Chesterwood is an Historic Site owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and recognized as a National and Massachusetts Historic Landmark.

As the leading voice for preservation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is the cause for people saving places. Its mission is to protect significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct action, working with governments to save America’s heritage, and inspiring broad public support to create a cultural legacy that is as diverse as the nation itself so all can take pride in the American story.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places as:

  • The cause that inspires Americans to save the places where history happened.
  • The cause that connects us to our diverse pasts, weaving a multi-cultural nation together.
  • The cause that transforms communities from places where we live into places that we love.


The Hancock Shakers. Daniel Chester French. Edith Wharton. Norman Rockwell.

Visit these "must-see" Berkshire destinations and save $3 at each location after your first regular-price admission, now through Columbus Day. 

Hancock Shaker VILLAGE

A walkable 10-acre village with 20 authentic Shaker buildings, including the famous Round Stone Barn, HSV was home to the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing for more than 200 years. Known for their ecstatic whirling and dancing during worship, the Shakers represent an intriguing religious movement in American history and a successful utopian society. Explore important contributions they made to art and design, music, government, commerce and agriculture. Live Shaker music and dance daily, farm tour, woodworking and oval-box making demos. Full-service Cafe open daily. Village Store sells unique gifts.

Daniel Chester French

Chesterwood is pleased to be a part of the American Icons program!

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton was America’s First Lady of Letters during the early years of the 20th century. She was an enormously popular author in her own day and her works are still read throughout the world. Not only was she the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (The Age of Innocence, 1921), she was the first woman given an honorary doctorate from Yale University. She designed and built The Mount, her home in Lenox, Massachusetts, in 1902, with the same attention to detail and elegance she emplyed in her writing. Open daily from May through October, The Mount’s classically proportioned interiors, inviting formal gardens, and 50 acres of gracious woodlands appeal to visitors young and old.

Norman Rockwell

The “people’s painter,” Norman Rockwell was a force in 20th-century American art. For 65 years, he chronicled American life for the nation’s magazines, most famously on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. Beloved in his day, Rockwell remains cherished by Americans and people around the world for his exquisite celebration of the commonplace. Norman Rockwell Museum holds the largest and most significant collection of Rockwell’s art. Our beautiful 36-acre campus is home to Rockwell’s Stockbridge studio, a historic Berkshire “cottage,” and sculptures by Rockwell’s youngest son, Peter. The Museum is a must-see destination for families and visitors of all ages!


The Massachusetts Masterpiece Trail is a curated collection of works as diverse as the artists who created them. From timeless oil paintings to sixteenth century armor, upside down trees to a seven-foot tall head, and even a bit of taxidermy.

Become a Partner

If you would like to partner with Chesterwood, or would like to propose a program, please fill out the form below and one of our staff members will get back to you.

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