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The Mission House
berkshires Stockbridge, MA
1/2 acre

This property is open during normal hours. The Trustees asks that visitors follow social distancing guidelines for the health and safety of all. Please note: all buildings and inside areas are remain closed on all properties. For more information about our response to COVID-19, please click here.

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

  • Gardens open daily for self-guided visits
  • For tours, call 413.298.3239 
  • Private group tours for 10 or more people: available by appointment
  • Programs and Events: visit our events page or contact us at 413.298.3239 or 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 $5; Child FREE. Group tours offered by appointment and groups of 15 or more receive a discount.

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