DescriptionStockbridge, located in the Berkshires, was established as a Native American mission in 1734. The Rev. John Sergeant taught and preached to the Stockbridge Indians in their language until his death in 1749. His successor, the Rev. Jonathan Edwards, later became the president of Princeton University. Field Chime Tower was erected in 1878 on the site of the mission; the tower's chimes were to be played “from apple blossom time 'til frost.”
Stockbridge also is home to the Norman Rockwell Museum; turn-of-the-20th-century, luxury summer homes known as the “Berkshire Cottages”; and the Village Cemetery, where the first slave to be legally freed in the United States is buried.
Merwin House, 14 Main St., was built around 1825 and enlarged at the end of the century. The house has a period collection of European and American furniture and decorative arts; phone (617) 994-6662.
ShoppingMain Street and Elm Street have quaint shops offering clothing, crafts and gifts.
Things to SeeBerkshire Botanical Garden