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For 33 years, this was the summer home of the sculptor Daniel Chester French (1850–1931), who created The Minuteman in Concord and the Lincoln Memorial's famous seated statue of the president in Washington, D.C. Tours are given of the house, which is maintained in the style of the 1920s, and of the studio, where you can view the casts and models French used to create the Lincoln Memorial. The beautifully landscaped 122-acre grounds also make for an enchanting stroll, bedecked with a contemporary sculpture show during the summer. If you are in the area on Memorial Day weekend, come for the annual classic car show.

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  • Address: 4 Williamsville Rd., off Hwy. 183 Stockbridge, MA 01262 | Map It
  • Phone: 413/298–3579
  • Cost: $16
  • Hours: May–Oct., daily 10–5
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  • Location: Stockbridge
Updated: 12-23-2013

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    We decided to visit Chesterwood on a hot, sticky summer day and it filled the bill for a "cool down" + educational experience. The greeter at admissions was helpful in explaining what we were visiting and the options to see and walk about. Its on 100+ acres so you might miss the woodland paths without some kind of orientation. The artists studio (fabulous), home (great wall paper-can they license it?) and galleries are near each other. The Studio is the prize and it depicts how the Lincoln Memorial in Washington was created and engineered, and the salon life of a 19th century artist. On the day we were there they had a sculpture parked outside on a railroad track French had designed to view his work in progress because most of the sculpture he created was for public parks. We recognized the memorial from Saratoga, Columbia University's Alma Mater and John Harvard from the Yard--there were also some cool life masks and hands. After all this we all enjoyed the gardens and the walk through the woods was exquisite--we sat on the woodland bench/rocks for about 20 minutes just taking in the cool air and wide angle view of the hills.

    by TMcM, 5/30/12

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