16 Cheshire Rd
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Phone: (413) 443-5661
Fax: (413) 443-5866
The Samuel Harrison House was the home of Reverend Harrison, a prominent figure in the region. This house was neglected for years, but owing to the efforts of the local and the City, this landmark was restored. Currently, it comes under the purview of the Samuel Harrison Society that manages its restoration. For details, check website.
Aside from Springfield, Pittsfield is the second largest city in Western Massachusetts. The town was settled in 1752 and grew into an area of great economic importance during the 19th Century thanks to the nearest rivers. While industry isn't as big here as it once was, most visitors to Pittsfield come for cultural events, like baseball games, concerts, festivals and arts and crafts fairs.
A life-size stegosaurus named Wally greets you at the Berkshire Museum, home to an aquarium, fine art gallery (paintings and sculptures from around the world) and natural history museum. Exhibits focus on regional history and science, especially making featured displays accessible to children. The 1903 museum was founded by Zenas Crane, grandson of the founder of Crane & Company. It is a popular place for weekend outings with families.
A perfect holiday retreat for families, Burbank Park invites you to relax and enjoy the lush greenlands that surround you. Go boating along the Onota Lake or simply sample the eye-catching views. Every winter, Burbank Park is home to Family Day, part of the annual Pittsfield Winter Carnival. There are such activities for children as snowshoe, sled and ice skating races, a snow sculpture contest, an ice fishing derby, and fun activities for kids including face painting and hayrides. Intimate picnics with family and friends make for a perfect Sunday event.
The Berkshire County Historical Society's archives and library are in a 20th-century addition of the Herman Melville estate. An array of educational programming such as free monthly lectures in the Arrowhead Barn Visitors Center, artifacts on Berkshire families, a birthday party for Herman Melville, and an August Monument Mountain climb commemorating the famous meeting of Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne are only a few of the monthly activities.
Wahconah Falls State Park is a beautiful park located in the Berkshire town of Dalton. Visitors can relax besides some of the lovely waterfalls or go fishing in one of the many ponds. Pets are permitted provided your furry friend is on a leash. The hiking trails are of moderate difficulty amongst the conifer trees.
The western Berkshires region is known as "Shaker Country." This village, composed of 20 historic buildings and galleries, is open daily for self-guided and staff-guided tours. Explore the Round Stone Barn, farm, and water-powered machine shop in what was an active Shaker community up until 1960. There are loads of events for the whole family to enjoy at the Hancock Shaker Village, so expect great seasonal activities no matter when you visit.
Stafford Hill Memorial Tower, located to north east Cheshire stands, tall on the fringes of the Stafford Hill Wildlife Management Area. Made entirely of stone, the memorial was erected by the Sons of the American Revolution, commemorating the contributions made by Colonel Joab Stafford during the American Revolutionary War. Stafford led the Silver Greys troop during the Battle of Bennington fought in 1777. Stafford Hill Memorial Tower was constructed in 1927 and is home to Colonel Stafford's remains.
Lenox Wine Cellar is a full-service specialty shop, offering a huge selection of fine wines from around the world. In addition to an expansive wine selection, a variety of beer, liquor, and assorted specialty cheeses and foods are in stock. Gift baskets can be made to order or stop by and select the goodies for a romantic picnic basket. The showroom is well-lit, with wooden wine rack displays for ease in maneuvering the many aisles. There are two other locations in the area; one, at 444 Pittsfield Road in Lenox and the other at 3 Elm Street in Stockbridge.
Housed in a beautiful, architecturally splendid building, this library offers a wide selection of books, magazines, and periodicals, as well as a range of children's programs.
Located at less than 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Springfield, Lenox is a major tourist destination for visitors from across the world owing to the numerous tourist attractions and a plethora of events taking place here. The origin of the town dates back to 1750 and some of the historic structures like the Ventfort Hall Mansion and Church on the Hill still stand as testimony to its existence. Tourists can also visit other historic landmarks like the Kripalu Center, Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum and Frelinghuysen Morris House and Museum to know about the life of people in this town. With festivities like Berkshire Arts Festival and Lenox Caroling Festival held almost throughout the year, the pristine town serves as a perfect respite from the regular and over-crowded tourist destinations.
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