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Buxton School

291 South Street
Williamstown, Massachusetts 01267

150Largest Group
9Meeting Rooms
90Overnight Guests
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  • An idyllic summer conference and event venue, the campus is quiet and peaceful.An idyllic summer conference and event venue, the campus is quiet and peaceful.
  • Enjoy mountain views from all over campus.Enjoy mountain views from all over campus.
  • Meeting spaces in historic and newly renovated spacesMeeting spaces in historic and newly renovated spaces
  • Visual arts and ceramics studio in newly renovated art classroomsVisual arts and ceramics studio in newly renovated art classrooms
  • Enjoy outdoor gatherings on the terrace and meals in the dinning roomEnjoy outdoor gatherings on the terrace and meals in the dinning room
  • Out-of-doors gatherings, easily accommodated and beautifully situatedOut-of-doors gatherings, easily accommodated and beautifully situated
  • Picturesque setting for every special eventPicturesque setting for every special event
  • Mountain views for inspirationMountain views for inspiration
  • 120 Acre campus in walking distance to downtown and The Clark Art Institute120 Acre campus in walking distance to downtown and The Clark Art Institute
  • Two soccer fields nestled in the hill for outdoor team building or sports gamesTwo soccer fields nestled in the hill for outdoor team building or sports games
  • Exceptional outside spacesExceptional outside spaces
  • Performance and large meeting space in the theaterPerformance and large meeting space in the theater
  • State-of-the-art art making facilities, including painting and printing studios.State-of-the-art art making facilities, including painting and printing studios.
  • Pastoral SettingsPastoral Settings
  • Comfortable rooms in three buildings sleep up to 100 overnight guestsComfortable rooms in three buildings sleep up to 100 overnight guests
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  • Area Attractions
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Buxton School offers its gorgeous campus during the summer months for residencies, workshops, conferences, weddings, and special events. The campus, a 120-acre, former estate nestled in the beautiful Berkshires of western Massachusetts, boasts modern facilities, three dormitories with rustic, New England charm (accommodating up to 90 overnight guests) and scenic, mountain views. Walking distance from downtown Williamstown, The Clark Art Institute, and the Williamstown Theater Festival, and driving distance to myriad other natural and cultural offerings in the area, visitors to Buxton’s campus can enjoy the full gamut of summer in the Berkshires.


Nearby Cities & Number of Miles:
Pittsfield, MA - 20 Miles (.5 hours by car) Albany, NY - 38 Miles (1 hour by car) Springfield, MA - 73 Miles (1.5 hours by car) Hartford, CT - 111 Miles (2 hours by car) Boston, MA - 166 Miles (3 hours by car) New York, NY - 167 Miles (3.5 hours by car)
Nearest Airport/ Number of Minutes:
Albany International Airport - Albany, NY / 60
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Within a Short Drive
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Buxton's academic year runs September through the first week of June. During the academic year, classroom and meeting space is available for conferences and workshops. During the months of June, July, and August, the entire campus is available and can accommodate up to 90 overnight guests. With planning, Buxton is able to host special events during the academic year while classes are not in session. For more information on availability, please contact the Director of Summer Programming, Peter Smith (
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Single and Shared Dormitory Rooms
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Private and Shared
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30 people Conference/Workshop Style
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149 people Lecture Style
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In addition to academic classroom spaces, the campus has an art studio, a video production lab, a ceramics facility (with 9 wheels and two kilns), a darkroom and performing arts theater. The music building has 3 practice rooms with several pianos of varying sizes. There are two playing fields, a small outdoor basketball court, and a fitness center with cardio and weightlifting equipment.
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There is a commercially inspected kitchen in the Main House dining hall, which seats up to 125. Groups have the option of using the kitchen to cater their own meals or purchasing an in-house or off-site caterer.
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Special rates are available to faculty, staff, and alumni of the school.
Rental Policies:
A 50% nonrefundable deposit of the client's estimated gross fee for rental of Buxton campus facilities and a $750.00 Security Deposit is due at the time the contract is signed. There will be an initial walk through at start of program and final walkthrough prior to groups departure of all rented spaces with Summer Program Director, to insure the space is left as found, and to determine if cleaning or maintenance fees are to be deducted from the Security Deposit. Clients must obtain insurance and present proof of same four weeks prior to group's arrival. Client may cancel the rental agreement (less the 20% deposit) within 3 months of the program move-in date. If the client cancels the program thereafter, a payment of 15% of the estimated gross fee will be due to the school.
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Ideally Suited For:
Adult Social Event
Corporate Social Events
Family Reunion
Leisure travel
Professional Meeting/Training/Conference/Retreat
Wedding Ceremony/Reception
Youth Retreat/Camp


Facility# of Rooms# of BedsRoom TypeBath TypeA/C
The Barn 16 50 Residence Halls Private no
The Gate House 3 11 Residence Halls Communal no
The Main House 12 32 Residence Halls Private no

Area Attractions

Williamstown Theater Festival "Since 1955, the Williamstown Theatre Festival has brought America’s finest actors, directors, designers, and playwrights to the Berkshires, engaging a loyal audience of both residents and summer visitors. Each WTF season is designed to present unique opportunities for artists and audience alike, revisiting classic plays with innovative productions, developing and nurturing bold new plays and musicals, and offering a rich array of accompanying cultural events including Free Theatre, Late-Night Cabarets, readings, workshops, and educational programs. While best known for our acclaimed productions, WTF is also home to one of the nation’s top training and professional development programs for new generations of aspiring theatre artists and administrators. WTF was honored with the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 2002 and the Commonwealth Award for Achievement in 2011." -

The Clark Art Institute "In 1950 Sterling and Francine Clark chartered the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a home for their extensive art collection. Opened to the public in 1955, the Clark has built upon this extraordinary group of works to become one of the most beloved and respected art museums in the world, known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural environment. One of the few institutions in the United States that combines a public art museum with research and academic programs, including a major art history library, the Clark is now a leading international center for research and discussion on the nature of art and art history. Building upon the founders’ legacy, the Clark completed its master plan for the twenty-first century. This final phase of a transformational campus expansion program adds new facilities to support the growth of museum and academic programs; enhances the visitor experience of the Clark; improves circulation throughout the campus; and creates new levels of environmental sustainability across its 140-acre grounds while maintaining the unique character of its beautiful rural setting." -

Tanglewood "Tanglewood is a music venue in the towns of Lenox and Stockbridge in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. It has been the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937. Tanglewood is also home to three music schools: the Tanglewood Music Center, Days in the Arts and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Besides classical music, Tanglewood hosts the Festival of Contemporary Music, jazz and popular artists, concerts, and frequent appearances by James Taylor, John Williams, and the Boston Pops." -

Mass MOCA MASS MoCA is one of the world’s liveliest centers for making and enjoying today’s most evocative art. With vast galleries and a stunning collection of indoor and outdoor performing arts venues, MASS MoCA is able to embrace all forms of art: music, sculpture, dance, film, painting, photography, theater, and new, boundary-crossing works of art that defy easy classification. Much of the work we show in our light-filled spaces, on our technically sophisticated stages, and within our lovely network of late 19th-century courtyards is made here during extended fabrication and rehearsal residencies that bring hundreds of the world’s most brilliant and innovative artists to North Adams all year round.


  • "Buxton School is the best kept secret of the Berkshires. The natural surroundings and beautiful vistas simply inspire creativity. Our program participants are able to unwind in the country atmosphere and find a sense of grounding, setting them up for a focussed approach to our work. The older buildings are full of charm and warmth — and the many porches are great for impromptu conversations and music jams. The newer facilities are open and spacious and the high ceilings and many windows invite professional output. We feel really lucky to have Buxton as a partner — they have cared deeply for our program and what we do, and have played a big part in its success. This will be our seventh year running our program with them — we can’t imagine doing it with anyone else."
    David Lane - Advanced Puppetry Design Workshop

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