Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 21, 1965):
Chesterwood was the country home from 1896 to 1931 of Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), sculptor of The Minute Man in Concord, Massachusetts, and the colossal seated figure of Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The 122-acre "Country Place" estate includes the Studio (1898) and Residence (1901) designed by Frenchs friend and Lincoln Memorial collaborator, Henry Bacon. "The best dry view" French had ever seen is still intact from the Studio piazza and Residence terrace to Monument Mountain and Mt. Everett, 17 miles distant.