♦Welcome to the Bidwell House Museum♦

The grounds are open daily from dawn until dusk for hiking and nature watching. The museum welcomes visitors for house tours 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.  (Directions)

Celebrating Reverend Adonijah Bidwell’s 300th birthday in 2016!

Visit the Bidwell House and the Berkshires. Take a look at our season schedule. We have planned great programs for you: Event Schedule.

Details on Upcoming Programs:

Christine deLucia 7-30-16

Bidwell History Talk: Memory Places: Rethinking Historic Landscapes in Native American and Colonial New England

On Saturday, July 30 at 10 am Christine M. DeLucia, Assistant Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College, will give a talk entitled Memory Places: Rethinking Historic Landscapes in Native American and Colonial New England as part of the Bidwell House Museum History Talk series. The talk will take place at the Tyringham Church.

A sense of “place” has mattered immensely to Native Americans, and also to colonists who entered into this ancient terrain with aspirations for new societies. Swamps, freshwater springs, cliffs, woodland paths, home-sites, signified different things to these communities, leading to tension or outright conflict. DeLucia connects landscapes of today’s Northeast with much deeper pasts, and uses the concept of collective memory to explore alternative understandings of the grounds and material traces around us.

Christine DeLucia is an Assistant Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College.  Her research and teaching examine Native American and colonial encounters in the Northeast/New England, particularly during the late 17th-century conflict of King Philip’s War.  She traces how violence has continued to shape memory, land, identity, and politics for Native and settler communities.  DeLucia received her A.B. from Harvard and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale.

The Bidwell House Museum History Talks are held at Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham at 10 a.m. Suggested donation $15 per person, $10 for members of the museum.

Get Ready for a Great Event!

Bidwell-Birthday-Poster_Web-and-EmailTicket details: Adonijah’s Birthday Bash

Bidwell Craft Workshop: Wigwams and Shelter Building

On Saturday, August 6th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm the Bidwell House is offering an outdoor craft workshop on Wigwams and Shelter Building, led by Camille Roos.  After learning the history of wigwams and longhouses, formerly inhabited by indigenous people in the Northeast, participants will explore how to build lean-tos and tarp shelters while discussing various forms of protection in the wild. A family friendly event. Bringing a bag lunch is recommended. Members: $10. Non-members: $15. Admission to the museum is included in the program cost.  Please pre-register online.

For more information on the program, please contact bidwelleducation@gmail.com. To register go to the events page at www.bidwellhousemuseum.org.

Wigwams and Shelter Building 8-6-16

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!


25th Anniversary Party thank yous and lots more party photos here: Take a look!

Congratulations to 2015 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!


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.