Literary New England

I loved visiting Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, and as promised here are some equally cool literary landmarks in my loose definition of New England. There are so many others in the Northeast and all over the country and world. Check out this list from Flavorwire.

Mark Twain’s House and Museum in Hartford, CT

Herman Melville’s grave in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY

Emily Dickinson’s House and Museum in Amherst, MA

The Mount: Edith Wharton’s House and Museum in Lenox, MA

The Scribner Building and Charles Scribner’s Sons Building in New York, NY

H.P. Lovecraft’s Providence in Providence, RI

Walden Pond in Concord, MA

Washington Irving’s grave in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, NY

Edith Wharton’s Home: The Mount

Drove out to the Berkshires a couple weeks ago to visit The Mount! The Mount is a turn-of-the-century home, designed and built by author Edith Wharton in 1902. It’s now a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the life and legacy of Wharton. It’s a gorgeously maintained estate and house and I learned so much that I hadn’t previously known about Wharton―particularly her humanitarian efforts during the war and her widely varied interests (the grounds, gardens, and house were all designed by her.) Stay tuned for a post about more literary trips around New England!

“Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was born into a tightly controlled society at a time when women were discouraged from achieving anything beyond a proper marriage. Wharton broke through these strictures to become one of America’s greatest writers. Author of The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, and The House of Mirth, she wrote over 40 books in 40 years, including authoritative works on architecture, gardens, interior design, and travel. She was the first woman awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Yale University, and a full membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters.”

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Cranberry Bogging!

To top off a beautiful autumnal weekend with my mom in Boston, we went cranberry bogging! Mayflower Cranberries in Plympton, Massachusetts has a “Be the Grower” experience package where you can actually put on some waders and help rake in the cranberries. It was a beautiful day and we had so much fun!

Oh, lovely Cape Cod!

I’m not settling into fall well, I’m sure that’s partly because Steve and I had such a wonderful time on our vacation and it really wasn’t long enough! Here are some pictures! The beautiful B&B pictured is The Platinum Pebble in Harwich—which we highly recommend!


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