♦Welcome to the Bidwell House Museum♦

The grounds are open daily from dawn until dusk for hiking and nature watching. The museum building  will re-open for tours on Monday, May 30th — Memorial Day. During the season — Memorial Day to Columbus Day — 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.   (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.

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

Plan to visit the Bidwell House and the Berkshires. We are planning great programs for you.

Upcoming Programs:

Bidwell House Museum Opens 2016 Season with a Concert

The Bidwell House Museum, the Berkshires’ colonial history museum, will open for the season on Memorial Day weekend. Tours will begin on Monday, May 30th  at 11 a.m. The Museum is opening with a concert and reception on Sunday, May 29th, at 3 p.m.  Singer-songwriter Diane Taraz will perform “She Named Him Adonijah”, a selection of songs from the 18th century in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Adonijah Bidwell. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

In 1716, Mrs. Thomas Bidwell of Hartford, Connecticut, was safely delivered of a boy. Join Diane Taraz as she explores the world in which little Adonijah grew up, and his eventful life as a teacher, shipboard chaplain, husband of three, father of four, minister of Township No. 1, and revolutionary patriot. Music will be our guide, as folk songs tell us much about life in Britain’s American colonies. Diane wears the clothing of the time and accompanies her singing on an instrument similar to the now-extinct English guitar played by Colonial ladies.

A Pittsfield native, Diane has long made her home in the Boston area, performing extensively throughout New England. She is the director of the Lexington Historical Society Colonial Singers and a longtime member of the Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society, a traditional band that plays maritime, Celtic, and Colonial music. She also sings with Vox Lucens, a 12-member a cappella Renaissance choir, and the UUlations, a women’s a cappella group. Her recordings are available through her website at www.dianetaraz.com.

Refreshments will be served to toast the opening of the season. All are invited to join.

There is a suggested donation of $15 (free for members of the museum) for attendance at the concert.

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

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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!


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.