Sepia Scenes is hosted by Mary T, who also hosts the fabulous Ruby Tuesday.
The Mount, near Lenox, Massachusetts, was designed by Edith Wharton and built in 1902. She lived here for ten years, and some of her most noted books, including The House of Mirth and Ethan Frome, were written here. A group of us visited The Mount over the weekend during our trip to The Berkshires.
The front entrance. As our guide said, this was considered the first room of the house. Your carriage would pull up here and let you out at the front door. (Pardon the sloppy job of cropping a person out.)
Wharton believed that the design of a house should be treated architecturally and should honor the principles of proportion, harmony, simplicity, and suitability.
The Mount is the only U.S. monument to Edith Wharton.It is also one of the mere 5% of National Historic Landmarks dedicated to women.
From Wharton's autobiography:
On a slope overlooking the dark waters and densely wooded shores of Laurel Lake we built a spacious and dignified house, to which we gave the name of my great-grandfather's place, The Mount…There for over ten years I lived and gardened and wrote contentedly, and should doubtless have ended my days there had not a grave change in my husband's health made the burden of the property too heavy..
But meanwhile The Mount was to give me country cares and joys, long happy rides and drives through the wooded lanes of that loveliest region, the companionship of a few dear friends, and the freedom from trivial obligations which was necessary if I was to go on with my writing. The Mount was my first real home…its blessed influence still lives in me.