Stockbridge in Berkshire County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Charles Butler, a prestigious New York attorney, built Linwood House in 1859. This graceful summer ‘cottage’ was constructed for his family and named for the home in a book titled The Linwoods, by Catherine Sedgwick, a relative.
Butler’s residence was among the first of the elegant summer homes that have come to be known as ‘Berkshire Cottages.’ His law partner, Joseph Hodges Choate, also summered in this area. Designed in 1885 by Stanford White, Choate’s Naumkeag can be seen across the Housatonic River valley. Linwood House was later passed down through the generations to Marguerite Butler Swann and her husband Percy Musgrave.
During his daily bicycle rides to this site from his home in Stockbridge center, Norman Rockwell became acquainted with the Musgrave family. He enjoyed the property’s beautiful vistas, but had no idea that it would one day provide the backdrop for a museum established in his honor. The structure of Linwood House remains as it was when Charles Butler lived here, but the building now houses the museum’s administrative offices and is not open to the public.
Topics. This historical marker Architecture • Arts, Letters, Music. A significant historical year for this entry is 1859.
Location. 42° 17.331′ N, 73° 20.127′ W. Marker is in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, in Berkshire County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Glendale Road (Massachusetts Route 183) and Butler Road, on the right when traveling north. Located on the grounds of the Norman Rockwell Museum. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stockbridge MA 01262, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Day In The Life (within shouting distance of this marker); Norman Rockwell’s Studio (within shouting distance of this marker); Meet Morton! (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stockbridge Chime Tower (approx. 0.9 miles away); Stockbridge World War II Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); Stockbridge Vietnam War Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); Stockbridge World War I Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); Stockbridge Korean War Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stockbridge.
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