♦Welcome to the Bidwell House Museum♦

The museum grounds with perennial and vegetable gardens, miles of stone walls and forested trails on 192 acres are open daily from dawn until dusk for hiking and nature watching. Parking, trail maps and picnic tables are available.   (Directions)

The museum building is closed for restoration work until Spring 2017.

Stop by to take a look at the construction progress!



Thank you for supporting the Bidwell House Museum on Giving Tuesday and always! You can make a gift via Paypal by clicking on the “Donate” button at right.

Museum Restoration Project Underway

The Board of Directors of the Bidwell House Museum is pleased to announce the awarding of a $50,000 matching grant, which is allowing the museum to carry out restoration work on the historic structure. The museum, which is listed in the State Register of Historic Places, has received a matching grant from the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund through the Massachusetts Historical Commission, Secretary of the Commonwealth, William Francis Galvin, Chairman. The museum is closing early this year in order to carry out the work.

Learn more HERE


Yellow cedar shingles going up on a custom breathing grid on the Bidwell roof


The Horse Barn has gotten a beautiful new cedar shingle roof! Thank you, Massachusetts Cultural Council and generous matching donors.

Support the Museum while doing your shopping on Amazon by going through Amazon Smile! Amazon will donate a portion of your purchases to the Museum. It’s easy: Click on the link above and begin shopping. You can bookmark the link to use it each time you shop. Thank you for helping the Bidwell House!


Honorees Dick and Barbara Tryon. Adonijah’s Birthday Party thank yous and lots more party photos here: Take a look!

Congratulations to 2016 Township Day Bake Off winners! These are the winners:

Cake:  1. Marya Makuc’s Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes; 2. JoAnn Bell’s Apple-Currant Teacake; 3. Nadia Makuc’s Gluten Free Surprise Inside.

Cookie: 1. Grace Makuc’s Butterfinger Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars; 2. Mary Makuc’s Oatmeal Lace Brooklyns; 3. Rosemary McAlister’s Honey Bee Cookies.

Thank you to all the terrific bakers for your entries. They were greatly enjoyed by the crowds! A huge thank you to Bake Off organizers Mary Makuc and Delight Dodyk and to the judges Barbara Tryon, Phyllis Vine, Carol Edelman (Monterey Select Board), Matt Puntin (Tyringham Select Board), and Joe Makuc. Thank you, Doug Neu, for organizing the judging.


Fall Newsletter article continued: Barnabas Bidwell, America’s William Wilberforce?


Board Member John Demos’ new book, The Heathen School, A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic, was reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on NPR. You can listen to that review here.

Also, click here to listen to John Demos discuss his book with Frank Sesno of NPR affiliate WAMU.


Thank you….

….for supporting the Bidwell House Museum at the Berkshire Summer Art School Garden Party! Take a look at the story and photos on Rural Intelligence….




Thank you for supporting the Bidwell House Museum. Your generosity allows the museum to thrive, and you are helping to protect the 1760s homestead and 192 acres of open space. Take a look at the story and photos of the Colonial Thanksgiving Party on Rural Intelligence.



 Enjoy the interpretive trail:

The Historic Berkshires: An 18th Century Trail


Take a look at the 7-31-12 Berkshire Eagle article about a 2012 intern project:

“Cracking the Code: Young History Scholar Deciphers 1759 Sermon”


To learn more about the forest management initiative
at the museum, please click here.