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The Mount

2 Plunkett St, Lenox, MA 01240-0974
413-637-1899
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Ranked #3 of 19 attractions in Lenox
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Author Edith Wharton's self-designed estate features historical exhibits, garden tours and educational lectures.
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Glenview, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Everyone from the ticket seller to the docent is pleasant. I enjoyed this tour immensely, mostly due to the intelligent and knowledgeable docents. Edith Wharton did the best she could for herself at a restrictive time for women, and showed great design sense in creating this lovely home. Highly enjoyable sculpture garden as well!

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Garrison, NY
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I'm a huge fan of Edith Wharton and her literature. The house tour and informative guide gave me a new appreciation for Wharton and the life she led. This site is not to be missed. There is also a small café on the terrace overlooking the gardens that, for a little while, makes you feel like your living like one... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

A quick tour, then wander on your own for the full beauty of the house. Our tour guide was well informed, so much so she ran out of time, but encouraged us to continue and wander

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Hudson, New Hampshire
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149 reviews 149 reviews
62 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We absolutely loved our time at the Mount. We took the 11 am tour which was very inclusive and informative. The house is gorgeous. The gardens are spectacular! After the tour, we went out onto the terrace and had a really delicious lunch. The menu is simple with sandwiches and salads supplied by the Red Lion Inn. We opted for... More

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Princeton, NJ
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98 reviews 98 reviews
10 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Wandering around an old home can be a pretty dreary, even boring experience, but Andrew, our guide, made Edith Wharton and her home come alive. He shared Wharton's design ideas that made this place both distinctive and very livable. The Mount is interesting because the rooms are pretty small, especially for that time - the gilded era - the early... More

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Boskoop, The Netherlands
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199 reviews 199 reviews
54 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Visited the mount and did the tour, which helps to get more insight in the way Edith Wharton lived and wrote. Tour takes a small hour. You can park your car near the estate or drive all the way up to the house. Entrance is 18 dollar each and reduced rates for students and elderly.

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Dallas, Texas
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76 reviews 76 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

This is the summer home of Edith Wharton, a woman of privilege and passion. Even though she "grew up" with money she used her position and wealth to help others. She was also an amazing author, designer and gardener. Famous for books like, "The age of innocence" she still considered herself and "better gardener than author". Her home reflects the... More

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Newton, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Lovers of American history and/or American literature should visit The Mount. Fascinating, beautiful, really evocative of the Gilded Age. One can almost feel Edith Wharton's presence, as if she still lived in some of the rooms. The only disappointment was with the exterior of the house: the encroachment of the cafe, the lawn chairs strewn about after a concert. The... More

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Southern New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Interesting look at mansion as well as beautiful gardens. Home of Edith Wharton- famous author. Tour guides are excellent.

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Hoofddorp
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We did the "backstairs tour". Very nice !! During the tour many facts on the life of Edith Wharton were given by "her servants". They played the part well. At the end of a tour a Q&A session with a glass of champagne.

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