-- Heritage Walks List 2013 --

| Saturday 9/21 Walks
| Sunday 9/22 Walks
| Saturday 10/5 Walks
| Sunday 10/6 Walks

For more information, please contact:
Diane Cote, Walks Coordinator, (413) 394-9773

The 2013 Heritage Walks are presented in cooperation with The Cultural Landscape Foundation and the Berkshire Synergy Project.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21


1. Stockbridge MA #
8:30 AM - ICE GLEN HIKE: OLD GROWTH FORESTS & CHAMPION TREES

Join Jess Toro and Jim Murray, from the  Stockbridge Land Trust, for a hike through Ice Glen--an incredible ravine with a lush, fairy-like landscape of gigantic boulders thick with mosses. Also surrounding the glen is old growth forest, which is rare in New England. 

NOTE--Wear hiking boots or sturdy ankle shoes.  1 mile--1 hour.  Meet by the bridge at the end of Park St., which is located next to the gas station on Rt. 7 in the center of Stockbridge.

# REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires


2. Hinsdale - Dalton, MA **    
9:00 AM - WALK THE OLD MILL TRAIL ALONG THE EAST BRANCH OF THE HOUSATONIC RIVER

Take a pleasant stroll with Dennis Regan, from the Housatonic  Valley Assoc., along the Housatonic River on the Old Mill Trail which connects Hinsdale and Dalton - a 3-mile round trip, on this fairly level trail that follows the  remnants of an early mill operation that once powered a thriving woolen mill in Dalton. We will also examine parts of the water-powered mill operation.

3 miles--2 hours.  Meet at the Old Mill Trail parking area along the Housatonic River at the intersection of Old Dalton Road and Rt. 8 in Hinsdale.

** Registration requested--call 413-394-9796 or email -  dregan@hvatoday.org


NEWLY ADDED (Not in the brochure) - Lenox, MA #
9:00 AM - GROUNDS TOUR OF HISTORIC, "GILDED-AGE" ELM COURT ESTATE

Elm Court is 55,000 square feet and is the largest American Shingle Style home in the United States. It contains 106 rooms, and was built by William Douglas Sloane and Emily Vanderbilt (granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt) in 1886, along with architects Peabody and Stearns. The grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Central Park in Manhattan. Elm Court is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Elm Court Talks held at this home in 1919, led to the creation of The Treaty of Versailles and League of Nations. The mansion served as a private residence until Emily's death in 1946. Elm Court was the last "Berkshire Cottage" to remain in the hands of its founding family (for 126 years) until it was sold in 2012 and is now an elegant, luxury hotel. Tour guide is Les Freeman

Meet at the Elm Court entrance door, 310 Old Stockbridge Road, Lenox. Tour is 1 hour long.

# REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires


3.  Windsor, MA **   
9:30 AM - TAMARACK HOLLOW BOREAL FOREST GHOST TOWN HIKE

Hike the backcountry of the Berkshire Highlands in the unique high elevation forest of Tamarack Hollow. Look for cellar holes and other signs of the abandoned homesteads and learn about the Boreal forest fauna and flora that make this area ecologically unique. There will be a car spot at the start of this one way, hike over moderate terrain.  Hike guide is naturalist Aimee Gelinas, founder of Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center and outdoor guide at the Berkshire EMS. 

NOTE--Wear hiking boots, dress in warm layers and bring drink/lunch. 4 miles--3.5 hours. There will be car spotting at the start of this one-way hike.  Meet at the entrance to Windsor Jambs State Park on River Road, off Route 9 in Windsor. Visit  www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/western/wnds.htm for directions to the park entrance.

** Registration requested--email - aimee@gaiaroots.com


4.  Stockbridge, MA #
10:00 AM EXPLORING THE BERKSHIRE BOTANICAL GARDENS

The tour will take visitors through the 15 acres of gardens, focusing on seasonal highlights. Our collection of gardens includes mixed border gardens, perennial gardens, a terraced herb garden established in 1937, a rose garden, a pond garden, and instructional vegetable and fruit gardens. Participants will be welcome to stay to wander on their own after the guided tour.

1/2 mile--1 hour.  Meet at the Berkshire Botanical Garden Visitor Center at the intersection of Routes 183 & 102 in Stockbridge

# REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires


5. Lenox, MA #  
10:00 AM EXPLORING THE GROUNDS OF VENTFORT HALL

Completed in 1893 by George and Sarah Morgan, Ventfort Hall and its grounds today encompass only 12 of the original 23 acres.  George Morgan worked with John Huss in 1891 to create a greenhouse complex and the English style park filled with specimen trees. Join Tjasa Sprague for a guided tour of the grounds. 

NOTE--Does not include a tour of the house interior. 1 hour. Meet at the carriage entrance at 104 Walker St., Lenox

# REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires                                                                    


6. Pittsfield, MA #    
10:00 AM - HISTORIC PITTSFIELD PARK SQUARE

Join Gay Tucker and members of the Berkshire County Retired Senior Volunteer Program for a historic tour of Pittfield's Park Square--once a town common known for its majestic elm trees, but still remains a lens into Pittsfield's history.  Over 200 years later, no elms can be found, even though monuments and connections to local history remain visible.  We will also explore adjacent historic districts which became part of the National Register in 1975 and 1991.

<1 mile--1.5 hours. Meet at the Pittsfield Atheneum--the Public Library on the corner of East and Wendell Streets.

# REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires


7. Monterey, MA ** 
10:00 AM - BEE-HUNTING ON BIDWELL HOUSE MUSEUM GROUNDS

Learn how farmers of old searched for and captured honey bees, and how you can too. Michael White will explain how to "hunt" for a bee colony and lead a guided walk on the Bidwell grounds and in the woods in search of bees and other pollinators. Wear sturdy footwear. 

NOTE--Does not include a tour of the house interior. 1 mile--1.5 hours. Meet at the Bidwell House at 100 Art School Road, Monterey.
 ** Registration requested.  Email - bidwellhouse@gmail.com


8. Falls Village, CT
10:00 AM - SCENIC BIKE TOUR ALONG THE HOUSATONIC RIVER
                                         

Bike ride with Dan McGuinness, along flat, lightly traveled roads near the Housatonic River from Falls Village to West Cornwall and back.  Most of the way is paved but there is a section of dirt road. 

NOTE - Bike helmets are required. 14 miles--2 hours.  Meet at the intersection of Main St. and Railroad St, Falls Village,CT


9. Pittsfield, MA **
10:00 AM - HISTORIC COLONIAL THEATRE TOUR

Journey through the history of the gilded age Colonial Theatre as our historians, Bob Boland and Bill Munn,  share the story of the 1903 world-class theatre, movie house, National Historic Treasure appointment by Hillary Clinton, restoration, and 2006 grand re-opening!  

Wear sensible shoes for standing and climbing stairs.  We do have elevator access. 1 hour.  Located at 111 South St., just north of the intersection of routes 7 & 20 in the center of Pittsfield. There is a municipal parking lot just before the theatre, as well as on-street parking.

** Registration requested - email - brian@berkshiretheatregroup.org  or phone  413-448-8084, ext.31


10. Stockbridge, MA #
11:00 AM NAUMKEAG GARDENS TOUR

Naumkeag is a preserved Gilded Age mansion with acres of landscaped grounds designed by Fletcher Steele; including the iconic Blue Steps and Birch Walk - considered one of the most famous built landscapes in America. 

NOTE--Does not include a tour of the house interior.  1 hour. Meet at Naumkeag, 5 Prospect Hill Rd., Stockbridge.   Visit webiste - www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/berkshires/naumkeag.html for directions.

# REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires


11. Ashley Falls, MA #
11:00 AM - HAWK WATCH AT BARTHOLOMEW'S COBBLE

Join naturalist Rene Wendell for a hawk watch on the panoramic summit of Hurlburt's Hill at The Trustees of Reservation's Bartholomew's Cobble property.  For those that can't or don't want to hike up the 1/2 mile moderate grade trail, you and your chairs and picnic basket can ride up in the back of a pickup truck--just like when you were a kid on the farm!

2 hours.  Meet at the Bartholomew's Cobble visitor center at 105 Weatogue Road, Ashley Falls, in Sheffield. Visit website - www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/berkshires/bartholomews-cobble.html for directions.

# REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires


12. West Stockbridge, MA**
11:00 AM - NEIGHBORHOODS OF WEST STOCKBRIDGE - FREEDLEYVILLE

Join Bob Salerno and Barbara Dowling of the West Stockbridge Historical Society for a tour of the Freedleyville neighborhood, one of the earliest industrial neighborhoods in town and in Berkshire County, including an early schoolhouse, and industrial ruins.

1/4 mile--1 hour. Take Route 41 south of West Stockbridge town center and then turn on to East Alford Road -  look for parking signs   

** Registration requested--email -  info@weststockbridgehistory.org or call 413-232-4465


NEWLY ADDED (Not in the brochure) - Lenox, MA #
11:30 AM - BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR AT TANGLEWOOD

Join a guide from the Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers for an interpretive walking tour of the Tanglewood campus. The tour will include visits to the Koussevitzky Music Shed, Ozawa Hall and other music facilities. Your guide will tell you about the historical background of Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center.

Walk is < 1 mile, 1 hour. Meet at the Main Gate of Tanglewood, Rt 183 (297 West St.) Lenox, MA.

# REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires


13. Pittsfield, MA #
12:00 PM - TOUR OF HISTORIC WAHCONAH BALLPARK

Join Jim McGrath for a tour of Pittsfield's historic minor league ballpark.

1/2 hour.  Meet at the Park, located at 105 Wahconah St., Pittsfield # REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires


14. Stockbridge, MA**
12:30 PM - PRESERVATION-IN-ACTION: DANIEL CHESTER FRENCH'S CHESTERWOOD STUDIO

Learn more about Preservation-in-Action on this behind-the-scenes tour of sculptor Daniel Chester French's Chesterwood Studio.  Designed in 1897 by architect Henry Bacon, the Studio is undergoing a major rehabilitation of its stucco-clad exterior and interior. Before and after the tour, enjoy free admission to the entire site. 

1 mile--1 hour.  From Stockbridge, travel west on Route 102, turn left on Route 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., an unpaved road just before reaching Chesterwood.  Park in the lot and walk up to the Barn Gallery.

# REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires


15. Monterey, MA #
1:00 PM - BIDWELL HOUSE MUSEUM: FROM HINTERLAND TO HOMESTEAD

Join Rob Hoogs on a walk to experience two centuries of settlement at the Historic Bidwell Homestead at the center of Township No.1 and explore the Boston-Albany Post Road, stone walls, cellar holes, and hill top site of the first meeting house. Wear sturdy footwear and suggest bring drink/snack.  NOTE--Does not include a tour of the house interior.

1 mile--1.5 hours.   Meet at the museum, 100 Art School Road, Monterey.  For detailed directions, go to website - www.bidwellhouse.org

# REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires


16. Adams-Lanesborough, MA #
1:00 PM - SHAPING THE LANDSCAPE:  MT.GREYLOCK SUMMIT, THE CCC's "PARKITECTURE" & BASCOM LODGE

Join Alec Gillman, from Mass. Dept. of Conservation & Recreation, at the highest point (3,491') and the oldest wilderness state park in Massachusetts. Rediscover the 1930's period of great park building, when the federal and state governments, through the Civilian Conservation Corps, created special places for public recreation. Discover how the "parkitecture" of Bascom Lodge became a distinctive style that defined America's parks.

1/2 mile--1 hour.  Meet on the summit of Mt. Greylock in front of Bascom Lodge. Parking fee is $2 for Mass residents and $3 for non-residents. Mt. Greylock summit is accessed from either Notch Road in North Adams or Rockwell Road in Lanesborough, MA. Visit www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/mtGreylock/directions for detailed directions to Mt. Greylock State Reservation or call (413) 499-4262 

# REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires


17. Richmond, MA **
1:00 PM - MEET THE OLD RESIDENTS OF RICHMOND CENTER CEMETERY

Join Gloria Morse, from the Richmond Historical Society, for a walking tour of the oldest part of the town burial grounds to learn about the people who once made Richmond what it is and find out about some of the early carvers of the unique head stones.

1 hour. Meet at the Richmond Center Cemetery at 1101 State Road (on Rt 41, 1/2 mile north of the Rt 295 / Rt 41 intersection)--Drive to the back of the cemetery.

** Registration requested--call 413-698-2560 or email - morsegloria@verizon.net


18. Pittsfield, MA **
1:00 PM - TOUR OF REVEREND SAMUEL HARRISON HOUSE

Learn about the history of 19th century Pittsfield through the eyes of African American minister, abolitionist, and 54th Massachusetts chaplain, the Reverend Samuel Harrison. View this historic, thriving town, as expressed in the buildings and public monuments on Main Street, 1st and  2nd Congregational Churches, South Congregational Church, Samuel Harrison's Residence, and other sites important to African American history in the Berkshires. Members of the Samuel Harrison Society will lead this tour. 1 mile--1 hour. Meet in front of the Congregational Church, at the intersection of Park St. and North St., Pittsfield

** Registration requested--email   -  jonessneed@yahoo.com


19. Dalton, MA
1 to 5:00 PM - CRANE & CO. PAPER MUSEUM PRINTING & PAPERMAKING DEMONSTRATION

The Crane Museum of Papermaking is housed in Crane’s 1844 Old Stone Mill. The 1930 museum is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is situated on the banks of the Housatonic River, which supplied the water to wash the rags and drive the machinery of the early Crane mills.

Visit at your leisure - the museum is located at 30 South St. (at the intersection of Rte 9) in Dalton. Follow the signs for the Papermaking Museum.


20. Lee, MA **
2:00 PM - HIKE AT BERKSHIRE NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL'S BASIN POND TRAIL

Today Basin Pond is a quiet little beaver pond and wetland; but attempts in 1886 and 1968 to dam the pond led to loss of life and heavy property damage.  This interpretive hike is led by Doug Bruce from Berkshire Natural Resources Council.  NOTE--Recommend hiking boots, walking stick and bring drink/snack.

3 miles--2 hours.  From the intersection of Rt 102 and  Rt 20 in Lee (at exit 2 of the Mass Pike), drive east on Rt 20 for 4 miles, turn left on Becket Road across from LuJohn's Auction Gallery. Drive uphill 0.3 mile to the BNRC sign/parking area for Basin Pond, on the left. 

** Registration requested--call 413-499-0596 or email - dbruce@BNRC.net


21. Pittsfield, MA #
2:00 PM - EXPLORE ELMHURST AND THE VINCENT J. HEBERT ARBORETUM AT SPRINGSIDE PARK

Join Bob Presutti for a tour that will begin at historic Elmhurst and follow an easy walk through the evolving landscape of the Hebert Arboretum in Springside Park. The grounds include a 50 acre wildflower meadow, historic groves of elms and other native trees, and the historic dam that holds the spring which gave the park its name, in the planning stages for restoration.

2 miles--1.5 hours.  Meet at Elmhurst at 874 North St., Pittsfield.  # REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires


22. Hancock, MA #
2:00 PM - HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE LANDSCAPE TOUR

Join Todd Burdick for an outside Village tour focusing on the historic landscape which will include discussion of how 18th & 19th century Shaker town planning and their idea of stewardship of the land were very innovative and advanced for their time, including what today we would identify as green building techniques, renewable energy, and sustainable agriculture.  NOTE--Does not include admission to the entire Village.

1 hour.  Meet at the HSV ticket desk, at 34 Lebanon Mountain Rd., Hancock. For directions visit - www.hancockshakervillage.org/visit-2/directions/  

# REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires


23. Tyringham, MA #
3:00 PM - ASHINTULLY GARDENS TOUR

The 30-year creation of composer John McLennan, Ashintully Gardens are a serene retreat in the Berkshires surrounded by forested hills and traversed  by a rushing stream.  Urns, columns and statuary ornament the gardens, while foot bridges, foot paths, stone stairs and grassy terraces connect various parts of the gardens. 

1 hour.  Meet at the garden entrance, on Sodem Road, which is off Tyringham Road-.  Visit www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/berkshires/ashintully-gardens.html for directions. 

# REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires


24. Gt. Barrington, MA #
3:00 PM - HOUSATONIC RIVER WALK - BERKSHIRES' NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL

Join Rachel Fletcher and Will Conklin on a tour of this 1/2-mile long National Recreation Trail that follows the Housatonic River as it flows behind Main Street. Extraordinary volunteer effort removed 400 tons of debris from the river and its banks and developed a trail that respects nature and reveals the river's beauty.
1/2 mile--1 hour.  Meet at the Du Bois River Garden Park at Church St. and River St., Gt. Barrington.

# REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires


25. Gt. Barrington, MA #
4:00 PM - W.E.B. DU BOIS NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE: HONORING AN INFLUENTIAL AFRICAN AMERICAN

Born in the Berkshires, W.E.B. Du Bois, the first African American PhD from Harvard, was a champion of civil rights and an international activist for peace. Join Emily Oswald and Wray Gunn, from the W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site, for a tour of the tranquil woods where Du Bois’s childhood home once stood. Learn what archaeology is revealing about Du Bois's ancestors who built their home here. Discover why this special place inspired Du Bois throughout his life; and how activists from across the country created a memorial for Du Bois in Great Barrington.

1 hour.  Maximum of 20 people on tour. Meet at the gravel parking lot at the Du Bois Homesite at 612 South Egremont Road, or visit our website for detailed directions - www.DuBoisNHS.org 

# REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

26.  Gt. Barrington, MA
10:00 AM - A WALK ON THE DARK SIDE OF MONUMENT MOUNTAIN

Sponsored by the Gt. Barrington Historical Society, join Bernie Drew, local historian and author of "Faded Tracks on Monument Mountain" on an exploration hike on the offside of Monument Mountain Reservation. This is an uphill hike and at times will be steep, mostly on woods roads, to visit a quarry and examine evidence of 19th century charcoaling. Some bushwhacking will be required. 

NOTE--Wear hiking boots, walking stick & bring drink/lunch.  2+ miles--2.5 hours. Meet on Route 183 at 1/10th mile north of Taft Farms store/Division St. There is a dirt driveway and a small sign for Root Orchard.  Park on the side of the road.


27. Pittsfield, MA **
10:00 AM - HISTORIC COLONIAL THEATRE TOUR

Refer to event # 9 for description of this event.


28. Sheffield, MA #
10:00 AM - EXPLORING LIME KILN FARM WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

We will examine the natural and cultural history of this beautiful Mass Audubon sanctuary with sanctuary director Rene Laubach.

Wear sturdy footwear and suggest bring drink/snack. 1.5 miles--2 hours.  Meet at the sanctuary on Silver St., Sheffield.

# REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires


NEWLY ADDED (Not in the brochure) - Stockbridge, MA #
10:00 AM - MAIN STREET STOCKBRIDGE: AN AMERICAN HISTORY CROSSROADS

This tour of Stockbridge's Main Street will show you the parallels to American History in this picturesque New England town. Hear some unique behind the scenes stories of this noted community, nestled in the Berkshire Hills. Learn about the people, places and connections in this historic crossroads.

Tour leader is Tom Daly, from the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Meet at the Chimes tower on the village green on Route 102 / Main St. which is located about 1 mile west of the center of town and the Red Lion Inn. Tour is 1 hour and less than a mile long.

# REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires


NEWLY ADDED (Not in the brochure) - Becket, MA #
10:00 AM - GUIDED TOUR OF JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL

Art, history, and nature come together at Jacob's Pillow, lauded worldwide as a "hub and mecca of dancing" (TIME Magazine) and "one of America's most precious cultural assets" (dance legend Mikhail Baryshnikov). Join Pillow Staff on a behind-the-scenes tour of this National Historic Landmark during the quiet, autumnal off-season.

Walk is 1 hour. Drive 8 miles east on Route 20 from Lee to Becket, then turn left for ½ mile drive on George Carter Road, to the Hunter House at Jacob's Pillow.

# REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires


29. Tyringham, MA #
11:00 AM - ASHINTULLY GARDENS TOUR

Refer to event # 23 for description of this event.


30. Stockbridge, MA #
11:00 - AM NAUMKEAG GARDENS TOUR

Refer to event # 10 for description of this event.


31. Richmond, MA
11:00 AM - HILLTOP ORCHARD'S HERITAGE--ANTIQUE APPLE TOUR

Explore this historic orchard on a walk to the spectacular vista at the top of the hill. Learn about the history of the orchard, from proprietor John Vittori, and enjoy a tree-ripe apple.  Hear how the owners are preserving and perpetuating many varieties of rare heritage-antique apples. Also the home of the Berkshires'  first farm winery, enjoy a free wine tasting of the Furnace Brook Winery varietals.

Wear sturdy footwear.  2 miles--1 hour.  Meet outside the Hilltop Orchard store on Rt. 295, Richmond  (508 Canaan Rd. - just east of the NY border and about 1 mile west of junction Rt 295 & Rt 41).


32. Falls Village CT **
1:00 PM - AN INTRODUCTION TO THE GREAT MOUNTAIN FOREST HIKE

Join Paul Barten, Exec. Director, for a 1-mile hike on a gently sloping loop trail.  An optional 3-mile hike on a steeper & rockier trail will include a  broader array of landscape features of the forest. Learn about forest management, wildlife habitat and the forest's charcoal history. 

NOTE--Wear hiking boots or sturdy footwear & suggest bringing drink/snack. 1 mile--1 hour  or 4 miles--3 hours.  Meet at the East Gate of GMF, 201 Windrow Road, Norfolk. From the Norfolk Village Green (intersection of Routes 44 and 272) turn south on Route 272. Take the first right on Mountain Road. Go 0.4 miles to a 4-way stop and turn left on Westside Road. Go 1.1 miles on Westside then turn right on Windrow Road; up the hill to the end of the road and parking at the GMF Shop, Sugar House, and Sawmill. (website  www.greatmountainforest.org

** Registration requested--email: jean@greatmountainforest.org or phone 860.824.8188


33. Lenox, MA **
1:00 PM - A WALK BACK IN GILDED AGE HISTORY AT KENNEDY PARK

Walk with Jan Chague, from the Lenox Historical Society, through Kennedy Park. Hear about the famous Gilded Age residents and use your imagination to visualize what remains of this unique treasure right in the middle of Lenox!  The 400-room Hotel Aspinwall was built in 1902; and was touted as "Hotel Beautiful", with famous people sojourning to it's splendor. After the fire of 1931, all that remains are some cellar holes and skeletons of what once was. 

NOTE--Wear hiking boots or sturdy footwear, suggest bring drink/snack.  Heavy rain cancels this hike. 5 miles--2 hours.  Drive on Route 7/20 to West Dugway Road, Lenox.  Turn onto West Dugway Rd and drive 1/4 mile to parking area on the left.

** Registration requested--email -  jg_chague@hotmail.com   or call 413-441-9971


34. Cornwall Bridge, CT **
1:00 PM - THE IRISH & THE IRON INDUSTRY: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF ST. BRIDGET PARISH

Join local historians Pat Conroy and Ellen Paul for a walk across the Housatonic River bridge to hear about the landmarks and origins of St. Bridget parish. Starting at St. Bridget Church, the walk will include the site of the original covered bridge, the railroad station, and the former Methodist church. Also learn the history of some of the founding parishioners, a brief tour of the cemetery and a discussion of other related sites that would be of interest to Irish heritage and/or iron industry enthusiasts. 

1.5 miles--1.5 hours.  Meet at St. Bridget Church parking lot in Cornwall Bridge.

** Registration requested--call 860-868-7138 or email - pconroy@snet.net


35. Ashley Falls, MA #
1:00 PM - NATURALIST-GUIDED HIKE AT BARTHOLOMEW'S COBBLE

Join naturalist Rene Wendell for a guided hike of this amazing property owned by The Trustees of Reservations.  Created by geologic upheavals when the Taconic and Berkshire ranges were formed, this hundred-foot-high bedrock outcropping introduces visitors to a rugged and exotic landscape that also supports 800 species of plants while offering terrific mountain vistas.  You’ll find one of North America’s greatest diversities of fern species here. The reservation also boasts one of the largest Cottonwood trees in the state. It is this amazing diversity that led to the Cobble’s designation as a National Natural Landmark in 1971.

Wear sturdy footwear.  2 hours.  Meet at the Bartholomew's Cobble visitor center at 105 Weatogue Road, Ashley Falls, in Sheffield. Visit website - www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/berkshires/bartholomews-cobble.html for directions.

# REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires


36. Monterey, MA #
1:00 PM - OUR LOCAL LANDSCAPE'S HISTORY--GOULD FARM & FISH HATCHERY

Join Robert Rausch, Gould Farm's Forest Steward, on a hike around the Farm, where you will learn about its founding as one of the first theraputic communities in the nation.  Explore the landscape predating the Farm as we pass old charcoal pits, stone walls, old homestead foundations, and woods roads.  We'll hike downhill to the historic National Fish Hatchery to tour the grounds. A ride will be provided from the Hatchery back to the Harvest Barn.

NOTE--Wear hiking boots or sturdy footwear and suggest bringing drink/snack. 2 miles--2 hours.  From  Rt 102 in Lee--take Tyringham Road (located at the traffic light at Big Y store). Drive  5 miles, then turn right on to Monterey Road and drive 4 miles to Rt 23 in Monterey.  At Rt 23, turn right, and go about 2 miles, then turn left onto Curtis Road and drive until you reach Gould Road.  Turn left on Gould Rd. and continue to the 2nd driveway on your right, to the Harvest Barn.  Park and follow the signs.

# REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires


37. Lee, MA #
1:00 PM - TOUR THE LEE HISTORIC DISTRICT WITH THE RENOVATIONS DESIGNER

Join Craig Okerstrom-Lang and Bob McMahon for a 4-block walking tour highlighting the historic architecture and streetscape of Lee's Historic District. Craig's firm designed the Main Street and Town Park renovations between 1992-1998.  Those streetscape improvements encouraged further renovation and facade improvements. 

1.5 hours.  Meet at the Lee Town Hall at 32 Main St.

# REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires


38. Stockbridge, MA #
1:00 & 3:00 PM - A STROLL OVER LAUREL HILL AND THE MARY FLYNN TRAIL

Join Patricia Flinn for an easy, peaceful walk in the woods, along the Housatonic River on a gravel trail lined with ferns and white birch trees. This trail was constructed in 2003 as part of the Laurel Hill Association’s 150th Anniversary celebration. 

Wear sensible footwear.1 mile--1.5 hours.  Meet at the Stockbridge Town Offices on Main Street, near the TOWN OFFICES sign. 

# REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires


39. Falls Village, CT**
1:30 PM - AMERICAN CHESTNUTS: LOST & FOUND

Join Ellery Sinclair for a walk into a 300-planting American chestnut orchard at Great Mountain Forest. Includes a presentation about the dramatic, sudden loss of this major tree of the eastern hardwood forest and the ecological impact. Hear about the efforts of the American Chestnut Foundation to restore this iconic tree to the American landscape. Cider and chestnut cookies will be served and take a short walk to see an "American Chestnut" cabin. 

Wear sensible footwear.  <1/4 mile--1.5 hours.  Take Route 7 or Route 63 to Undermountain Road in Falls Village. The grove will be posted with signs for the walk. It is located approx. 3 miles from Route 7--it is on the left side of the road, OR  approx. 1 mile from Route 63--it will be on the right side of the road.

** Registration requested--call 860-824-7454 or email -  WML61@comcast.net.    Rain cancels this walk.


40. Washington, CT **
2:00 PM - STEP BACK IN TIME: A NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE WALK

Dr. Lucianne Lavin, Director of Research and Collections, will lead a walk along the museum’s nature trails, enjoying the forest environment and ending at a replicated 16th century Algonkian village.  She will provide a glimpse into the history and culture of the local Pootatuck tribal peoples, pointing out medicinal plants and their uses, and discussing the community life and spirituality of those early inhabitants.

Wear sensible footware and clothing for outdoors walk.<1 mile--1 hour.  Meet at the main museum building lobby at 38 Curtis Road, off Route 199 in Washington.  Take Curtis Road to the end, last driveway on the right.  website  - www.iaismuseum.org    

** Registration requested--call 860-868-0518 or email - cpeschel@iaismuseum.org


41. Egremont, MA **
2:00 PM - HIKE AT BERKSHIRE NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL'S BARRETT RESERVE – WEST

The 135-acre Barrett Reserve-west has gently rolling terrain, walkable logging roads, and scenic wetlands.  The subject of this hike is the forest and its natural and managed history This interpretive hike is led by Doug Bruce from Berkshire Natural Resources Council. 

NOTE--Wear hiking boots & suggest walking stick and bring drink/snack.2 miles--2 hours.  From Gt. Barrington, drive on Route 23 west to Route 71.  Take a right/north on Pumpkin Hollow Road which becomes Locust Hill Road (there is no street sign) for 0.75 miles.  Park at a driveway on the left immediately opposite # 49. 

** Registration requested--call 413-499-0596 or email - dbruce@BNRC.net 


42. Hancock, MA # 
2:00 PM - HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE LANDSCAPE TOUR
 
Refer to event # 22 for description of this event.


43. Lenox, MA # 
3:00 PM THE MOUNT GARDEN RESTORATION - 10 YEARS AFTER
 
Explore the impressive gardens of The Mount, the 1902 estate of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton, and is also a National Historic Landmark.  Join Tom Ingersoll, the landscape contractor, for a tour of the gardens and hear the story of their grand restoration 10 years ago.

NOTE--Does not include a tour of the house interior.  1 mile--1.5 hours.  Tour starts at the ticket office at The Mount, 2 Plunkett Street (off Route 7), Lenox.   See website   www.EdithWharton.org  for driving  directions.  

# REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  - please register online at - www.tclf.org/event/wotw-berkshires

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5


44. Becket, MA **
9:00 AM - EXPLORING THE BECKET LAND TRUST HISTORIC QUARRY & FOREST

Enjoy a leisurely hike to explore the Historic Quarry with Land Trust founders, Ken and Ann Smith. Learn about granite quarrying from the 1850-1950's.  See the quarry, now filled with water, surrounded by stands of beautiful white birch trees, flora and fauna, the standing wooden derrick, winches, and other artifacts.  Learn how the Land Trust saved this property for passive recreation and developed miles of hiking trails, on which we will walk to our vista bench and view our demonstration forest. 

Wear sturdy footwear for hiking & suggest bring drink/snack.2-3 miles--2 hours. From junction of Routes 20 & 102 in Lee, take Rte. 20 east about 10 miles, then turn right on Bonny Rigg Hill Rd.  After about 2 miles, turn left on Quarry Rd.  After about 1 mile, Historic Quarry parking is on the right.

** Registration requested--email - LandTrust@BecketLandTrust.org


45. Ashley Falls, MA #
10:00 AM - HOUSATONIC RIVER CANOE PADDLING TOUR THROUGH ASHLEY FALLS

This paddling tour, led by Dennis Regan & Alison Dixon, from the Housatonic Valley Assoc. is on a section of the river that is predominantly flatwater, flowing in wide meandering bends. It passes though a rural, scenic area with pastures, woodlands, and views of surrounding mountains. A short portage is necessary about 3 miles from the start.

Canoes & equipment will be provided, or you can use your own canoe/kayak--just let us know.  Dress for the weather--wear lightweight pants, preferably quick drying material and a light jacket.  Bring lunch, drink, sun screen & hat. Additional information will be sent upon

REQUIRED PRE-REGISTRATION.  We will organize the vehicle shuttling from the starting and ending points. Paddle trip is 9 miles--4.5 hours.  Meet at the Housatonc River access on the west side of Rannapo Road Bridge . Limited parking along road. Rannapo Road is off Route 7A, in the village of Ashley Falls.  

# REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED--maximum of 15 participants. Call early as this event fills up quickly - 413-394-9796 or email dregan@hvatoday.org


46. Monterey, MA ** 
10:00 AM - FLORA & FAUNA OF THE BIDWELL FORESTS: A WALKING SEMINAR

Tim Flanagan, professor of environmental and life sciences at Berkshire Community College, will lead a walk to explore the natural environment of the forest, located on a ridge on Beartown Mt., around the Bidwell House Museum. Wear sturdy footwear. 

NOTE--Does not include a tour of the house interior.  1 mile--1.5 hours.  Meet at the Bidwell House, 100 Art School Road, Monterey.

** Registration requested.  Email - bidwellhouse@gmail.com


47. Falls Village, CT 
10:00 AM - SCENIC BIKE RIDE ALONG THE HOUSATONIC RIVER

Refer to event # 8 for description of this event.


48. Cornwall Village, CT
10:00 AM - WALKING TOUR OF HISTORIC CORNWALL VILLAGE

Join Raechel Guest, Exec. Director of the Cornwall Historical Society, for a walking tour of Cornwall Village, the town hall, village green, numerous historic homes, an impressive view of Coltsfoot Valley, and the original sites of the Foreign Mission School and Rumsey Hall School.

1 hour.  Meet at the Cornwall Historical Society, 7 Pine St.  Cornwall  is located off Route 4, approx. 5 miles east of Cornwall Bridge.  At the intersection of Routes 4, 125 and Pine St.,  CHS is the third building on the right, after  turning on to Pine St.   See website - www.cornwallhistoricalsociety.org  


49. Dalton, MA ** 
11:00 AM - WAHCONAH FALLS NATURAL & CULTURAL HISTORY WALK – TALC MINES, WATERFALLS, & GLACIER ERRATICS

Experience this deep evergreen forest and stunning cascading falls on a natural and cultural history walk at Wahconah Falls State Park. See “glacier erratics” (large boulders left from past glacier activity), look for signs of the talc mines that once utilized the brook for power and learn how to identify trees and plants on this easy trail walk along Wahconah Falls Brook.  Hike will be led by naturalist and cultural educator Aimee Gelinas, founder of Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center. 

Wear hiking boots/sturdy footwear and suggest bring drink/snack. 1.5 miles--2 hours.  Meet in the parking lot at Wahconah Falls SP on North St/Wahconah Falls Road in Dalton.  Visit http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/western/wahf.htm for directions to the park entrance. **

Registration requested--email - aimee@gaiaroots.com 


50. Stockbridge, MA **
12:30 PM - PRESERVATION-IN-ACTION: DANIEL CHESTER FRENCH'S CHESTERWOOD STUDIO

Refer to event # 14 for description of this event.
** Registration requested--email to  chesterwood@savingplaces.org   or phone - 413-298-3579  x 25216


51. Pittsfield, MA ** 
1:00 PM - TOUR OF REVEREND SAMUEL HARRISON HOUSE

Refer to event # 18 for description of this event.


52. Dalton, MA
1:00 - 5:00 PM - CRANE & CO. PAPER MUSEUM PRINTING & PAPERMAKING DEMONSTRATION

Refer to event # 19 for description of this event.

53. Norfolk, CT ** 
2:00 PM - FROM NORFOLK'S VILLAGE CENTER TO MEMORIAL GREEN--THE ARCHITECTURE OF ALFREDO TAYLOR

Beaux-Arts architect Alfredo Taylor was responsible for the transformation of Norfolk's Village Center and Memorial Green in the early 20th century. This walk, with Ann Havemeyer, from the Norfolk Historical Society, will take us from Taylor's Royal Arcanum Building, past Village Hall (now Infinity Hall), to Taylor's Catholic Church and War Memorial.

1/2 mile--1 hour. Meet in front of the old railroad station at Station Place in the center of Norfolk, just off Route 44.
** Registration requested-- email - norfolkhistorical@sbcglobal.net   or phone - 860-542-5761


54. Housatonic, MA ** CANCELLED!!! (See new Walk #54 below) 
CANCELLED!!! - 2:00 PM - HISTORIC HIKE TO HOUSATONIC'S FLAG ROCK

Hike to Flag Rock (uphill and sometimes strenuous) to enjoy a birds-eye view of Housatonic Village, the Housatonic River and beyond. Learn about the changes seen by this landscape and now-sleepy mill town.  This guided hike by Christine Ward and Ethan Culleton, from the Gt. Barrington Trails and Greenways, is provided through the permission of private land owners and is not available as an independent hiking option. Join us for this special opportunity!  Wear hiking boots and suggest bring drink/snack.

3 miles--2 hours. Meet at the Housatonic Community Center.  Follow Rt 183 (off of Rt 7) along the Housatonic River and into the Village of Housatonic.  Heading north on Rt 183 where it turns right after the Railroad overpass in Housatonic, drive straight onto Pleasant Street. The Housatonic Community Center is less than a 1/4 mile up the road from the railroad overpass at the next stop sign.

** Registration requested--email - info@gbtrails.org  or phone 413-528-1593


54. Gt.Barrington, MA **
2:00 PM - APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKE: CLIMB EAST MOUNTAIN !

Join GB Trails and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to learn about the history of the AT as we make our way up East Mountain. This up-hill hike is well worth the spectacular views! From Homes Road, we will follow the AT north and begin climbing, gradually at first, and then more steeply. One mile from Homes Road, we will reach the high point on the ridge and the next .4 mile offers several excellent panoramic views.

Bring your binoculars…we may be treated to sightings of migrating hawks. Sturdy shoes, hiking poles and drink/snacks are also recommended. This moderate hike is family friendly. 1.5 miles -- 2.8 hours

** Registration is required, please email info@gbtrails.org

Directions: Meet at Appalachian Trail trailhead on Homes Road, Gt. Barrington. Driving south on Route 7, about 1.5 miles south of Great Barrington center, (slightly south of Guido’s market), turn east at the Eisner Camp sign, on Brookside Road sign/Brush Hill Road, which becomes Homes Road. Drive uphill until reaching the AT where it crosses Homes Road (this is just over 2 miles from Rt 7).

 

55. Housatonic, MA **
2:00 PM - PROJECT NATIVE FARM WALK

Enjoy a leisurely walk around the 54-acre Project Native farm. The native seed banks, demonstration gardens, meadows, and woodlands allow one to experience the natural heritage of the Berkshire landscape in the form of native perennials, grasses and ferns. We'll see the beauty of natural plant habitats and all the dependant living creatures (birds, fox, bees) whose visible good health stand as a testament to a balanced, clean eco-system. 

Wear sturdy footwear and suggest bring DEET-FREE bug repellent.1 mile--1 hour.  Project Native is  342 North Plain Rd., (Rt 41),  4 miles north of Gt. Barrington.

** Registration requested.  Register at Project Native's Garden Shop or call 413-274-3433


56. Stockbridge, MA
4:00 PM - THE GRAVEDIGGER'S TOUR: STEPHEN TUCKER'S LIFE & COMMUNITY

Join Karen Marshall from the Stockbridge Library Museum & Archives for a tour exploring the life, work, and community of the town gravedigger--the different kinds of work he did and the many different people he worked with and worked for. 

1/2 mile--1 hour.  Meet at entrance to cemetery, Main St., Stockbridge. Parking is available across the street at the old town hall.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6


57. Pittsfield, MA **
9:00 AM - BIRDS OF THE HOUSATONIC RIVER VALLEY AT CANOE MEADOWS WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Join sanctuary director, Rene Laubach, on a walk through meadows and woodlands along the Housatonic River to view resident & migrating birds. A spotting scope will be available for close-up viewing.

Wear sturdy footwear and bring binoculars, if you have them. 1+ miles--2 hours.  From the intersection of Holmes Rd. and Route 7/20 in Lenox, follow Holmes Rd. for 2.7 miles to the Sanctuary's entrance on the right,  just after crossing the Housatonic River.

** Registration requested--call 413-637-0320 or email - berkshires@massaudubon.org     


58. Stockbridge, MA **
9:00 AM - BIKING THROUGH HISTORIC & SCENIC STOCKBRIDGE, LENOX & LEE

Join leaders Buck Smith & Marie Raftery on two leisurely bike ride options offered by the Berkshire Bike Path Council & the Stockbridge Bike Committee--an 8 mile/1 hour ride & a 24 mile/2 hour ride. Helmets Required. Best to ride a road or hybrid bike. The 8 mile route is within Stockbridge on mostly flat roads---the 24 mile route through all three towns includes flat roads & moderate hills.

8 miles--1 hour OR 24 miles--3 hours.  Both rides start from the Stockbridge Town Office Building (on right side of building), 6 Main St.


59. Becket, MA **
10:00 AM - EXPLORING THE BECKET LAND TRUST HISTORIC QUARRY & FOREST

Refer to event # 44 for description of this event.


60. Pittsfield, MA **
10:00 AM - HISTORIC COLONIAL THEATRE TOUR

Refer to event # 9 for description of this event.


61. Hancock, MA **
10:30 AM - HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE WATER POWER, RENEWABLE ENERGY & ARCHAEOLOGY TOUR

Join Todd Burdick on this “green tour” of the Hancock Shakers’ 19th century water power technology and other examples of renewable energy evident at the Village of yesterday and today. See a demonstration of the 1858 water power turbine, and a moderate hike to the Village’s archaeological site to view ruins of Shaker buildings and dams.

NOTE--Does not include admission to the entire Village. Wear sturdy footwear & clothing for walking in woods and through fields. 2 miles--1.5 hours.  Meet at the HSV Visitor Center, main entrance, on Route 20, Hancock (just past junction with Rt. 41), five miles west of Pittsfield

** Registration requested--call 413-443-0188 or email - info@hancockshakervillage.org


62. Lenox, MA **
2:00 PM - HIKE YOKUN RIDGE NORTH TO LENOX VISTA & BROTHER'S TRAIL

Join Amanda L'Etoile, from Berkshire Natural Resources Council, for a moderate hike from Olivia’s Overlook to a hidden vista which overlooks downtown Lenox and Under Mountain Road. For an extended hiking option, interested hikers can hike the Brothers Trail, BNRC's newest trail on the Yokun Ridge Reserve back to Olivia's Overlook.

Wear hiking boots/sturdy footwear and suggest bring drink/snack. 4.5 miles--2.5 hours.  From the center of Lenox, take Route 183 south for 1.5 miles, passing Tanglewood. Where  Rt 183 bears left, go right up  Richmond-Lenox Road, and continue uphill for another 1.5 miles. Take a left into the parking area at ‘Olivia’s Overlook’.


63. Gt. Barrington, MA **
2:00 PM - EXPLORE THE GT. BARRINGTON HAMLET OF VAN DEUSENVILLE

Join local historian, Gary Leveille, on an exploration of the hidden treasures in the hamlet of Van Deusenville in Great Barrington. Walk will include a visit to the little-known railroad train turntable foundation, the Guthrie Center, and other surprises.

1+ miles--1.5 hours.  The meeting location will be revealed upon required registration. Limited to a maximum of 25 participants, due to parking constraints.

# Registration is Required--email to garyleve@aol.com


64. Pittsfield, MA **
2:00 PM - HERMAN MELVILLE'S BERKSHIRES

Betsy Sherman, Director of the Berkshire County Historical Society at Arrowhead Museum, will lead you on a simple stroll through the woods behind Arrowhead.  She will offer you a glimpse into Herman Melville's (author of Moby Dick) life here in the Berkshires and why this place was so important to him. 

NOTE--Does not include a tour of the house interior.  Wear sturdy footwear.  1 mile--3/4 hour.  Meet at Arrowhead Museum in far back parking area, 780 Holmes Road (off of Rt. 7), in Pittsfield. 

** Registration requested--call 413.442.1793 or email..director@berkshirehistory.org

 

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