American Icons

The Hancock Shakers. Daniel Chester French. Edith Wharton. Norman Rockwell.

Save up to $9 when you visit all four American Icons from Memorial Day through Columbus Day.

A walkable 10-acre village with 20 authentic Shaker buildings, including the famous Round Stone Barn, HSV was home to the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing for more than 200 years. Known for their ecstatic whirling and dancing during worship, the Shakers represent an intriguing religious movement in American history and a successful utopian society. Explore important contributions they made to art and design, music, government, commerce and agriculture. Live Shaker music and dance, farm tours, blacksmithing, woodworking, cooking, weaving demos daily. Seeds Market Cafe is open everyday the museum is (and sometimes for dinner). Shaker Mercantile offers unique hand-crafted items you won’t find anywhere else.

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Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) is America’s foremost monumental sculptor of Abraham Lincoln. Creator of the Lincoln sculpture at the State House in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1912, he is most famous for his 1922 sculpture of Lincoln that graces the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Chesterwood is Chester French’s country home, studio, and gardens. A new self-guided tour, Discover Lincoln at Chesterwood, connects visitors to displays of French’s preliminary models, bronze sculptures, and Lincoln-related works used as references for his final sculptures completed at Chesterwood.  A full-size bronze reproduction of his Abraham Lincoln statue is located on the grounds.

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Edith Wharton was America’s First Lady of Letters during the early years of the 20th century. She was an enormously popular author in her own day and her works are still read throughout the world. Not only was she the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (The Age of Innocence, 1921), she was the first woman given an honorary doctorate from Yale University. She designed and built The Mount, her home in Lenox, Massachusetts, in 1902, with the same attention to detail and elegance she emplyed in her writing. Open daily from May through October, The Mount’s classically proportioned interiors, inviting formal gardens, and 50 acres of gracious woodlands appeal to visitors young and old.

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The “people’s painter,” Norman Rockwell was a force in 20th-century American art. For 65 years, he chronicled American life for the nation’s magazines, most famously on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. Beloved in his day, Rockwell remains cherished by Americans and people around the world for his exquisite celebration of the commonplace. Norman Rockwell Museum holds the largest and most significant collection of Rockwell’s art. Our beautiful 36-acre campus is home to Rockwell’s Stockbridge studio, a historic Berkshire “cottage,” and sculptures by Rockwell’s youngest son, Peter. The Museum is a must-see destination for families and visitors of all ages!

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1.2.3. Pittsfield

Berkshire Museum + Herman Melville’s Arrowhead + Us

Save $6 when you visit from Memorial Day through Columbus Day.

In 1903, Berkshire Museum founder Zenas Crane, inspired by such institutions as the American Museum for Natural Science, the Smithsonian, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, decided to blend the best attributes of these establishments in a new museum for the people of Western Massachusetts. Thanks in large part to Crane’s efforts, the broad and varied collections of Berkshire Museum include objects from virtually every continent, from important fine art and sculpture to natural science specimens and ancient artifacts.

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Since its founding in 1962, the Berkshire County Historical Society has preserved and shared the memories of our communities.  Photographs, manuscripts, artifacts, and oral histories all illustrate the amazing histories of this region.
And for over forty years, the Historical Society has also preserved Herman Melville’s Arrowhead to share this National Historic Landmark with the world.

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