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A Behind the Scenes Look at Tanglewood on a Housatonic Heritage Walk

It was a lovely crisp fall day and the leaves were just starting to turn when we all gathered at the main gate of Tanglewood to meet Howard, our esteemed tour guide, for an education 1.5 hrs on the grounds at Tanglewood. Let me take you on a photo journey of my time there. Thanks to Housatonic Heritage for hosting 3 weekends of Heritage Walks each year, not only are they informative and fun but they are also always free.


Tanglewood Front Gate where we all gathered.

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Our lovely tour guide, Howard.

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Entering Tanglewood with Shed behind us.

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Learning about the Tappen family, their home is on left and is now an information center and practice space.

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The amazing vista over to the Stockbridge Bowl, the leaves were still mostly green but hints of color were visible. This walk 2 weeks later would have been a riot of Berkshire color!

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Off to the Highwood Manor House, you can choose to have dinner here before any performance but call well in advance.

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The view from the Manor House.

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Not far from the Manor House is the Seiji Ozawa Hall which opened in 1994.

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Walking back, got to enjoy another fantastic view near the Highwood Manor House.

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Time to explore the Shed.

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I have never seen this lawn so empty.

Tanglewood shed

On the way out took a parting shot of the Tanglewood map to help all of you looking to explore on your own. The grounds are open year round (no pets please) so come and stroll, run, snowshoe, cross country ski or picnic whenever you want.

Tanglewood map