Mission House and Garden

Mission House and Garden

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From the perspective of the settlers and their predecessors, the early missionaries to Mohicans’ homes vividly recounted the colonial history of New England. In the mid-1830s, the Mohicans of western Massachusetts allowed a young minister to live there. Rev. John Surgean lived in a humble cottage until he married Abigail Williams in 1739, but built the “House of Mission” around 1742. The National Historic Landmark was originally located on Prospect Hill in Stockbridge and has been carefully dismantled, moved and restored by Mabel Choate between 1926 and 1930. The latter owned Naumkeag on the hill.

Take a self-guided tour of the colonial revival garden designed by famed landscape architect Fletcher Steele from 1928 to 1933, explore the area’s fascinating horticultural heritage. Tidewater Cypress’s walled back garden has a circular brick path, while the garden is separated by a gravel walkway, There are 100 types of herbs, perennials and annuals which were a dish and medicine for early settlers.

This home displays an exquisite collection of 18th century American furniture and decorative arts. The small Native American Museum also exhibits Mohican handicrafts collected by Mabel Choate in the early 1930s, providing you with the insights of today’s Mohicans.