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Chesterwood Museum

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Address: 4 Williamsville Rd., Stockbridge, MA 01262
Phone Number: 413-298-3579
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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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DANIEL CHESTER FRENCH’S LOVELY SUMMER COUNTRY ESTATE

Chesterwood is just up the road and around the bend from Norman Rockwell Museum. It is a five-star attraction. Chesterwood was the country estate of Daniel Chester French... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Maurene_K
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Dover, New Hampshire
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Long Island, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice outdoor sculpture exhibits, but the house and studio are not much more than a quick look except they have a copy of Lincoln's life mask, and mock-ups of the Lincoln memorial. interesting, though.

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Dover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Chesterwood is just up the road and around the bend from Norman Rockwell Museum. It is a five-star attraction. Chesterwood was the country estate of Daniel Chester French, one of the greatest American sculptors. It was comprised of a home, studio, gardens, and woodland trails. The estate was purchased in 1896 during the Gilded Age. One begins a self-guided tour... More 

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Pelham, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is interesting and the tours are self guided. To stretch your legs take the short walk (about 20 minutes) through the woods along a well marked path as the walk is relaxing and interesting. There are sculptures tucked away in the woods with markers giving explanations of what they are. When you come out of the woods, follow... More 

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Granby, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chesterwood is on beautiful grounds and it was nice to learn about the artist and see his beautiful work. The guide in the studio was very informed and helpful in explaining the contents when we asked questions. However, the experience with our visit was diminished by a lack of adequate signage to explain what we were seeing. This was particularly... More 

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Cheshire, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I learned so much at this museum. You should really treat yourself to a bit of American History. Lovely grounds,restful atmosphere...with a picnic, perhaps?

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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is Daniel Chester French's home and sculpture studio maintained by the National Trust. It is beautifully cared for and the docents are well informed. Allow two hours to take it all in.

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Chatsworth, New Jersey, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

We enjoyed visiting and learning more about the artist who designed the Lincoln Memorial, William Chester French. Although you can enter the house, we did not feel welcomed there. It is the workshop which will gain your interest. The docent who explained the painstaking procedures needed to complete the Lincoln Memorial, was excellent. Strolling around the grounds, even into the... More 

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Oakland Gardens, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

If looking at a piece of American History fascinates you as it does me then this place is well worth visiting. As I have seen others say the grounds are beautiful. The studio was impressive and I got the feeling that perhaps Daniel Chester French was around the corner and was about to come to work. In other words it... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

Chesterwood is the home of William Chester French, the sculptor responsible for the Lincoln Memorial statue and many public works. His house itself is of minimal interest, but the sculpture studio is quite interesting with many sculpture prototypes and railway tracks so that French could roll his large sculptures into the daylight for examination under various lighting conditions. What was... More 

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Merrimack, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

The Chesterwood National Historic Site in Stockbridge, MA is the home of American sculptor Daniel Chester French. We visited on a recent trip to western Massachusetts and had a wonderful experience. There is a self-guided tour of the house and studio. Each included a staff member to answer questions and provide more information. French was the creator of the Lincoln... More 

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