The Bidwell House Museum
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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. The house recently underwent an extensive renovation both to preserve it for future generations and to make the museum more accessible to all visitors. Authentically restored by the two men who purchased the home in 1960 and opened it as a museum in 1990, the Bidwell House Museum is filled with antiques purchased using the final death inventory of the original owner, Reverend Adonijah Bidwell. Reverend Bidwell was the first Minister of what was then known as Township #1, now the towns of Tyringham and Monterey, Massachusetts.
The museum tells the story of everyday life in the Berkshires in the 18th century and early 19th century. Surrounded by 192 acres of verdant forests, beautiful grounds, heritage gardens, and four miles of hiking trails, the museum recently created a new Native American Interpretive Trail, in collaboration with the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohicans, that tells the story of the Native Americans who used this land long before the English arrived.
The museum is open for hour-long,
docent-led tours on Thursday through Monday from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Memorial Day to
October. In addition to house tours, the museum has an active program schedule
each season that includes a History Talk Series, a Family Tour, the Bidwell
Country Fair, and outdoor guided walks on the property.