This will be our fifth drive, continuing the Gilded Age tradition of Coaching in the Berkshires. The Berkshires, of western Massachusetts, known for its natural beauty, provided a favorite coaching setting for many members of the Coaching Club of New York at the turn of the century. Coaching Club members included Augustus Schermerhorn, Harris Fahnestock, George Griswold Haven, Sr. and George Griswold Haven Jr., Harry Payne White and Coaching Club president Frank K. Sturgis all had residences in the Lenox area.
They came to enjoy the perfect fall weather and the glorious foliage throughout the rolling hills. The Astors, Vanderbilts, Fields, Morgans, Carnegies, and Westinghouses were some of the famous families that built large opulent “Cottages” and the Berkshires became known as the “Inland Newport”.
You are invited to come see the coaches on the roads and the sites we will visit; Tanglewood, The Rockwell Museum & The Mount, Edith Wharton Estate and Gardens. This year’s drive is being held one week earlier due to the World Equestrian Games.