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Naumkeag, Stockbridge

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Naumkeag is the former country estate of noted New York City lawyer Joseph Hodges Choate located at 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The estate's centerpiece is a 44 room, Shingle Style country house designed principally by Stanford White of McKim, Mead & White, and constructed in 1886 and 1887.The estate is noted for its large gardens, which were designed in the mid-20th century by noted landscape designer Fletcher Steele in conjunction with Choate's daughter Mabel. A National Historic Landmark District, Naumkeag is now owned by The Trustees of Reservations, who operate it as a nonprofit museum.DescriptionNaumkeag was designed by noted architect Stanford White of McKim, Mead & White in 1885 as the summer estate for Joseph Hodges Choate (1832–1917), a prominent New York City attorney and American ambassador to England from 1899 to 1905, and then his daughter Mabel. The house is built in the Shingle Style with a wood-shingled exterior featuring brick and stone towers, prominent gables and large porch, and interiors with fine woodwork. It contains the Choate family's furniture, Chinese porcelain, and artwork collected from America, Europe, and the Far East.
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  • A classic from the past. The estate is fabulous with fabulous gardens and views. You get a real sense of what it may have been like to live there back in the day. The Trust has cared for this property...  more »
  • The house is filled with the family things, not just pieces from the era. The trustees have done remarkable restoration to the gardens. Recommend!  more »
  • Amazing country estate built by the Choate family in 1868. Wonderful glimpse into the past of how life was in a mansion with a 9-person household staff and a ground stall of dozens. Sort of a mini-Dow...  more »
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  • What a beautiful "summer cottage". The grounds are beautiful and the house is very elegant. If you are visiting the Berkshires, stop in for a visit. Just note when they are open as the hours vary during different times of the year.
  • Fantastic views. House decor is not my style,but setting is great.
  • Beautiful cottage from the gilded erase. Tours take place hourly. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the extensive gardens for an aftetnoon.
  • Naumkeag is a lovely house with spectacular gardens. They work hard to keep everything just the way the original family left it. Apparently the gardens are considered one of the best examples in the country of mid-century landscape architecture. Absolutely worth a visit when you're in the Berkshires.
  • The 'Cottage' is well preserved with timeless details of a different era. The refurbished gardens are outstanding even in these drought conditions. Tour guides were knowledgable & friendly ! I'd rate the visit a '10'!