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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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  • Take the guided tour of this fascinating home and gardens that is lovingly maintained by a non-profit foundation. Spectacular views of surrounding areas. The interior of the house has the original fur...  more »
  • Beautiful grounds and very knowledgeable tour guide. Wonderful to learn about an old home in Stockbridge and the history of the family who founded Choate School in Wallingford, CT and Barnard. Great h...  more »
  • Accessible by guided tour only, but well worth it. Our guide was very knowledgeable and was able to provide meaningful details about the history of the house and its owners. The house is just as it wa...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Beautiful cottage from the gilded erase. Tours take place hourly. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the extensive gardens for an aftetnoon.
  • 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'!
  • Wonderfully preserved 19th Century mansion.
  • Absolutely stunning, creative, and fascinating gardens, and beautiful views!