FREE, guided interpretive walks to the most interesting historic, cultural, industrial, natural and scenic sites in Berkshire County, MA, & Litchfield County, CT.

FREE, guided interpretive walks to the most interesting historic, cultural, industrial, natural and scenic sites in Berkshire County, MA, & Litchfield County, CT.

 

2022 – THE 20th ANNUAL “HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS”

FREE, guided interpretive walks to the most interesting historic, cultural, industrial, natural and scenic sites in Berkshire County, MA, & Litchfield County, CT.

*** Download the 2022 BROCHURE***

Saturdays & Sundays on…Sept. 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18, 24 & 25 and Oct. 1 & 2

Explore with knowledgeable & local historians, naturalists, and environmentalists at sites within the Housatonic River Valley: tours of historic buildings and town centers, hikes on the Appalachian Trail and other trails, walks through industrial heritage sites, a canoe paddling trip on the Housatonic River, bike rides on old country roads that have a history, behind-the-scenes tours at performing arts venues, and strolls through formal gardens and estates. All ages & all people are invited to join us!

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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COVID-19 Advisory for Sept. 2022


SATURDAY – SEPT 3, 2022


PLEASE NOTE–FOR ALL HIKES/OUTDOOR WALKS, PLEASE WEAR HIKING BOOTS/STURDY FOOTWEAR, SUGGEST BRINGING DRINK & SNACK, BUG REPELLENT AND BE PREPARED FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER

1 – Sheffield, MA     Anytime from 9 AM – 5 PM

SELF-GUIDED WALK: IF THIS HOUSE COULD TALK

This 40-minute, about 1 mile, self-guided walking tour can be taken at your convenience. Pick up a tour booklet on the steps of the Old Stone Store or go to: ifthishousecouldtalk.weebly.com for a virtual version. The tour tells the history of 11 buildings on the Sheffield Green, and the people who lived, worked & worshiped in them. Many of the buildings date to the 18th & early 19th centuries. Please view the buildings from the sidewalk and public areas of the Green. Scan the QR codes in the tour booklet or follow along with the virtual version on your phone for bonus content like historic photos.

Tour booklets can be picked up at Sheffield Historical Society Old Stone Store, 137 Main St./Rt.7, next to the Mobil Station. Park in the town parking lot behind the gas station. GPS 42.110729, -73.353073


2 – Lee, MA     9 AM – 10:30 AMLee

HISTORIC WALKING TOUR OF LEE

Join Tracie Etheredge, from the Lee Historical Society, for a walking tour of Lee’s Main Street, including learning about the important buildings, people and historical events that occurred in town. 1.5 hours–1 mile

To Register–email ethere@gmail.com

Meet at the town picnic gazebo next to the post office on Frank Consolati Way.

 


3 – Becket, MA     9:30 AM – 1 PM

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

Join Dave Pierce, from the Friends of the Keystone Arches, for a hike to the first cluster of stone arch railway bridges–the first cluster ever built in America, in 1840, and recently designated as a National Historic Landmark. They are impressive, breath-taking stone structures, 70 feet high, brilliantly revealing their ancestry in the great cathedrals of ancient Rome! Before and after the hike, you may tour the Chester Railroad Station Museum. Donations to the museum are accepted. 3.5 hours– 5 miles To register, email: 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 42.28054, -72.97860 GOOGLE MAP


4 – Pittsfield, MA     10 AM – 12 NOON

TREE IDENTIFICATION WALK AT MASS AUDUBON’S CANOE MEADOWS WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Join the Berkshire Environmental Action Team on this leisurely walk, where we will focus on the individual trees and the attributes that help to identify them. 2 hours–2.5 miles

To Register–email chelsey@thebeatnews.org

From Rt 7/20 in Pittsfield, at the Family Footwear store, take Holmes Road to Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary at 309 Holmes Road, on the right side of road.


5 – Lenox Dale, MA     10 AM – 11:30 AM

DISCOVER THE MYSTERIES OF LENOX DALE

Traverse the quaint streets of this sleepy little hamlet as you walk back in time to discover the bustling Furnace in the late 18th century into the 19th century. Join Jan Chague, Lenox Historical Society presentation on The History of Lenox Furnace and Lenox Dale. Then stop in at the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum to see the historical photos from the Gilded Age, when the rich and famous from New York City came to the Berkshires by train to their “summer cottages” in and around Lenox. Jan’s book will be available to purchase. 1.5 hours–1 mile

To Register– j4chague@gmail.com or 413.637.1818

Meet at St Vincent de Paul parking lot on Crystal Street, Lenox Dale. From Route 7/20 turn east on Walker Street to Crystal Street, the parking lot is on your right across from the church.


6 – East Canaan, CT     1 Hour Tours from 10 AM – 2 PM

TOUR THE BECKLEY BLAST FURNACE, CT’S DEDICATED IRON INDUSTRIAL MONUMENT

Learn about the historic iron industry of the Upper Housatonic Valley, by the Friends of Beckley Furnace. Built in 1847, the furnace produced high quality iron until 1918, and is one of the last surviving examples of the 19th and early 20th century blast furnaces that were once commonplace CT sights, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There were 21 furnaces in northwestern CT, as rich veins of iron ore were discovered in the hills near the town of Salisbury. During the American Revolution, CT-forged iron helped fuel the manufacture of American weaponry, most notably the cannons used by the Continental Army, Union weapons for the Civil War, and railroad car wheels. Tour begins when you arrive. 1 hour–0.4 mile

140 Lower Road, East Canaan, just off US Rtes 44 & 7. If coming from the East, North, or West, take Route 44 to East Canaan, CT. At the Congregational church, turn South onto Lower Road, passing alongside the Church building, and continue for 1/2 mile, turning to the right and down the hill. The former furnace office and the furnace stack are visible on your left. If coming from the South, take Rte 7 to Canaan, CT. Pass a railroad yard on your left, and just before you cross a bridge across the the Blackberry River, turn right into Lower Road, heading East. The Furnace is about 3 miles east of the intersection of Lower Road and East Canaan. GPS 42.01274, -73.29074


7 – Falls Village, CT     10 AM- 12 NOON

ENJOY A HIKE AROUND GREAT MOUNTAIN FOREST

Join forester, Matt Gallagher, for an easy to intermediate hike through Great Mountain Forest, along Chattleton Road to Potter’s Corners. Along the way, learn about land use history, wildlife habitat, and forest management. 2 hours–3 miles

To Register– 860-824-8188

Meet at Great Mountain Forest’s Mountain House at 200 Canaan Mountain Road in Falls Village, CT.


8 – Hancock/Pittsfield, MA     10 AM – 1 PM

HISTORY WALK ON THE HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE “SHAKER MOUNTAIN TRAIL”

Hike the Shaker Mountain Trail, located across Rt 20 from the Hancock Shaker Village , with Bill Bernbeck, to the HSV North Family Site and to Mount Sinai, a spiritual “feast ground” for the Shaker community. The 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 after the free Heritage Walk. 3 hours–2.5 miles.

To Register–413-443-0188 x-213 or cdickinson@hancockshakervillage.org

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. GPS 42.43091, -73.34049 GOOGLE MAP

 


9 – Gt. Barrington, MA     11 AM – 12:30 PM

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

Enjoy a narrated tour offered by the Gt. Barrington Land Conservancy 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 To register–Elia@greenagers.org or 413-429-6416

Meet at the Du Bois River Garden Park at Church St. & 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 and the Gt. Barrington Coop). GPS 42.19375, -73.35923 GOOGLE MAP


SUNDAY – SEPT. 4, 2022


PLEASE NOTE–FOR ALL HIKES/OUTDOOR WALKS, PLEASE WEAR HIKING BOOTS/STURDY FOOTWEAR, SUGGEST BRINGING DRINK & SNACK, BUG REPELLENT AND BE PREPARED FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER

10Sheffield, MA     Anytime from 9 AM – 5 PM

SELF-GUIDED WALK: IF THIS HOUSE COULD TALK

This 40-minute, about 1 mile, self-guided walking tour can be taken at your convenience. Pick up a tour booklet on the steps of the Old Stone Store or go to: ifthishousecouldtalk.weebly.com for a virtual version. The tour tells the history of 11 buildings on the Sheffield Green, and the people who lived, worked & worshiped in them. Many of the buildings date to the 18th & early 19th centuries. Please view the buildings from the sidewalk and public areas of the Green. Scan the QR codes in the tour booklet or follow along with the virtual version on your phone for bonus content like historic photos.

Tour booklets can be picked up at Sheffield Historical Society Old Stone Store, 137 Main St./Rt.7, next to the Mobil Station. Park in the town parking lot behind the gas station. GPS 42.110729, -73.353073


11 – Lenox, MA     9 AM – 12 NOON

A HIKE TO DISCOVER THE HISTORY OF KENNEDY PARK

A real gem in the middle of Lenox, Kennedy Park holds some unique treasures from the past. Join Jan Chague, from the Lenox Historical Society, for this hike and learn of the first inhabitants as we journey back to early Lenox and explore the history of the Aspinwall Hotel, touted as “Hotel Beautiful”. 3 hours–5 miles

To Register– j4chague@gmail.com or 413.637.1818

Meet at the Arcadian Shop parking lot on Pittsfield Road/Route 7/20, north of Lenox Village. GPS 42.38286, -73.27864


12 – Dalton, MA     10 AM – 11:30 AM

A FAMILY FRIENDLY HIKE AROUND THE PINES PROJECT

Join Taylor Staubach of Berkshire Family Hikes for a family-friendly hike around The Pines property in Dalton. Discover the history of the land and learn about the current work being done to create an accessible recreational trail for all. 1.5 hours, ~2-miles.

To Register–email taylor@berkshirefamilyhikes.com

Meet and start from the Dalton Senior Center, 40 Field Street, Dalton, MA. GPS 42.474528,-73.1666913


13 – Falls Village, CT     10 AM – 11 AM

ANCESTORS TO DESCENDANTS: AN ADAMAH FARM WALK

Join Janna Siller for this walking tour of Adamah Farm, where we grow produce using regenerative practices. As we wander through the perennial food forest, no-till fields, and compost and chicken yard, we’ll explore how Adamah Farm honors our ancestors with our descendants in mind. 1 hour, < 0.25 mile To Register–janna.siller@hazon.org

On Rt 7 or on Rt 126, about 2 miles south of the center of Falls Village, Adamah Farm is located on the corner of Beebe Hill and Johnson Rds. Park across the street from 181 Beebe Hill Rd. We’ll meet you there. GPS 41.940141, -73.347176


14 – Salisbury, CT     12 NOON – 1 PMAmesville Iron Works

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 or Rt 41–Drive east on Rt 112 until you reach the outfield entrance to Lime Rock Park, then turn left onto Dugway Road and follow the above highlighted directions. GPS 41.96389, -73.37200 GOOGLE MAP


15 – Monterey & New Marlborough, MA     1 PM – 3:30 PM

WOODLAND HIKE FROM GOULD FARM TO THE BERKSHIRE NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY

Learn about Gould Farm’s history, mission, and connection to the land as you begin your walk along the forested trails with Liz Halla-Mattingly and Bob Rausch. The second half of the walk will be led by Joseph Xamountry from the Berkshire National Fish Hatchery, who 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. 2.5 hours–3 miles

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. GPS 42.17477, -73.24111 GOOGLE MAP


SATURDAY – SEPT. 10, 2022


PLEASE NOTE–FOR ALL HIKES/OUTDOOR WALKS, PLEASE WEAR HIKING BOOTS/STURDY FOOTWEAR, SUGGEST BRINGING DRINK & SNACK, BUG REPELLENT AND BE PREPARED FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER

16 – Sheffield, MA     Anytime from 9 AM – 5 PM

SELF-GUIDED WALK: IF THIS HOUSE COULD TALK

This 40-minute, about 1 mile, self-guided walking tour can be taken at your convenience. Pick up a tour booklet on the steps of the Old Stone Store or go to: ifthishousecouldtalk.weebly.com for a virtual version. The tour tells the history of 11 buildings on the Sheffield Green, and the people who lived, worked & worshiped in them. Many of the buildings date to the 18th & early 19th centuries. Please view the buildings from the sidewalk and public areas of the Green. Scan the QR codes in the tour booklet or follow along with the virtual version on your phone for bonus content like historic photos.

Tour booklets can be picked up at Sheffield Historical Society Old Stone Store, 137 Main St./Rt.7, next to the Mobil Station. Park in the town parking lot behind the gas station. GPS 42.110729, -73.353073


17 – Stockbridge, MA     9 AM – 10:30 AM

A WALK THROUGH AN OLD GROWTH FOREST AT ICE GLEN RAVINE

Join the Berkshire Environmental Action for a walk through one of the oldest forests in Massachusetts, where we will walk through a lush landscape of boulders, thick with mosses. 1.5 hours–1.5 miles

To Register–email chelsey@thebeatnews.org

Meet at the Goodrich Memorial Park parking lot on Park St., which is 0.25 mile south of the Red Lion Inn, on Rt. 7. GPS (42°16’42.1″N 73°18’26.7″W


18 – Kent, CT     9:30 AM -12:30 PM

HIKE UP COBBLE MOUNTAIN AT MACEDONIA BROOK STATE PARK

Join Elizabeth Schrang, from the Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy, for a challenging hike at our Cobble Mountain Preserve, accessible from Macedonia Brook State Park. The trail passes along Macedonia Brook and includes a steep ascent over a rocky outcrop to the blue-blazed Macedonia Ridge Trail. NCLC has protected 192 acres of Cobble Mountain and the surrounding area that includes 86 acres of ridgeline and the northwestern hillside, and conservation easements on 106 acres. This hike is steep, but you will be rewarded with amazing views of the Taconic and Catskill Mountain ranges. 3 hours–2.5 miles

To Register– events@ctland.org

159 Macedonia Brook Road. From the center of Kent, follow Rte 341 west from the junction of Rte 341 & Rte 7. Turn right onto Macedonia Brook Road. Stay left at the intersection of Macedonia Brook and Fuller Mountain Roads. Look for park signs. GPS 41.76806, -73.49457

 


19 – Dalton, MA     10 AM – 12 NOON

EXPLORE THE FAUNA, FLORA AND CULTURAL HISTORY OF WACONAH FALLS

This hike, led by Naturalist and Director of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center, Aimee Gelinas, will weave through hemlock groves, glacial erratics and along a cascading brook and falls. Participants will learn about the flora (plants, trees, wild edibles), the fauna (signs of wildlife) and the cultural history (talc mill) at this unique state park. Hike is free (donations accepted). Supported by the Dalton Cultural Council & the Berkshire Environmental Endowment Fund. Co-sponsored by MA DCR State Parks. Visit: www.tamarackhollownatureanculturalcenter.org 2 hours–1.5 miles

Registration Required– aimee@gaiaroots.com

From the center of Dalton, take Rt 8A north and drive ~1 mile and take a right onto Back Dalton Road and drive 0.5 mile to the Wahconah Falls State Park parking lot. https://www.mass.gov/locations/wahconah-falls-state-park


20 – Sharon, CT     10 AM – 12 NOON

HIKE AT THE GOODBODY PRESERVE

Join Tim Hunter and the Sharon Land Trust for this hike on this 107-acre preserve, which offers spectacular views of the Sharon Valley and Indian Lake. Take a deep breath and enjoy the view, as the lands that are seen from this lookout are almost all preserved, either by the Sharon Land Trust or by other regional conservation organizations. Parts of this hike are steep, as the trail gains elevation of 1,065 feet– for intermediate to advanced hikers. 2 hours–2.5 miles

Meet at the trailhead, at 140 Millerton Road (Rt 361), Sharon, CT (0.6 mile south of Dakin Road). Parking is at the top of a short, but steep, drive up to a farm field parking area. GPS 41.904849, -73.491425


21 – Gt. Barrington, MA     10 AM – 12 NOON

GREAT BARRINGTON’S ARCHITECTURE & HISTORY – THE STORY OF GREAT BUILDINGS IN A GREAT TOWN

This walking tour with Nicholas Greene, from Clark & Green Architecture & Design, will lead participants on a stroll through historic downtown Great Barrington, as they discover the rich history of the town’s former and current inhabitants, their lives and the beautiful architecture they called home. Limited to 10 participants. 2 hours–2.5 miles

To Register– email: greenen23@gmail.com (indicate “GB Architecture Tour” in the subject line)

Meet at the small engraved stone monument at the corner of Main and Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA.. GPS 42.19378, -73.36382 GOOGLE MAP

 


22 – So. Egremont, MA      10 AM – 11:30 AM

EXPLORE THE 1744 HISTORIC GROUNDS AND FARM OF APRIL HILL EDUCATION AND CONSERVATION CENTER

Join Will Conklin, from the Greenagers , for an easy walking tour of the 1744 historic house and the 100-acre property of April Hill. 1.5 hours– < 1 mile

To register–director@greenagers.org or 413-644-9090

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. GPS 42.15456, -73.42070


23 – East Canaan, CT     1 Hour Tours from 10 AM – 2 PM

TOUR OF THE BECKLEY BLAST FURNACE, CT’S DEDICATED IRON INDUSTRIAL MONUMENT

Learn about the historic iron industry of the Upper Housatonic Valley, by the Friends of Beckley Furnace. Built in 1847, the furnace produced high quality iron until 1918, and is one of the last surviving examples of the 19th and early 20th century blast furnaces that were once commonplace CT sights, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There were 21 furnaces in northwestern CT, as rich veins of iron ore were discovered in the hills near the town of Salisbury. During the American Revolution, CT-forged iron helped fuel the manufacture of American weaponry, most notably the cannons used by the Continental Army, Union weapons for the Civil War, and railroad car wheels. Tour begins when you arrive. 1 hour–0.4 mile

140 Lower Road, East Canaan, just off US Rtes 44 & 7. If coming from the East, North, or West, take Route 44 to East Canaan, CT. At the Congregational church, turn South onto Lower Road, passing alongside the Church building, and continue for 1/2 mile, turning to the right and down the hill. The former furnace office and the furnace stack are visible on your left. If coming from the South, take Rte 7 to Canaan, CT. Pass a railroad yard on your left, and just before you cross a bridge across the the Blackberry River, turn right into Lower Road, heading East. The Furnace is about 3 miles east of the intersection of Lower Road and East Canaan. GPS 42.01274, -73.29074


24 – Becket, MA     11 AM — 1 PM

EXPLORING THE HISTORIC BECKET QUARRY

Join us on this moderate hike to explore the Becket Quarry (and the beauty of this forest), the newest addition to the southern Berkshires portfolio of The Trustees of Reservations. Learn about the history of the quarry with the Becket Land Trust and how The Trustees of Reservations are planning on continuing the management and care for this unique and historic property. The Becket Quarry was used for granite quarrying from the 1850-1950’s and is now filled with water, surrounded by stands of beautiful white birch trees. But you can still find glimpses of the old Quarry days with a standing wooden derrick, winches, parts of old machinery and building once used by quarry workers left behind. 2 hours–2 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 42.25116, -73.02014 GOOGLE MAP


25 – Gt. Barrington, MA     11 AM – 12:30 PM

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

Enjoy a narrated tour offered by the Gt. Barrington Land Conservancy 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 To register–Elia@greenagers.org or 413-429-6416

“Meet at the Du Bois River Garden Park at Church St. & 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 and the Gt. Barrington Coop). GPS 42.19375, -73.35923 GOOGLE MAP


26 – Hinsdale, MA     1 PM – 3 PM

MIGRATING FROM THE MOUNTAIN TOP TO THE HOUSATONIC RIVER HEADWATERS: AN INDOOR POWERPOINT PRESENTATION

Enjoy this indoor presentation by Peter White, as you will learn the history of Hinsdale’s migrating town centers and the eventual use of the Housatonic River in Hinsdale. Hear about the large, successful Hinsdale Woolen Mill and other mills and the dams that powered the saw mill and grist mill on the river and the development of the town center after the railroad came through. 2 hours To Register– Pepawhite@aol.com or 413-822-6566

Driving south on Rte 8 through Hinsdale, drive thru the traffic light, to the Hinsdale Town Hall, 39 South St., Hinsdale. GPS 42.43767, -73.12283


Hinsdale, MA     1 PM – 3 PM

EXPLORE THE FAUNA, FLORA AND CULTURAL HISTORY OF THE OLD MILL TRAIL

This easy 1 – 2 hike, led by Naturalist and Tamarack Hollow Director, Aimee Gelinas, will follow the Housatonic River and will feature riverbank and floodplain ecology. Participants will learn about the flora (plants, trees, wild edibles), the fauna (signs of wildlife) and cultural history of this unique conservaton land along the Housatonic River. Hike is free (donations accepted). The first 0.7 miles of the trail are fully accessible for wheelchairs, walkers etc. This walk is supported by the Hinsdale/Peru Cultural Council and co-sponsored by Berkshire Natural Resources Council.   Registration is required, email aimee@gaiaroots.com.  Visit: www.tamarackhollownatureanculturalcenter.org

From the center of Dalton: take Route 8 south to the Hinsdale line. From the town line, continue 0.4 mile to a left on Old Dalton Road. The trailhead parking is the first, immediate left, across from the Hinsdale Trading Post.


27 – Sheffield, MA     1:30 PM – 4 PM

WALK THE SHAYS REBELLION SECTION OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL

Learn about the Appalachian Trail, the most famous hiking trail in the US, and Shays’ Rebellion in 1787 that may have had some influence on the US Constitution. Bess Dillman, from the Berkshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club, will lead us through fields, hardwood forests and across a boardwalk in a wetland. The trail is uneven with roots and rocks, but a lovely walk through a variety of habitats. 2.5 hours–4 miles

To Register–elizabeth.dillman@gmail.com

Appalachian Trail parking area is across the road from 1024 Sheffield/Egremont Rd., Sheffield. From Big Y in Great Barrington, drive 2.2 miles south on Rte 7 to a right on Lime Kiln Road. Drive one mile and turn right on Sheffield/Egremont Road. The monument is immediately on the right and parking area is on the left. GPS 42.1468, -73.3859 GOOGLE MAP


SUNDAY – SEPT. 11, 2022


PLEASE NOTE–FOR ALL HIKES/OUTDOOR WALKS, PLEASE WEAR HIKING BOOTS/STURDY FOOTWEAR, SUGGEST BRINGING DRINK & SNACK, BUG REPELLENT AND BE PREPARED FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER

28 – Sheffield, MA     Anytime from 9 AM – 5 PM

SELF-GUIDED WALK: IF THIS HOUSE COULD TALK

This 40-minute, about 1 mile, self-guided walking tour can be taken at your convenience. Pick up a tour booklet on the steps of the Old Stone Store or go to: ifthishousecouldtalk.weebly.com for a virtual version. The tour tells the history of 11 buildings on the Sheffield Green, and the people who lived, worked & worshiped in them. Many of the buildings date to the 18th & early 19th centuries. Please view the buildings from the sidewalk and public areas of the Green. Scan the QR codes in the tour booklet or follow along with the virtual version on your phone for bonus content like historic photos.

Tour booklets can be picked up at Sheffield Historical Society Old Stone Store, 137 Main St./Rt.7, next to the Mobil Station. Park in the town parking lot behind the gas station. GPS 42.110729, -73.353073


29 – Sheffield, MA     8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

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. Farmer Dominic Palumbo will give a tour of his farm, talk about eco-agriculture and his relationship with TNC. The farm store will be open for purchases. It will also be the height of fall bird migration. 4 hours–3 miles

To Register–rene.wendell@tnc.org or 413-923-3173

From Rt 7 in Sheffield center, turn onto Berkshire School Rd.; in .25 mi., take a left onto Salisbury Rd; after .75 mile, turn left on Barnum St. and drive 1.3 miles; park on right side of road. GPS 42.08139, -73.37835

 


30 – Pittsfield, MA     9 AM – 1 PM

GUIDED HIKE ON THE HIGH ROAD: YOKUM RIDGE WITH BERKSHIRE NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL

Join us in hiking the northern section of the High Road: Yokun Ridge. We’ll begin the hike at Bousquet Ski Mt., climbing the switchback turns and stone steps to the Mahanna Cobble vista, where there is a spectacular view and stone bench with uninterrupted views south over Kennedy Park and Yokun Ridge. We’ll then continue on the Yokun Ridge Trail for another 1.5 miles to the western facing view on Yokun Seat, where we will enjoy lunch before we turn back. This section encompasses open ridgeline as well as woodland trail. This hike is considered difficult due to a moderate pace and significant elevation changes. The “High Road“, is a long-term initiative by the Berkshire Natural Resources Council to make connections from towns to trails and along clusters of conservation land, allowing hikers to explore the scenic Berkshires. Yokun Ridge is the first High Road route to open connecting Pittsfield to Lenox. Hiking poles can be helpful–BNRC has a few pairs available. For info, visit– bnrc.org/the-high-road. 4 hours–6 miles

To Register–mauman@bnrc.org

The walk begins at Bousquet Mountain Ski area at 101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield, MA. GPS 42.419083, -73.276341


31 – Windsor/Savoy, MA     10 AM – 12 NOON

HIGH ELEVATION BOREAL SPRUCE-FIR FOREST: PLANT, TREE AND WILD EDIBLE HIKE AT THE TAMARACK HOLLOW NATURE & CULTURAL CENTER

Join Aimee Gelinas, naturalist and director of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center, for this hike featuring the unique high elevation flora of the boreal forest (located in the headwaters area of the Housatonic River) including tips for tree, plant and wild edible identification. Hike is free (donations accepted for the nature center). Supported by the Central Berkshire Fund (Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation) Visit: www.tamarackhollownatureanculturalcenter.org 2 hours–1.5 miles

Registration Required– aimee@gaiaroots.com

Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center, 1515 & 1516 Savoy Hollow Rd, Windsor, MA. *Please DO NOT USE a GPS to locate us on Savoy Hollow Road…Only enter Savoy Hollow Road via Griffin Hill Rd off Route 116 in Savoy, MA (you can use a GPS to find Griffin Hill Rd). From Rt 9, in Windsor center take 8A north to Rt 116 in Savoy. At end of Rt 8A take a right onto Route 116 heading towards Savoy Center and Plainfield. Go approx 1.1 miles through the center of Savoy and take your first right after the center of town onto River Rd (there is a small light brown house with cream trim on the corner, this is #4 River Road). After the small house, cross the bridge over the river and go immediately to your right up the hill – this is Griffin Hill Rd (there is a sign saying “Tamarack Hollow-1 mile”). Continue up Griffin Hill Road (which will become Savoy Hollow Rd) for approx. 1 mile until you reach Tamarack Hollow. GOOGLE MAP


32 – Pittsfield, MA     11 AM – 12:30 PM

ARCHITECTURE AND LANDSCAPE AT HERMAN MELVILLE’S ARROWHEAD

Join John Dickson and Lesley Herzberg, from the Berkshire County Historical Society, for an enlightening walk around the grounds of Arrowhead. John will provide an overview and evolution of the architectural features of the building from the 1780’s to the present. This talk is followed by Lesley’s walk through the north field to discuss the cultural landscape where the entire Melville family participated in the cultivation of the farm and gardens in the 19th century. 1.5 hours–2 miles (Rain date: Sunday, September 18, at 11 AM) NOTE–Does not include a tour of the museum interior, which, for a fee, can be arranged before or after the free Heritage Walk.

From Rt 7, Lenox (0.25 mile south of Guido’s Market), turn onto Holmes Road at the light (by Family Footwear) and follow 3 miles to Arrowhead. GPS 42.415387, -73.24938

 


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

A PLEASANT STROLL OVER LAUREL HILL PARK 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. The Association was founded in 1853, and is the oldest existing village improvement society in the US. 1.5 hours–1.5 miles (Raindate- Sun, Sept. 18 at 1:00 PM)

Meet at the Stockbridge Town Offices building at 50 Main St., at the ‘Town Offices’ sign on the right side. GPS 42.28164, -73.30583 GOOGLE MAP

 


34 – Richmond, MA     1:30 PM – 3 PM

TOUR THE NORTHEAST SCHOOLHOUSE AND PART OF THE NORTHEAST DISTRICT

Join Gloria Morse and Bill Edwards, from the Richmond Historical Commission, for an interior view of the historic one room Northeast Schoolhouse, 1791-1937. This is Richmond’s last remaining one room schoolhouse not converted into a home. See the classroom, and photo display of Richmond from the 1930’s. Outside, from the lawn, view part of the Northeast District, remains of the Branch Tavern, and the Cyprian Branch and Linius Hall store and funeral parlor. 1.5 hours

981 Summit Road is at the corner of Summit and Swamp Roads. Parking is in school yard off Osceola Extension Road. From Richmond – Rt. 41 to Summit Road. From Pittsfield – Barker Road to Swamp, just past Bartlett’s Orchard. From West Stockbridge – Swamp Road north to Summit. 1.5 hours–no walking


35 – Hancock/Pittsfield, MA     2 PM – 3:30 PM

ARCHITECTURAL WALK AT HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE

Shaker buildings tell us so much about the community’s values, beliefs, and lifestyle. Join John Parker, for a walk through Hancock Shaker Village and into some of our historic buildings to examine more closely the Shakers’ built environment. The walk will focus on building materials, architectural styles, function vs. style, and change over time. We will learn to “read” a building. Stops on the walk include the Machine Shop, the Brick Dwelling, the Round Stone Barn, and the Tannery. NOTE: This walk does not include general admission to the Village. For a fee, admission to the Village can be arranged before the free Heritage Walk. Easy-to moderate. 1.5 hours, 1.5 miles

To Register–413-443-0188 x-213 or cdickinson@hancockshakervillage.org

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. GPS 42.43091, -73.34049 GOOGLE MAP


36 – Lenox, MA     3 PM – 4:30 PM

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

Anne Schuyler will guide you on an exploration of the impressive gardens and woodland trails of The Mount-Edith Wharton’s Estate , a 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 traffic light junction of Rt 20 & Rt 7 in Lenox, head south on Rt 7, and drive 1 mile, and take a left turn onto Plunkett St. The Mount is right after making the turn. Meet at the ticket booth. www.EdithWharton.org GPS 42.33558, -73.28293 GOOGLE MAP


SATURDAY–SEPT 17, 2022


PLEASE NOTE–FOR ALL HIKES/OUTDOOR WALKS, PLEASE WEAR HIKING BOOTS/STURDY FOOTWEAR, SUGGEST BRINGING DRINK & SNACK, BUG REPELLENT AND BE PREPARED FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER

37 – Sheffield, MA     Anytime from 9 AM – 5 PM

SELF-GUIDED WALK: IF THIS HOUSE COULD TALK

This 40-minute, about 1 mile, self-guided walking tour can be taken at your convenience. Pick up a tour booklet on the steps of the Old Stone Store or go to: ifthishousecouldtalk.weebly.com for a virtual version. The tour tells the history of 11 buildings on the Sheffield Green, and the people who lived, worked & worshiped in them. Many of the buildings date to the 18th & early 19th centuries. Please view the buildings from the sidewalk and public areas of the Green. Scan the QR codes in the tour booklet or follow along with the virtual version on your phone for bonus content like historic photos.

Tour booklets can be picked up at Sheffield Historical Society Old Stone Store, 137 Main St./Rt.7, next to the Mobil Station. Park in the town parking lot behind the gas station. GPS 42.110729, -73.353073


38 – West Cornwall, CT     8 AM – 10 AM

THE MAGIC OF MIGRATION: BIRDING AT THE MILES WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Join the Sharon Audubon Center at Miles Wildlife Sanctuary, which is 800 acres of protected habitat which includes wetlands, meadows, and mixed forest. Take in the scenic beauty while observing birds on the move. The riparian habitat attracts migrating warbler species, waterfowl, and raptors such as bald eagles. Learn how to identify these birds while also learning about the property’s namesake, Emily Winthrop Miles, whose sculptures and facilities from the early 1960’s can be observed on the property. The terrain can be rocky and uneven along parts of the trail, for intermediate/advanced walkers. 2 hours–1 mile

From Route 41 in Sharon: Turn onto Calkinstown Road on the east side of Route 41 (across from the Country Corner Restaurant and near Sharon Motor Lodge and Sharon Extra Mart). Travel for 1.8 miles and make a slight right onto West Cornwall Road (do not take the left fork onto White Hollow Road). Continue approximately 1.8 miles passing Miles Pond and seeing the sanctuary sign on the right. Pull in and follow signs to the parking area. OR From Route 7 in West Cornwall: Turn onto West Cornwall Road on the west side of Route 7 (directly across from Cornwall Auto Body and near the intersection of Route 128 and the West Cornwall Covered Bridge). Travel for approximately 3 miles and see the sanctuary sign on the left. Pull in and follow signs to the parking area.


39 – Sheffield, MA     10 AM – 12 NOON

BIKING TOUR OF HISTORIC SHEFFIELD & ASHLEY FALLS

This bike tour will bring riders through the rural, scenic roads of Sheffield & Ashley Falls. Catherine Miller, from the Sheffield Historical Society, will stop at historic spots and tell about its history. It is recommended for those who have experience biking long distances with some incline, though most of the route is flat. Please bring your own bike and wear a helmet. Sun, Sept. 18 –10 am—Raindate. 2 hours–20-25 miles

To Register–sheffieldhistoricalsociety@gmail.com 413-229-2694

Meet at the Sheffield Historical Society, in the municipal parking lot next to the Society grounds, 159 Main St./Route 7, behind the Mobil Station. GPS 42.110729, -73.353073


40 – Gt. Barrington, MA     10 AM – 12 NOON

GREAT BARRINGTON’S ARCHITECTURE & HISTORY – THE STORY OF GREAT BUILDINGS IN A GREAT TOWN

This walking tour with Nicholas Greene, from Clark & Green Architecture & Design, will lead participants on a stroll through historic downtown Great Barrington, as they discover the rich history of the town’s former and current inhabitants, their lives and the beautiful architecture they called home. Limited to 10 participants. 2 hours–2.5 miles

To Register– email: greenen23@gmail.com (indicate “GB Architecture Tour” in the subject line)

Meet at the small engraved stone monument at the corner of Main and Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA.. GPS 42.19378, -73.36382 GOOGLE MAP


41 – Sharon, CT     10 AM – 12 PMHIKE AT THE HAMLIN PRESERVE

Join Maria Grace for a lovely hike at the Hamlin Preserve, one of Sharon Land Trust‘s largest public preserves. A new loop trail has been blazed, winding its way through rock outcrops and ledges. This walk is moderate in ability with some uphills and downhills. 2 hours–2.5 miles

Meet at the trailhead, at 19 Stone House Road, Sharon. Stone House Road intersects with Route 41 (Gay Street) approximately 3 miles north of the Town of Sharon.


42 – Lenox, MA     10 AM – 11:30 AM

BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR OF TANGLEWOOD

Join a Boston Symphony Orchestra 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. 1.5 hours– <1/2 mile

Starts at the Tanglewood Main Gate. From the Rt 102 & Rt 183 flashing light, intersection at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens, drive on Rt 183 north for 4 miles to the 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. GPS 42.34924, -73.31084


43 – East Canaan, CT     1 Hour Tours from 10 AM – 2 PM

TOUR THE BECKLEY BLAST FURNACE, CT’S DEDICATED IRON INDUSTRIAL MONUMENT

Learn about the historic iron industry of the Upper Housatonic Valley, by the Friends of Beckley Furnace. Built in 1847, the furnace produced high quality iron until 1918, and is one of the last surviving examples of the 19th and early 20th century blast furnaces that were once commonplace CT sights, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There were 21 furnaces in northwestern CT, as rich veins of iron ore were discovered in the hills near the town of Salisbury. During the American Revolution, CT-forged iron helped fuel the manufacture of American weaponry, most notably the cannons used by the Continental Army, Union weapons for the Civil War, and railroad car wheels. Tour begins when you arrive. 1 hour–0.4 mile

140 Lower Road, East Canaan, just off US Rtes 44 & 7. If coming from the East, North, or West, take Route 44 to East Canaan, CT. At the Congregational church, turn South onto Lower Road, passing alongside the Church building, and continue for 1/2 mile, turning to the right and down the hill. The former furnace office and the furnace stack are visible on your left. If coming from the South, take Rte 7 to Canaan, CT. Pass a railroad yard on your left, and just before you cross a bridge across the the Blackberry River, turn right into Lower Road, heading East. The Furnace is about 3 miles east of the intersection of Lower Road and East Canaan. GPS 42.01274, -73.29074


44 – Monterey, MA     10 AM – 12 NOON

CHARCOALING IN THE BERKSHIRES

Charcoaling was a major industry for Berkshire farmers and landowners in the mid to late-1800s and was used primarily in the iron smelting industry. Producing charcoal for the iron furnaces yielded much-needed hard money; it was one of their few cash “crops.” There are a number of charcoal hearths on the Bidwell House Museum property and the adjacent BNRC Steadman Pond Reserve property which was owned by the Bidwell and Carrington families at that time. We will begin by watching a 15 minute documentary film about charcoaling, produced by the Housatonic Heritage Area, and then walk to several of the charcoal hearths to explore. “NOTE–Does not include a tour of the museum interior, which for a fee, can be arranged before or after the free Heritage Walk.” 2 hours–1.5 miles

To Register– bidwellhouse@gmail.com and Museum website, bidwellhousemuseum.org

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 at the Bidwell House Museum. GPS 42.20888, -73.21830 GOOGLE MAP


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

HIKE TO FLAG ROCK VISTA, A MOUNTAIN OF BOULDERS

Join Christy Butler, author & photographer of “Berkshire Destinations“, along with Elizabeth Massa and Karen McTaggart (from the Western Mass Hilltown Hikers), for a moderate hike to Flag Rock Vista (on the west side of Monument Mountain), passing through its lower boulder field. Exploration of some splendid and humongous sized boulders will require short side-trips off the main trail. 3 hours–3.5 miles

To Register…chrisjan@berkshirephotos.com or (413) 743-4326

Meet at side of road 0.2 mile north of Taft’s Farm/Division Road/Rt 183 junction. Driving on Rt 7, at the junction of Rts 7 & 183 at the north end of Gt. Barrington, drive north on Rt 183 for 0.8 mile. GPS 42.1410, -73.2052


46 – Pittsfield, MA     11 AM – 12:30 PM

WALK THROUGH TIME ON THE FARM AND FOREST TRAIL AT HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE

Spend an afternoon discovering the history of the land, the natural landscape, the indigenous presence, and the Shakers’ time here, along Hancock Shaker Village Farm & Forest Trail. On this leisurely guided walk, HSV staff will identify features of the landscape and discuss its change over time. The route will also include a stop at the South Family, a recent addition to the trail. NOTE: This walk does not include general admission to the Village, which can be purchased before or after the free Heritage Walk. Easy to moderate. 1.5 hours – approx. 1.5 miles.

To Register–413-443-0188 x-213 or cdickinson@hancockshakervillage.org

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. GPS 42.43091, -73.34049 GOOGLE MAP

 


SUNDAY–SEPT 18, 2022


PLEASE NOTE–FOR ALL HIKES/OUTDOOR WALKS, PLEASE WEAR HIKING BOOTS/STURDY FOOTWEAR, SUGGEST BRINGING DRINK & SNACK, BUG REPELLENT AND BE PREPARED FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER

47 – Sheffield, MA     Anytime from 9 AM – 5 PM

SELF-GUIDED WALK: IF THIS HOUSE COULD TALK

This 40-minute, about 1 mile, self-guided walking tour can be taken at your convenience. Pick up a tour booklet on the steps of the Old Stone Store or go to: ifthishousecouldtalk.weebly.com for a virtual version. The tour tells the history of 11 buildings on the Sheffield Green, and the people who lived, worked & worshiped in them. Many of the buildings date to the 18th & early 19th centuries. Please view the buildings from the sidewalk and public areas of the Green. Scan the QR codes in the tour booklet or follow along with the virtual version on your phone for bonus content like historic photos.

Tour booklets can be picked up at Sheffield Historical Society Old Stone Store, 137 Main St./Rt.7, next to the Mobil Station. Park in the town parking lot behind the gas station. GPS 42.110729, -73.353073


48 – Norfolk, CT     10 AM – 12 NOON

THE MOUNTAIN EXPRESS RAILS TO TRAILS HIKE

Nestled in the foothills of the Berkshire mountains, Norfolk’s brief but illustrious history of passenger trains (the Mountain Express) and rail freight comes roaring back to life with a historical hike along remnant sections of the railroad right-of-way in town. Join the Rails to Trails organization for a hike at Station Place and progress through the lands of the former Brown Company iron colliers, where the once abandoned coal piles and antique equipment have returned to woodlands. Continue on the old rail-bed, through the Wood Creek Flood Control area and cross over North Street, where a rail bridge once stood, to end up on the proposed North Brook Rail Trail segment. View the challenges and remarkable skills presented by today’s busy beaver engineers, who have reclaimed a section of this historic rail line for themselves. 2 hours–2 miles To register–michelleschilds56@gmail.com or call 860-542-5953

Park and meet at Station Place in the Village Center. GPS 41.990347, -73.19944


49 – Salisbury, CT     12 NOON- 1 PM

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

Amesville 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 or Rt 41–Drive east on Rt 112 until you reach the outfield entrance to Lime Rock Park, then turn left onto Dugway Road and follow the above highlighted directions. GPS 41.96389, -73.37200 GOOGLE MAP


50 – Lanesborough, MA     1 PM – 3 PM

A CULTURAL AND NATURAL HISTORY TOUR 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 CCC-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 may apply. Rain cancellation date Sept 25. 2 hours–0.1 mile To Register–413-499-4262 OR mikewindigo79@outlook.com

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. GPS 42.636875, -73.16692 GOOGLE MAP


51 – Gt. Barrington, MA     1 PM – 2 PM

HOW GREAT BARRINGTON CREATED STANLEY PARK IN 1909

What became of Great Barrington’s first Post Office building? Join Bernard Drew as he tells the story of the east side of Great Barrington’s Main Street (south of the Great Bridge) alongside the Housatonic River, which was a mix of tired shops, warehouses and small residences in 1909, vulnerable to fire. Townspeople voted to acquire 10 parcels of land and remove or tear down existing structures to create River Bank Park, rededicated as William Stanley Memorial Park in 1974. 1 hour–minimal walking distance

Meet at Stanley Park. There is streetside parking in the vicinity of Cumberland Farms & Farnsworth Fine Cannabis on Main St. GPS 42.198729, -73.360328


52 – Washington, CT     1 PM – 2 PM

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

Join The Institute for American Indian Studies as we lead a walk along our museum’s trails and end at our replicated 16th Century Algonkian village. Glimpse into the history and culture of local Weantinock and Pootatuck tribal people, learn about traditional plant uses, and hear of their community life. Please wear sturdy footwear and meet at the front of the museum. “NOTE–Does not include a tour of the museum interior. An inside tour, for a fee, can be arranged before or after the free Heritage Walk.” 1 hour–0.5 mile

To Register– events@iaismuseum.org or phone (860) 868-0518

Drive on Rt 67 North through Roxbury and turn right onto Rt 199. Follow Rt 199 North for 2 miles to Curtis Road on left and drive to the end. OR From North Western CT, take Rt 7 South to New Milford and Rt 67. Follow Rt 67 South to Roxbury and turn left onto Rt 199. Follow Rt 199 North for 2 miles to Curtis Road on left and drive to the end. OR From Torrington and Litchfield, Take Rt 202 West towards New Milford. Turn left onto Rt 47. Follow Rt 47 through Washington Depot. Turn right onto Rt 199. Follow for 1-2 miles to Curtis Road on right and drive to the end. Meet inside the gift shop. GPS 41.61069, -73.32521 GOOGLE MAP


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

AMERICAN CHESTNUTS: LOST & FOUND

Join Woods Sinclair and friends for a talk and walk in a 300-acre planting American chestnut orchard. 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 landscapes. Rain cancels. 1 hour–<0.25 mile

To Register–860-824-7454 or fayaway7@gmail.com

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–across from 392 Under Mountain Rd. GPS 41.94321, -73.28306 GOOGLE MAP


SATURDAY–SEPT 24, 2022


PLEASE NOTE–FOR ALL HIKES/OUTDOOR WALKS, PLEASE WEAR HIKING BOOTS/STURDY FOOTWEAR, SUGGEST BRINGING DRINK & SNACK, BUG REPELLENT AND BE PREPARED FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER

54 – Sheffield, MA     Anytime from 9 AM – 5 PM

SELF-GUIDED WALK: IF THIS HOUSE COULD TALK

This 40-minute, about 1 mile, self-guided walking tour can be taken at your convenience. Pick up a tour booklet on the steps of the Old Stone Store or go to: ifthishousecouldtalk.weebly.com for a virtual version. The tour tells the history of 11 buildings on the Sheffield Green, and the people who lived, worked & worshiped in them. Many of the buildings date to the 18th & early 19th centuries. Please view the buildings from the sidewalk and public areas of the Green. Scan the QR codes in the tour booklet or follow along with the virtual version on your phone for bonus content like historic photos.

Tour booklets can be picked up at Sheffield Historical Society Old Stone Store, 137 Main St./Rt.7, next to the Mobil Station. Park in the town parking lot behind the gas station. GPS 42.110729, -73.353073


55 – Falls Village, CT     OPEN FROM 9 – 2 PM
SELF-TOUR OF THE SOUTH CANAAN MEETINGHOUSE

Take a self-guided tour of the South Canaan Meetinghouse during the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society’s annual Peddlers Flea Market on the outside grounds.

Located in the center of Falls Village. GPS 41.955021, -73.362576

 


56 – Falls Village, CT     10 AM – 1 PM

25 MILE GUIDED BIKE RIDE IN THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF CONN.

Enjoy a leisurely, scenic, moderate bike ride along low traffic roads around Falls Village and the northwest corner of Conn., with Terry Burke, from the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area Greenway Committee. (The route is part of the newly-established Western New England Greenway that runs from Norwalk, CT, to the Canadian border) Riders must have their own bikes and bike helmets are required. A map & cue sheet will be provided. 2-3 hours–25 miles

Meet at the Falls Village Town Hall. GPS 41.955021, -73.362576


57 – Warren, CT     10 AM – 11:30 AM

ENJOY A BEAUTIFUL WALK AROUND LAKE WARAMAUG

Walk Warren’s lakeside environs with the Warren Land Trust and Warren Historical Society. Start at the scenic town beach, heading uphill to enjoy views of the lake and surrounding hills. Learn about the families, farms, and foresighted folks who lived and worked, and preserved this beautiful part of the Litchfield Hills. We will end our walk with an informal celebration at the Hopkins Vineyard. 1.5 hours–2.5 miles

To Register–email- warrenhistorian@outlook.com

Meet at Warren Town Beach. From Route 202–take Rte. 45N/East Shore Road, then take left onto North Shore Road. After 1/3 mile, turn left at Hopkins Road.


58 – Lenox, MA     10 AM – 11:30 AM

BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR OF TANGLEWOOD

Join a Boston Symphony Orchestra 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. 1.5 hours– <1/2 mile

Starts at the Tanglewood Main Gate. From the Rt 102 & Rt 183 flashing light, intersection at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens, drive on Rt 183 north for 4 miles to the 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. GPS 42.34924, -73.31084


59 – East Canaan, CT     1 HOUR TOURS FROM 10 AM – 2 PM

TOUR THE BECKLEY BLAST FURNACE, CT’S DEDICATED IRON INDUSTRIAL MONUMENT

Learn about the historic iron industry of the Upper Housatonic Valley, by the Friends of Beckley Furnace. Built in 1847, the furnace produced high quality iron until 1918, and is one of the last surviving examples of the 19th and early 20th century blast furnaces that were once commonplace CT sights, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There were 21 furnaces in northwestern CT, as rich veins of iron ore were discovered in the hills near the town of Salisbury. During the American Revolution, CT-forged iron helped fuel the manufacture of American weaponry, most notably the cannons used by the Continental Army, Union weapons for the Civil War, and railroad car wheels. Tour begins when you arrive. 1 hour–0.4 mile

140 Lower Road, East Canaan, just off US Rtes 44 & 7. If coming from the East, North, or West, take Route 44 to East Canaan, CT. At the Congregational church, turn South onto Lower Road, passing alongside the Church building, and continue for 1/2 mile, turning to the right and down the hill. The former furnace office and the furnace stack are visible on your left. If coming from the South, take Rte 7 to Canaan, CT. Pass a railroad yard on your left, and just before you cross a bridge across the the Blackberry River, turn right into Lower Road, heading East. The Furnace is about 3 miles east of the intersection of Lower Road and East Canaan. GPS 42.01274, -73.29074


60 – Pittsfield, MA    10 AM – 11 AM

TOUR THE HISTORIC COLONIAL THEATRE

Enjoy a journey through the history of the gilded age Colonial Theatre, owned by The Berkshire Theatre Group, as you hear 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

To Register: email kimkruatter@berkshiretheatre.org or call (413) 448-8084 ext. 50

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 42.44622, -73.25402 GOOGLE MAP


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

TOURING THE NEIGHBORHOODS OF WEST STOCKBRIDGE: ROCKDALE

Join Bob Salerno and John Parker, from the West Stockbridge Historical Society, to learn about Rockdale, a lesser known but prominent, early area of industrial West Stockbridge. Our tour will start at Rockdale Cemetery home of some of the major residents during the height of the industrial age. Time and weather permitting, we will continue along the old railroad bed and see some industrial ruins from the early 19th century. 1.5 hours–<0.5 mile

To Register–info@weststockbridgehistory.org

Meet at the Rockdale Cemetery, 3 miles south of the junction where Rt 41 splits off of Rt 102 (and goes over the Mass Turnpike) in West Stockbridge. GPS 42.29009,-73.37539


62 – Gt. Barrington, MA     12:30 PM – 4 PM

THE GROWTH OF TREES: A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME–WORKSHOP & GUIDED WALK

Join us for a fun, in depth, hands-on workshop and guided Walk with naturalist, writer, photographer, illustrator and educator, Michael Wojtech, the author of “Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast“. No single view of a tree is a fixed snapshot in time that tells the complete story. Join Michael and discover how trees grow, reproduce, and interact with their environment across days, weeks, seasons, and years and over varying scales—from the intricate details of buds, flowers, leaves, and bark that we use for species identification to the collaborative roles of trees in ecosystems. Learn about the function and experience the beauty of characteristics such as overwintering buds, lobed or toothed leaves, flowers by the thousands, and seeds that fly on the wind. Program limited to 25 participants. 4 hours workshop and outdoor exploration.

Registration is Required–Christine@GBland.org. Details of where to meet will be provided upon registration.


63 – Sheffield, MA     1:30 PM – 4 PM

WALK THE SHAYS REBELLION SECTION OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL

Learn about the Appalachian Trail, the most famous hiking trail in the US, and Shays’ Rebellion in 1787 that may have had some influence on the US Constitution. Bess Dillman, from the Berkshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club, will lead us through fields, hardwood forests and across a boardwalk in a wetland. The trail is uneven with roots and rocks, but a lovely walk through a variety of habitats. 2.5 hours–4 miles

To Register–elizabeth.dillman@gmail.com

Appalachian Trail parking area is across the road from 1024 Sheffield/Egremont Rd., Sheffield. From Big Y in Great Barrington, drive 2.2 miles south on Rte 7 to a right on Lime Kiln Road. Drive one mile and turn right on Sheffield/Egremont Road. The monument is immediately on the right and parking area is on the left. GPS 42.1468, -73.3859 GOOGLE MAP


SUNDAY–SEPT 25, 2022


PLEASE NOTE–FOR ALL HIKES/OUTDOOR WALKS, PLEASE WEAR HIKING BOOTS/STURDY FOOTWEAR, SUGGEST BRINGING DRINK & SNACK, BUG REPELLENT AND BE PREPARED FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER

64 – Sheffield, MA     Anytime from 9 AM – 5 PM

SELF-GUIDED WALK: IF THIS HOUSE COULD TALK

This 40-minute, about 1 mile, self-guided walking tour can be taken at your convenience. Pick up a tour booklet on the steps of the Old Stone Store or go to: ifthishousecouldtalk.weebly.com for a virtual version. The tour tells the history of 11 buildings on the Sheffield Green, and the people who lived, worked & worshiped in them. Many of the buildings date to the 18th & early 19th centuries. Please view the buildings from the sidewalk and public areas of the Green. Scan the QR codes in the tour booklet or follow along with the virtual version on your phone for bonus content like historic photos.

Tour booklets can be picked up at Sheffield Historical Society Old Stone Store, 137 Main St./Rt.7, next to the Mobil Station. Park in the town parking lot behind the gas station. GPS 42.110729, -73.353073


65 – Stockbridge, MA     10 AM – 12 NOON

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

Join the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, for this easy walk with Valerie Balint through the various designed landscapes, including the house environs, formal gardens, and woodland walks at Chesterwood. This was the summer home, studio, and gardens of America ’s acclaimed sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French, who created 100+ public sculptures. See the design features created by French while living here and place his efforts in the greater context of artist-designed landscapes throughout the country. Participants will go into the studio for a short introduction to this building and how both it and the house relate to the landscape. NOTE – this event does not include a formal tour of the studio or house interiors. An inside tour, for a fee, can be arranged for after the free Heritage Walk. 2 hours–3.5 miles

As space is limited, Registration is Required–email–vbalint@savingplaces.org

From Stockbridge center, drive west on Rt 102, turn left on Rt 183. 1/4 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. GPS 42.33915, -73.28927


66 – Lenox, MA     10 AM – 12:30 PM  &  1 PM – 3:30 PM

2 CANOE PADDLING TRIPS ON THE HOUSATONIC RIVER

Enjoy a gentle paddle on the Housatonic River in Lenox, with Alison Dixon, of the the Housatonic Valley Association, as we paddle out and back through the George L. Darey Wildlife Management Area. We will start and end at the same location. This trip is suitable for families with children 10 years and older. 2.5 hours–3 miles. Canoes, paddles and PFD’s are provided. People can register to bring their own canoe or kayak. Rain cancellation date will be Sunday, Oct. 2, same time. 2.5 hours–3 miles

Registration is Required–413-298-7024 or adixon@hvatoday.org

Location and details will be provided upon registration.


67 – Lenox, MA     10 AM – 12 NOON

BIKE RIDE: LENOX-STOCKBRIDGE GILDED AGE AND SCENIC ROADS LOOP

Starting in the historic Lenox village and Lenox Cultural District, join Blake McClenachan and Gwen Miller on this bike ride which will go into Stockbridge via Kemble Street, where riders can take in some of the Gilded Age “cottages” including Springlawn and Belfontaine, along with Trinity Church and the Shakespeare and Company campus. From Kemble Street, riders will turn right on Frothingham, then left on Old Stockbridge Road where they can see Elm Court, another “cottage”. A right on Bean Hill will afford a brief glimpse of Highlawn Farm’s pastures, and then a nice meander into rural Stockbridge, culminating with a scenic ride on Undermountain Road, past Parson’s Marsh and horse stables, and onto Cliffwood Street’s mansions and back onto Lenox’s Main Street to the parking area. 2 hours–13 miles

To Register–gmiller@townoflenox.com

Meet at the public parking lot behind Berkshire Bank in Lenox’s historic village.


68 – Lee, MA     11 AM – 12 NOON

A NATURE WALKING TOUR AT GOLDEN HILL TOWN FOREST

Join naturalist Linda Cysz, from the Lee Land Trust, for a meandering walk through this town forest with huge boulders and colorful fall mushrooms to get a sense of the natural setting and learn some of Lee’s town history. Golden Hill Town Forest’s 70-acre property was once owned by George Westinghouse as part of his estate known as Erskine Park. His house was in Lenox near Laurel Lake and his farmland extended across the road to the Golden Hill area. In 1939 George Westinghouse, Jr. donated this parcel to the Town of Lee. Here is where you’ll find the highest peaks in Lee at about 1220’ elevation. The Pinnacle has views to October Mt., Highlawn Farm and Laurel Lake. This is truly an enchanted geologic world. Easy loop trails guide you through the boulders, ledges, outcrops, wildflowers, mushrooms and old trees. In the early 1960’s this was a vibrant picnic spot with pavilion, stone fireplace and even electricity! Today, that area is the open field. 1 hour – 1 mile

Heading north on Rt 20 from the center of Lee, after crossing the railroad tracks and the river, drive for 0.8 mile to Golden Hill Road (across from the Retro Pop Shop). Turn right onto Golden Hill Road and drive uphill for 0.3 mile to a parking site on the right side of road, at Lee Town Forest sign. GPS 42.322441, -73.255433


69 – Norfolk, CT     1 PM – 2 PM

HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE OF DOWNTOWN NORFOLK

The small town of Norfolk, with a population of 1600, is crowned with a collection of unique structures from the golden age of architecture. Join Barry Webber, from the Norfolk Historical Society, for a stroll around the historic downtown and hear about the talented architects who all lent a hand in the development of this unique town. 1 hour–<0.5 mile

To Register–info@norfolkhistoricalsociety.org

Meet at the Norfolk Historical Society at 13 Village Green in Norfolk


SATURDAY–OCT 1, 2022


PLEASE NOTE–FOR ALL HIKES/OUTDOOR WALKS, PLEASE WEAR HIKING BOOTS/STURDY FOOTWEAR, SUGGEST BRINGING DRINK & SNACK, BUG REPELLENT AND BE PREPARED FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER

70 – Sheffield, MA     Anytime from 9 AM – 5 PM

SELF-GUIDED WALK: IF THIS HOUSE COULD TALK

This 40-minute, about 1 mile, self-guided walking tour can be taken at your convenience. Pick up a tour booklet on the steps of the Old Stone Store or go to: ifthishousecouldtalk.weebly.com for a virtual version. The tour tells the history of 11 buildings on the Sheffield Green, and the people who lived, worked & worshiped in them. Many of the buildings date to the 18th & early 19th centuries. Please view the buildings from the sidewalk and public areas of the Green. Scan the QR codes in the tour booklet or follow along with the virtual version on your phone for bonus content like historic photos.

Tour booklets can be picked up at Sheffield Historical Society Old Stone Store, 137 Main St./Rt.7, next to the Mobil Station. Park in the town parking lot behind the gas station. GPS 42.110729, -73.353073


71 – Hancock, MA     9 AM – 12 NOON

HIKE THE TACONIC CREST TRAIL—-FROM LEBANON MT. ROAD/RT. 20  TO TWIN PONDS IN PITTSFIELD STATE FOREST

Hike from the southern terminus of this 37-mile long Taconic Crest Trail to Twin Ponds in Pittsfield State Forest, one of the many reservoirs built by the Shakers. This is a 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. Participants limited to 12–and will be required to sign a liability release at start of hike. 3 hours–3 miles

Registration is Required–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. Just as the descent begins down the mountain into New Lebanon, drive into the pullover drive (NOTE-this pullover area is just “past the new large square parking area on the right”). The trailhead begins in the break in the fence. GPS 42.437305. -73.3739


72 – Lenox, MA     9 AM – 11 AM

EDITH WHARTON’S WOODS, WETLANDS AND MEADOWS: HUMAN HISTORY AND ECOLOGY AT THE MOUNT

Take a walk on the wild side at The Mount with Zach Adams, from Mass Audubon. Explore the intersection of human history and ecology while enjoying the beautiful woods, meadows, wetlands, and lake views and the full expanse of Edith Wharton’s original estate, including recently conserved land/trails leading to Edith Wharton Park on Laurel Lake. 2 hours–3 miles

To Register–via Mass Audubon’s online program registration system: www.massaudubon.org/programs, or email–dabrams@massaudubon.org

From the traffic light junction of Rt 20 & Rt 7 in Lenox, head south on Rt 7, and drive 1 mile, and take a left turn onto Plunkett St. The Mount is right after making the turn. Meet at the ticket booth. www.EdithWharton.org GPS 42.33558, -73.28293


73 – Sharon, CT     10 AM – 12 NOON

VISTAS AND HISTORY ON THIS HIKE AT THE SHARON LAND TRUST’S GOODBODY-PALEY PRESERVE

View the Sharon Valley, Mudge Pond, and the Moravian Monument during a walk on the trail of the scenic 107-acre Goodbody-Paley Preserve. Maria Grace, of the Sharon Land Trust, and Christine Beer, of Sharon Historical Society & Museum, will lead the walk and share history about the features which may be viewed from the trail. The walk is very steep in some spots–for intermediate to advanced walkers. 2 hours–2 miles

Meet at the parking area located at 140 Millerton Road (Rt 361), 0.6 mile south of Dakin Road. It is a short but steep driveway to a small parking area in the field. GPS 41.904849, -73.491425


74 – East Canaan, CT     1 HOUR TOURS FROM 10 AM – 2 PM

TOUR THE BECKLEY BLAST FURNACE, CT’S DEDICATED IRON INDUSTRIAL MONUMENT

Learn about the historic iron industry of the Upper Housatonic Valley, by the Friends of Beckley Furnace. Built in 1847, the furnace produced high quality iron until 1918, and is one of the last surviving examples of the 19th and early 20th century blast furnaces that were once commonplace CT sights, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There were 21 furnaces in northwestern CT, as rich veins of iron ore were discovered in the hills near the town of Salisbury. During the American Revolution, CT-forged iron helped fuel the manufacture of American weaponry, most notably the cannons used by the Continental Army, Union weapons for the Civil War, and railroad car wheels. Tour begins when you arrive. 1 hour–0.4 mile

140 Lower Road, East Canaan, just off US Rtes 44 & 7. If coming from the East, North, or West, take Route 44 to East Canaan, CT. At the Congregational church, turn South onto Lower Road, passing alongside the Church building, and continue for 1/2 mile, turning to the right and down the hill. The former furnace office and the furnace stack are visible on your left. If coming from the South, take Rte 7 to Canaan, CT. Pass a railroad yard on your left, and just before you cross a bridge across the the Blackberry River, turn right into Lower Road, heading East. The Furnace is about 3 miles east of the intersection of Lower Road and East Canaan. GPS 42.01274, -73.29074


75 – Falls Village, CT     OPEN 11:30 AM – 3 PM

SELF-GUIDED TOUR OF THE BEEBE HILL SCHOOLHOUSE

Take a self-guided tour of the interior of the Historic Beebe Hill One Room Schoolhouse.

Beebe Hill Road, Falls Village


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

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

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, UMASS History Professor, for an interpretive tour on a level woods trail leading to the foundation of Du Bois’s boyhood home–a National Historic Landmark and the first destination in the U.S. to tell the story of his life and legacy. 1 hour–0.5 mile.

Meet at the 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. GPS 42.17702, -73.39430 GOOGLE MAP


77 – Sharon, CT     1 PM – 2 PM

THE LONG HISTORY OF THE GREEN IN SHARON, CT

The Sharon Green has endured since the town of Sharon, CT, was established in 1739. Join Christine Beer, from the Sharon Historical Society for a walk around a central section of Sharon Green and learn about the claims of ‘Oldest House’ and evidence of changes in the course of history, such as the introduction of new uses and new landmarks on the Green. View photos from the society archives. 1 hour–1 mile

Meet at the Sharon Historical Society parking area at 18 Main Street. GPS 41.8770, -73.4764 GOOGLE MAP


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

GUIDED WALKING TOUR OF DOWNTOWN FALLS VILLAGE

Join Dick Heinz, from the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society, for a guided tour of downtown Falls Village, a designated historic district. NOTE–Does not include a tour of the museum interior, which can be arranged before or after the free Heritage Walk. 1.5 hours–1 mile

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


79 – Washington, MA     2 PM – 4 PM

OCTOBER MOUNTAIN STATE FOREST–CENTENNIAL HIKE

October on the mountain, there’s no better time to visit! October Mountain State Forest at 16,000 acres, is the Commonwealth’s largest single state forest, acquired in 1922 from the private estate of millionaire William C. Whitney. Celebrate this 100-year public land milestone, experience a slice of this state forest. Join Alec Gillman of the Department of Conservation and Recreation for a reading of a Governor’s Proclamation. Then take a guided hike on the Washington Mountain Marsh Trail. Explore this “wild” landscape and hear colorful stories of long ago: Herman Melville, a forgotten village, a cemetery, colliers, and Whitney’s grand estate. 2 hours–2 miles

To Register– 413-426-7890 OR alexander.gillman@mass.gov

Take Rt 8 in Becket, and at the 5-way junction, take McNerney Road, and drive a few miles north to West Branch Road on the left, then drive 2.6 miles, driving through the intersection with Whitney Place Road OR if coming from Pittsfield, from Rt 7/20, at Family Footwear store, take Holmes Road and drive to intersection with Williams St. and take a right on Williams St. and drive a few miles and take a right onto Washington Mt. Road. Then drive a few miles to West Branch Road on the right. Turn onto West Branch Road and then drive 2.6 miles, driving through the intersection with Whitney Place Road. GPS 42.352787, -73.187627


SUNDAY–OCT 2, 2022


PLEASE NOTE–FOR ALL HIKES/OUTDOOR WALKS, PLEASE WEAR HIKING BOOTS/STURDY FOOTWEAR, SUGGEST BRINGING DRINK & SNACK, BUG REPELLENT AND BE PREPARED FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER

80 – Sheffield, MA     Anytime from 9 AM – 5 PM

SELF-GUIDED WALK: IF THIS HOUSE COULD TALK

This 40-minute, about 1 mile, self-guided walking tour can be taken at your convenience. Pick up a tour booklet on the steps of the Old Stone Store or go to: ifthishousecouldtalk.weebly.com for a virtual version. The tour tells the history of 11 buildings on the Sheffield Green, and the people who lived, worked & worshiped in them. Many of the buildings date to the 18th & early 19th centuries. Please view the buildings from the sidewalk and public areas of the Green. Scan the QR codes in the tour booklet or follow along with the virtual version on your phone for bonus content like historic photos.

Tour booklets can be picked up at Sheffield Historical Society Old Stone Store, 137 Main St./Rt.7, next to the Mobil Station. Park in the town parking lot behind the gas station. GPS 42.110729, -73.353073


81 – Stockbridge, MA     10 AM – 12 NOON

BULLARD WOODS–A WALK AMONG THE ANCIENTS

Join Kevin Foran, from The Stockbridge Bowl Association, for a walk through the old-growth forest and meadows to the shoreline of Stockbridge Bowl. 2 hours–2.5 miles. Rain cancellation date Oct 2, same time

To Register–thesba.info@gmail.com

Meet at the yellow/brown trailhead sign at the north end of Stockbridge Bowl at the junction of Hawthorne Rd & Hawthorne St. From Lenox center–from the tall marble monument junction, take West St. (towards Tanglewood) for 1.6 miles, take left onto Hawthorne Rd. for 0.6 mile. Or from Rts 102/183 junction in Stockbridge — drive north on Rt 183 for 4 miles to Hawthorne Rd., take right and drive for 0.6 mile. GPS 42.34446, -73.30601


82 – Washington, MA     10 AM — 12 NOON

THE SECRETS OF MUDDY POND & THE BUILDING OF THE 1ST U.S. RAILROAD MOUNTAIN CROSSING: DESIGNATED A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK IN 2020

Dave Pierce, from the Chester Railway Station Museum, offers this hike to Muddy Pond, on the watershed divide of the Berkshires. You will learn of it’s interesting history, as this area presented unique challenges to Whistler’s father as he engineered the world’s first mountain railroad up and over the Berkshire plateau. Washington, MA, is the highest point between Boston and Chicago along the rail line. This area is wonderfully scenic, has abundant wildlife and has an amazing history. Learn why this 5-acre Housatonic River headwaters has earned the title of “most deceptive body of water in Mass.” and the challenges it posed to the first railroad builders over the Berkshires Plateau. This is a level walk on the traprock on the side of the railroad tracks. You are welcome to tour the Chester Railroad Station Museum, a National Historic Landmark, before or after the walk. Donations welcome. Heavy rain will cancel. 2 hours–3 miles

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. Shortly, you will reach a 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. Within a short distance, you will reach a narrow bridge over the railroad tracks-park along here. Please don’t park along Summit Hill Rd. past the bridge. GPS 42.37490, -73.11129 GOOGLE MAP


83 – Stockbridge, MA     10 AM – 12 NOON

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

Join the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, for this easy walk with Valerie Balint through the various designed landscapes, including the house environs, formal gardens, and woodland walks at Chesterwood. This was the summer home, studio, and gardens of America ’s acclaimed sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French, who created 100+ public sculptures. See the design features created by French while living here and place his efforts in the greater context of artist-designed landscapes throughout the country. Participants will go into the studio for a short introduction to this building and how both it and the house relate to the landscape. NOTE – this event does not include a formal tour of the studio or house interiors. An inside tour, for a fee, can be arranged for after the free Heritage Walk. 2 hours–3.5 miles

As space is limited, Registration is Required–email–vbalint@savingplaces.org

From Stockbridge center, drive west on Rt 102, turn left on Rt 183. 1/4 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. GPS 42.33915, -73.28927


84 – Monterey, MA     10 AM – 12 NOON

INTERPRETIVE WALK IN THE BIDWELL HOUSE MUSEUM WOODS WITH A STATE FORESTER

Explore the woodland trails of the Bidwell House Museum with forester Tom Ryan, from the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and will learn about tree and plant identification, carbon sequestration, climate and wildlife habitat adaptive forestry. 2 hours–2 miles. “NOTE–Does not include a tour of the museum interior, which can be arranged before or after the free Heritage Walk.

To Register– bidwellhousemuseum.org OR bidwellhouse@gmail.com

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 at the Bidwell House Museum. GPS 42.20888, -73.21830 GOOGLE MAP


85 – Lee, MA     10 AM – 11:30 AMLee

HISTORIC WALKING TOUR OF LEE

Join Tracie Etheredge, from the Lee Historical Society, for a walking tour of Lee’s Main Street, including learning about the important buildings, people and historical events that occurred in town. 1.5 hours–1 mile

To Register–email ethere@gmail.com

Meet at the town picnic gazebo next to the post office on Frank Consolati Way.


86 – Mount Washington, MA     10:30 AM – 12 NOON

HEAR THE STORIES OF THE OLD CEMETERIES OF MOUNT WASHINGTON

Take a walk back in time, with the Mt. Washington Historical Society, to the ancient cemeteries of our town. One of them is thought to be the oldest cemetery for European-descended people in Berkshire County. It is near where Mother Ann Lee, founder of the American Shakers, stayed. Another cemetery is reputed to house the remains of a man who demanded he be buried with his two huge oxen. Both are in the arresting Mount Washington landscape. The walk will connect the cemeteries with the rich history of our small mountain town. Refreshments at end of walk. 1.5 hours–1.5 miles

To Register–hans.bergmann@gmail.com or 413-528-3033

At junction of Rt 23 and Rt 41 in South Egremont, drive south briefly on Rt 41, then take immediate turn west/right onto Mt Washington Rd (later becomes East St) and drive approx. 10 miles to the where the Church is visible on your left. Turn right onto Cross Road and proceed to cemetery on your right.


87 – Washington, MA     12 NOON – 4:30 PM

HIKE TO HEAR THE STORY OF AND SEE THE REMAINS OF THE NAVIN FAMILY HISTORY IN OCTOBER MOUNTAIN STATE FOREST

Join the Western Mass Hilltown Hikers and Tom Hoffman, for a hike through historic 16,000 acre October Mountain State Forest. We will visit the West Branch Cemetery and see the grave of Anna Pease and Cobb Codding then to the site of the Huban home, where Leona Butler’s mother was born in 1904. We will also view a section of the  1922, 9-foot tall game preserve fencing around the private estate and hunting lodge built by millionaire William Whitney, then head down the Navin Trail to Codding’s stone dam which he built in the 1830’s to power a sawmill. Then we will pass his home site, and descend to the Navin family homestead. The house and 3 barn foundations show how this family survived on the mountain from the 1850’s till around 1910. The forest in this pasture is entirely composed of Norway Spruce, planted by the CCC in the 1930’s. 4.5 hours–5 miles

To Register– email westernmasshilltownhikers@aol.com

Take Rt 8 in Becket, and at 5-way junction, take McNerney Road, and drive a few miles north to West Branch Road on the left, then drive to the intersection with Whitney Place Road OR if coming from Pittsfield, from Rt 7/20, at Family Footwear store, take Holmes Road and drive to intersection with Williams St. and take a right on Williams St. and drive a few miles and take a right onto Washington Mt. Road. Then drive a few miles to West Branch Road on the right. Turn onto West Branch Road and drive to the intersection with Whitney Place Road. GPS 42.356149, -73.180538


88 – Salisbury, CT     12 NOON – 1 PM

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

Amesville 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 or Rt 41–Drive east on Rt 112 until you reach the outfield entrance to Lime Rock Park, then turn left onto Dugway Road and follow the above highlighted directions. GPS 41.96389, -73.37200 GOOGLE MAP


89 – Norfolk, CT     2 Hours–TIME TO BE DETERMINED

HAYSTACK BOOK FESTIVAL PRESENTS THE 4TH ANNUAL AUTHOR TALK AND GUIDED WALK

Tucked away in the beautiful wooded hills of Northwestern Connecticut, Norfolk provides an intimate setting for this 3-day annual literary festival bringing writers into conversation, scheduled for Sept 30 – Oct 2. The Author Talk and Guided Walk, is part of our weekend festival. Check our website Norfolkfoundation.net/book-talks for more details on registering, the scheduled author(s), topic, time and location for our 4th Annual Author Talk and Guided Walk. Haystack Book Festival is a program of the Norfolk Foundation, Inc.

To Register online–norfolkfoundation.net/book-talks

Check website norfolkfoundation.net/book-talks for details on the time & location to meet. Norfolk GPS 41.990347, -73.199447

 


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