♦Welcome to the Bidwell House Museum♦
The museum building is CLOSED for the season and will reopen Memorial Day weekend 2014, 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 year-round 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.
Join Friends and Neighbors at the Bidwell House Colonial Thanksgiving Party
The 1750s Georgian Saltbox residence of the Reverend Adonijah Bidwell will be transformed by harvest decorations for the Bidwell House Museum’s seventh annual fall fund-raising party, Our Colonial Holiday of Thanksgiving, on Saturday, November 30 from 4 to 7 pm.
A bonfire, luminaires and lanterns will light the way to the historic home for a holiday get-together in Reverend Bidwell’s own parlors. David Reed will play acoustic guitar, banjos and more, joined by Mary Knysh on recorder, while guests mingle and enjoy wine, other refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. A silent auction will offer antiques, gifts and other treasures- perfect for the home or holiday gifts.
“It is a rare treat to be a guest in these rooms, especially when the house is decorated for the holiday season” said Barbara Palmer, the museum’s director. “In the summer, visitors take guided tours of the house, but once a year, we decorate the entire downstairs to welcome and thank the community, members and friends for all of their support of this splendid site.” All proceeds from the party support the museum, its programs, maintenance of the historic structures, and the preservation of its open space.
The Bidwell House Museum is the Berkshires’ colonial history museum, located on 192 acres of gardens, stone walls, fields and forests. The museum, on the National Register of Historic Places, presents an authentic experience of life in the Berkshires during the 1750s.
Tickets to the party are $40. For reservations, please call 413-528-6888, or download the invitation and reply card below.
Thank you for supporting the Bidwell House Museum at the Berkshires in the Twenties Garden Party! Take a look at the story and photos on Rural Intelligence….
Enjoy the new interpretive trail:
Take a look at the 7-31-12 Berkshire Eagle article about a 2012 intern project:
To learn more about the forest management initiative
at the museum, please click here.