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“Gem in a beautiful setting”
Review of The Mount

The Mount
Ranked #2 of 24 things to do in Lenox
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Owner description: The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton. The Mount engages a diverse audience by providing context to Wharton's life and achievements through educational and public programs and the conservation and preservation of her historic estate and gardens. Each year, The Mount is host to over 40,000 visitors. Daily tours of the property are offered May through October, with special events throughout the year. Annual summer programming includes a joint exhibit with SculptureNow, Wharton on Wednesdays, Music After Hours, and the celebrated Monday Lecture Series. Exhibitions explore themes from Wharton's life and work.
Troy,NY
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28 reviews
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“Gem in a beautiful setting”
Reviewed July 28, 2011

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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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Peaceful and evocative. A step back to a gentler time. Saving America's Treasures.”
Reviewed July 27, 2011

I had long wanted to visit "The Mount" and planned a weekend with my Mother to see this lovely estate of Edith Wharton. The Mount has struggled financially until recently but happily is now undergoing renewal and restoration including the stables. Many wonderful events are ongoing The charming docents were very informative, the landscaping beautiful and it felt like a escape back in time. In the main house are many informative exhibits on the life of Edith Wharton. We walked around the italianate garden a couple of times and relaxed with a snack in the Terrace Cafe.

Visited June 2011
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Indianapolis
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“Facinating !!!”
Reviewed July 7, 2011

History, architecture and botany in one package. Went for a couple of hours, spent the day. House is an primer one turn of the century elegance. The garden in compact but beautful, The terrace has snacks available (love the Smoked Salmon on bagette). Even the walk back was beautful. Spring for the extra $2 for the guided tour.

Visited July 2011
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Morristown, New Jersey
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“Edith Wharton's retreat”
Reviewed June 27, 2011

What a lovely property this is! Beautiful location, meticulously restored, great docent talks both in the home and on the grounds. Edith Wharton was revived through our docents Laurie and Ann who had an obvious interest in , reverence for and knowledge of the author and her time.

Visited June 2011
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Massachusetts
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“Ghost Tours”
Reviewed June 21, 2011

Following up on the Ghost Hunters TV show visit in 2009 the Mount has started Ghost Tours on Monday nights. You can make reservations online at The Mount site. The site does recommend making reservations ahead of time as it states that they limit the amount of people that can take the tour. The cost is now $20 each, and they do limit the tour to ages 12 and older.

We just took the tour, with about 25 other people. It lasted about 2 hours and the group got to extensively tour the stables and the house. We learned a lot about the Whartons, got to see much of both buildings, even with a walk up to the pet cemetery on our way between buildings, and heard of the many paranormal events that have taken place on the site. Our tour guide was excellent, and it was apparent that she really enjoyed showing us around and telling us about the Mount, the people who have occupied the buildings, and those that might just still be there. It appeared to me that everyone on the tour did enjoy it.

Visited June 2011
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