William Cullen Bryant Homestead
- Historic Sites
From its iconic red barn to elegant allee of maples leading to the main house, this lovely property is testament to a celebrated poet's ideal of living mindfully on the land.
The Homestead's pastoral landscape, largely unchanged for more than 150 years, includes pastures, fields, maple sugar bush (that has been tapped for more than 200 years), and woodlands. A self-guided map highlights the Rivulet Trail, where old growth, including ancient specimens of hemlock and a magnificent cherry tree, rise near the Rivulet, a trickling stream immortalized by Bryant's 1823 poem of the same name.
The Pine Loop features enormous pines that reach heights of 150 feet - a stand among the tallest in the Northeast. When the Homestead is open, guided tours are available.
- Serene vista of the Westfield River Valley
- 2.5 miles of footpaths and carriage roads
- House open for guided tours June through Columbus Day weekend
- Wedding ceremony and reception accomodations for up to 200 people