Go Forth Under The Open Sky : The Historic Sites of the Berkshires


Merwin House
14 Main Street
Directions
Stockbridge, MA, 01262
(413) 298-4703
June - Mid October
Admission charge.


ocated in one of the most picturesque spots in Massachusetts, the impressive brick Merwin House was built about 1825. It was purchased in 1875 by William and Elizabeth Doane. A prototypical summer home, bespeaking the mellow insouciance and the carefree existence of wealthy, well traveled New Yorkers, the couple furnished the house with a large collection of European and American furniture and decorative arts of the day. Around 1900, the Doanes added a shingle-style ell, thus doubling its size and the interior of the house was also remodeled. Vipont Merwin, the Doanes' daughter, augmented the collection with her own unusual collection of ephemera. Visitors will enjoy strolling through the gardens and down the lawn to the Housatonic River. The house is owned and maintained by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. Contact them for more information on annual programs at the Merwin House at (617) 227-3956 or visit them on the world wide web at http://spnea.org.

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