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Norman Rockwell Museum, located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, holds the world’s largest and most significant collection of original works by Norman Rockwell. The Museum also preserves, interprets and exhibits a growing collection of art by other American illustrators. Rockwell’s paintings reflected American society and influenced generations of illustrators. He chronicled life in the United States during most of the 20th century and showed us America’s fundamental ideals of democracy, freedom, and human dignity. His paintings continue to touch people in a way that transcends age and culture. The Museum is dedicated to Rockwell’s legacy, and shows how his work fits into the greater scheme of modern culture and illustration and his endurance as an important artist and an American icon. Tour Rockwell’s Stockbridge studio, open seasonally, located on our scenic 36 acre grounds. The Museum is open year-round.
In 1774, Mother Ann Lee led eight Shaker converts from Manchester, England, to America, seeking freedom to live, work, and worship. The Shakers believed in racial and gender equality, simplicity, and pacifism. One of the most intriguing religious movements in American history, the Shakers are considered by many to be the most successful of utopian societies that have flourished in this country. The Shakers have made important contributions to American culture including art, architecture, craftsmanship, music, government, agriculture, and commerce. Hancock Shaker Village, a National Historic Landmark, brings the Shaker story to life and preserves it for future generations. Visit Hancock Shaker Village and be inspired by the principled living and extraordinary lives of the Shakers in America.
Daniel Chester French
Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) is America’s foremost monumental sculptor of Abraham Lincoln. Creator of the Lincoln sculpture at the State House in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1912, he is most famous for his 1922 sculpture of Lincoln that graces the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Chesterwood is Chester French’s country home, studio, and gardens. A new self-guided tour, Discover Lincoln at Chesterwood, connects visitors to displays of French’s preliminary models, bronze sculptures, and Lincoln-related works used as references for his final sculptures completed at Chesterwood. A full-size bronze reproduction of his Abraham Lincoln statue is located on the grounds. The annual outdoor contemporary sculpture exhibition, Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, opens July 4 to October 31.
Edith Wharton & The Mount
Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was America’s First Lady of Letters during the early years of the 20th century. She was an enormously popular author in her own day and her works are still read throughout the world. Wharton built The Mount in 1902 to meet her needs as a designer, gardener, hostess, and above all, writer. Every aspect of the estate evokes the spirit of its creator. A day at The Mount is an opportunity to experience the beauty and splendor of her beloved country estate. The Mount offers tours of the house and gardens, a Backstairs Tour, and a popular Ghost Tour. Interpretive exhibits throughout the house explore Wharton’s life, humanitarian efforts, and literary legacy.