Wow. We visited Aspet, the home and studios of Augustus Saint Gaudens, as a small group of Master Gardeners. Our docent was friendly and very knowledgable about Saint Gauden's life and his works. It was humbling to be in the close presence of his sculptures and facinating to learn their histories. It is an intimate place to visit; a few hours will do unless you choose to also walk the trails. Bring your lunch to enjoy on the gorgeous grounds and dont forget your camera; you'll be inspired by the view and the site as were his Cornish Art Colony contemporaries,including the painter Maxfield Parrish. The gardener James is doing an outstanding job. On July 14 the poppies and hollyhocks at the studio were a rambuncious riot of color and pollinators while the more formal gardens at the house were also companionably blooming. One of the staff mentioned that Saint Gaudens is the least visited National Historic Site. That is probably due to its location rather than its offerings. It is well worth the effort to go just.... DO NOT USE GPS!!(use Google maps) One of our group used GPS and ended up in the boonies on dirt roads with no road signs in a place marked "Hell Hollow"! If you do end up there don't despair, nice people guided him out. Go!
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