Black Swan Inn, an Ascend Collection Hotel
435 Laurel Street
Lee, MA 01238
Phone: (413) 243-2700
Fax: (413) 637-0798
Arts & Museums
Teardrops of glass and sculptures resembling frozen blue, red, and yellow comets hang from the ceiling lights and rest on stands in the Schantz Galleries, which used to be called Holsten Galleries. This Stockbridge gallery, founded in 1978, features contemporary glass creations from artists from all over the world. The creations are on display seven days a week at the gallery, which attracts world-wide collectors of art and glass sculpture.
This museum features the largest single collection of Norman Rockwell works in the world. Exhibitions include many of Rockwell's famous Saturday Evening Post cover art, as well as other well known works like Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas. This museum tries to convey the classic American spirit and the spirit of the American Dream through this beloved artist's work. Apart from Rockwell's work, the museum also features other special illustration exhibitions such as Images of Hope and Healing from the Children of 9/11, The World of the Graphic Novel and The Art of the New Yorker.
Chesterwood, located in Stockbridge, is the former summer home of the famed sculptor Daniel Chester French. Best known for his sculpture featured at Washington's Lincoln Memorial, Chester French also carved a bust of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and created works for the Russell Alger Memorial, the Manhattan Bridge, and the Boston Public Library. He died at Chesterwood October 7, 1931, and the house has since been turned into a museum and historical site. Chesterwood is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and is open to visitors from May to October. .
The Berkshire County Historical Society's archives and library are in a 20th-century addition of the Herman Melville estate. An array of educational programming such as free monthly lectures in the Arrowhead Barn Visitors Center, artifacts on Berkshire families, a birthday party for Herman Melville, and an August Monument Mountain climb commemorating the famous meeting of Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne are only a few of the monthly activities.
Built in the 1750 by Reverend Adonijah Bidwell, the first minister of the community, the Bidwell House Museum is located on the Art School Road. Drawing inspiration from Greek Revival and Classic Colonial styles of architecture, the house was once the very center of the township. In 1960 two fashion designers, came upon the ownership of the mansion, after which they would spend the next 25 years restoring the house with most of the original artwork and furniture owned by Adonijah Bidwell until 1982 when it would be enlisted in the US National Register of Historic Places. The property now serves as a museum highlighting the local history of Monterey which is open from Thursdays through Mondays between 11a and 4p.
The western Berkshires region is known as "Shaker Country." This village, composed of 20 historic buildings and galleries, is open daily for self-guided and staff-guided tours. Explore the Round Stone Barn, farm, and water-powered machine shop in what was an active Shaker community up until 1960. There are loads of events for the whole family to enjoy at the Hancock Shaker Village, so expect great seasonal activities no matter when you visit.
A life-size stegosaurus named Wally greets you at the Berkshire Museum, home to an aquarium, fine art gallery (paintings and sculptures from around the world) and natural history museum. Exhibits focus on regional history and science, especially making featured displays accessible to children. The 1903 museum was founded by Zenas Crane, grandson of the founder of Crane & Company. It is a popular place for weekend outings with families.
Van Alen House also known as the Luykas Van Alen House is an integral part of Kinderhook, New York. This farmhouse dates back to the 1730s era and is now open to visitors as a house museum that is managed by the Columbia County Historical Society.