Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum
Ventfort Hall is an imposing Elizabethan-style mansion built in 1893 for Sarah Morgan, the sister of J. P. Morgan. Designed by the architects Rotch & Tilden, it is located in Lenox, Massachusetts. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and declared an official project of “Save America’s Treasures,” a Millennium program of Hillary Rodham Clinton and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Ventfort Hall is the home of The Museum of the Gilded Age.
Ventfort Hall was one of the approximately seventy-five so-called “Cottages” built in Lenox in the last century when the village became a popular Gilded Age resort. Located on spacious grounds in the heart of the village, it is partially restored and open to the public. Through lectures, exhibits, theatrical performances and other events, The Museum of the Gilded Age interprets the great changes that occurred in American life, industry, and society during the Nineteenth Century, a fascinating period of American history
Very fine performance of Hamilton’s Ladies. We learned a lot today.
Alot of history & as restoration ongoing, it will be lovely again.
In fairness, I believe that this small mansion from the gilded age is still undergoing renovation. nonetheless, it is a dark, rather gloomy structure with some historic interest which the docent does a good job explaining. But it is sparsely furnished, with just a few rooms. And, the main downstairs rooms were filled with tables and chairs for an private evening event. This really killed any ambiance and made it difficult to view the few displays. Even without the public event setup, this was not worth the $18pp fee. But, the grounds are lovely and can be visited for free. The Edith Wharton house, The Mount, is worth every penny of the same entrance fee.
Neat place to visit
Although the house is not fully restored it is still a great place to visit. Hope to go back one day when it is done.