The Mount

To tell the stories of The Mount, tours of the house and gardens, a Backstairs Tour, and the popular Ghost Tour are available. There are no velvet ropes and stanchions, instead guests are invited to sit and interact with the rooms. Interpretive exhibits throughout the house explore Edith Wharton’s life, her humanitarian efforts, literary legacy, and lives of the servants. Visitors may also walk through beautiful gardens and trails.

contact info

Hrs: Varies seasonally.

The Mount

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, and more.

supports classroom learning in:
Social Studies, Art

topics covered:
American History, Gilded Age, WWI, Sculpture, Architecture.

contact info
Name: Anne Schuyler
Phone: 413-551-5102
Email: aschuyler@edithwharton.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 5 min., 45 max. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 12:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 12:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 12:1. Registration: Phone, Email. Food Options: Bring your own, Picnic area available. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: No. Accessible To: PD, VI, HI, LD, ASD.

Historic Site Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed; Boston’s Old State House, where the Boston Massacre and the American Revolution began; Washington D.C.’s National Mall, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech; Virginia’s Jamestown settlement, the country’s first colony; Charleston’s Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired; New York’s Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants were introduced to their new home. All of these sites, significant to America’s history, can be visited, toured, and admired. While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, consider the importance in preserving these sites.

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The Mount

To tell the stories of The Mount, tours of the house and gardens, a Backstairs Tour, and the popular Ghost Tour are available. There are no velvet ropes and stanchions, instead guests are invited to sit and interact with the rooms. Interpretive exhibits throughout the house explore Edith Wharton’s life, her humanitarian efforts, literary legacy, and lives of the servants. Visitors may also walk through beautiful gardens and trails.

contact info

Hrs: Varies seasonally.

The Mount

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, and more.

supports classroom learning in:
Social Studies, Art

topics covered:
American History, Gilded Age, WWI, Sculpture, Architecture

contact info
Name: Anne Schuyler
Phone: 413-551-5102
Email: aschuyler@edithwharton.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 5 min., 45 max. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 12:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 12:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 12:1. Registration: Phone, Email. Food Options: Bring your own, Picnic area available. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: No. Accessible To: PD, VI, HI, LD, ASD.

Historic Site Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed; Boston’s Old State House, where the Boston Massacre and the American Revolution began; Washington D.C.’s National Mall, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech; Virginia’s Jamestown settlement, the country’s first colony; Charleston’s Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired; New York’s Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants were introduced to their new home. All of these sites, significant to America’s history, can be visited, toured, and admired. While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, consider the importance in preserving these sites.

View Lesson Plan>>

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