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Explore the Norman Rockwell Museum

January 14, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

Norman Rockwell Museum studio exhibitThe Norman Rockwell Museum, in Stockbridge, MA is home to the largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art in the world plus exhibits of other illustrators from around the world. Best of all, it’s just minutes from our Berkshires inn!

Norman Rockwell passed away in 1978, yet remains one of America’s most popular and recognizable illustrators. His work, mostly featured in magazines from the 1920’s to the 1970’s, captured the very essence of the American experience like no one before or since.

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Experience Naumkeag Winterlights 2020

November 14, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Naumkeag Winterlights 2020The end of the year is fast approaching and one of our favorite holiday attractions is about to begin. Winterlights 2020 at Naumkeag is back, from November 27th to January 2nd in Stockbridge, MA.

The Gilded Age splendor of Naumkeag, with its magnificent landscaping and architecture, is lovely to behold no matter when you visit. Come the holidays, however, and the twinkling magic of Winterlights takes this already stunning, historic estate to new heights.

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Chesterwood Presents Chesterfest 2015!

June 19, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chesterwood's Chesterfest 2015Chesterwood’s Chesterfest 2015 – a series of live concerts billed as a New Americana Music Festival – is coming! This year’s concerts are scheduled for Sundays in July and August.

Chesterwood, a National Trust Historic Site, was the country home and studio of Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). French, who sculpted, among other things, the Minute Man monument in Concord and the Abraham Lincoln that resides so majestically in the Lincoln Memorial, is considered America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments.

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Chesterfest – The New Americana Music Festival 2014

July 19, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Chesterfest, The New Americana Music FestivalChesterfest, The New Americana Music Festival, is a series of concerts at Chesterwood in Stockbridge, MA, every Friday, July 11 through August 29, 2014.

When people hear “Americana” attached to a music festival, the first thing that leaps to their minds is folk or bluegrass: banjos, fiddles, and a wash-tub bass performing old-timey tunes. While Chesterfest certainly has no injunction against said instruments or forms, the key term in the title is “new” and the acts on the festival roster reflect just what Americana can be: contemporary folk, alternative country, rockabilly, garage, punk, and psych-folk.

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Fall Activities at Chesterwood

September 13, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Chesterwood is the historic country home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, one of the country’s foremost public sculptors. His creations are found from Boston to San Francisco, New York City to Florida. Chesterwood was designed by architect Henry Bacon, best known for his Lincoln Memorial. Daniel French and his family spent every summer at Chesterwood after the villa’s completion in 1900; its convenient location between New York and Boston made it easy for him to maintain contact with each city.

Chesterwood. Photo compliments of Chesterwood.

These days, Chesterwood is open to visitation from the end of May through Mid October. Visitors may stroll through the gardens, visit the studio and villa, and learn about the life and work of French in an on-going exhibition. In addition, Chesterwood offers art classes to the public – everything from weekly classes to weekend workshops.

Two up-coming activities at Chesterwood may be of interest to guests of our bed and breakfast Lenox.

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Bed and Breakfast Lenox: Chesterwood Museum

February 9, 2009 by Applegate Inn

Combine art and American history by taking a trip to Chesterwood Museum and Gardens, only 7 miles from our Lenox Bed and Breakfast.

Sclupture by Daniel Chester French

Sculpture by Daniel Chester French

Chesterwood is the country home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, the sculptor of the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Memorial in Washington, DC, and The Minute Man, Concord, MA. The buildings are furnished with decorative arts and paintings collected by the sculptor. Woodland walks featuring mountain vistas and perennial gardens of French’s own design. The Studio is a fascinating space. It contains a standard-gauge railroad track used to roll large sculpture outdoors for viewing in natural light. The museum holds what is probably the largest single collection of work by any American sculptor.

The homes and gardens are exquisite, and the collections of his sculpture are impressive. Make sure to consider visiting Chesterwood during your stay at our Massachusetts Bed and Breakfast!

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