Berkshires History: Norman Rockwell Museum and the Historic Sites of Stockbridge

Posted on December 13, 2013 by Katy Brown-Solsky

Norman Rockwell created what are widely known as the iconic images of America in the 20th century. Images of personal moments, small town places – images known as America to the world, but known to Berkshires residents as “home”. Norman Rockwell moved toHampton Terrace, Norman Rockwell Museum, Home For Christmas Stockbridge, MA in 1953 with his wife Mary and three sons. The people and places of the Berkshires became his subjects, and the rest – well, the rest is history.

That history can be explored at the Norman Rockwell Museum, in Stockbridge, MA. Rockwell himself established the trust that paved the way for the museum, so that subsequent generations of fans could enjoy the legacy he left behind, up close.

Currently the museum is featuring an exhibit called “Norman Rockwell: Home For The Holidays”. Until January 26, 2014, you can view Rockwell’s depictions of the holidays – greeting cards, advertisements, props he used to stage his subjects, and more.

When you visit the Norman Rockwell Museum, explore the town of Stockbridge itself. You can still see some of the places featured in several of Rockwell’s works – Stockbridge’s Main St, for example, is still there, made famous by his painting “Main Street At Christmas”. The 1862 firehouse on Elm St. in Stockbridge is another famous Rockwell destination, featured in his piece “The New American LaFrance is Here!”

Savor unique downtown shops and restaurants. Enjoy a stroll. A visit to the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce website can give you all the information that you need to fill out a day of discoveries.

Photo via the Norman Rockwell Museum website. "Home For Christmas" by Norman Rockwell, 1955.

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