Berkshires

Naumkeag

Stockbridge

48 acres

Experience Gilded Age style and splendor at this marvelous estate renowned for its elegant gardens and rare Berkshire “cottage.”

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Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Ideas for Your Visit
  • Admission & Hours
  • Directions & Contact Info
  • What You'll Find
  • Facilities & Accessibility
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories

Overview

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.

The property is temporarily closed as we prepare for the Incredible Naumkeag Pumpkin Show, which will run from Friday September 30 – Monday October 31, 2022. Advanced tickets are required for the event and can be purchased here.

Ideas for Your Visit

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.

Admission & Hours

Naumkeag is currently closed as we prepare for the Incredible Naumkeag Pumpkin Show, which will run from Friday September 30 – Monday October 31, 2022. Advanced tickets are required and can purchased here.

Please reach out to tickets@thetrustees.org for assistance.

To schedule a group tour, contact naumkeag@thetrustees.org.

We welcome school and youth groups for experiential educational programs. Please visit our Education Page for details and to initiate a visit request.

Directions & Contact Info

5 Prospect Hill Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262
Telephone: 413.298.8138
E-mail: naumkeag@thetrustees.org

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Directions

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.

 

 

 

What You'll Find

Naumkeag encompasses a bucolic country estate including its 44-room “cottage” and 8-acres of formal gardens, as well as acres of meadows and farmland. Due to its age as well as steep, uneven terrain and multiple sets of stairs, Naumkeag is not wheelchair- or stroller-accessible.

Hours change seasonally as we host variety of annual programs, including the Daffodil and Tulip Festival, the Incredible Naumkeag Pumpkin Show, and Winterlights. Parts of the house may be open depending on the time of your visit. The gift shop and concessions are open seasonally.

Facilities & Accessibility

Due to the age of the site and its steep and uneven terrain, Naumkeag is not ADA compliant and is not wheelchair- or stroller-accessible.

There is no parking on-site during the Incredible Naumkeag Pumpkin Show and Winterlights, except during the sensory-friendly early hour from 4-5 pm. Shuttles running every 10-15 minutes will bring visitors from the downtown Stockbridge parking area to Naumkeag and back again. Those with limited mobility, compromised immunity, or who are otherwise unable to ride the shuttle should purchase 4 pm tickets. No vehicles will be permitted on-site after this time. Drop-offs and walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Contact aduquette@thetrustees.org with questions.

Restrooms are available when the property is open.

Property Map

A self-guided landscape tour brochure provided with admission to house and/or gardens. Download a trail map here.

 

Regulations & Advisories

  • Dogs are not allowed.
  • Mountain biking is not allowed on the reservation.
  • Naumkeag is not ADA-compliant, due to the age of the site. There are many stairs, a steep hillside, uneven footing, etc.
  • The Trustees reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of our properties implies consent. Read the photo and video policy.
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History

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.

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"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."

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