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Ventfort Hall

Lenox, MA
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Ranked #6 of 12 Attractions in Lenox
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Ventfort Hall is an imposing Jacobean Revival-style mansion built in 1893 for Sarah Morgan, the sister of J. P. Morgan. Designed by the architects... more »
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Compared to The Mount, Venfort was dark and a little forbidding. Admittedly, its renovation status has been tenuous and the current non-profit is making a sincere effort to save it. Many areas are closed off from view. Nonetheless there are wonderful woodworking details and historical quirks of interest. The docent here was not as knowledgeable as I would have expected.

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Portland ME
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Excellent, informative tour guide who helps visitors appreciate the Gilded Age. Great storytelling and make the building come alive!

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Cape Ann, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We toured several Lenox attractions with our sixteen year old neice and this was one of her favorites even though the dames are no longer on display. Our guide was informative and gave us a history lesson as we toured an interesting building of a by-gone era.

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pleasant valley
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18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This house is still being renovated but is really interesting. I liked the before and after pictures. And there are so many fascinating collections of objects. The dolls with the vintage clothing are amazing, they alone are worth the price of admission! there is also a beautiful collection of antique fans AND antique wedding dresses! The docent was really friendly... More

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

That this historic home with all its beautiful architecture and quirkiness is still standing is nothing short of a miracle, as not many years ago it was slated for destruction to make room for another nursing home! Thankfully a dedicated group of locals were able to salvage this exquisite "cottage", and each time we visit there is something new to... More

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We toured this home on our trip to the Berkshires and found it to be very interesting. The tour guide was informative and knowledgeable. It is a work in progress but the staff appear to be dedicated to complete the restoration. It is worth a visit.

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Greenfield MA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

THis is a delightful historic home that I have visited several times over several years. There are improvements each time. Much has been restored, there are many programs, and it's a lovely place in a beautiful setting with an intriguing history. It is clear that they are working hard to save, restore and keep this beautiful home inviting. (I am... More

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nj
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Interesting house - docent was rather tedious. I think our tour would have been much better with another docent. But worth going to.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I visited Ventfort this May after having been there about 6 years ago. What a transformation! Since my last visit, several rooms upstairs, the entryway, the library, and the outside brickwork have all been renovated. Over the entry is an orchestra space for the dances to be held in the great hall. The dining room is elegant and held a... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Ventfort is in the process of being restored after falling into disrepair 20+ years ago. Beautiful craftmanship and a view into summer life during the age of the Robber Barons. I enjoyed all of it!

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