♦Welcome to the Bidwell House Museum♦

The museum welcomes visitors on Thursdays through Mondays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with tours on the hour. The last tour begins at 3 p.m. The museum building is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The grounds are open daily from dawn until dusk for hiking and nature watching. (Directions)

The Bidwell House is located on a country lane in the rural town of Monterey in the southern Berkshires of Massachusetts. Please explore our website: read about the colonial history of the region, learn about School Programs, discover fun volunteer opportunities, and much more.


A Bidwell House Museum History Talk on Saturday, August 29th

Bernard Drew 8-29-15

18th & 19th Century Waterpowered Industry in the Upper Housatonic River Valley

Historian and author Bernard Drew will present local stories from his new book about how waterpower shaped Berkshire towns and the industries that grew from it, at a talk on Saturday, August 29th at 10 a.m. The early settlers harnessed every stream in the Berkshires for a remarkable blossoming of industry in the region. Drew researched the stories of these mills and shops for his 792-page book, uncovering fascinating personalities and dramatic tales of success and failure. Drew’s program is part of the Bidwell House Museum History Talks series.

Using the Monterey location of the talk to illustrate the early water-powered industry, Bernie Drew will tell how Monterey’s first saw mill site was a bust, how Lake Garfield became a reserve water source for a factory complex in Derby, Conn, and how the O’Neill brothers uprooted their paper mill to California and made a fortune, among other curiosities of the town’s early industries.

Bernard A. Drew has lived in Great Barrington since 1977. He is a newspaper editor and columnist and the author of local Berkshire histories including books about Great Barrington, Monument Mountain, Lake Buel, Beartown, and the Knox Trail.

This Bidwell House Museum History Talk will be held at Monterey Town Hall, 435 Main Road, Monterey at 10 a.m. The talk will begin in the town hall, and participants are then invited to walk to nearby sites. There is a suggested contribution of $15/$10 for members of the museum.

2015 is the museum’s 25th anniversary!

Thank you for supporting the museum at the Anniversary Party! Hats Off to all of you!!! It was a wonderful celebration of the museum and of Joyce and Lew Scheffey:
IMG_8073IMG_8060IMG_8046IMG_8137IMG_8071IMG_8075IMG_8122IMG_8064IMG_8043IMG_8215Thank yous and lots more party photos here: Take a look!


BHM Summer Party 8-15-15



Congratulations to Township Day Bake Off winners! There were 21 entries in all. These are the winners:

Cake:  Special Award: Michael Johnson’s Limoncello Ricotta Mascarpone Cheesecake; 1. Ella Carlson’s Banana with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting; 2. Madeline Rundle’s Chocolate Sour Cream Surprise; 3. Emma Puntin’s Devil’s Food with Raspberry Frosting.

Pie:  1. Christine Goldfinger’s Blueberry Pie; 2. Isabella Boudreau’s Strawberry Pie; 3. Benjamin Boudreau’s Strawberry Pie.

Cookie: 1. Michael Banner’s Lemon Squares; 2. Marya Makuc’s Red Velvet Cookies; 3. Maureen Banner’s Ginger Oatmeal Cookies.

Thank you to all the terrific bakers for your entries. They were greatly enjoyed by all!


Township Day digital flyer 2015


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.