A Chapel for Humanity
Artist Eric Rudd’s massive sculptural epic; over 150 life-size figures plus entire ceiling, in historic church. Summer: Wed-Sun 12-5; Free Admission. (413) 664.9550. 82 Summer St., Post Office Square, North Adams. http://www.ericrudd.com/rudd_artsites.htm
Susan B. Anthony Birthplace
Birthplace of leading social reformer and suffragist. 67 East Rd., Adams. (413) 743.7121.
*Arrowhead, Home of Herman Melville
18th century farmhouse where Melville wrote Moby Dick. National Historic Landmark. Guided tours; museum shop. (413) 442.1793. 780 Holmes Rd., Pittsfield. http://www.mobydick.org
Berkshire County Holocaust Memorial Monument
To commemorate the 11 million Christians and Jews who died during World War II. A memorial for meditation, contemplation and mourning. On the lawn in front of the Berkshire County Courthouse, Park Square, Pittsfield.
The Wm. Cullen Bryant Homestead
National Historic Landmark home and farm of America’s famed 19th century poet. House tours, exhibit, museum shop, nature trails, picnicking. (413) 634.2244. 207 Bryant Rd., Cummington. http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/pioneer-valley/bryant-homestead.html
Chapin Library Of Rare Books & Manuscripts
Books and manuscripts of 9th-20th centuries. Changing exhibitions. Permanent display of The Four Founding Documents of the US. (413) 597.2462. Williams College, Stetson Hall, Main St., Williamstown.
Home of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial. Visit the studio, garden, woodland walk, museum shop. May-Oct, Daily 10-5. (413) 298.3579. 4 Williamsville Rd., Stockbridge. http://www.chesterwood.org
*The Colonel John Ashley House
The center of an 18th c. empire, Col. Ashley owned 2000 acres, mills and slaves. Learn about Elizabeth Freeman, who sued for her freedom. (413) 298.3239 Ext. 3000. 117 Cooper Hill Rd., Ashley Falls. Stockbridge. http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/berkshires/ashley-house.html
Folly @ Field Farm
Designed in 1964 by Ulrich Franzen, this intact cottage is the height of modern design. Sited by a pond, surrounded by gardens and woods. (413) 298.8123. 554 Sloan Rd., Williamstown. http://www.thetrustees.org
*Hancock Shaker Village
Enjoy a day at the historic Shaker Village. Hands-on activities for the whole family. Heritage farm and garden, shop, cafe. (413) 443.0188/ (800) 817.1137. Rte. 20, Pittsfield. http://www.hancockshakervillage.org
Nathaniel Hawthorne Cottage
Hawthorne (Mahkeenac) Rd., Lenox.
Herman Melville Memorial Room
Unique collection of books, pictures, letters and memorabilia relating to the author of Moby Dick, written in Pittsfield (1850-1851). (413) 499.9486. Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.
*Mission House Museum and Gardens
This National Historic Landmark, built c. 1740 and restored in 1930, tells of Colonial era Stockbridge – both English and Mohican. Gardens. (413) 298.3239 Ext. 3000. 19 Main St., Stockbridge. http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/berkshires/mission-house.html
*The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Estate and Gardens
Elegant 1902 mansion and gardens designed by author Edith Wharton. “Magnificent” – New York Times. (413) 637.1899/ (888) 637.1902. 2 Plunkett St., at the southern junction of Rte. 7 & 7A, Lenox. http://www.EdithWharton.org
*National Shrine of the Divine Mercy
Daily Mass, confession, Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Visit the candle shrines, Lourdes grotto, statuary and beautiful vistas. Free tours. (413) 298.3931/ (800) 462.7426. 2 Prospect Hill Rd., Stockbridge. http://www.thedivinemercy.org
*Naumkeag Museum and Gardens House
Designed by McKim, Mead & White for Choate family in 1885. Original art and furnishings. Famous gardens by Fletcher Steele. (413) 298.3239 Ext. 3000. Prospect Hill Rd., Stockbridge. http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/berkshires/naumkeag.html
Sheffield Historical Society
18th century home, 19th century law office and carriage house, research center, stone store. Tours, programs. Open all year. (413) 229.2694. 159-161 Main St., Sheffield. http://www.sheffieldhistory.org
Stockbridge Library Historical Room
Repository of local/area history, manuscripts, memorabilia of Stockbridge Indians, local families. Open all year. Free. (413) 298.5501. Main St., Stockbridge.
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum
1893 Morgan Gilded Age mansion location of Miramax “Cider House Rules.” (413) 637.3206. 104 Walker St., Lenox, MA. http://www.gildedage.org
Western Gateway Heritage State Park
This former railroad yard offers exhibits and programs explaining the building of 19th C marvel the Hoosac Railroad Tunnel. Travel Information Center. (413) 663.6312. 115 State St., Building 4, North Adams. http://www.mass.gov/dcr/listing.htm
Williamstown House of Local History
Photos, manuscripts, artifacts related to town history. Genealogy resources, public programs, permanent and rotating exhibits. (413) 458.-2160. 1095 Main St., Williamstown.