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Bidwell House Museum
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: An authentic Colonial home in the Berkshires, the 1750s residence of the Reverend Adonijah Bidwell. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 18th and 19th century furnishings, keeping room, parlors, bed chambers, 192 acres of fields and forest, heritage vegetable garden, flower gardens and stone walls, early farm and garden tools exhibit, hiking trails and picnic sites.Hours 11 am to 4 pm, with tours on the hour, Thursday through Monday. Open Memorial Day to Columbus Day.
oshawa, ontario
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2012

What a wonderful insight into 18th century Berkshire living. Our tour guide who was a high school student was simply excellent! She was thoroughly knowledgable about the house, the family, and the historical context and extremely personable! The house retains the ambiance of the mid 18th century and provides a wonderful introduction to life of that period. The gorgeous forest and meadow setting is another reason to visit this home.

Visited August 2012
Thank bjlOshawa_Ontario
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English first
Sheffield, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Where history and social trends are integrated”
Reviewed August 13, 2012

Last weekend, a friend and I showed up for the final Sunday tour 10 minutes late and they still greeted us with a smile and tour! Both guides seemed knowledgeable, and ours was particularly good at squashing 'myths,' while mixing family history with decorative and architectural facts.

The grounds deserve an extra hour as there are woodland walks and a variety of walls and small outbuildings to check out. They also supplied us with a list of on-going lectures, noting that people rarely return for two house tours. Therefore, they organize regular lectures, etc. in warmer months and holiday events in winter.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank Gay T
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Hyde Park, New York
Level 6 Contributor
96 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Part of our early American history”
Reviewed July 28, 2012

I have a vacation home close to this museum but have never visited it. This weekend we decided it was time. The best part of the museum is that they have some take you around and explain each room and the furnishings. I have been to a lot of museums and you just walk around but unless you know what you are looking at, it has no meaning. Since the house/settlement was before and during the revoluntionary war, you get a good sense of what life was like 300+ years ago. Very impressive. There is a cost for admission ($10.00 for adults) but well worth it. So happy that the restorers devoted their lives to restoring this house to it's orginal condition, including the furnishings.

Visited July 2012
Thank James C
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New York City, New York
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautifully Sited”
Reviewed July 17, 2012

This fine 1750 colonial house in the woods near Monterey, Ma, is definitely worth a visit. It has been carefully restored, but most of the architectural features both inside and out are original. Many of the the furnishings were acquired in the early l960s by two knowledgeable collector/curators, and they conform both in provenance and age with the articles that would have been found in the house in the l8th century. The curators were also able to acquire important possessions of the Bidwell family and return them to the house. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the house is its beautiful siting. Both the approach to the house and the view from the house are very fine. They preserve the rural, sylvan atmosphere that the Bidwells must have experienced in the 18th century.

Visited July 2012
Thank spiderj13
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West Orange, New Jersey
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Colonial History Hideaway”
Reviewed April 30, 2007

The Bidwell House Museum is a farm house and lands that was the home of Reverend Bidwell the first pastor of the Tyringham/Monterey towns. Built in the 1740's it has been restored as a museum of cultural life in colonial Western Massachusetts. Its collection includes colonial items displayed in their surroundings. The gardens and grounds are planted in authentic colonial style. Historical tours by trained guides are available daily from June through October. The Museum is located a beautiful country road in Monterey MA.

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