♦Welcome to the Bidwell House Museum♦

The grounds are open daily from dawn until dusk for hiking and nature watching. The museum building  is closed for the season after Monday, October 12, Columbus 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.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, November 21, 4 to 7 pm, The Colonial Holiday of Thanksgiving Party. Mark your calendars! For details and tickets click here.

Thanksgiving poster 2015

Support the Museum while doing your holiday 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!

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!

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.