♦Welcome to the Bidwell House Museum♦

The museum building will open for the season on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th. The grounds are open daily from dawn until dusk for hiking and nature watching. (Directions)

The Bidwell House is located on a country lane in the rural town of Monterey in the southern Berkshires of Massachusetts. Please explore our website: read about the colonial history of the region, learn about School Programs, discover fun volunteer opportunities, and much more.

Link to Internship Information


2015 is the museum’s 25th anniversary! This is a link to the full anniversary program. Take a look, and please plan to join us! Highlights include the 5/24 Opening Concert and Reception, 7/3 Township No. 1 Day and 8/15 Anniversary Gala Garden Party.

Saturday, June 27th 10 – 2:30 Workshop with Tom Wessels: Reading the Forested Landscape. For more information and reservations: Invitation to a Special Workshop with Tom Wessels


Diane Taraz 5-24-2015

Bidwell House Museum Opens 25th Anniversary Season with a Concert on 5/24, 3 pm

Monterey, Mass – May 18, 2015. The Bidwell House Museum, the Berkshires’ colonial history museum, will open for the season on Memorial Day weekend. Tours will begin on Monday, May 25th  at 11 a.m. The Museum is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, opening with a concert and reception on Sunday, May 24th, at 3 p.m.  Singer-songwriter Diane Taraz will perform “Tickle Me Fancy!”, a selection of humorous songs from the 17th to the 19th centuries. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

Diane Taraz returns to the museum by popular demand, to bring to life the tradition of song in early America.  What made people giggle in 1642? What tickled their funny bone in 1776, and what left them rolling in the aisles in 1847? Join Diane as she roams through the centuries exploring how our sense of humor has evolved, with songs and stories that lifted spirits and helped people survive challenging times. In colonial dress, Diane sings and accompanies herself on guitar and lap dulcimer, transporting listeners back to early America. Her crystal-clear voice is the perfect vehicle for these songs.

A Pittsfield native, Diane has long made her home in the Boston area, performing extensively throughout New England. She is the director of the Lexington Historical Society Colonial Singers and a longtime member of the Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society, a traditional band that plays maritime, Celtic, and Colonial music. She also sings with Vox Lucens, a 12-member a cappella Renaissance choir, and the UUlations, a women’s a cappella group. Her recordings are available through her website at

Refreshments will be served to toast the opening of the 25th anniversary season of the house as a museum. All are invited to join.

There is a suggested donation of $15 (free for members of the museum)
for attendance at the concert. The Bidwell House Museum is located at
100 Art School Road. For more information, please call 413-528-6888 or
go to

Fall Newsletter article continued: Barnabas Bidwell, America’s William Wilberforce?


Board Member John Demos’ new book, The Heathen School, A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic, was recently reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on NPR. You can listen to that review here.

Also, click here to listen to John Demos discuss his book with Frank Sesno of NPR affiliate WAMU.


Thank you….

….for supporting the Bidwell House Museum at the Berkshire Summer Art School Garden Party! Take a look at the story and photos on Rural Intelligence….



Take a look at the calendar of 2014 Programs, click here


Thank you for supporting the Bidwell House Museum. Your generosity allows the museum to thrive, and you are helping to protect the 1750s homestead and 192 acres of open space. Take a look at the story and photos of the Colonial Thanksgiving Party on Rural Intelligence.



 Enjoy the new interpretive trail:

The Historic Berkshires: An 18th Century Trail


Take a look at the 7-31-12 Berkshire Eagle article about a 2012 intern project:

“Cracking the Code: Young History Scholar Deciphers 1759 Sermon”


To learn more about the forest management initiative
at the museum, please click here.