Bidwell House Museum, Fire Pit to boil sap for maple syrup

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Did you know that the Stockbridge Indians who lived in Stockbridge and Great Barrington came to Tyringham and Monterey to make maple sugar?  Did you know that Native Americans often called late winter “maple moon” or “sugar moon”? Maple Syrup is ubiquitous in New England now, but for European settlers it was a new flavor introduced to them by the Native Americans. On March 23 at 10 am, visit the Bidwell House Museum to learn all about Maple Sugaring through the centuries.  Join Rob Hoogs as he demonstrates the Native American techniques for collecting and cooking the sap and then describes how maple sugar was made both before and after contact with Europeans.

Park at the museum’s parking lot along Art School Road.  Dress for the weather; if there’s deep snow, snow shoes might be helpful.  After the demonstration, people are invited to drive about 2 miles to the sugar house at Lowland Farm on New Marlboro Road to see how modern maple syrup is produced, and sample some of this sweet delight.  Syrup will be available for purchase.

The Bidwell House Museum is located at 100 Art School Road, Monterey, MA and is open for house tours from Memorial Day until October. The grounds are open all year.  Lowland Farm is located at 129 New Marlborough Road, Monterey, MA

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The Bidwell House Museum, set in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts, is an elegant Georgian saltbox originally built circa 1760 as a parsonage. Authentically restored, filled with antiques and surrounded by 192 acres of beautiful grounds and hiking trails, the museum tells the story of the early settlement of the Berkshires. The museum is open Thursday through Monday between 11 am and 4 pm from Memorial Day to October, with tours on the hour.

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The grounds and gardens are open all year!

You can take a hike on the trails or wander through the lovely heritage garden. We have a detailed trail map to help you find your way. You can always find copies of the map on our porch or download a copy.

Heather Kowalski

Heather Kowalski

Executive Director

Heather Kowalski joined the Bidwell House Museum staff in the fall of 2015 after moving to the Berkshires with her...

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