Edith Wharton’s The Mount is always good for a visit. Edith Wharton (1832-1937) was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer who wrote over 40 books in 40 years, including “The Age of Innocence,” “Ethan Frome,” and “The House of Mirth.” She was the first woman awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, among other honors.
In 1901, Edith Wharton purchased 113-acres in Lenox and then designed and built her Berkshires home: The Mount. The Mount was restored as a cultural center and historic house museum in 1997 and is now a National Historic Landmark. Although Edith Wharton only lived here for ten years, every aspect of the estate, inside and out, still evokes Wharton’s creative spirit.
The Mount is open daily from May through October for house and garden tours and sees close to 40,000 visitors a year. The Mount also hosts special events, performances, lectures, and outdoor sculpture exhibits.
Come October, The Mount gets a little spookier than usual as it begins offering Ghost Tours in honor of Halloween. Various people claim to have had paranormal experiences at The Mount and even Edith Wharton admitted to sleeping with the light on, saying: “… I don’t believe in ghosts, but I’m afraid of them.”
Now you can take a tour of her famous home and see for yourself if the stories are true! The Mount has been home to writers, actors, wealthy families, hardworking servants, and even served as a school for teenage girls. Surely, if ghosts exist, some would be found at this historic site!
Ghost Tours of The Mount are a guided, two-hour experience that will take you to the most haunted parts of the estate. Those who hope to attend should wear warm clothes, sensible shoes, and be prepared for a spooky evening. Leave children under 12 at home with a sitter! The tour includes around a half-mile walk with some steep areas and is not suitable for wheelchairs.
Ghost Tours aren’t the only spooktacular attractions at The Mount this time of year. You can also attend an afternoon of ghost stories with professional storyteller, Tom Lee, on the 29th. October 31st sees a reading of a Wharton ghost story by Ariel Bock.
Attendees are encouraged to come to the special Halloween Ghost Tours in costume. Costumed attendees may join in a contest for best costume, with the winner receiving a season membership to The Mount!
2017 Ghost Tours at Edith Wharton’s The Mount
October 13th, 14th, 20th, 27th, & 28th – 5:45pm, 7pm, 7:45pm, 9pm
“Put in the Mood for Ghosts:” Storytelling with Tom Lee
October 29th – 5pm and 6pm
Ariel’s Annual Halloween Reading
October 31st – 5pm and 6pm
Halloween Ghost Tour
October 31st – 8pm, 10pm, 12am
Tickets for these events sell out FAST. If you hope to attend, grab your tickets now at For tickets and more information: www.edithwharton.org
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