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Address: 4 Williamsville Rd., P.O. Box 827, Stockbridge, MA 01262
Phone Number: 413-298-3579
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Description: Summer retreat home and studio of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the...
Summer retreat home and studio of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Minuteman Statue and the Lincoln Memorial.
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Lincoln monument sculpted here?

My 10 year old grand nephew was treated to a private tour of the studio. The tour operator was impressed with his knowledge and questions about Chesterwood. Just to think that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Syracuse, New York
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Syracuse, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

My 10 year old grand nephew was treated to a private tour of the studio. The tour operator was impressed with his knowledge and questions about Chesterwood. Just to think that huge statue was designed and sculpted in this small Berkshire village and then cut into pieces and transported to his permanent home in Washington, D.C. must have been such... More 

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Hull, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We were glad to find the museum open even though a lot of places in the area do not open until Memorial Day weekend. They did charge full price for admission even though not all the outdoor exhibits were available to be viewed. The tour was wonderful, very informative and all questions answered. We were glad we had the chance... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Chesterwood is often overlooked by visitors who know all about Tanglewood or the Norman Rockwell Museum. But the home and studio of Daniel Chester French is well worth a visit. He was a young genius, creator of major public art like the Lincoln Memorial and the Minuteman Statue. Lovely grounds...sculpture garden, small museum. Enjoy!

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Lexington, MA
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23 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

It does take a bit of an effort to get to Chesterwood; it's in a really out of the way spot. We put the address into our GPS and it took us through a large hilly, wooded area, over narrow, unmarked dirt roads. Our trust was rewarded, though, and eventually we got to the beautiful site. Other visitors were talking... More 

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Mansfield Center, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Chesterwood is the home of Daniel Chester French... think Lincoln Memorial. He was a very prolific and well known 19th century artist with many stunning sculptures, commissions etc. His home, and the studio are a deeply personal experience in my opinion. Plus the small museum is beautifully done and very informative. Another very worthwhile visit to enjoy the former lifestyle... More 

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West Lafayette
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This is not the open, sprawling area graced with French’s sculptures that I’d somehow envisioned. The home, studio, and welcome center are a bit crowded on a hillside. There are open areas, mainly featuring contemporary, abstract sculpture when we were there. There’s one DCF sculpture of Lincoln standing and a small fountain and landscaped area and a nice view of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Outdoor art great for photography. Pray for good weather, most of it is outdoors. Art studio is a must

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I've been to Chesterwood a few times as a Massachusetts native and take clients there as a small tour company operator..it is always a favorite!! The gorgeous setting and works of this magnificent American sculptor are awe inspiring. Visitors from near and far always love this gorgeous site and the docents here are enthusiastic, knowledgeable and wonderful!! A must visit... More 

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Freelton, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This was a find and well worth the two hours spent there. To learn the history of this prolific sculpter is very interesting. The amount of work going into the start and prep, is time consuming along with hard. The studio custom designed for proper light is very large and austere. To see the the stages of the Lincoln statue... More 

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Saratoga NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Walk around the grounds. Look at the view. See Daniel Chester French's art and see where it was created in his studio. French's place in art and history is clearly understood in an understated museum in a beautiful spot in the Berkshires. Literally, just up the road from the Rockwell Museum. Different contemporary sculptures are placed throughout the grounds too.... More 

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