ELMWOOD, A STRIKINGLY ORIGINAL HOME ON 53 BEAUTIFUL ACRES, THAT MIRRORS THE HISTORY OF THE BERKSHIRES & AMERICA - SWEEPING PASTORAL AND MOUNTAIN VIEWS. MEADOW, COBBLE, STREAM, GLEN, ORCHARD, A WEALTH OF HEIRLOOM PERENNIALS INCLUDING WITHIN A SECRET GARDEN AND MANY ACRES OF PASTURE & FARMLANDOwned and lovingly maintained by just two families since before the Revolutionary War, and replete with original details, including an authenticated Shaker staircase, wide plank floors & details that witness the story of New England and our nation and make this home living history that will provide you with instant roots in the Berkshires.Begun as a center chimney colonial c. 1783, rebuilt as a Greek Revival c. 1825, and expanded in the Victorian style c. 1889. Close to Stockbridge & Tanglewood Elmwood, Tyringham Welcome to a strikingly original home in the heart of the Berkshires. Unlike nearly every other antique home, this unique and rare property has only been owned by two families since the American Revolutionary War. The second family, who have owned it since 1966, appreciated the historic, emotional, and even spiritual value of this Berkshire farmhouse and have preserved it in its original form. Stepping into this period house is stepping into living history,
The core of the colonial home was built around a large center chimney that remains. Eli Hale, a farmer and son of John Hale, and a Representative from Tyringham to the State Legislature, renovated the house and made the farm prosperous. Exposed to Boston styles, he transformed the original home into a Greek Revival. The front facade has a beautiful cornice and the strong pilasters and triangular pediment represents the simple Greek revival style common in the Berkshires throughout the period. A number of 16" wide floor boards remain in the front parlor and halls, as well as the typical arrangement of chimney cupboards retained from John Hale's original home. In addition, Eli Hale also built a one story ell (or wing) to the east as a summer kitchen.
Two generations later Charles Hale, inherited the farm. Also elected to two terms to the State Legislature, he had a taste for new styles and christened the home "Elmwood" and undertook a major renovation circa 1889. He raised a second story on the East ell and renovated this wing in the Victorian style, prominent at the time. He added the bay window and the porch, raised the ceiling heights in this wing and replaced a number of the box locks with ceramic door knobs. Many wooden doors were hand painted in faux wood finishes, cast brass hinges and knobs were added fireplace and the fireplace surround in the main parlor, fitted with a Franklin frame, was marbleized. A rear ell was added in 1904 for the hired hands, which is now a summer bunk room clad with original boards from the massive timber framed barn that once stood across the road.
In 1966 the current owners, preservationists themselves, purchased the property and reassembled much of the original acreage over the next 40 years that had been sold off. They have zealously preserved the spirit and character of the home. Where Tyringham's largest barn once stood, is now a 'Secret Garden' within the original barn's stone walls. The land itself, all 53 acres, over a period of more than 50 years, has thoughtfully and with much diligence and hard work become a sanctuary of fields, farm and forest replete with long lost perennials, a flowing stream through a glen, a Cobble across Hop Brook, and acres of pasture. In honor of the principal builder, Eli Hale, they called their home "Elisium."
Walk through the halls, or read in the original front parlor and as the southern light streams through the lovingly imperfect antique glass, watch it reflecting on a myriad of rich wood surfaces with the character of 100 or more years. Gather in the dining room by candlelight as generations have before you. Cook in the large country kitchen with the bounties you grew in your gardens. Or simply relax on the wide front porch as the sun sets down the valley and you gaze out at the enormous views of pasture, mountains and sky, and contemplate how you are fortunate enough to be the next steward of this heirloom farm - your own piece of heaven in the Berkshires.