Property History

Preserving a National Historic Landmark

The history of The Mission House

The Mission House was built c.1742 by Rev. John Sergeant, who had established a mission for Mohican people in the southern Berkshires. Originally located on Prospect Hill, this National Historic Landmark was carefully disassembled, moved, and restored by Mabel Choate at its present location on Main Street between 1926 and 1930.

Property Acquisition History
Gift of the Stockbridge Mission House Association in 1948.

Archival CollectionsArchival material related to The Mission House is available to researchers at the Archives & Research Center in Sharon, MA, including Mabel Choate Papers Regarding Mission House, 1742-1959 (20.5 Linear Feet), which document Mabel Choate’s work in restoring and furnishing The Mission House and then running it as a museum; Fletcher Steele Papers Regarding Mission House, 1927-1949 (0.5 Linear Feet), which contain materials (correspondence and order forms) related to Fletcher Steele’s collaboration with Mabel Choate (1870-1958) on the restoration and furnishing of The Mission House, including his design of the colonial gardens and buildings around the house; Gustave G. Nelson Collection of Native American Research Materials (3.0 Linear Feet), regarding the research done by scholar Gustave G. Nelson on Native American tribes in Massachusetts, including material relating to the repatriation of the Stockbridge-Munsee Bible to the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, 1975-2001; and the Muriel S. Kirk Collection Regarding Mission House (Regarding Mission House, Rev. John Sergeant (1710-1749) a minister who established a mission for the Mohican Indians in Stockbridge and his descendants, various dates.

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