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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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  • Our first visit here was a real eye opener. This house feels "lived in" and not like the mansions in Newport. The gardens have unexpected twists and surprises and are well loved and maintained. The gu...  more »
  • We enjoyed our visit except for the fact that two rooms of the tour had sheets covering the furniture and china display in the library and parlor. We were told it was part of the Halloween haunting ev...  more »
  • We enjoyed our guided tour of the home and gardens at Naumkeag. Had to wait 45 minutes for the house tour. So, we roamed the grounds and read the various signs and brochure. Our guide was knowledgeabl...  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'!

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