All Events »

Housatonic Heritage walks

September 18 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Maples turn deep gold along the Housatonic River.
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.

Mountain Express Rails to Trails Hile in Norfolk, Conn. — 10 a.m. to noon

Nestled in the foothills of the Berkshire mountains, Norfolk’s brief but illustrious history of passenger trains (the Mountain Express) and rail freight comes roaring back to life with a historical hike along remnant sections of the railroad right-of-way in town.

The Rails to Trails organization will lead a hike at Station Place and progress through the lands of the former Brown Company iron colliers, where the once abandoned coal piles and antique equipment have returned to woodlands.

Continue on the old rail-bed, through the Wood Creek Flood Control area and cross over North Street, where a rail bridge once stood, to end up on the proposed North Brook Rail Trail segment. View the challenges and remarkable skills presented by today’s busy beaver engineers, who have reclaimed a section of this historic rail line for themselves. The walk lasts about two hours and covers 2 miles.

Park and meet at Station Place in the Village Center. (michelleschilds56@gmail.com or call 860-542-5953)

More info »

Trees turn golden on the Cheshire Harbor trail.
Photo by Kate Abbott

Trees turn golden on the Cheshire Harbor trail.

Cannon at 20 Paces — The Rise and fall of the Ames Iron Works in Salisbury, Conn. — noon to 1 p.m.

Contrast a shaded walk along a flat trail beside the Housatonic River with the smoky history of the same land. Lou Bucceri from the Salisbury Association Historical Society will share the history about the factory and the people that produced the most powerful cannon of the Civil War. Learn how the cannon destroyed no Confederate targets, but only the man and company who created it. The walk will last about an hour and cover half a mile.

From the Route 7 and Route 112 junction in Falls Village, drive west on Route 112 to Dugway Road (opposite the Outfield Entrance to Lime Rock Park), turn right and follow Dugway Road for 2 miles. At the iron bridge, turn left, then immediately turn right onto Housatonic River Road. Drive half a mile to parking lot for Falls Village dam boat launch. Or from Route 44 or Rt 41–Drive east on Route 112 until you reach the outfield entrance to Lime Rock Park, then turn left onto Dugway Road.

Bascom Lodge offers hot drinks on a damp summer day at the summit of Mount Greylock.
Photo by Kate Abbott

Bascom Lodge offers hot drinks on a damp summer day at the summit of Mount Greylock.

Cultural and natural history tour of Mount Greylodk’s Summit — 1 to 3 p.m.

Mike Whalen from the Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation and Peter Dudek from Bascom Lodge will lead a walk on the highest elevation (3,491′) and oldest wilderness state park in Massachusetts.

Discover the 1930s period of park building when government work programs like the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) createdplaces for recreation. Bascom Lodge became a distinctive style that defined America’s parks.

This is an interpretive walk around the summit of Mount Greylock, with an emphasis on its unique ecology and historic structures as they comprise a fully realized historic landscape, and you can take an insider’s tour of Bascom Lodge. A Summit Parking Fee may apply. (Rain date Sept 25.) The walk will last 2 hours and cover a tenth of a mile.

Meet on the summit of Mount Greylock in front of Bascom Lodge, coming in from Rockwell Road off Route 7 in Lanesborough or from Notch Road in North Adams. (413-499-4262 OR mikewindigo79@outlook.com)

How Great Barrington created Stanley Park in 1909 — 1 p.m.

What became of Great Barrington’s first Post Office building? Join Bernard Drew as he tells the story of the east side of Great Barrington’s Main Street (south of the Great Bridge) alongside the Housatonic River, which was a mix of tired shops, warehouses and small residences in 1909, vulnerable to fire.

Townspeople voted to acquire 10 parcels of land and remove or tear down existing structures to create River Bank Park, rededicated as William Stanley Memorial Park in 1974. 1 hour–minimal walking distance
Meet at Stanley Park.

Native Heritage Walk at the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, Conn. — 1 p.m.

The Institute for American Indian Studies will lead a walk along the museum’s trails and end at a replicated 16th Century Algonkian village. Glimpse into the history and culture of local Weantinock and Pootatuck peoplea, learn about traditional plant uses, and hear about their community life. Please wear sturdy footwear and meet at the front of the museum.

“NOTE–Does not include a tour of the museum interior. This walk does not include general admission to the Village, but you can get tickets for regular admission on your own before or after the free Heritage Walk. The walk lasts about an hour and covers about half a mile.

From Route 67 North through Roxbury, turn right onto Route 199 North for 2 miles. Turn onto Curtis Road on the left and drive to the end. Or from North Western Conn., take Route 7 South to New Milford and Route 67 and follow Route 67 South to Roxbury. (events@iaismuseum.org or phone (860) 868-0518)

Juniper garlands ring the posts at Big River Chestnuts in Sunderland.
Photo by Kate Abbott

Juniper garlands ring the posts at Big River Chestnuts in Sunderland.

American Chestnuts Lost and Found in Falls Village, Conn. — 1:30 p.m.

Join Woods Sinclair and friends for a talk and walk in a 300-acre planting American chestnut orchard. Learn of the dramatic sudden loss of this major tree and the ecological impact. Hear of The American Chestnut Foundation‘s efforts to restore this iconic tree to our landscapes. Rain cancels, and the walk will last an hour and cover less than a quarter of a mile.

From Falls Village, drive north on Route 7. At intersection of Routes 7 and 63, take Barnes Road to its end and turn right on Under Mountain Road. The orchard is about 3 miles on the left, across from 392 Under Mountain Road. (860-824-7454 or fayaway7@gmail.com)

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.

By the Way Berkshires is a digital magazine exploring creative life and community — art and performance, food and the outdoors — and I’m writing it for you, with local voices, because I’ve gotten to know this rich part of the world as a writer and journalist, and I want to share it with you.

If you’d like to see the website grow, you can join me for a few dollars a month, enough for a cup of coffee and a cider doughnut. Members get access to extra stories and multimedia, itineraries a bookmark tool. Let me know what you're looking for, and we’ll explore together.

Event Details

Details

Date:
September 18
Time:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Categories:
, ,

Event Location

Housatonic Heritage
24 Main St.
Salisbury, CT
860-435-9505

Browse Events

Calendar of Events

M Mon

T Tue

W Wed

T Thu

F Fri

S Sat

S Sun

2 events,

4 events,

12 events,

10 events,

20 events,

39 events,

-

Kitchen Ka-Boom

-

Food for Gatherings

20 events,

3 events,

5 events,

-

Ruskin Unpossessed

7 events,

15 events,

15 events,

29 events,

16 events,

Recurring

Joyful Family Holidays

3 events,

3 events,

8 events,

11 events,

13 events,

25 events,

17 events,

8 events,

8 events,

11 events,

11 events,

8 events,

6 events,

3 events,

4 events,

5 events,

5 events,

- Recurring

Joyful Family Holidays

8 events,