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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.
Reviewed October 12, 2011

Beautiful old house and gardens with an interesting historical provenance. You will learn more about Edit Wharton than you thought possible. Admission is a bit steep, but it's to help them keep up the place, so a good cause.

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Reviewed October 8, 2011

Edith Wharton built this magnificent home over 100 years ago and lived there for 10 years before moving to Europe. It is a large home with many rooms and terraces, as well as a beautiful garden. None of the furniture is original, but the place is filled with history. There are videos about Wharton, as well as clips of films made of her books in a movie room with 1905 theater seats. There are artifacts she owned, books from her library, pictures, etc. throughout this great home which is still in the process of restoration. The home is part of the North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) and membership in one of those museums allows for free admission to the Mount.

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Reviewed October 4, 2011

First visited The Mount in 2001 when the restoration was in its infancy so had the opportunity to see the walls when daubsof paint were on them and hear about Benjamin Moore Paint working to get the formulas together to try to re-create the paint of that era. Today, the major rooms are all painted, some furnished, some not - but all evoke an era. Seeing Edith Wharton's personal library of books back on the shelves where they belong is thrilling in and of itself. The views over the gardens and lawn are beautiful. The gardens are magical with hedge and fountains and terracing and flowers and perfectly matched young trees. The major impression I had of this house is that it was a "home" and it reflected the taste of the woman who created it. It is stately but not overwhelming. Edith Wharton designed her home as meticulously as she designed her wonderful books. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy this step back into another age.

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Reviewed September 28, 2011

This made for a lovely morning for a few of our reunion members to spend some time together and see the home and hear about its history. The weather was clear and the views from the second floor and porches of the hosue were wonderful. This was fun for the reader, the architect, the real estate agent and the gardener to enjoy various aspects of the house.

2  Thank LovingMaine18
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

I first saw the Mount back in the late 90s when restoration was just beginning I suppose. It was mainly to see a theater show, so I only saw the lawns and the outside of the house.

This round, the gardens have been restored and the interior looks amazing. The grounds changed dramatically from my previous memory and they've done quite well. I look forward to visiting again in the future to see their changes.

The house has some rooms still undergoing restoration, but most of it is complete. Various interior decorations are quite lovely, and I learned a bit more about Edith Wharton than my high school English readings of her novels. She was quite an amazing woman aside from being a prolific author.

Bring good walking shoes and you can get the tour or do the self-guided (which we did) and still get lovely advice and guidance from the friendly staff around the house and grounds. It took us about an hour and half to wrap up though we were curious about the woodland trails. If it weren't for the season and our schedule we may have considered it.

Note: They did have a cafe, but it seems to be seasonal.

2  Thank ahslian
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