Housatonic Heritage Walks 2018

Housatonic Heritage Walks – September 2018IMG_2363

The Bidwell House Museum very excited to once again join with the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area for a series of FREE guided walks happening on Saturdays in September.  This is the 17th year that Housatonic Heritage has partnered with local historic, cultural and natural sites in MA and CT to present these walks.  Here are links to the 2018 HERITAGE WALKS BROCHURE and to the full  2018 WALK SCHEDULE.

If you plan to attend a hike please contact the Museum either by phone 413-528-6888 or email bidwellhouse@gmail.com so we know how many people to expect.

PLEASE NOTE—These walks do not include a tour of the house interior.

Bidwell House Museum Housatonic Heritage Walk Schedule:

September 8 – Royal Hemlock Trail Hike in the Steps of the Early Settlers with Richard Greene: This hike on Museum lands and the Berkshire Natural Resources Council’s Hudson-Howard property will trace the route of the early settlers of Township No. 1 between Tyringham valley and their first meeting house on the hill near the Museum.  Richard Greene will lead the group on old roadways, past foundations and stone walls of long-ago homesteads. Flora and fauna will be explored along the way.  Dr. Richard Greene loves being in the woods and is fascinated by the animals that live there.  He studies track and sign and has used camera traps to further his interests.  He is a long term Board Member and volunteer at the Bidwell House Museum.  He is a retired physician living in Tyringham and wandering around all over the place.  Attendees will meet at the Bidwell House Museum. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a snack. The walk will take approximately 2 hours and will be strenuous at times.

September 15 – Nature in Autumn with Tom Tyning: Join Tom Tyning, professor of Environmental Science at Berkshire Community College, as he takes you on a walking tour of the woodlands surrounding the Bidwell House to explore the flora and fauna of the Berkshire upland forest. Tom Tyning has been a Professor of Environmental Science at Berkshire Community College since 1999.  Attendees will meet at the Bidwell House Museum. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a snack. The walk will take approximately 2-2.5 hours.

September 22 – Retracing Native Histories on the Landscape with Rob Hoogs: On this walk you will re-trace the steps of the Native Americans—specifically the local Stockbridge of the Mohican tribe—who lived and hunted in this area for thousands of years on the new Native American Interpretive Train on the Museum grounds. As you explore this new trail with Bidwell Board of Trustees president Rob Hoogs, you will be presented with displays on land management, agriculture, medicinal herbs, maple sugaring and more. Attendees will meet at the Bidwell House Museum. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a snack. The walk will take approximately 2 hours.

September 29 – Forestry on Bidwell Grounds with Tom Ryan: Join DCR Forester, Tom Ryan, as he introduces you to the different types of woodlands around the Bidwell House Museum and explains the best practices for forest management. Attendees will meet at the Bidwell House Museum. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a snack. The walk will take approximately 1-2 hours