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Linwood Estate and Norman Rockwell Museum

  • Address: 9 Glendale Rd (Rte 183)
  • Vicinity: N of Butler Rd
  • Phone: 413-298-4100
  • Travel Genus: Sight , Visit
  • Sight Category: Museums

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.



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1858/00/00 Charles E Butler Home Charles E Butler buys 80 acres and begins construction on his Linwood Estate in Stockbridge. Completed in 1859, Linwood House was built of unpolished marble quarried locally in the Berkshires.
1983/00/00 Percy Musgrave's widow, Josephine Cary Musgrave, sells Linwood House and the 40 acres to the Norman Rockwell Museum.
1993/06/12 Norman Rockwell Artist Norman Rockwell Museum opens.

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Particulars for Linwood Estate and Norman Rockwell Museum:
Area of Significance Art
Architectural Style High Victorian Gothic
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Person

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