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A collaboration of the The Community Events Committee of the Salisbury Association  and the Scoville Memorial Library

Edith Wharton is known mainly for her contribution to American literature, yet she was also a skilled pioneer of house and garden design during a time of great cultural and intellectual change. This program will look at Wharton’s life, and in particular her time at The Mount, her elegant estate in Lenox, Massachusetts. Wharton designed both house and garden with the same lucidity she applied to her written work. Surrounded by the extravagances of the Gilded Age, Wharton believed in symmetry, proportion and moderation. We will examine Wharton’s lifelong fascination with beauty and structure, and in particular, her passion for gardens, as we trace the history of The Mount from its creation in 1902 to its recent restoration.


Anne Schuyler is Director of Visitor Services at The Mount, in Lenox, MA.  She joined The Mount in 2006 as a tour guide. She currently leads the Visitors Services and Exhibits teams, and manages group tour activity. Her prior professional experience includes management positions at Hyatt Hotels and Computer Sciences Corporation. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Virginia, and Professional Certificate in Public History from Northeastern University in Boston.

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