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    Chesterwood always benefits from the support and assistance of volunteers! Thank you for your help.

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  • VIDEO: Home Movies (c 1925)

    VIDEO: Home Movies (c 1925)

    This six and half minute video encapsulates home movie footage taken of Daniel Chester French around 1925. Footage locales include Chesterwood, Laurel Hill, and various homes of nearby friends. Copyright of Chesterwood – a National Trust Historic Site (2012)

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  • VIDEO: Daniel Chester French: Sculpting an American Vision

    VIDEO: Daniel Chester French: Sculpting an American Vision

    This video was produced to illustrate the life and accomplishments of Daniel Chester French, through it we hope to provide a primer on this remarkable individual which will provide better context of why he built and resided at Chesterwood, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, for half of the year.

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  • What is the National Trust for Historic Preservation?

    What is the National Trust for Historic Preservation?

    Chesterwood is a Historic Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. What is the National Trust? Learn more by watching this video!
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  • Volunteer Clean Up Day

    Volunteer Clean Up Day

    [ May 21, 2011; 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. ] Presented in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Northeast Office

    Volunteers needed! Projects include gardening, light landscaping, cleaning and repairs to the French-designed outdoor space called the “Circle” and the Woodland Walks. Volunteers should be willing to work, able-bodied and over 18 years of age. Tools and gloves provided. Volunteers should come dressed to [...]

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  • Timeline: Chesterwood Property (1896-Present)

    Timeline: Chesterwood Property (1896-Present)


    Daniel Chester French (DCF) purchases property in Glendale, Massachusetts and begins renovation and design of summer home and studio called Chesterwood (his third and named after his father’s house in Chester, New Hampshire). Family usually lived at Chesterwood from May to October.


    Barn at Chesterwood relocated


    Studio at Chesterwood completed on former site of barn; work on [...]

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  • Timeline: Daniel Chester French (1850-1931)

    Timeline: Daniel Chester French (1850-1931)

    April 20, 1850

    Born in Exeter, New Hampshire.


    Executes bust of his father, Henry Flagg French, and relief of his sister, Sarah Flagg French.

    March-April 1870

    Works in studio of John Quincy Adams Ward.

    Winter 1871-2

    Studies with William Rimmer.

    November 1873

    Commissioned to execute Minute Man for town of Concord, Massachusetts.

    October 1874

    Goes to Florence, Italy. Works in studio of Thomas [...]

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  • Suggestions for Further Reading

    Suggestions for Further Reading

    Adams, Adeline.  Daniel Chester French: Sculptor.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1932.
    Craven, Wayne.  Sculpture in America.  New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co., 1968; reprint ed., 1984.
    Cresson, Margaret French.  Journey into Fame: The Life of Daniel Chester French. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1947.
    Emmet, Alan.  So Fine a Prospect: Historic New England Gardens.  Hanover, NH, and London: University [...]

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  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Daniel Chester French
    Where is Daniel Chester French buried?  Where is his daughter, Margaret, buried?
    French is buried at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, MA.
    Margaret is buried next to her husband, William Penn Cresson, in the cemetery of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oaks, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.
    Daniel Chester French (Photo courtesy of the Chapin Library, Williams College, [...]

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  • Seasonal Staff

    Seasonal Staff

    [ March 8, 2012 to April 13, 2012. ] Chesterwood is now hiring seasonal interpreters, guides and museum shop clerks. Seasonal museum positions available from May-October.

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Stockbridge, MA 01262

Telephone: 413.298.3579
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