Edith Wharton’s Estate: No Longer Troubled By Foreclosure


Behold The Mount! Edith Wharton designed this estate and gardens overlooking Laurel Lake in Lenox, MA for herself; it was completed in the fall of 1902. Wharton, renowned for her often frustrating Victorian novels and novellas was also highly informed about architecture, interior design and landscape design. In addition to her works of fiction, she authored several books about design and travel, including The Decoration of Houses in 1897, which she co-authored with Ogden Codman, Jr.

About a year and a half ago, the foundation for The Mount was in quite a predicament, fearing foreclosure on the property and deterioration of the architecture and gardens on the site. It seems the organization has since recovered and is now in full swing, getting ready for their summer season, which begins May 1st. In the meantime, Ghost Hunters, the Sci Fi Channel’s exposé on paranormal activity, is coming to film the estate on March 25.

The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, Massachusetts 01240-0974. For general information, call 413-551-5111. The Estate and Gardens are open May through December; there are also several events scheduled during the off season.


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