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Housatonic Heritage walks

September 11 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Herman Melville wrote Moby-Dick at Arrowhead, his historic house and former farm in Pittsfield.
Photo by Kate Abbott

Housatonic Heritage will hold a series of outdoor and historic walks exploring sites across the central and Southern Berkshires in the watershed of the Housatonic River. For all hikes and outdoor walks, wear hiking boots and sturdy footwear and suggest bringing drink and snack and bug repellent, and be prepared for inclement weather.

Explore the Nature Conservancy’s Drury Preserve and Moon in the Pond Farm, Sheffield — 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Naturalist Rene Wendell from The Nature Conservancy will lead a walk and talk about nature conservation and sustainable agriculture living harmoniously side by side. Explore the unique beauty and nature of Schenob Brook with a spectacular view of the Berkshire-Taconic mountains on a moderate hike. It will also be the height of fall bird migration.

The group will also walk through the Moon In The Pond Farm and learn about this diverse, organic farm that TNC helped protect. Farmer Dominic Palumbo will give a tour of his farm, talk about eco-agriculture and his relationship with TNC, and the farm store will be open. The walk will last about 4 hours and cover about 3 miles.

From Route 7 in Sheffield center, turn onto Berkshire School Road. In a querter of a mile, take a left onto Salisbury Road, and in three-quarters of a mile, turn left on Barnum Street. About a mile down, you can park on right side of road. (rene.wendell@tnc.org or 413-923-3173)

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Moon in the Pond Farm in Egremont offers quiet on a misty fall morning in the Berkshire Farm Table Cookbook.
Photo ©2020 by Robert Bildner

Moon in the Pond Farm in Egremont offers quiet on a misty fall morning in the Berkshire Farm Table Cookbook.

Guided BNRC Hike on the High Road at Yokun Ridge — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council in hiking the northern section of the High Road: Yokun Ridge. The group will begin the hike at Bousquet Ski Mountain, climbing the switchback turns and stone steps to the Mahanna Cobble vista, to a wide view and stone bench with uninterrupted views south over Kennedy Park and Yokun Ridge.

The hike will continue on the Yokun Ridge Trail for another 1.5 miles to the western facing view on Yokun Seat, where the group will enjoy lunch before you turn back. This section encompasses open ridgeline as well as woodland trail. This hike is considered difficult due to a moderate pace and significant elevation changes. It will last about 4 hours and cover 6 miles.

The “High Road“, is a long-term initiative by the Berkshire Natural Resources Council to make connections from towns to trails and along clusters of conservation land, allowing hikers to explore the scenic Berkshires. Yokun Ridge is the first High Road route to open connecting Pittsfield to Lenox. Hiking poles can be helpful–BNRC has a few pairs available.

The walk begins at Bousquet Mountain Ski area at 101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield (mauman@bnrc.org)

Olivia's Overlook gives a glimpse of the lake and the valley below Yokun Ridge in Lenox.
Photo by Kate Abbott

Olivia's Overlook gives a glimpse of the lake and the valley below Yokun Ridge in Lenox.

High elevation boreal spruce and fir forest hike at Tamarack Hollow — Windsor/Savoy, 10 a.m. to noon

Join Aimee Gelinas, naturalist and director of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center, for this hike featuring the unique high elevation flora of the boreal forest (located in the headwaters area of the Housatonic River) including tips for tree, plant and wild edible identification.

The hike is free, supported by the Central Berkshire Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center sits at 1515 & 1516 Savoy Hollow Road, Windsor — and they caution not to use a GPS to locate them on Savoy Hollow Road — Only enter Savoy Hollow Road by Griffin Hill oaRd off Route 116 in Savoy

From Route 9 in Windsor center, take 8A north to Route 116 in Savoy. At end of Route 8A, take a right onto Route 116 heading towards Savoy Center and Plainfield. About a mile past the center of Savoy, take your first right after the center of town onto River Road (there is a small light brown house with cream trim on the corner). Cross the bridge over the river and go immediately to your right up the hill – this is Griffin Hill Road (and you’ll see a sign saying ‘Tamarack Hollow-1 mile.’) Continue up Griffin Hill Road (which will become Savoy Hollow Road) for about 1 mile until you reach Tamarack Hollow. (aimee@gaiaroots.com)

Tamarack Hollow Nature Center leads hikes on central Berkshire Trails and through boreal forest along the ridge in Savoy and Windsor.
Photo by Aimee Gelinas

Tamarack Hollow Nature Center leads hikes on central Berkshire Trails and through boreal forest along the ridge in Savoy and Windsor.

We Are Still Here: Northeastern Indigenous Peoples — 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Stockbridge was founded in 1737 as a mission to the Mohicans who requested a missionary to teach them English, about Christianity and settler agricultural practices. The Stockbridge-Munsee Community worked with Housatonic Heritage and other local partners to create a tour of the most important Mohican sites along Stockbridge’s main street.

OLLI members, trained by one of the creators of the walking tour, will lead participants along Main Street to learn about the Mohicans who lived in Stockbridge for 50 years and aspects of their culture which are still present today. Stops include the Carriage Barn at the Mission House, the burial ground and the site of the 2021 archeological dig for the Mohican meeting house.

This walking tour has been developed by the Stockbridge Munsee Community that highlights the years in which they lived in Stockbridge. Done in partnership with Housatonic Heritage on weekends and open to the public.

This walk is approximately a mile round trip and the sidewalks are accessible, and the group will be walking and standing for about 45 minutes, and you will need to sign up ahead online or call 413-236-2190.

The flag of the Stockbridge Munsee Nation flies at the Mission House in Stockbridge.
Photo by Kate Abbott

The flag of the Stockbridge Munsee Nation flies at the Mission House in Stockbridge.

Architecture and Landscape at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead — 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Join John Dickson and Lesley Herzberg, from the Berkshire County Historical Society, for an enlightening walk around the grounds of Arrowhead. John will provide an overview and evolution of the architectural features of the building from the 1780’s to the present.

This talk is followed by Lesley’s walk through the north field to discuss the cultural landscape where the entire Melville family participated in the cultivation of the farm and gardens in the 19th century.

The walk will last an hour and a half anc cover 2 miles (with a rain date on Sunday, September 18, at 11 a.m.) It does not include a tour of the museum, but you can get tickets for regular admission before or after the free Heritage Walk.

From Route 7 in Lenox, a quarter mile south of Guido’s Market, turn onto Holmes Road at the light and follow it 3 miles to Arrowhead.

Arrowhead gleams in afternoon sunlight among massive evergreens.
Photo by Kate Abbott

Arrowhead gleams in afternoon sunlight among massive evergreens.

Stroll over Laurel Hill Park and the Mary Flynn Trail in Stockbridge — 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Join Patricia Flinn for a leisurely history walk of the Laurel Hill Association‘s signature property, and continuing on to the Mary Flynn Trail, which is handicap accessible.

The Association was founded in 1853, and is the oldest existing village improvement society in the U.S. The walk will take about an hour and a half and cover 1.5 miles (with a rain date on Sunday, September 18, at 1 p.m.) Meet at the Stockbridge Town Offices building at 50 Main St

Northeast Schoolhouse in Richmond — 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Join Gloria Morse and Bill Edwards, from the Richmond Historical Commission, for an interior view of the historic one room Northeast Schoolhouse, 1791-1937. This is Richmond’s last remaining one room schoolhouse not converted into a home.

The group will see the classroom and a photo display of Richmond from the 1930s. Outside, from the lawn, view part of the Northeast District, remains of the Branch Tavern, and the Cyprian Branch and Linius Hall store and funeral parlor.

The School House sits at 981 Summit Road, at the corner of Summit and Swamp Roads, with parking in the school yard off Osceola Extension Road. From Richmond, follow Route 41 to Summit Road, and from Pittsfield, take Barker Road to Swamp Road, just past Bartlett’s Orchard. From West Stockbridge, take Swamp Road north to Summit. The event will last an hour and a half with no walking.

The Housatonic River reflects overhanging branches in the afternoon light in Stockbridge.
Photo by Kate Abbott

The Housatonic River reflects overhanging branches in the afternoon light in Stockbridge.

Architectural walk at Hancock Shaker Village — 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Shaker buildings tell us so much about the community’s values, beliefs, and lifestyle. John Parker will lead an easy to moderate walk through Hancock Shaker Village and into some of their historic buildings to examine more closely the Shakers’ built environment.

The walk will focus on building materials, architectural styles, function vs. style and change over time and how to “read” a building. Stops on the walk include the Machine Shop, the Brick Dwelling, the Round Stone Barn, and the Tannery.

This walk is free and does not include general admission to the Village, but you can get tickets for regular admission to the Village before Heritage Walk. The walk will last about an hour and a half and cover 1.5 miles. Meet at the HSV Visitor. (413-443-0188 x-213 or cdickinson@hancockshakervillage.org)

Late flowers bloom deep blue in the gardens at the Mount on a fall day.
The Mount

Late flowers bloom deep blue in the gardens at the Mount on a fall day. Press photo courtesy of the Mount

Explore Edith Wharton’s gardens at the Mount in Lenox — 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Anne Schuyler will guide you on an exploration of the impressive gardens and woodland trails of The Mount (a National Historic Landmark), the historic home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton. The gardens and grounds are always open free, and this walk does not include an interior house tour, though you can get tickets for regular admission on your own after the walk. It will last an hour and a half and cover less than 1 mile.

From Route 7 and 20 in Lenox, head south on Route 7 about a mile and take a left turn at the light onto Plunkett Street. The Mount is on the right just after the turn. Meet at the ticket booth.

If this house could talk — Sheffield — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Explore 11 buildings on the Sheffield Green, and the people who lived, worked and worshiped in them, in a 40-minute, mile-long self-guided walking tour. Many of the buildings date to the 18th & early 19th centuries. Please view the buildings from the sidewalk and public areas of the Green.

You can pick up a tour booklet on the steps of the Old Stone Store or from ifthishousecouldtalk.weebly.com for a virtual version. Scan the QR codes in the tour booklet or follow along with the virtual version on your phone for bonus content like historic photos.

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September 11
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Housatonic Heritage
24 Main St.
Salisbury, CT
860-435-9505

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