♦Welcome to the Bidwell House Museum♦

The museum building is closed for the season. 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.

Upcoming Events:

 11/29 Thanksgiving Party is Sold Out! Thank you for your support of the Museum!

Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Our Colonial Holiday of Thanksgiving Fundraising Party

Please join neighbors and friends for a celebration of the harvest in Reverend Bidwell’s 1750s parlors. Featuring Bonner McAllester and Joe Baker on hammer dulcimer and guitar,  guests will enjoy a 7-course sampling menu of autumn delicacies created by Muriel Lazzarini and Bistro Box. Find a treasure or a gift at the silent auction, and cheer the holidays with a glass of wine, sparkling water or Adonijah’s Ciderjack. Lanterns will light the way to the beautifully decorated historic homestead. All proceeds benefit the Berkshires’ colonial history museum.
Tickets are limited and available for a donation of $50 per person in advance, $60 at the door; all but $20 is tax-deductible. For further information and reservations, please call 413-528-6888 or email To reserve by check, please download and mail in the reply card, click here: thanksgiving2014replycard. Thank you for supporting the museum!


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….



Take a look at the calendar of 2014 Programs, click here


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.