Lee Things to Do: Must-See Victorian Architecture Sites

The former mill town of Lee has retained its Victorian charm and is known for its many elegant Victorian homes, many of which have been turned into bed and breakfast inns. BBonline points you to some of these historic landmarks in and around Lee to add to your list of Lee Things to Do.

The Taggart House
18 Main Street
Stockbridge, Massacheusetts 01262
(413)298-4303

Located about 2 miles from South Lee, the Taggart House was built by Henry Dwight Sedgwick, a well-known resident of Stockbridge in 1850. The inn is a fine example of 19th century architecture, and was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. This home is worthy of an excursion from your Lee Bed and Breakfast.

Crabtree Cottage

65 Franklin Street
Lee, Massacheusetts 01238
(413)243-1780

A lovely country home with a tranquil atmosphere, this 1862 building has a beautiful cottage garden and some wonderful family heirlooms on show, just right for your Lee Things to Do list.

Rookwood Inn

11 Old Stockbridge Road,
Lenox, Massacheusetts 01240
(413)637-9750

This is a lovingly restored Queen Anne Victorian mansion which is now a Bed and Breakfast in the Berkshire hills. Located in the delightful village of Lenox, about 4 miles from Lee, the inn is filled with antiques.

Rookwood Inn built in 1825, was originally known as the Williams Tavern. The Victorian fa├žade was added by an Englishman - Frederick Constance Peters in the late 1880s.

The Cornell Inn

203 Main Street, Lenox,
Massacheusetts, 01240
(413)637-0562
www.cornellinn.com

Once a private residence, the Main House of the Cornell Inn, was built in 1888 in the Victorian style.Surrounded by spectacular gardens, it is another marvel to add to your list of Lee Things to Do.

Brook Farm Inn

15 Hawthorne Street
Lenox, Massacheusetts 01240
(413) 637-3013
www.brookfarm.com

This charming Victorian inn has links to famous authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edith Wharton. In keeping with its literary background, it is a place where regular poetry readings are held. Award-winning gardens surround the inn which has some beautiful antiques and period pieces.You can always hear strains of classical music or jazz from the library.

The Summer White House
17 Main Street
Lenox, Massacheusetts 01240
(413)637-4489
www.thesummerwhitehouse.com

This graceful cottage with its many inviting porches, was built in 1885 by the New York resident, Egmont Schermerhorn. The guestrooms are decorated lavishly in the traditional style and the inn features an excellent collection of antiques. There are American paintings in the living room and a seven-foot concert grand piano in the well-stocked library.

Baldwin Hill Farm
121 Baldwin Hill Road - North and South
Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230
(413)528.4092
www.baldwinhillfarmbandb.com

Located about 9 miles from Lee, this is a Victorian farm home perched on a Berkshire hilltop. The Bed and Breakfast has been run by the Burdsall family for three generations. It began as a large dairy farm, and has beautiful lawns with herb gardens and flowerbeds. There are also two orchards and vegetable gardens. Its woods are rich in wildlife and provide a great outing before you retire to your Lee Inn.

Windflower Inn

684 South Egremont Road,
Great Barrington,
Massachusetts 01230
(413)528-2720
www.windflowerinn.com

Dating back to the 1850s, this is a white clapboard classic New England inn. The family-owned small country inn offers the peaceful setting of gardens and lush lawns and a porch shaded by ancient maples.