The Mission House
Following ministerial studies at Yale, Reverend John
Sergeant moved to the south Berkshires to establish a mission for a group
of Mohicans who settled in Stockbridge. He lived in a simple cabin until
he married Abigail Williams in 1739 and built a new house on the hill, now
called the Mission House. Inherited by their son, Dr. Erastus Sergeant,
the house was updated in the 1760s with an elaborate Connecticut River
Valley doorway. The Sergeant family lived here until 1867, after which
time it fell into disrepair.
This National Historic Landmark was carefully disassembled, moved, and
restored by Miss Mabel Choate at its present location on Main Street
between 1926 and 1927. The house contains an outstanding collection of
eighteenth-century American furniture and decorative arts.
Between 1928 and 1933, noted landscape architect Fletcher Steele designed
the Colonial Revival garden, which features a colonial-style dooryard
garden of circular brick paths enclosed by a tidewater cypress fence.
A replica of an old cobbler shop serves as the
entrance to the property. A grape arbor in the Well Courtyard behind the
Mission House leads to a small Native American museum that tells the story
of the Mohicans.
Directions: From intersection of Routes 7 and 102 at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge center, take Route 102 (Main Street) west .2 mile to Sergeant Street on right.
House open: Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day: Daily. Hours: 10 am to 5 pm. Guided Tours. Indian Museum. Admission fee for non-members. For information, call (413) 298-3239.
The Trustees of Reservations is dedicated to preserving properties of exceptional scenic, historic and ecological value throughout the Commonwealth. Founded in 1891, it is a non-profit conservation organization and relies for support entirely upon membership dues, admission fees and voluntary contributions. The Mission House, one of the 83 properties of The Trustees, is a National Historic Landmark.
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The Trustees of Reservations
Western Regional Office
The Mission House
P.O. Box 792, Sergeant Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262