Linwood Estate and Norman Rockwell Museum
- Address: 9 Glendale Rd (Rte 183)
- Vicinity: N of Butler Rd
- Phone: 413-298-4100
Linwood Estate, one of the first Berkshire "cottages", was built for Charles E Butler, a member of the law firm of Butler, Evarts, Southmayd and Choate. Linwood House was next door to Butler's partner's estate, Southmayd, and from the front of Linwood, Mr Butler could look across the valley to Naumkeag, the "cottage" of his junior partner, Mr Choate. Linwood House was design in what is known as Hudson River Gothic, a style popularized by the architect Calvert Vaux in his book Villas and Cottages, published in 1857. The estate passed through succeeding generations of the Butler family until it became the property of Percy Musgrave Jr and his family. Son, Dr F Story Musgrave, grew up at Linwood Estate climbing the apple trees of the working dairy farm and floated homemade rafts on the Housatonic River. The holder of seven graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, literature and psychology Dr Musgrave, worked as a NASA astronaut for over 30 years and flew on six spaceflights.