[Sitings] Chesterwood: A Sculptor's Idyllic Retreat

Posted on: May 25th, 2013 by Mame McCully

Each year, during the month of May, French left his permanent home and studio in New York for six months and moved with his family to Chesterwood, where he worked on over 200 public and private commissions. He shared this house with his family during these summers.
The main house at Chesterwood

Chesterwood, a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Stockbridge, Mass., offers visitors the chance to enjoy a retreat in the Berkshires just as America’s foremost sculptor, Daniel Chester French, did during his lifetime.

French, who is best known as the creator of the Minute Man and Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial, owned this country home, studio, and gardens. Each year, during the month of May, French left his permanent home and studio in New York for six months and moved with his family to Chesterwood, where he worked on over 200 public and private commissions.

The site opens for the season this weekend, when visitors can also enjoy the annual Vintage Motorcar Festival this Sunday, May 26. Can't make it up? Tour the slideshow instead!

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Mame McCully

Mame McCully is a marketing manager at the National Trust. Her heart is forever in the Midwest, but she loves to travel, explore new places, and spend time with family and friends.

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