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Travel Resources

Amtrak Empire Service between Albany, Hudson or Rhinecliff, NY and Penn Station, NYC.

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited between Pittsfield and South Station, Boston.

Bard Bus and Shuttle  On select summer weekends, Bard offers round-trip bus service from Manhattan’s Lincoln Center directly to the Fisher Center, exclusively for performance ticket holders: $30 round-trip. Reservations are required. Box dinners can be ordered in advance for $10. Bard also offers shuttle service from and to the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station for select performances: $10 each way.

Mega-bus between Albany and Ridgewood, N.J. and Penn Station, NYC.

Metro-North Railroad between Wassaic, Dover Plains, or Poughkeepsie, NY and Harlem (125th Street)  or Grand Central Station, NYC.

Peter Pan Bus Lines  Boston/Albany route serving Albany, Great Barrington, *Lee, Lenox, *Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Williamstown, and Boston South Station and Boston Logan Airport  (*greater frequency, better fares). NYC/Williamstown route serving Williamstown, Lee, Stockbridge, Great Barrington, MA, or Canaan, CT and Port Authority Bus Terminal, NYC.

Roosevelt Ride Free Shuttle  Free round-trip shuttle service daily (summer through October) from the Poughkeepsie train station to Hyde Park, Val-Kil, the Vanderbilt Mansion, Top Cottage, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum so Metro-North train passengers can tour historic sites without a car. For reservations and tour info, call the Wallace Visitor Center: 845-229-5320.

Weather Underground
The radar is especially useful for tracking snow, sleet and thunderstorms.

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Cornwall House Tour Spans Four Centuries

Rural Intelligence Home and Garden There’s a difference between impressive houses and important ones, and the 9th annual Cornwall House Tour has both,  None of the five residences on this year’s tour are ordinary: They include a 1950s Fieldstone cottage connected to a corn crib and barn, which the owners describe as a “mutt of a house”;  two homes with cores that date to the 1700s but have been added onto in all directions over the years; and an eight-year-house with a restrained Arts & Crafts interior that references the farmhouses of both old New England and Martha’s Vineyard.

The most “important” house is the one designed in 1974 by architect Peter Bohlin for his parents. (Many of the great architects of his generation designed houses for their parents at the beginning of their careers as documented in A House For My Mother by Beth Dunlop.) Featured in The New York Times Magazine in 1976—“At Once A Rugged Cabin and A Glass Box” read the headline—the house was hailed for its relationship to its woodsy site and for incorporating “simple, often industrial materials in carefully thought-out, often subtle juxtaposition with one another.”  Times architecture critic Paul Goldberger wrote that Bohlin’s “work has a modesty and a concern with the idea of comfort—with the ‘making of a pleasant place,’ as he puts it—that sets it apart.” Bohlin has continued to set himself apart, and his firm, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, was part of the team that designed Bill Gates famous house in Medina, Washington, which has a similar relationship to nature as the seminal Cornwall house.

Just as important is the work of the Cornwall Housing Corporation, which benefits from the House Tour. Founded in 1988, the Cornwall Housing Corporation provides affordable rental housing and leased parcels of land for building first homes as well as emergency rental assistance.

Rural Intelligence Road TripsCornwall House Tour
Tickets $35
Available at the Cornwall Package Store in Cornwall Bridge (860.672.6645) or The Wish House in West Cornwall (860.672.2969)


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