The Mission House
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The Mission House Stockbridge, MA
1/2 acre

About The Mission House

Journey back in time at this Colonial-era house and museum, a National Historic Landmark that tells the story of the Stockbridge Mohicans and missionary John Sergeant.

What makes the Mission House a special place?
Located on Main Street in Stockbridge, this National Historic Landmark was home to the first missionary to the Mohican Indians. It not only provides a glimpse into Colonial history but also the Native American tribe that lived here.

In the mid-1730s, the Mohicans living in western Massachusetts gave permission for a young minister to live among them. The Rev. John Sergeant lived in a simple cabin until he married Abigail Williams in 1739 and built the Mission House c.1742.

Originally located on Prospect Hill in Stockbridge, this National Historic Landmark was carefully disassembled, moved, and restored between 1926 and 1930 by Miss Mabel Choate (then owner of nearby Naumkeag, which is now also a Trustees property) at its present location on Main Street.

From 1928 to 1933, noted landscape architect Fletcher Steele designed the Colonial Revival garden, which features a colonial-style dooryard garden of circular brick paths enclosed by a cypress fence. A kitchen garden divided by crushed stone walkways contains 100 herbs, perennials, and annuals that had culinary or medicinal value to early colonists. A replica of an old cobbler shop serves as the entrance to the property.

The house showcases an outstanding collection of 18th-century American furniture and decorative arts. A grape arbor in the Well Courtyard behind the Mission House leads to a small Native American museum that tells the story of the Mohicans through artifacts gathered by Mabel Choate in the early 1930s and stories and perspectives from Mohicans today. The red barn behind the Mission House serves as The Trustees’ Berkshires regional office.

When to Visit

We are currently developing and piloting new programs and interpretation for this site! Please join us for :

  • Tours: Saturdays & Sundays, July & August: 11AM, Noon, and 1PM
  • Gardens & Mohican-Munsee Exhibit: Saturdays & Sundays during July & August; 11AM–2PM
  • Private group tours: June – October, Available by appointment
  • Programs and Events throughout the summer: visit our events page or contact us at 413.298.3239 x3013 or naumkeag@ttor.org for details!

Allow a minimum of half an hour for the Indian Museum and Gardens, plus 45 more minutes for the house tour, and 60 more minutes of doing the Quest along Main Street.

Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $6; Child FREE. Group tours offered by appointment and groups of 15 or more receive a discount.

Regulations & Advisories

  • Photography is not permitted inside the house.

  • Dogs are not allowed on the property.

  • The red barn behind the Mission House serves as the Trustees’ Berkshires Regional Office.

Directions

19 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262
Telephone: 413.298.3239
E-mail westregion@ttor.org

Latitude: 42.2834
Longitude: -73.3155

Get directions on Google Maps.

From Points East: Mass Turnpike (I-90),
Exit 2 to Rt. 20 East. Take 1st right onto
Rt. 102 West/Pleasant St. Follow for approx.
5 mi. Pleasant St. becomes Main St. The
Mission House is on the right at corner
of Main St. and Sergeant St.

From Points West: I-90 East to Exit B3,
NY Rt. 22 South. Follow Rt. 22 to MA
Rt. 102 East. Go approx. 7.5 mi. to Main St.
The Mission House is at corner of Main
and Sergeant. Limited roadside parking.

Admission

When to Visit

We are currently developing and piloting new programs and interpretation for this site! Please join us for :

  • Tours: Saturdays & Sundays, July & August: 11AM, Noon, and 1PM
  • Gardens & Mohican-Munsee Exhibit: Saturdays & Sundays during July & August; 11AM–2PM
  • Private group tours: June – October, Available by appointment
  • Programs and Events throughout the summer: visit our events page or contact us at 413.298.3239 x3013 or naumkeag@ttor.org for details!

Allow a minimum of half an hour for the Indian Museum and Gardens, plus 45 more minutes for the house tour, and 60 more minutes of doing the Quest along Main Street.

Fees and Permits
Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $6; Child FREE. Pre-booked groups of 15 or more receive a discount; call 413.298.3239 for details. Admission fee includes tour.

Property History

The Mission House was built c.1742 by Rev. John Sergeant, who had established a mission for Mohican people in the southern Berkshires. Originally located on Prospect Hill, this National Historic Landmark was carefully disassembled, moved, and restored by Miss Mabel Choate at its present location on Main Street between 1926 and 1930.

Property Acquisition History
Gift of the Stockbridge Mission House Association in 1948.

Archival Collections
Archival material related to The Mission House is available to researchers at the Archives & Research Center in Sharon, Massachusetts.

Mabel Choate Papers Regarding Mission House (6.5 linear feet)
Regarding Mabel Choate’s work to restore and set up Mission House as a museum, 1927-1956.
In process.

Fletcher Steele Papers Regarding Mission House (0.5 linear feet)
Regarding Fletcher Steele’s work with Mabel Choate to restore and set up Mission House as a museum, 1927-1949.
In process.

The Archives & Research Center welcomes donations of documents, manuscripts, records, photographs, maps and memorabilia that pertain to a particular property. Please contact us at 781.784.8200 or arc@ttor.org.

Programs

We are currently developing and piloting new programs and interpretation for this site! Please join us for :

  • Tours: Saturdays & Sundays, July & August: 11AM, Noon, and 1PM
  • Gardens & Mohican-Munsee Exhibit: Saturdays & Sundays during July & August; 11AM–2PM
  • Private group tours: June – October, Available by appointment
  • Programs and Events throughout the summer: visit our events page or contact us at 413.298.3239 x3013 or naumkeag@ttor.org for details!

Allow a minimum of half an hour for the Indian Museum and Gardens, plus 45 more minutes for the house tour, and 60 more minutes of doing the Quest along Main Street.

Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $6; Child FREE. Group tours offered by appointment and groups of 15 or more receive a discount.

Quest Detective
Enjoy a family-friendly Quest that explores what Stockbridge village was like when it was known as Indian Town. Call 413.298.3239 for more information.

Maps and Resources

Admission fee includes brochure with map of the garden.



Planning Your Visit

Community Links
Mohican Nation
Gardens of the Berkshires

Before You Go
We encourage you to visit as many Trustees properties as you can.

Wherever your travels take you, please observe all posted regulations, follow special instructions from property staff, and keep in mind the Stewardship Code:

  • Protect wildlife and plants.
  • Guard against all risk of fire.
  • Help keep air and water clean.
  • Carry out what you carry in.
  • Use marked footpaths and bridle paths.
  • Leave livestock, crops, and machinery alone.
  • Respect the privacy of neighboring land.
  • Enjoy and share the landscape with others.

Click on links below for further visitor information:

Before Setting Out

Enjoying Trustees Reservations

Safety

About Hunting on Trustees of Reservations Land

Tell Us What You Think

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  1. Take our visitor survey. If you have a question for us, you can ask us in the survey and we’ll get back to you.

  2. Post a comment about your visit on our Facebook page.

  3. Share your experiences with other visitors on our website. Simply fill out the form below, and we’ll post your comment right here on this page.


Submitted by Napaman99 on: September 8, 2009
Great visit, well worth the time and money. Knowledgeable & pleasent guide. With so many places to visit and not enough time, we're glad we made this stop. Highly recommended to others.



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