Mission House

The Berkshires

Swing by this classic 1739 Colonial home, a National Historic Landmark, if just to view it from the outside. It was home to John Sergeant, the first missionary to the region's native Mohicans. The interior contains a collection of 18th-century American furniture and decorative arts. The house is on the corner of Main and Sergeant Sts, just west of the Red Lion Inn.

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