Edith Wharton’s The Mount Closing for the Season

Photo Credit: ann-dabney (Creative Commons)

Photo Credit: ann-dabney (Creative Commons)

October is your last — and scariest — chance to tour one of Lenox’s most popular sightseeing destinations, the home of American author Edith Wharton, known as The Mount.

The Mount, a 42-room country home designed by the author herself and built in 1902, is reminiscent of a 17th-century English mansion. Situated at the grounds’ high end, it overlooks several restored gardens, which include an Italian walled garden, alpine rock garden, lime walk, form flower garden, and extensive grass terraces.

The grounds are open year-round, but The Mount itself is only open to the public from May to October, with the exception of special events.

Visiting The Mount in October

For the remainder of October, passes and tours are available nearly every day. Opportunities to explore The Mount vary from passes to the grounds to a 45-minute, room-to-room guided tour by experts of Edith Wharton, introducing you to her life, her works, and her home. There is also a Terrace Café open, with scenic views of the garden terraces and Laurel Lake.

The Mount also holds a reputation for being haunted, offering ghost tours throughout September and October. The mansion was even featured in an episode of “Ghost Hunters” on the SciFi Channel.

Special Halloween Events

In celebration of Halloween, there will be several special events held at The Mount during late October, including special Halloween ghost tours and a dramatic reading of Edith Wharton’s own ghost tale, “Kerfol,” on Halloween night.

Rooms cannot be booked at The Mount, but there is gracious hospitality available a mere five-minute drive from the mansion at The Rookwood Inn. Don’t miss your chance to visit The Mount before the season ends or to stay at The Rookwood and learn about its connection to Edith Wharton’s writings. (Hint: she wrote “Ethan Frome” based upon a true story of a sledding accident which took place at the bottom of the Old Stockbridge Road hill which passes in front of The Rookwood Inn.)