♦Welcome to the Bidwell House Museum♦

The museum welcomes visitors on Thursdays through Mondays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with tours on the hour. The last tour begins at 3 p.m. The museum building is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 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.


Aug. 8: History Talk: Puritan, Entrepreneur…Heretic?

Story of William Pynchon by David PowersDavid M. Powers on the fascinating story of early colonist William Pynchon (1590-1662), the founder of Springfield, MA, and subject of his just published book Damnable Heresy: William Pynchon, the Indians, and the First Book Banned (and Burned) in Boston.  $15/$10 for members. Held at Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham. 10 a.m.



2015 is the museum’s 25th anniversary! Order tickets to the 8/15 Anniversary Gala Garden Party! Party details below.


BHM Summer Party 8-15-15

The Place to Be: The Bidwell House Museum 25th Anniversary Summer Garden Party

The Bidwell House, the Berkshires’ Colonial history museum in Monterey, MA, is holding its summer fundraising party on Saturday, August 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the hilltop field of the “Stone House” on Route 23 in Monterey. This year’s celebration marks the 25th anniversary of the museum as an educational and cultural centerpiece of the Berkshires. The Museum is honoring the legacy of Joyce Scheffey and the late Lew Scheffey for their founding membership and cornerstone support of the Bidwell House throughout its first quarter century. All proceeds of this event will benefit the Bidwell House Museum.

Theme of the party is “Hats Off to the 25th”. The Easy Ridin’ Papas – Will Conklin on trumpet, cornet, vocals, and kazoo, and Adam Brown on parlor, archtop and resonator guitars and vocals — will provide swinging music. Kate Baldwin is preparing delectable hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Guests will be treated to spectacular views of the southern Berkshires from the hilltop party site, part of the property of the landmark 1840s Federal-style “Stone House”. Both a live and silent auction will take place during the celebration, featuring fine art, collectibles, gourmet treats and Berkshire experiences. Guests are invited to wear hats, and flat shoes are recommended given the outdoor location of the event.

The Bidwell House Museum, located on Art School Road, tells the story of the early settlement of the Berkshires and life on the frontier, the first English settlers, the Native Americans, to the mid1800s. The Bidwell House first opened to the public in spring 1990. The property was the home of the Reverend Adonijah Bidwell, first pastor, from 1750 to 1784. Today, the Bidwell House serves as a premier example of early American home life and as a museum endowed with an extensive collection of period decorative arts, as well as gardens, fields, stone walls and forested trails.

The summer garden party is the major fundraising event of the year for the museum, supporting the historic 1700s homestead, educational programs, and the 192 acres of grounds, which are open to the community year round.

The museum is grateful to the sponsors of the party: Berkshire Magazine, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Salisbury Bank.

Tickets to the 25th Anniversary Party are $75 per person before August 7, $85 at the door, and may be reserved by contacting the museum office at 413-528-6888. Or feel free to visit the museum website at The entrance to the party and parking is from the lot at the corner of Blue Hill Road and Route 23 in Monterey.

Tickets: Order on line using Paypal. Or download the order form by clicking here.


Congratulations to Township Day Bake Off winners! There were 21 entries in all. These are the winners:

Cake:  Special Award: Michael Johnson’s Limoncello Ricotta Mascarpone Cheesecake; 1. Ella Carlson’s Banana with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting; 2. Madeline Rundle’s Chocolate Sour Cream Surprise; 3. Emma Puntin’s Devil’s Food with Raspberry Frosting.

Pie:  1. Christine Goldfinger’s Blueberry Pie; 2. Isabella Boudreau’s Strawberry Pie; 3. Benjamin Boudreau’s Strawberry Pie.

Cookie: 1. Michael Banner’s Lemon Squares; 2. Marya Makuc’s Red Velvet Cookies; 3. Maureen Banner’s Ginger Oatmeal Cookies.

Thank you to all the terrific bakers for your entries. They were greatly enjoyed by all!


Township Day digital flyer 2015


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.