Before Edith Wharton began her literary career she designed her home, The Mount, in the Berkshire Mountains. Every detail--the dark green shutters reflect the green of the pine trees--is perfectly executed.
Ms. Wharton lived here for just a few years before divorcing and moving to France. The estate passed through several owners and suffered from neglect. Over the last 20+ years the house and gardens have been lovingly restored.
Be sure to take the 2 tours, house and gardens, each 45 minutes.
The guides were delightful: passionate about the place, eager to answer questions, and sharing some juicy tidbits about Edith's life.
We got there just after a tour started which allowed time for an iced tea on the terrace overlooking the gardens. Salads and sandwiches are also available.
Check out a full calendar of special exhibits and lectures.
If you have visited the Newport Mansions remember that The Mount was built during the same timeframe but represents the Gilded Age Restrained.
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