.com or 413-698-3458

Meet at BNRC’s Hollow Fields property, located off Rt 41 in Richmond–1 mile north of the junction of Rts 295 & 41. From Pittsfield, take Rt 20 to the junction of Rt 41 (at the Hancock Shaker Village). Drive south on Rt 41 for 2.4 miles to Perry’s Peak Rd/Greenmeads Farm sign on the right and drive up Perry’s Peak Rd for 0.3 miles to Hollow Fields parking on the left. OR, from West Stockbridge, drive north on Rt 41 for 5.8 miles to Perry’s Peak Rd /Greenmeads Farm sign on the left and drive up Perry’s Peak Rd for 0.3 miles to Hollow Fields parking on the left.   GPS 42.4068, -73.3654   GOOGLE MAP


48 – Falls Village, CT      1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

AMERICAN CHESTNUTS: LOST & FOUND

Join Ellery Sinclair and friends for a walk in a 300-planting American chestnut orchard at Great Mountain Forest. Learn of the dramatic, sudden loss of this major tree and the ecological impact. Hear of the American Chestnut Foundation’s efforts to restore this iconic tree to our landscape. Wear sturdy footwear. 1 hour–1/4 mile

To register– 860-824-7454 or WML61@comcast.net.

GPS 41.943218, -73.283060    From Falls Village, drive north on Route 7. At intersection of Rts 7 and 63, take Barnes Road to its end. Turn right on Under Mountain Road. The orchard is approximately 3 miles on the left.   GOOGLE MAP


 SUNDAY,  SEPT 22, 2019


49 – Gt. Barrington, MA      10 AM – 11 AM

AN INTERPRETIVE STROLL ON THE HOUSATONIC RIVER WALK – BERKSHIRES’ NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL

Join the Greenagers on a tour of this designated National Recreation Trail that follows the Housatonic River as it flows behind Main St. Incredible volunteer efforts removed 400 tons of debris from the river and developed a trail that respects nature and reveals the river’s beauty. Learn of the historic, cultural and ecological significance of the river.   1 hour–0.5 mile

Meet at the Du Bois River Garden Park at Church St. and River St. The River Walk is located in the heart of Great Barrington. Parking is located off of Rt 7, on Bridge St., behind the Searles Bryant building (across the street from Memorial Field).   GPS 42.193751, -73.359233   GOOGLE MAP


50 – Stockbridge, MA        10:00 AM – 11:30 PM

A LEISURELY 17-MILE COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE IN STOCKBRIDGE & HOUSATONIC

Join Marie Raftery and Buck Smith, from the Stockbridge Bike Group, for a supported, loop bike ride from the Town Offices in Stockbridge. Ride on scenic roads, by the Berkshire Botanical Garden and along the Housatonic River, through the Town of Housatonic and on to Taft Farm, a family farm with an acclaimed bakery. We will make a short stop there.

This is a ride for intermediate cyclists on public roads with traffic. A shorter 8-mile alternative ride on mostly back roads (no stop at the bakery) will also be available. Helmets are required. 1.5 hours for the 17 mile ride.

To register – kraftery@roadrunner.com or 413-298-4910

GPS 42.281537, -73.309118   Meet at the Town Offices building at 50 Main Street, Stockbridge  GOOGLE MAP


51 – Sheffield, MA      1 PM – 1:45 PM

THE HISTORIC CHURCHES ON THE SHEFFIELD GREEN

Join Jennifer Owens, from the Sheffield Historical Society on a stroll around the Sheffield Green. Learn the history and stories behind the buildings in the center of the town while looking at photos of them over the years. Many of the buildings date to the 18th & early 19th centuries. The tour will end at the Sheffield Historical Society campus, where you will have the chance to see the inside of the 18th century Dan Raymond House, 19th century Parker Hall Law Office and visit the tool exhibit museum in the barn, as well as the current exhibit at the Old Stone Store. Rain Date is Sunday 9/30.   1.5 hours–1.5 miles

To register, email – sheffieldhistoricalsociety@gmail.com or 413-229-2694

GPS 42.1108376, -73.3535306   Meet at the Sheffield Historical Society Old Stone Store, 137 Main St. (Rt. 7), Sheffield 01257. From points north and south take Rt. 7. The Old Stone Store is next to the Mobil Station. Please park in the town parking lot behind the gas station.     GOOGLE MAP


52 – Lanesborough, MA         1 PM – 3 PM

THE HISTORY AND NATURE OF MT. GREYLOCK’S SUMMIT: A MOUNTAINTOP WALK

Join Mike Whalen, from the Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, and Peter Dudek, from Bascom Lodge, atop the most scenic, highest elevation (3,491′) 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; and take an insider’s tour of Bascom Lodge. NOTE–Summit Parking Fee is $5 for Mass. plates, $10 for non-Mass.plates. 1 hour–0.25 mile

To register, pdudek11211@yahoo.com

GPS 42.636875, -73.16692      Meet on the summit of Mt. Greylock in front of Bascom Lodge. Access to the reservation is from Rockwell Rd., off Rt 7 in Lanesborough or from Notch Rd. in No. Adams.      GOOGLE MAP


53 – Hinsdale, MA                  1 PM – 4 PM

WALK THE OLD MILL TRAIL ALONG THE EAST BRANCH OF THE HOUSATONIC RIVER

Join a pleasant walk with Alison Dixon, from the Housatonic Valley Assoc., and Mariah Auman, from the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, along the Housatonic River on the Old Mill Trail, that follows the remnants of an early mill operation that once powered a thriving woolen mill. Wear sturdy footwear and bring drink/snack. 3 hours–3 miles

To register–adixon@hvatoday.org or 413-394-9796

Meet at the Old Mill Trail along the Housatonic River at the junction of Old Dalton Rd. and Rt 8 in Hinsdale–3.5 miles from junction of Main St, High St, and Rt 9/8A in Dalton . GPS 42.4480, -73.1305       GOOGLE MAP


54 – Sheffield, MA      1:30 PM – 4 PM

WALK THE SHAYS REBELLION SECTION OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL

Join Appalachian Mountain Club leader, Bess Dillman, for a walk starting at the monument commemorating the last battle of Shay’s Rebellion in 1787, then walk through fields, hardwood forests, and across a swampy area on a boardwalk, to the railroad tracks and Rt 7. The trail is uneven with roots and rocks; however, this section is one of the flattest sections on the AT and is a lovely walk through a variety of habitats. Wear sturdy footwear.  4 miles–2.5 hours

From Rt 7 in Sheffield–Driving south on Rt 7, drive 2.2 miles from the Big Y store in Gt. Barrington and take a right onto Lime Kiln Road and drive 1 mile and turn right–you will immediately see the monument on the right and AT parking area on the left. From Rt 23/41 in Egremont–take Sheffield Road and drive for 1.7 miles to the AT parking area on the right and the Shay’s Rebellion marker on the left.   GPS 42.146643, -73.386013    GOOGLE MAP

 


55 – Kent, CT          2 PM -3:30 PM

EXPLORE POND MOUNTAIN TRUST’S NATURE PRESERVE

Join the Pond Mountain Trust on a guided hike exploring the land and trail network of the nature preserve. Established in 1966, the preserve incorporates nearly 800 acres, highlighted by Fuller Pond, a spring-fed glacial lake, and Pond Mountain, with views of the Catskill Mountains. 1.5 hours–2 miles

To register–stevepener@pondmountaintrust.org OR 203-470-0393
GPS 41.7601, -73.4830   From the village of Kent, take RT 341 West, take a right onto Macedonia Brook Road, and then a right onto Fuller Mt Rd. Parking area will be on the right at top of hill. Use 99 Fuller Mt Rd, Kent, CT for GPS.

 

1.5 hours–  miles   To register, email – stevepener@pondmountaintrust.org or 203-470-0393

GPS 41.7601, -73.4830    From the center of Kent, take CT-341 West for 1.5 miles and then turn right onto Macedonia Brook Road. Drive for 0.8 mile and take a right onto Fuller Mountain Road (before the entrance to the Macedonia State Park). Drive for 1 mile to the main parking area of Pond Mountain Natural Area on the right.   GOOGLE MAP


56 – Lenox, MA             3 PM – 4:30 PM

EXPLORE THE IMPRESSIVE GARDENS & LANDSCAPE OF THE MOUNT–HOME OF EDITH WHARTON

Join Anne Schuyler to explore the impressive gardens and woodland trails of the 1902 home (a National Historic Landmark) of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton. NOTE: Does not include an interior house tour, which, for a fee, can be arranged before the free Heritage Walk.    1.5 hours – <1 mile

From the junction of Rt 20 & Rt 7 in Lenox, head south on Rt 7, and drive 1 mile to Plunkett St. on the left. Meet at the ticket booth. www.EdithWharton.org                          GPS 42.335589, -73.282937   GOOGLE MAP


     SATURDAY,  SEPT 28, 2019 


57 – New Marlborough / Mill River, MA        9 AM – 11 AM

HIKE AT THE GOODNOW PRESERVE

Enjoy a leisurely walk with Martha Bryan and Ron Brecher, from the New Marlborough Land Trust, through hay fields, along old logging roads and down to the Konkapot River and the site of the Lower Carroll Mill. We will explore the landscape of the mill site, the magnificent stone ruins of the old paper mill and the associated river habitat and the upland mixed hardwood forest. Moderate mixed terrain for all ages. 2 hours–2 miles

To register – nmlandtrust@gmail.com OR 413-854-8509

GPS 42.1229, -73.2287     Meet at the Preserve entrance: From the Mill River Store heading south, turn left at the stop sign onto Mill River/Southfield Road. Passing the New Marlborough Town on your right, go one mile to the entrance of the Preserve, which will be on your right.


 58 – Kent, CT        9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

HIKE AT COBBLE BROOK VISTA PRESERVE & KENT MOUNTAIN PRESERVE

Join us on a hike through Cobble Brook Vista Preserve and Kent Mountain Preserve, with Carrie Davis, from the Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust and Mike Benjamin, from the Kent Land Trust. The trails pass through various natural habitats, including meadows, streams, upland forest and a ridgeline. Along the hike you’ll discover charcoal mounds from the iron industry age and scenic views of the Housatonic River Valley. The trail that connects the two land trust properties passes over steep and rocky terrain and would be considered difficult/strenuous. Wear sturdy footwear and bring drinks/lunch. 2 hours–3 miles.    To register, carrie@weantinoge.org or 860-927-1927

GPS 41.73491, -73.448645     From Route 7 in Kent, CT, take Studio Hill Road 0.3 miles to Studio Hill Circle for 0.15 miles and park on the side of the road near the Cobble Brook Vista Preserve trailhead.    GOOGLE MAP


59 – Lenox, MA                                    10 AM – 11 AM

BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR AT TANGLEWOOD

Join a Boston Symphony guide for a tour of the Tanglewood campus, the Koussevitzky Music Shed, Ozawa Hall, and the just-built Linde Center for Music and Learning. Learn of the historic background of Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center. 1 hour– <1/2 mile

GPS 42.349247, -73.310844    From the Rt 102 & Rt 183 flashing light, intersection at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens, drive on Rt 183 north for 4 miles to the Tanglewood Main Gate. OR FROM Rt 41 IN RICHMOND, across from the fire station, drive 4.5 miles east up Lenox Rd., and over then down Richmond Mt. Rd. Tanglewood is at the bottom of the mountain. Turn left and you will shortly see the Main Gate. OR FROM LENOX CENTER, drive a couple of miles on West St./Rt 183 to the Main Gate at Tanglewood.


60 – Monterey, MA        10 AM – 1 PM

HISTORY HIKE ON THE BIDWELL HOUSE ROYAL HEMLOCK TRAIL IN THE STEPS OF THE EARLY SETTLERS

Enjoy a guided walk on Bidwell House lands, as well as the BNRC’s Hudson-Howard property, tracing the route of the early settlers of Township No. 1 to their first meeting house on the hill near the Bidwell House Museum. Richard Greene will lead the group on the old roadways, past foundations and stone walls of long-ago homesteads, and explore flora and fauna along the way.

Please dress for the weather and wear hiking boots. Terrain is steep and rocky in a few places. Bring water/snack. 2.5 hours–4 miles NOTE–Does not include a tour of the museum interior, which for a fee, can be arranged after the free Heritage Walk.

To register, email–bidwellhouse@gmail.com or call 413-528-6888.

GPS 42.208887, -73.218303   From Monterey center–take Tyringham Rd. for 1.5 miles,and take a left onto Art School Rd. and drive 1 mile to the end; OR From the traffic light at Big Y in Lee–take Tyringham Rd and drive 5.5 miles, take a right onto Monterey Rd and drive for 2.3 miles, then take a right on Art School Rd. and drive 1 mile to the end.  GOOGLE MAP


61 – Becket, MA                     10 AM – 2 PM

CANOE/KAYAK PADDLING EXPLORATION AT BUCKLEY DUNTON LAKE

Buckley Dunton Lake is a reservoir that lies within October Mountain State Forest. This 161-acre lake is truly a gem in the Berkshires, since there is little development along its shores. Join Nancy and Tom Condon from The Naturalists’ Club for a leisurely paddle (in your own boat) around the lake, watching for birds, beaver, turtles, and other wildlife.

We will identify aquatic plants growing up between the submerged stumps of this drowned forest. Colorful foliage will be twice as beautiful reflected in the still water. Bring your canoe/kayak and gear,lunch/drink, sunscreen, hat and raincoat, if there is slight drizzle. Heavy rain cancels. 4 hours

To register – nancy@paddleforwater.net OR 413-297-0778

GPS 42.307835, -73.125596    Meet at the Buckley Dunton Lake put-in. From Route 20, turn onto Becket Road. Keep left on Yokum Pond Road. Watch for signs directing you left again, onto Buckley Dunton Road, to boat ramp.


62 – Becket, MA      10 AM – 2 PM 

DISCOVERING THE FOOTPRINTS OF JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, located in the Berkshire Hills, is the “hub and mecca of dancing” (TIME Magazine). This treasured 220-acre National Historic Landmark was once a farm and a station on the Underground Railroad. Join the staff for a historical, behind-the-scenes tour of “one of America’s most precious cultural assets”.

We will walk the recently restored Wetlands Trail, explore the transformation of a family farmhouse into “the dance center of the nation” (The NY Times), and discover the diverse footprints of our past and present. Wear sturdy footwear, as walking will be on outdoors pathways. 2 hours–0.5 mile      To register, email – jlopez@jacobspillow.org

GPS 42.264087,-73.117888   Meet at the Hunter House at Jacob’s Pillow, located at 358 George Carter Road, Becket. From the Big Y in Lee, follow Rt 20 East for 8 miles to Becket, and then turn left for ½ mile on George Carter Road to the parking lot on your right.    GOOGLE MAP


63 – Sharon, CT                 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM    rain date 9/29 from 1 – 2 PM

THE SHARON GREEN: THEN AND NOW 

Join Jennifer Owens, from the Sharon Historical Society, on a stroll around the Sharon Green. Learn the history and stories behind the buildings in the center of the town while looking at photos of them over the years. Many date to the 18th & early 19th centuries. Some look just like they did when built and others have changed dramatically. 1 hour–2 miles        To register – director@sharonhist.org OR 860-364-5688

GPS 41.8797621, -73.4767891   The Sharon Historical Society & Museum is located at 18 Main St. (Rt. 41), Sharon CT 06069. Traveling from the south, either take Rt. 22 in New York to Rt. 343 in Connecticut or take Rt. 7 to Rt. 4 in Connecticut. From the northwest take Rt. 22, enter Millerton, NY and take a right at the second stoplight, to Rt. 361/Sharon Road. Follow Rt 361 until you reach Rt. 41. Coming from the north east & Massachusetts, take Rt.41.  GOOGLE MAP


      SUNDAY,  SEPT 29, 2019


64 – Washington, MA      9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

THE SECRETS OF MUDDY POND & THE BUILDING OF THE 1st U.S. RAILROAD MOUNTAIN CROSSING

Join David Pierce, from the Chester Railway Station Museum, on a hike around Muddy Pond and its interesting history, on the watershed divide of the Berkshires. This area presented unique challenges to Whistler’s father as he engineered the world’s first mountain railroad up and over the Berkshire plateau! The railway age began in earnest here, bringing the canal era to an end.  Level walk, but very rocky ground on the side of railroad tracks. Wear sturdy footwear with good ankle support & bring snack/drink. Heavy rain will cancel. 3 miles–2.5 hours

To register–dpiercedlp@aol.com or 413-354-7752

From the junction of Rt 102 & Rt 20 in Lee–Drive 7 miles east on Rt 20 to West Becket, to the junction where Rt 8 splits. Turn left onto Rt 20-east/Rt 8-north. Drive for 5 miles, and at the bottom of a long hill, take a left turn onto Rt 8-north. Drive 10 miles to the Washington Town Hall and take a right turn onto Summit Hill Rd. and drive to the narrow bridge over the railroad tracks–park along here. OR FROM DALTON–follow Rt 8 south (approx. 9 miles) and turn left onto Summit Hill Rd. in Washington and drive to the narrow bridge over the railroad tracks-park along here.   GPS 42.374905, -73.111290   GOOGLE MAP


65 – Gt. Barrington, MA          10 AM – 1 PM

BEARTOWN STATE FOREST: AROUND-THE-LAKE HIKE, LOOKING FOR RED EFTS, PLUS HIKE TO A VERY SCENIC VISTA

Join Nicole Dewberry, from the Appalachian Mountain Club, for this 3-mile walk around Benedict Pond on a flat trail, on the lookout for red efts and salamanders. We will also pace ourselves during a challenging climb on the Appalachian Trail to a ledge with a very scenic vista!  Hikers will then have the option to return to their car at this point. If you hunger for more hiking, those that wish, can join us for an additional 3-4 mile hike to a second scenic vista. AMC’s Young Members and anyone who is “young-at-heart” is welcome to join this hike. 3 hours– 3 miles

To register – https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/113308

GPS 42.202885, -73.288795   Directions to meeting place will be provided to those who register.


66 – Gt. Barrington, MA                        10 AM – 11 AM

AN INTERPRETIVE STROLL ON THE HOUSATONIC RIVER WALK – BERKSHIRES’ NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL

Join the Greenagers on a tour of this designated National Recreation Trail that follows the Housatonic River as it flows behind Main St. Incredible volunteer efforts removed 400 tons of debris from the river and developed a trail that respects nature and reveals the river’s beauty. Learn of the historic, cultural and ecological significance of the river.   1 hour–0.5 mile

Meet at the Du Bois River Garden Park at Church St. and River St. The River Walk is located in the heart of Great Barrington. Parking is located off of Rt 7, on Bridge St., behind the Searles Bryant building (across the street from Memorial Field).                     GPS 42.193751, -73.359233   GOOGLE MAP

 


** CANCELLED **  67 – New Milford, CT        ** CANCELLED **

TOUR HUNT HILL FARM AND ENJOY THE STORY OF ITS HISTORY

 

 

 


68 – Salisbury, CT              1 PM – 2 PM

CANNON AT 20 PACES! THE RISE AND FALL OF THE AMES IRON WORKS

Contrast a shaded walk along a flat trail beside the Housatonic River with the smoky history of the same land. Lou Bucceri, from the Salisbury Association Historical Society, will share the history about the factory and the people that produced the most powerful cannon of the Civil War. Learn how the cannon destroyed no Confederate targets, but only the man and company who created it.   1 hour–0.5  mile

From the Rt 7 & Rt 112 junction in Falls Village–Drive west on Rt 112 to Dugway Road (opposite the Outfield Entrance to Lime Rock Park), turn right and follow Dugway Rd. for 2 miles. At iron bridge, turn left, then immediately turn right onto Housatonic River Rd. Drive 0.5 mile to parking lot for Falls Village Dam boat launch. OR from Rt 44, turn onto Housatonic River Road.   GPS 41.963895, -73.372007   GOOGLE MAP

 


69 – Washington, CT              1 PM – 2 PM & 3 PM -4 PM

WASHINGTON, CT – AN “AMERICAN STORY” EXHIBIT TOUR

Gunn Historical Museum Curator, Stephen Bartkus, will lead a guided tour of the new exhibit “Washington, Connecticut – An American Story”. Participants will learn about the unique people, places, and events that comprise Washington’s history through the many artifacts, images and narratives on display. Note: The Museum is located in a 1781 colonial home and is not currently handicap accessible. 1 hour.

To register– info@gunnhistoricalmuseum.org OR 860-868-7756.

GPS 41.6306, 73.3111    Located at the corner of Route 47 and Wykeham Road, just off Washington Green and opposite the Congregational church


70 – Becket, MA                    2 PM – 4 PM

EXPLORING THE BECKET LAND TRUST’S HISTORIC QUARRY & FOREST

Enjoy a leisurely hike to explore the historic quarry with Becket Land Trust founders, Ken and Ann Smith. Learn about granite quarrying from 1850-1950’s. Witness the quarry, now filled with water, surrounded by stands of beautiful white birch trees and the standing wooden derrick and winches. Hear how the Trust saved this property for recreation and developed miles of hiking trails. Wear sturdy footwear & bring drink/snack.   2 hours–2 to 3 miles

From junction of Rts 20 & 102 in Lee, take Rt 20 east and drive about 14 miles, to the junction where Rt 8 turns left off Rt 20–here, you will turn right on Bonny Rigg Hill Rd. Drive about 2 miles and turn left on Quarry Rd. and drive for 1 mile, parking is on the right.  GPS 42.251165, -73.020148   GOOGLE MAP

 


71 – Lenox, MA                           10 AM – 11 AM

BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR AT TANGLEWOOD

Join a Boston Symphony guide for a tour of the Tanglewood campus, the Koussevitzky Music Shed, Ozawa Hall, and the just-built Linde Center for Music and Learning. Learn of the historic background of Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center. 1 hour– <1/2 mile

GPS 42.349247, -73.310844    From the Rt 102 & Rt 183 flashing light, intersection at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens, drive on Rt 183 north for 4 miles to the Tanglewood Main Gate. OR FROM Rt 41 IN RICHMOND, across from the fire station, drive 4.5 miles east up Lenox Rd., and over then down Richmond Mt. Rd. Tanglewood is at the bottom of the mountain. Turn left and you will shortly see the Main Gate. OR FROM LENOX CENTER, drive a couple of miles on West St./Rt 183 to the Main Gate at Tanglewood.


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