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The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home

2 Plunkett Street

Lenox, Massachusetts 01240-0974

The Mount is a turn-of-the-century home, designed and built by Edith Wharton in 1902. A National Historic Landmark, today The Mount is a cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton.

A day at The Mount is an opportunity to experience the beauty and splendor of Edith Wharton’s beloved country estate. There is so much to do! Be sure to spend some time exploring our trails. They offer a rare opportunity to experience a forest setting that has been carefully manicured and curated, just like the gardens. The trails are not challenging but do feature rock outcroppings and glacial moraines.

The Mount is located in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. We are down the road from Tanglewood in Lenox, the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, and a scenic 30 minute drive from Mass MoCA in North Adams. Image Credit:

The gardens and grounds are free and open daily from dawn to dusk.

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The Garden of My Soul: Edith Wharton in France
The Lesage Collection

Please join us for a fascinating glimpse into Edith Wharton’s life in France! Our first major onsite exhibit in five years, the collection features an assortment of newly-acquired historical items gathered by French scholar and author Claudine Lesage, including postcards, china, silver and very rare pieces of clothing relating to Wharton’s life in France.

A highlight of Wharton’s life in France were the gardens she created. Normally very private, Wharton invited the general public to view them. The admittance ticket to her Sainte-Claire garden (good for one visit!) shown above is just one of the treasures of the exhibit. Additional exhibit details are forthcoming. 

Writing The Age of Innocence
In this new exhibit, we look behind the finished page to follow Edith Wharton’s creative process, as she turned rough notes into a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

~Our Library Insights feature Wharton’s own personal copy of The Age of Innocence and it’s return to
The Mount. 

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Our grounds will continue to be open, free-of-charge, from dawn to dusk. We encourage those who can to get outdoors and enjoy these longer days.

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