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Destination:
The Berkshires
of Western Massachusetts

Things to See and Do in the Northern Berkshires
Pittsfield, Hancock, North Adams & Williamstown

Hancock Shaker Village

Introduction

Lodging

Restaurants

Recreation

Attractions

Parks

Calendar of Events

Museums & Galleries

Architectural Wonders

Directions

Introduction
{short description of image}Arrowhead
780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield (413) 442-1793

See where author Herman Melville wrote his timeless classic, Moby Dick. During the mid-19th century, Melville's family lived just outside of Albany, New York. The family farm, though, sat due south in Pittsfield, Mass., and in 1850, Herman, his wife Lizzie, and their baby son Malcolm spent the summer.

The region's incomparable beauty, particularly the view of Mount Greylock, moved Melville's emotions. It was Nathaniel Hawthorne who talked him into moving here. Hawthorne and Melville met in the company of mutual friends who had arranged a get-together at Monument Mountain, just south of Pittsfield. Also present was Oliver Wendell Holmes, who, like Hawthorne, lived in the Berkshires.
Berkshire Albany Ballet
210 Wendall Avenue, Pittsfield (413) 442-1307

This professional company presents full-length classical ballets and contemporary works at Berkshire Community College's Koussevitsky Arts Center.
Berkshire Artisans/Lichenstein Center for the Arts
28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield (413) 499-9348

This is a combination arts center and public mural program. The Berkshire Artisans Gallery annually hosts group and individual exhibitions juried by nationally known professionals. Between exhibits, the gallery serves as a performance venue that is open to area musicians, poets, dancers, and others engaged in the performing arts.
Berkshire Opera Company
297 North Street, Pittsfield (413) 443-7400

See world-class performances at the Koussevitzky Arts Center, a magnificent facility located in the lush pastoral beauty of rural Pittsfield. The air-conditioned arts center not only facilitates state-of-the-art operatic production, but also offers a most intimate performance venue with clear sight lines and comfortable seats. Convenient and ample parking make it easy to attend, and the scenic lawns next to the theater are perfect for picnics.
Hancock Shaker Village
Junction, Rtes. 20 and 41, Pittsfield (413) 443-0188/(800) 817-1137

April 1 to Memorial Day weekend (late May): 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.
Memorial Day through 3rd week in October: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
Third week in October through November 30: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving).
Winter: open for Winter Week in mid-February; winter tours by appointment.

Pittsfield's 1,200-acre Hancock Shaker Village exists as a lasting tribute to America's most successful communitarian society. Essentially an outdoor history museum, the village comprises 20 original buildings, a working farm, and all of the gardens that were so important in sustaining the religious sect's way of life, which stresses independence from technology and the material possessions it produces.
Natural Bridge/Natural Bridge State Park
Route 8 North, North Adams (413) 663-6392
(May-October) (413) 663-6312 (November-April)

Only water-eroded natural marble bridge in North America. Bridge crosses 500-plus-foot gorge noted for its numerous faults and fractures.
South Mountain Concerts
Route 7S, Pittsfield (413) 442-2106

This distinguished series features five chamber music concerts performed at the Temple of Music concert hall on South Mountain. The series originated in 1918 as the Berkshire Festival of Chamber Music. This 440-seat music hall was specifically designed for chamber music concerts and now lists on the National Register of Historic Buildings.
Williamstown Theater Festival
1000 Main Street, Williamstown (413) 597-3400

This summertime institution has met with critical acclaim ever since its inception in 1955. Nationally renowned critic Rex Reed once described a production as "the most electrifying theatrical event of the summer," and the Boston Globe says that the Festival has been producing "miracles every summer since 1955." Newsweek has described the Festival as "the best of all American summer theaters," and People magazine recently opined that "the showbiz capital of the U.S. may, for once, be on neither coast."

More Attractions in the Berkshires:
In Lenox, Becket, Stockbridge, & Richmond
Great Barrington, Ashley Falls, & Sheffield

Towns
Adams
Alford
Becket
Cheshire
Clarksburg
Dalton
Egremont
Florida
Great Barrington
Hancock
Hinsdale
Housatonic
Lanesborough
Lee
Lenox
Monterey
Mount Washington
New Marlborough
North Adams
Otis
Peru
Pittsfield
Richmond
Sandisfield
Savoy
Sheffield
Stockbridge
Tyringham
Washington
West Stockbridge
Williamstown
Windsor
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