American Icons

Pick Two, Three, Four, and Save!

The Hancock Shakers.  Daniel Chester French.  Edith Wharton.  Norman Rockwell.  Experience four American icons at four spectacular destinations in the Berkshires.

With the American Icons package, available May-October 2011, you can purchase a Pick Two, Pick Three, or Pick Four American Icons pass and enjoy discounted admission to two, three, or four fascinating sites.

 

Round Stone Barn at Hancock Shaker Village (Photo courtesy of Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA)
Round Stone Barn at Hancock Shaker Village (Photo courtesy of Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA)

 

Hancock Shakers

In 1774, Mother Ann Lee led eight Shaker converts from Manchester, England, to America, seeking freedom to live, work, and worship.  The Shakers believed in racial and gender equality, simplicity, and pacifism.  One of the most intriguing religious movements in American history, the Shakers are considered by many to be the most successful of utopian societies that have flourished in this country.  The Shakers have made important contributions to American culture including art, architecture, craftsmanship, music, government, agriculture, and commerce.  Hancock Shaker Village, a National Historic Landmark, brings the Shaker story to life and preserves it for future generations.  Visit Hancock Shaker Village and be inspired by the principled living and extraordinary lives of the Shakers in America.

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Studio (Ron Blunt)

Studio (Ron Blunt)

Daniel Chester French

Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) is America’s foremost sculptor of public monuements.  Creator of the Lincoln sculpture at the State House in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1912, he is most famous for his 1922 sculpture of Lincoln that graces the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Chesterwood is French’s country home, studio, and gardens.  Visit the Studio and see French’s preliminary models, bronze sculptures, and Lincoln-related works used as references for his final sculptures that were completed at Chesterwood.  A full-size bronze reproduction of his standing Lincoln statue is located on the grounds.  The annual outdoor contemporary sculpture exhibition, Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, is on view daily.

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Edith Wharton's The Mount (Photo by David Dashiell, courtesy of The Mount, Lenox, MA)

Edith Wharton's The Mount (Photo by David Dashiell, courtesy of The Mount, Lenox, MA)

 

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton was America’s First Lady of Letters during the early years of the 20th century.  She was an enormously popular author in her own day and her works are still read throughout the world.  Not only was she the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (The Age of Innocence, 1921), she was the first woman given an honorary doctorate from Yale University.  When she designed and built The Mount, her Lenox, Massachusetts home, in 1902, it was with the same attention to detail and elegance she used in her writing.  Open daily from May through October, The Mount’s classically proportioned interiors, inviting formal gardens, and 50 acres of gracious woodlands appeal to visitors young and old.

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Norman Rockwell’s original Stockbridge studio (exterior). Photo by Art Evans. ©Norman Rockwell Museum. All rights reserved.

Norman Rockwell’s original Stockbridge studio (exterior). Photo by Art Evans. ©Norman Rockwell Museum. All rights reserved.

 

Norman Rockwell

The “people’s painter,” Norman Rockwell was a force in 20th-century American art.  For 65 years, he chronicled American life for the nation’s magazines, most famously on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.  Beloved in his day, Rockwell remains cherished by Americans and people around the world for his exquisite celebration of the commonplace.  Norman Rockwell Museum holds the largest and most significant collection of Rockwell’s art.  The beautiful 36-acre campus is home to Rockwell’s newly installed Stockbridge studio, a historic Berkshire “cottage,” and sculptures by Rockwell’s youngest son, Peter.  The Museum is a must-see destination for families and visitors of all ages!

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Pricing

  • Pick Two pass: $28
  • Pick Three pass: $38
  • American Icons pass: $48

Details

Passes may be purchased at any of the four sites.  Call individual sites for details.  Offer available May-October 2011.  Pass valid for five days, including date of purchase.  Discount off of full price adult admission only.  May not be used in conjunction with other discounts.

 
 

Daniel Chester French Sculptures (Flickr)

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