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Naumkeag, Stockbridge

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4.5/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
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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  • You can tell that the volunteer docents are very proud of this historic home in Stockbridge. It's early owners were the beloved Choate family and their influence and contributions are well worth heari...  read more »
  • Wonderful house with MANY rooms, restored beautifully. Small tour group and extremely knowledgeable guide. 
  • The day we visited we originally had other plans but my husband got some poison ivy on his hands. We needed something to do that wasn't too far from us (as husband thinks he needs to give me driving a...  read more »
  • 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'!
  • My wife and I took our 6 grandkids, ages 5-12 to Naumkeag this afternoon. What a great experience! They worked off their energy running around the beautiful gardens checking out the woods, flowers, trees and all the interesting statues along the way. They matched up the numbers along the paths to find out where they were and what the names and history were attached to each site. Place was well kept and maintained. We waiting 5 minutes after the garden "run," and were met at the back of the mansion and greeted by a long awaited gong and a very lovely, informative and patient young women who truly loved the family mansion and answered the tremendous number of child and adult questions. We finished up eating sandwiches on the outside patio and were again greeted by one of the trustees who was kind and very patient with the kids. Thank you. We would definitely recommend this site as a must see for all ages.
  • Wonderful shows on Thursday evenings
  • Simply beautiful.
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