William and Elizabeth Doane purchased this handsome house in 1875 as their summer retreat. They named it "Tranquility," as it overlooks a peaceful bend in the Housatonic River. During this period, the town of Stockbridge, in the heart of the Berkshires, was becoming a popular summer destination for New Yorkers like the Doanes.
In 1900, the Doanes renovated the house substantially, adding a Shingle-style wing that wrapped around the back of the house and included a capacious porch overlooking the river. The Doanes and their daughter, Vipont Merwin, traveled extensively, collecting European and American furnishings and objects to decorate their home.
Visit Merwin House
Merwin House is the temporary home of the Stockbridge Library and Museum while the library is being renovated. Highlights of the library's collection are on display and open to the public on Fridays, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Full tours of Merwin House are available on the following dates:
June 6, free admission
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tours on the hour. Last tour at 4:00 p.m.
Free to Historic New England members and Stockbridge residents. Become a member.
Location and directions
14 Main Street
Stockbridge, Mass. 01262
Directions detail: Take I-90 to Exit 2. Follow Route 102 west to Stockbridge. Merwin House is the seventh house on the left after the Red Lion Inn.
Parking: There is limited parking available in the Merwin House driveway. Street parking is available.
Contact Merwin House
Contact Merwin House by e-mail.