Experience Gilded-Age style and splendor at this marvelous estate, renowned for its elegant gardens and rare Berkshire “Cottage.”
What makes Naumkeag a special place?
With its gracious house, magnificent gardens, and panoramic views, Naumkeag is a quintessential country estate of the Gilded Age.
This architectural masterpiece is, at its heart, a family home. Joseph Choate, a leading 19th-century attorney, hired the architectural firm of McKim, Mead, & White to design the 44-room “cottage,” Naumkeag, which would serve as a summer retreat for three generations of Choates.
With its views of Monument Mountain, its stunning collection of gardens created by Joseph Choates's daughter, Miss Mabel Choate, and Fletcher Steele over 30 years, its original artwork, and its shingle-style house, Naumkeag creates an unforgettable experience for visitors. Don't miss the self-guided audio tour of the Naumkeag gardens, including the Blue Steps, a series of deep blue fountain pools, flanked by four flights of stairs and a grove of white birches. Walk through the equally beautiful Afternoon Garden, Tree Peony Terrace, Rose Garden, Evergreen Garden, and Chinese Garden to encounter the playful, inventive spirit of Miss Choate and Mr. Steele.
Bequeathed in its entirety in 1958 – from furniture to garden tools to its intact dairy barn – Naumkeag, a National Historic Landmark, provides a special link to Berkshires history. More than that, it is a place where you, like the Choates, can find beauty and rejuvenation in a lovely place.
When to Visit
Open May 26 to October 15, daily, 10AM to 5PM. Allow a minimum of 1 hour for the garden, 2 hours if also taking house tour.
- Public restrooms available.
- The Naumkeag gift shop sells books on the historic firm of McKim, Mead & White, Naumkeag' s famous architects, and Fletcher Steele, the landscape architect who worked with Mabel Choate to design and plant Naumkeag's gardens. In addition, visitors can buy post cards and blue and white porcelain.
- Trustees members receive a 10% discount on all merchandise in the gift shop.
- Weddings, receptions, small business events may be arranged on a limited basis.
Photo credits (left to right, top to bottom): C. Merullo (1), TTOR (2&3), K. McMahon (4-6), R. Cheek (7-10).