The Mount

The Mount, built by Edith Wharton in 1901, is where the author wrote some of her most popular and acclaimed literary works. The Mount offers scholastic programs during which students will explore Wharton’s life and work, the significance of her Berkshire writer’s retreat, and the turbulent history of Gilded Age America. During their visit, students will view educational exhibits on Wharton’s World War I relief work, the roles of the staff in the Mount's historic kitchen, a focused look at Wharton's time at The Mount, and a presentation of large-scale outdoor sculptures. On a guided tour, they will learn how Edith Wharton defied societal expectations, climb The Mount’s backstairs to explore the workings of an early twentieth-century country estate, walk The Mount and its neoclassical gardens, or uncover the supernatural side of Edith Wharton and hear the stories of the ghosts who may still haunt The Mount’s halls. Guided tours may include an additional interactive lesson. 
 
Contact Info
Address: 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA 01240. Berkshire County. Tel: 413-551-5110. Email: awilson@edithwharton.org. Website: www.edithwharton.org. Hrs: Daily 10AM - 5PM (May - October).
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: K-12th. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Outreach. Recomm. Length of Visit: 60+ min. Cost: Fee.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies, Language Arts.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies.

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