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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 & Fees
  • Directions
  • Facilities
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories

Overview

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.

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 & Fees

Naumkeag offers a variety of programming throughout the week including daily tours and admissions, sunset events, yoga, meditation and classes exploring art and horticulture. Click HERE for a complete list of opportunities to visit Naumkeag.

Non-members: Adults $20.  Seniors/Students $15. Children under 12 Free

Trustees Member: FREE (registration is free but required; you will be prompted to enter your Member number when you get your pass online)

Directions

5 Prospect Hill Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262
Telephone:
In season (June 1-Oct 8) 413.298.8138
Off season (Oct 9-November 27) 413.298.3239 x3008
E-mail: naumkeag@thetrustees.org

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Directions

From Points East:
Mass Turnpike (I-90), Exit 2. 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.

 

 

 

Facilities

Bathrooms are now 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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Date Night at Naumkeag

A candlelit setting in our eight acres of private gardens and the view of Monument Monument at sunset makes for the perfect evening with someone special. We’ll provide live background music, the drink of your choice, and a safely-distanced spot for you in the garden. Bring a picnic blanket or reserve one of our tables, with picnic dinners and bouquets available for an additional price. $25 per person for admission comes with a choice of beer, wine, or prosecco. Picnics, table and chairs and bouquets are available as add-ons. 21 and over only.

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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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See What People Say

"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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