Experience Gilded Age style and splendor at this marvelous estate renowned for its elegant gardens and rare Berkshire “cottage.”
Naumkeag is a public garden and historic home in the heart of the Berkshires, Massachusetts.
This 48-acre architectural masterpiece is, at its heart, a family home. In 1884, Joseph Choate, a prominent New York attorney and U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, and his wife, Caroline, hired the famous architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White to design a summer retreat. The result was a 44-room shingle-style home, where several generations of the Choate family lived until daughter Mabel Choate bequeathed it to The Trustees in 1958.
When you visit this National Historic Landmark, carve out time to explore the superlative gardens created by Mabel Choate and noted landscape architect Fletcher Steele. Take in the Blue Steps, a series of deep blue fountain pools, flanked by four flights of stairs and a grove of white birches. Elsewhere walk through the stunning beautiful Afternoon Garden, Tree Peony Terrace, Rose Garden, Evergreen Garden, and Chinese Garden, each of which evinces beauty while revealing the playful, inventive spirit of collaboration between Ms. Choate and Mr. Steele, which played out over the span of 30 years.
Naumkeag is currently open for the Daffodil and Tulip Festival only, April 22nd-May 17th, Thursday-Monday 10am-6pm. Tickets and more information can be found here.
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5 Prospect Hill Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262
In season (June 1-Oct 8) 413.298.8138
Off season (Oct 9-November 27) 413.298.3239 x3008
From Points East:
Mass Turnpike (I-90), Exit 10. Take Rt. 102 West approx. 5 mi. into Stockbridge. Turn right onto Pine St. and bear left onto Prospect Hill Rd. Follow for 0.5 mi. to entrance and parking (20 cars) on left.
From Points West:
I-90 East to Exit B3, NY Rt. 22 South. Take 1st left onto Rt. 102 East. Follow approx. 7.5 mi. to Stockbridge. Turn left onto Pine St., then bear left onto Prospect Hill Rd. Follow directions above.
Bathrooms are now open.
Due to the age of the site, Naumkeag is not ADA compliant. There are many stairs, a steep hillside, uneven footing, etc. However, we do have accessible parking spaces at the front of the house, an accessible bathroom and many parts of the garden and first floor of the house can be seen regardless of mobility issues. Scroll down for additional information on accessibility at Naumkeag.
Wheelchair access: While the property is not 100% wheelchair accessible, there are many parts of the garden that can be seen via wheelchair by way of the driveway. We can also bring people in a wheelchair through the front door to the first floor of the house and back onto the top lawn.
Wheelchair accessible bathrooms: There is a ramp into the entry way of the bathrooms and a handicapped stall in each.
Wheelchair accessible trails: While many parts of the gardens can be viewed via wheelchair, mostly by access of the driveway, the trails through the gardens are mostly made of woodchips or stairs/steep hills that are not wheelchair accessible.
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A self-guided landscape tour brochure provided with admission to house and/or gardens. Download a trail map here.
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Weekend trip featuring Massachusetts history, scenic vistas, and a cozy inn.
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Since the 1870s, Joseph and Caroline Choate had summered in Stockbridge with their young family. Like so many others, both then and now, they fell in love with the Berkshires and decided to build a summer retreat of their own. In 1884, Choate sought the advice of his friend, Charles McKim, of the architectural firm McKim, Mead & White. The result was Naumkeag – a gracious 44-room “cottage” with breathtaking views over the Housatonic River Valley.
"We went today to see the gardens and grounds only (covid) and it was really great. The Trustees did a great job staggering the people so it wasn’t crowded and we could still enjoy the wonderful gardens."
– Sirigil, From Needham, MA
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