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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.
Connecticut
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11 reviews
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“Lenox Mansion”
Reviewed 22 September 2010

Great landscaping at this mansion in Lenox. Nice side trip when visiting Tanglewood and surrounding area. Very pleasant walk from parking lot to the Mount, like the enchanted forest. Rear covered deck is great for a glass of wine and lunch. I could sit there all day.

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Philadelphia
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“I love this place, however some changes have been made that I don't care for”
Reviewed 24 August 2010

The Edith Wharton Estate is wonderful. I was there several years ago and after wards was inspired to read, "Age of Innocence". What happened to the running of this place?. For some reason there is a modern art exhibit seen throughout the rooms in the mansion. Where is the bed that was in Edith Wharton's bedroom??? This bed was such a crucial element in the life of Edith Wharton.--didn't she do her writing in bed??? Instead of Edith Wharton's bed, you have this big mobile hanging from the cieling. On the same floor of the bedrooms, you are advertising your Age of Innocence DVD's to be sold in the bookstore!!! You've turned the whole mansion into a commercial!

I don't want to get her in trouble, and maybe your standards have gone down, but our tour guide wasn't very good. She spent most of her time talking about how Edith Wharton was not photogenic when she was younger . One detail also might have interested the rest of the visitors, the fact that Mrs. Wharton did not have her bedroom wallpapered because she preferred it to have plain walls.

At least I had had a better experience of this place when I came here before, but I was disappointed that my friends could not have the same experience.

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Queens, New York
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“History in a lovely setting”
Reviewed 15 August 2010

The Mount was home to writer Edith Wharton from 1901 to 1910. Although not restored to be as it was in her day, the house nonetheless is interesting and the gardens, planned by Wharton, are beautiful. Wharton is an important person in feminist history and it's worth taking the time to learn more about her. A very pleasant outing if you're in the Lenox area.

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San Francisco, California
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“Literature, design, gardens, history-all fascinating”
Reviewed 15 August 2010

This site was one of my favorites during our weeklong exploration of the Beautiful Berkshires. Although familiar with her novels, I knew nothing about Edith Wharton and learned about her genius of building design and landscaping, as well as more about her literary life. The house and grounds are beautiful even though restoration is not complete. My husband was impressed with the work that has been done since he visited The Mount 3-4 years ago. A minor issue for me is the use of contemporary art to "fill in" what has not been recovered. I understand why they did it (to help raise money) and in another setting would appreciate them more, but would reather see antique reproductions. My personal druthers, but I'm sure others would feel differently. Her life is very interesting as well, including her work in Paris during WWI for many charitable groups. And the library actually has a portion of her own book collection! Would love to sit there, or in the Italian garden, or the veranda, or many other places at The Mount and read them!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Nice Mix of History, Architecture and Natural Beauty”
Reviewed 8 June 2010

Visited The Mount on a Saturday morning in early June. We enjoyed it, as it combined a bit of interesting history imparted through a quick, but engaging tour, some interesting architectural elements (Edith Wharton designed the house using then "modern" design concepts), and beautiful and harmonious gardens.

Others have pointed out that the restoration is "a work in process" - that is true, but it has obviously come a long way, and what has been done has been done well, indeed. I was also impressed with the exhibits that had just been installed, one on movies that have been made from Edith Wharton books, the other (very interesting) focused on Edith Wharton's activities and charitable causes during the First World War (while she lived in Paris).

If you like history, Edith Wharton, early 20th Century architechecture, and/or lovely European gardens with an "American twist", I'd highly recommend a visit.

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