♦Welcome to the Bidwell House Museum♦

The museum is open for tours Thursdays through Mondays from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Tours are on the hour, with the last tour beginning at 3 p.m. (Directions)

The grounds are open daily from dawn until dusk for hiking and nature watching. 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, plan to attend Season Events, learn about School Programs, discover fun volunteer opportunities, and much more.

Upcoming Events:

September 20th, 10 a.m.

Royal Hemlock Trail Hike: in the Steps of the Early Settlers

A guided walk on Bidwell House Museum lands and Berkshire Natural Resources Council’s Hudson-Howard property, tracing the route of the early settlers of Township No. 1 from Tyringham valley to their first meeting house on the hill near the Museum.  Richard Greene will lead the group on old roadways, past foundations and stone walls of long-ago homesteads, and explore flora and fauna. Meet at the museum. Please dress for the weather and wear hiking boots/sturdy footwear, as terrain is steep and rocky in a few places. Bring drink/snack. Walk is 4 miles–ca. 2 hours

October 5th, 10 a.m.
Bidwell House to Steadman Pond Hike

In search of old roads and cellar holes on  the Berkshire Natural Resources Council’s Hudson-Howard property and Monterey Preservation Land Trust lands. Led by Rob Hoogs and Adam Brown, and co-sponsored by the Monterey Preservation Land Trust.  Please dress for the weather and terrain and bring water.Walk is 3 miles–ca. 2 hours.


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.