♦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. The museum building is closed for restoration work until Spring 2017. Parking, trail maps and picnic tables are available.   (Directions)

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.

Fall weekend programs continue: Event Schedule.

Details on Upcoming Programs:

Animal Tracking: Finding Sign of Invisible Wildlife

Wildlife is living all around us, but a lot of animals hide so effectively in the night or in foliage that we may not even be aware of their presence. On Saturday, September 24th from 11 to about 2:30 pm, the Bidwell House Museum is hosting a talk and walk by Naturalist David Brown. This indoor slide program followed by an outdoor walk will help you detect and identify some of the wildlife activity around us as well as interpret found sign for insight into the lives of wild animals that live on our property.

David Brown has nearly 30 years of experience tracking wildlife in New England and the Southwest. He is the author of several publications including the recently released book, The Next Step: Interpreting Animal Tracks, Trails and Sign. His books will be available for purchase and signing at the program.

Bring a bag lunch for between the indoor and outdoor sessions. Dress appropriately for the weather with rugged footwear for off-trail walking. This program is suitable for adults and accompanied teens 13 and up. Members: $10. Non-members: $15.  11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Pre-register on line on the Events Page.


Royal Hemlock Trail Hike in the Steps of the Early Settlers
On Saturday, October 1, at 10 a.m. the Bidwell House Museum is offering a guided walk on Museum lands and the Berkshire Natural Resources Council’s Hudson-Howard property, tracing the route of the early settlers of Township No. 1 between Tyringham valley and their first meeting house on the hill near the Museum.  Richard Greene will lead the group on old roadways, past foundations and stone walls of long-ago homesteads. Flora and fauna will be explored along the way.

Participants will meet at the Bidwell House Museum at 10 a.m. Please dress for the weather and wear hiking boots/sturdy footwear, as terrain is is steep and rocky in a few places. Bring a drink/snack. The walk is 4 miles–ca. 3 hours.  Please note, the walk does not include a tour of the house interior. The walk is presented in cooperation with Housatonic Heritage. For updates and details, please check www.bidwellhousemuseum.org. Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road, Monterey, MA, 10 a.m. Free.

The Horse Barn is getting a new roof! Thank you, Massachusetts Cultural Council and generous matching donors. The Carriage Barn and “Piggery” are next.

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 recently 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 1750s 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 new 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.