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Chesterwood Museum

4 Williamsville Rd., P.O. Box 827, Stockbridge, MA 01262
413-298-3579
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Summer retreat home and studio of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Minuteman Statue and the Lincoln Memorial.
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Hudson, New Hampshire
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149 reviews 149 reviews
62 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Daniel Chester French, the sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial and many others, lived here during the summer, escaping the heat of NYC. Although the house was closed the day we were there, we still got to tour the grounds, see a very informative video, and tour his studio for half price. His studio, with a very knowledgeable docent, was simply... More

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Cummington, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The house has been preserved from when the family lived there, so it feels authentic. The house Is a small, but thoughtful place. I'd never known anything about Daniel Chester French. They call him "Dan" - his sculptures are truly incredible. They have his last (he died at 81) in his studio there. Even a philistine like myself could see... More

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pleasant valley
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The house is beautiful and full of character. All the furniture from the family is still here so Mr. Frenchs personality comes through! The main attraction here is the studio, Lincoln in clay is amazing and his marble piece is just breathtaking in person. Views are so peaceful and i even enjoyed the modern sculptures which are positioned throughout the... More

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Massachusetts
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21 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Chesterwood Museum was the summer home and studio of Daniel Chester French, who sculpted the Lincoln Memorial and numerous others including a couple of George Washingtons in Paris and Chicago. He also sculpted the Minuteman in Lexington.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Chesterwood is a very nice compliment to to the Norman Rockwell Museum and you can purchase tickets to both at a discount. Everyone knows about the famous Lincoln Memorial but we knew nothing about Daniel Chester French, the artist who created it and so many others. While the museum is small, it is rich with history and knowledgeable guides. French's... More

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Woodbury, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

You can take a personal house tour with the guide. They are a wealth of knowledge. The artist's studio of Daniel Chester French was very interesting. The grounds were beautifully landscaped also. Don't miss it!

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Chesterwood is another historic house and studio that has been lovingly restored. The home of Daniel Chester French, the artist who designed the Abraham Lincoln memorial. Visit his newly restored studio and visit his lovely home. If you like historic houses, or admire his many bronzes, you will want to see this lovely home and grounds.

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Milford,MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Little do we know that in Massachusetts we have an affiliation to the Lincoln Memorial in DC as well as statues in the State House in Boston. It is open seasonally so check before you visit. The volunteers are wonderful? Visit!

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Stockbridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Chesterwood is the place to go if you want to enjoy the peace and quiet of woods, gardens, art, architecture from a quieter era, a family story. Sculptor Daniel Chester French called it his 6 months of heaven when he left New York City each year in May to immerse himself in his work and his property. It's off the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

The estate of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the statue of Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial, is a memorable and interesting place to wander around. The home is well maintained as are the grounds. Unfortunately, the studio which normally is available to view, was undergoing refurbishing while we were there. There are numerous examples of modern art throughout the grounds.... More

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