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“Not my cup of tea, but you might like it!” 3 of 5 bubbles
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.
Pound Ridge, New York
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120 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Not my cup of tea, but you might like it!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2011

The old mansion was cool to tour and the gardens/grounds were gorgeous. The tour guide was a bit stuffy, but knowledgeable. If you like history, architecture, Edith Wharton and/or museums, you should go and would enjoy this tour. It was a bit pricey, but interesting. Tour was ~2 hours.

Visited July 2011
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Cranston, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“beautiful gardens”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2011

It was very interesting to learn more about the life of this author. The gardens are beautiful - be sure to walk around. As you wander around outside, be sure to visit her pet cemetery........ very sweet.

Visited August 2011
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Mountain View, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Beautiful home and garden, interesting tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2011

Neither my wife nor I are fans of Edith Wharton-- in fact we had not ever read any of her books. But we do enjoy visiting beautiful gardens and learning about history. Passing through this area on a rainy day, we thought it would be a good stop. We are glad we decided to do so.

The most interesting aspect of The Mount is seeing it while learning about the history of the author Edith Wharton, who also designed and had built the house and gardens. She was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for her book The Age of Innocence. She lived at The Mount for about 10 years before moving to Europe.

A guided tour is not required, but it is a good way to learn more. Tour guides and staff seem to be rather serious but effective in giving the history (of Edith and the house) and answering questions.

In addition to the furnished rooms (some of them recreated to look approximately as they had when the author lived there), there are rooms dedicated exhibitions. One exhibition shows Edith Wharton's good works during WW1 in France. Another (cheesy) room shows the Wharton books that were turned into Hollywood movies, with a looping video with some highlights.

Visited October 2011
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“Very interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2011

Lovely home being restored. It was interesting to see the restored areas vs. the unrestored rooms. Also, the self guided tour provided a good feel for the author's life and time period. Several docents were around to answer questions and were knowledgeable.

Visited October 2011
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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Visit for the grounds, mainly”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2011

We visited the Mount on a pleasant autumn Saturday. The parking lot was mostly empty and we had no difficulty with lines. Admission is $16 + $2 for a guided tour.

It’s a pretty ¼ mile walk down the driveway to the house. It’s a gentle winding road surrounded by majestic trees, ivy and birds. The house and its lovely placement on the property cast a striking first impression. Pathways beckon you to the gardens.

Inside the house, we were first directed to the kitchen to watch a video. While the video was outstanding and gave a thorough overview of Wharton’s life and her time at the Mount, the room is an odd choice for welcoming visitors. The “kitchen” is a completely stripped down room, with peeling paint, dusty radiators, exposed wall and floor boards. Folding chairs were placed out for visitors.

The website for the Mount says that you can take a guided tour of the “42 room house.” The tour only covers about 8-10 rooms, half of which are empty or contain exhibits about film adaptations of Wharton’s novels.

There are two highlights on the tour: Edith’s own book collection housed in the study and the views of the gardens from the rooms. Our tour guide was well informed and enthusiastic, however most of the information was previously covered in the film.

I understand that efforts are underway to furnish all the empty rooms to closely resemble their appearance from Wharton’s time there. If the tour price were higher than $2, I’d recommend skipping it entirely. If you’re expecting to see many rooms fully furnished with Wharton’s own possessions, you will be disappointed. They also offer a garden tour, which I didn’t take because it was cold, but I imagine that tour would be interesting.

The Mount is definitely worth a visit, but I think it is best enjoyed outdoors.

Visited October 2011
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