The Mount is a National Historic Landmark located in Lenox, MA. It is a cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton - author of The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, and The House of Mirth - among many other works.
The Mount recently sustained incredible damage during heavy rains - but their Summer plans forge on and we are joined now by Susan Wissler, Executive Director of The Mount.
Heavy rain Wednesday night and into Thursday damaged roads throughout the Capital Region and western Massachusetts. The downpours also wreaked havoc on historic gardens in Lenox.
Workers at The Mount, the 50-acre estate of the late author and humanitarian Edith Wharton, found what they call heartbreak Thursday morning. Five inches of rain washed away nearly two feet of walkway limestone, revealing quarry rubble laid by the Whartons more than a century ago.
The Mount in Lenox, MA is both an historic site and a center for culture inspired by the passions and achievements of Edith Wharton.
They are presenting events just about every day of the week throughout their season including theatre, music, readings, lectures, The Wharton Salon, and ghost tours. The Mount will host their 3rd WordFest September 19-21. This year, in addition to readings and poetry, they are bringing Literary Death Match to the Berkshires.
There is a lot going on and The Mount’s Executive Director, Susan Wissler, and Communications Director, Rebecka McDougall join us to tell us more.
Julian Fellowes, creator of the PBS smash Downton Abbey, received the 2012 Edith Wharton Lifetime Achievement Award in Boston on Saturday. But, he extended his first trip to the Bay State by one day to have time to visit The Mount in Lenox. We met up with him there and spoke with him about Wharton and his work.