Travel back to a simpler time with a visit to the Mission House, museum, and gardens in Stockbridge, MA. This fascinating, Colonial-era, National Historic Landmark has connections to the local Mohican tribe and is less than 10 minutes from our Berkshires bed and breakfast in Lee, MA.
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It’s October and don’t look now but All Hallows Eve is slowly creeping closer! If you’ve a taste for the spooky and are looking for some Berkshires Halloween fun, Edith Wharton’s The Mount and Naumkeag are great places to start.
Halloween is always a good time with “creepy” decorations, yummy treats, fun parties, and, of course, all the creative costumes. The holiday is supposed to be kind of scary but is really just a bunch of good, clean fun.
The Berkshires get into the spirit (boo!) every year with a wide variety of Halloween related celebrations for both young and old. If that sounds like your cup of tea … or arsenic … read on.
Ghost Tours and Stories at The Mount
Edith Wharton (1832-1937) was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer. “The Age of Innocence,” “Ethan Frome,” and “The House of Mirth,” are but a few titles of the more than 40 she authored in as many years. She designed The Mount, now a historic site dedicated to her life and writings, to be her home and writer’s retreat.
Along with her more famous works, Wharton penned a number of ghost stories. Though she claimed to not to believe in ghosts, the author also stated that she feared them and admitted to sometimes sleeping with the lights on. Come experience some of those same thrills and chills with Ghost Tours at The Mount!
Mount Ghost Tours are two-hour, guided experiences that take you to the spookiest and most haunted parts of the estate. A great many people have lived at The Mount since its construction in 1902. If ghosts do exist, certainly some will be hanging around this historic site!
The tours include around a half-mile walk with some areas not suitable for wheelchairs or children under 12. Attendees should wear warm clothes and sensible shoes. Costumes are encouraged. Those who do so may enter the costume contest.
A selection of Wharton’s ghost stories will be presented on October 30th.
The Mount 2019 Halloween Schedule
Fridays, September through October, 5:45pm and 7pm
Saturday, October 19 and 26, 5:45pm and 7pm
Thursday, October 31st at 8pm and 10pm
Edith Wharton’s Ghost Stories
Wednesday, October 30th, 5pm to 6pm
Edith Wharton’s The Mount
2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, Massachusetts 01240-0974
Space is limited, so please reserve ahead of time: www.edithwharton.org
A Naumkeag Halloween
Naumkeag is a National Historic Landmark and one of the Berkshires’ original gilded-age cottages. The house and grounds are open from mid-April to early October every year and are very much worth your time.
Though “closed for the season” by the time Halloween rolls around, Naumkeag reopens its doors for this spooky holiday. Come see the more then 400 jack-o-lanterns and over 1000 pumpkins and gourds, along with a variety of special events, at Naumkeag!
Naumkeag 2019 Halloween Schedule
The Incredible Naumkeag Pumpkin Show – October 10-13, 17 18-20, 24, and 27
The Pumpkin Trail – October 11 and 12
Mind-reading by mentalist Keith Zalinger – October 13
Live Action Clue – October 18 and 19
Haunted House – October 25 an 26
Seance/Spirit Message Circle – October 27
All-Ages Trick-or-Treat at Naumkeag – October 31
If you missed all the Halloween fun, don’t despair – Winterlights is coming right up, November 22nd and through December 31, 2019!
5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge, MA 01262
Visit www.thetrustees.org to learn more about these and other upcoming events.
Both Naumkeag and The Mount are less than 10 minutes drive from our Berkshires bed and breakfast, Applegate Inn in Lee, MA! In fact, our centrally located Berkshires inn puts the best of the region at your fingertips. Choose from eleven beautifully appointed suites, complete with private baths, fireplaces, and spa tubs. Applegate Inn is your ticket to relaxation and service in the Berkshires!
Come to the Berkshires this holiday season and step into a scene from one of Norman Rockwell’s most famous paintings! The 29th annual Norman Rockwell Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Weekend is scheduled for November 30th through December 2nd, 2018!
Norman Rockwell loved the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, eventually settling in Stockbridge. Rockwell spent his last years here, leaving his collection in trust to the Stockbridge Historical Society who used it to establish The Norman Rockwell Museum.
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Visitors to our neck of New England often remark that many a view before them looks as if it could have come straight out of a painting. Sometimes they are spot on. Many scenes in the Berkshires have starred in famous works, particularly those of Norman Rockwell. As you may already know, Rockwell spent the last 25 years of his life in Stockbridge and the town is home to the Norman Rockwell Museum.
You’re undoubtedly familiar with Norman Rockwell’s famous “Home for Christmas (Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas)” painting. The 8-foot-long work has come to symbolize Christmas in America and is one of Rockwell’s more famous pieces.
The town of Stockbridge returns the favor of being immortalized with an annual celebration of the painting, the artist, and the town itself!
A big part of Stockbridge’s charm comes from the fact that it has changed so little over the decades. This makes re-enacting the scene from Rockwell’s famous Christmas painting that much easier. The scene is so convincing, in fact, that visitors can be excused for feeling like they’ve accompanied one of Dickens’ ghosts to a Christmas past!
But Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas 2017 is so much more than just a simple recreation of a painting. It’s a weekend of fun activities.
Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas 2017 Schedule
Friday, December 1st –
Readings Around The Hearth – 5pm to 6:30pm
Gather ’round to hear classic stories of the season presented by the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives held at the library. Free Admission.
Saturday, December 2nd –
Holiday House Tour ~ 11am to 4pm
Take self-guided tours of historic homes: Blantyre, Eastover, Naumkeag, Historic Merrell Inn, Charles Owen House, and The Old Rectory. Tickets are available in advance through Stockbridge chamber or on the day of at the Red Lion Inn.
Children’s Holiday Story Time at the Stockbridge Library ~ 11 to 11:30am
Caroling Luminaria Walk ~ 6pm to 7-m
Meet in front of The Red Lion Inn on Main Street with your candle or flashlight and join the festive caroling followed by a Luminaria walk to the First Congregational Church.
Holiday Concert ~ 7:30pm
A joyful holiday musical program by the Berkshire Lyric and the Blafield Children’s Chorus held at the First Congregational Church.
Sunday, December 3rd –
Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Recreation ~ 12pm to 2pm
See America’s Main Street at Christmas-time the way Norman Rockwell did, complete with vintage automobiles, costumes, and more.
Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas 2017
Stockbridge Main Street At Christmas Lodging
Applegate Inn is a historic Berkshires B&B located just minutes from Stockbridge and a great many other attractions. In fact, our convenient location makes exploring the Berkshires a snap. Of course, our amenities are so plush and numerous, you may find yourself not wanting to leave! Book your holiday getaway at Applegate Inn now and treat yourself to the best hospitality in the Berkshires!
Western Massachusetts is full of historic homes, many of which are beautifully maintained and open for public viewing. Guests of our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast have been known to pass many delightful hours perusing these old homes and their grounds.
Read on for a list of several favorite historic properties close to the Applegate Inn, a luxurious Berkshires Bed and Breakfast constructed at the end of America’s Gilded Age.
This architectural masterpiece served as a summer retreat for three generations of the Choate family. Naumkeag has extraordinary views of Monument Mountain and amazing gardens filled with fountain pools and a grove of white birches.
Located on Stockbridge’s Main Street, the historic Mission House was home to the first missionary who lived among the Mohican Indians, the Reverand John Sergeant. Today it houses a collection of 18th-century American furniture and decorative arts.
The serene views of the Westfield River Valley seen from this National Historic Landmark must have inspired poet William Cullen Bryant, who lived here as a boy and summered here as an adult. Several trails lead through pastures, forests, and an old sugar bush.
Pack a picnic and spend a day at each of these lovely historic properties. Discover why the Berkshires captivated so many of America’s successful historical personnages.