Chesterwood Museum, Stockbridge

#4 of 11 in Historic Sites in Berkshires
Best known as the sculptor of the "Minute Man" in Concord, Massachusetts, and "Abraham Lincoln" for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., French and his family lived at Chesterwood from May through October for over thirty years. His plaster models and bronze sculptures of Lincoln as well as numerous other works are on view in the Barn Gallery exhibition "Daniel Chester French: Sculpting an American Vision" and in the artist's studio, which features his modeling tools and the objects he collected during his travels. At Chesterwood, you can also explore the formal gardens and woodland paths designed by French himself.
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  • Interesting tour to learn about the Daniel Chester French, the sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial. Approximately 1 hour. Guide knowledgeable.  more »
  • We took the 1 hour tour at 1 pm (I would time my visit to coincide with a tour, at 10, 11, 12, 1, or 2) and the guide was terrific. She explained so much about French's life, and his sculpting style, ...  more »
  • Fantastic house in a beautiful setting. Docents could have been a little more informed but we certainly enjoyed ourselves.
  • Walking through the woods is so relaxing, and having these great works of art scattered through out, almost like an Easter hunt. They complement nature's beauty, making this a wonderful experience.

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