Landmark properties opening their doors to visitors
The ghosts of the Berkshires have the coolest houses. From grand estates to orderly farms, literary greats and robber barons alike adorned this place with history—and gorgeous gardens.
Landmark properties are once again opening their doors to visitors for the warmer months.
The Mount—Edith Wharton’s Lenox retreat and the jewel in the Berkshire crown—officially opens May 14 with a slew of events.
Then Memorial Day weekend marks a feast of house “airings,” including Chesterwood, the Stockbridge home of sculptor Daniel Chester French.
The rambling Arrowhead in Pittsfield, Herman Melville’s 1790s farm where he penned Moby-Dick and built “shanties” and a famed piazza, also opens Memorial Day weekend.
Just over the border in Austerlitz, New York, the charming 19th-century farmhouse of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, named Steepletop, will hold a wine reception for two new Millay books on April 30, along with a concert. That next weekend, Steepletop opens for the season.
On June 25, the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio in Lenox begins its summer of hourly guided tours of the pristinely preserved, Cubist shrine and home of late abstract artists George L.K. Morris and his wife, Suzy Frelinghuysen.