Bear Haven, Shelburne Falls, MA


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room availability
driving and parking directions
Guest Room (Den 2) Virtual Tour
Sitting Room Virtual Tour
New! 'Bearadise' Found, Springfield Sunday Republican, May 2001
Bear Haven by Single Source Photography, October 2000
Bear Haven by Kimberly Knox, about.com, May 2000

Pictures and additional information:

Your hosts


Chris and Deane

Laura Walker 1908-2005
Truth in Advertising:
Due to wide angle camera, rooms are not as large as they appear in these photos!
See also the August 1998 photos (Web links below).

Pookie 1983-2000

Puzzle 1991-2010

Koshka 1998-2009

"26" 2000-2011

front stairway
Stained glass and portraits of ancestors
who lived here (look out for ghosts!)
east guest room
Den 1
Small room with double bed.  Private full

bath (Bath 1) ten steps down the hall. 

sitting room
Here you can curl up with a good book.  You

may have to share the space with a cat or two.
southeast guest room
Den 2
Queen bed. Toilet and sink in room.
Shared full bath (Bath 2) across  hall.  Private porch.

dining room
Here you will enjoy a Continental breakfast

featuring goodies from the local bakery.
south guest room
Den 3
Queen bed.  Toilet and sink in room.
Shared full bath (Bath 2) across hall.
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Bath 1

Private bath for Den 1, ten steps down the hall.
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Bath 2

Shared by Den 2 and Den 3, across the hall.

fireplace room

If you get bored you can try to count the bears.
Chris has been collecting them most of her life.

a bathtub of bears
A satisfied guest from Australia,
down
under some of his friends at Bear Haven
Bear Haven Bed and Breakfast driving directions
Bear Haven by Kimberly Knox from points east, south, and west
detailed map of Shelburne Falls
earlier pictures of Bear Haven Local history and genealogy
summer, about 1898 (230K) Historical Maps of Franklin County, Massachusetts
winter, about 1898 (250K) Shelburne Historical Society
about 1958 (300K) Deane Merrill's Genealogy
January 1997 (240K) Merrills of Franklin County, Massachusetts
December 1997 The Merrills of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
August 1998 (from southeast) The Journey Home: Back to my Roots
August 1998 (from northeast)
in Greenfield Recorder, 12/16/98 Aerial photos by Bird's Eye Views, 12/23/98
July 1999 (290K) (used for Joan Boryta painting) from southwest
July 1999, painting by Joan Boryta from southeast
May 2000, by Single Source Photography from east-northeast
from north-northeast
B&B rooms, December 1997
Den 1, Den 2, Den 3
B&B rooms, August 1998 B&B rooms, July 2001
Den 1, Den2, Den 3, Sitting Room, Dining Room Den 1, Den 2, Den 3, Bath 1, Bath 2, Sitting Room, Fireplace Room, Dining Room
The home at 22 Mechanic Street was built by my great-great-grandfather Moses W. Merrill (1817-1859) around 1852, and extensively remodeled by my great-grandfather Cordeanio Merrill (1840-1908) in 1897-98. Moses and Cordeanio were both members of the renowned Shelburne Falls Military Band. The home passed out of the family after the death of Cordeanio's widow Jennie in 1940.   Through a lucky chance and the alertness of my brother Jon, we were fortunate enough to repurchase 22 Mechanic in March 1997.  Today Moses and his family occupy a prominent gravesite near the entrance of Arms Cemetery. Their ghosts, fortunately benign, have returned to 22 Mechanic and are happy to be among family members again.
My wife Chris and I (with a lot of help) installed eight bathrooms, replaced the front porch and electrical wiring and 70 (!) windows, repaired the roof, restored the beautiful wood floors, and (with regrets) removed a 100-plus year old tree.  The   Victorian "Painted Lady" exterior was completed and new trees were planted.  The B&B opened to guests in Fall 1998.
Shelburne Falls and vicinity:
Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Berkshire East Ski Area
Spend a Day in Shelburne Falls by Kimberly Knox Crabapple Whitewater, rafting and kayaking
Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism Historic Deerfield, museum and 17th century houses
Hiking in Shelburne Falls Moxie Outdoor Adventures, Deerfield River rafting
Shelburne Falls Page, Shelburne Falls Area Business Association Lamson and Goodnow Cutlery, founded 1837
Franklin County Tour by Single Source Photography Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens
Mohawk Trail Association Yankee Candle Company Flagship Store
Massachusetts Maple Producers Association Zoar Outdoor, rafting and kayaking
The charming little village of Shelburne Falls is off Interstate Route 91 in Western Massachusetts, eight miles west of Greenfield on the scenic Mohawk Trail (Route 2). Tourists come to see the magnificent fall foliage, the famous Bridge of Flowers, and the unusual Deerfield River Potholes.  Historic Deerfield, Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens, and the Yankee Candle Company Flagship Store, are 12-15 miles to the southeast.  Berkshire East Ski Area, Crabapple Whitewater and Zoar Outdoor are 10 miles to the west.

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