Chesterwood is a historical site located in Stockbridge. It was sculptor Daniel Chester French’s summer house and studio. French was the sculptor of Abraham…
Chesterwood is a historical site located in Stockbridge. It was sculptor Daniel Chester French’s summer house and studio. French was the sculptor of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. and the Minute Man at Old North Bridge in Massachusetts. Being one of the most successful artists of his time, he also created over 100 sculptures in addition to the aforementioned. That being said, French made many of these pieces at Chesterwood, as he felt inspired by the Berkshire scenery. The property is also deemed a historic landmark both in Massachusetts and nationally.
When visiting, guests encounter both the home and studio of French, some of his belongings and masterpieces, dated documents and pictures, and over 100 acres of surrounding landscape (see here). The immersive experience gives a worthwhile cultural and historical look into one of the most notable late American Renaissance era artists. There’s even a more modern sculpture exhibition that has been curated by guests on the site as well. As an interesting side note, the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studio (HAHS), which preserves over 30 museums (formerly homes and studios), is headquartered out of Chesterwood.
About 10 minutes from the Chesterwood property is Monument Mountain Reservation. This mountain could be seen from the yard and Mr. French enjoyed the view very much. The hike requires a basic level of fitness capabilities, as the hike is pretty steep in a few areas. However, the view at the peak is really rewarding and looks out over southern Berkshire County and the Hudson River Valley.