Naumkeag is a public garden and historic home in central Berkshire, Massachusetts.
This 48-acre architectural masterpiece has a family home at its heart. In 1884, famed New York lawyer and UK ambassador Joseph Choto and his wife Caroline invited famed construction companies McKim, Mead and White to design a resort for a summer getaway. The Choate family lived there from generation to generation until their daughter Mabel Choate was bequeathed to the board of directors in 1958.
When visiting the National Historic Landmark, make sure you take the time to explore Mabel Choate’s magnificent gardens and famed landscape architect Fletcher Steele. Don’t miss the deep blue pool with fountain “Blue Steps” between these four steps and the birch forest. You can also feel the fun and originality of Choate and Steele’s collaboration over the past 30 years, which includes the beautiful afternoon garden, peony terrace, rose garden, evergreen garden and Chinese garden.