Top 5 Attractions in Lenox, MA

5.)  Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum

The cider house was built in 1893 for George and Sarah Morgan, who was the sister of J. P. Morgan, to designs by architects Rotch & Tilden. Its outside is brick with a brownstone trim, having about 50 rooms in a total of 28,000 square feet of living capacity, containing 9 key bedrooms and 10 bedrooms for servants, 7 bathrooms, and 17 fireplaces. The house was seated within a large landscaped garden of 26 acres, which has since been lowered down to 11.7 acres. After the Morgan’s’ passed away, the house was rented for various years to Margaret Vanderbilt, then it was sold in 1925 to W. Roscoe and Mary Minturn Bonsal who then would sell the house in 1945, after which was used as a dormitory for the music students of Tanglewood music, a summer hotel, the Michel Fokine Ballet Summer Camp, and community housing for the religious group The Bible Speaks, which today is  known as Greater Grace World Outreach.

4.) The Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio

In Lenox, Massachusetts there stands a legendary house turned museum which previously belonged to American Abstract Artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen. The art studio was developed in Bauhaus style back in 1930 by Morris and his associate George Sanderson. The house was built in 1941, designed by John Butler Swann. The house and studio were entered into the National Register of Historic Places back in 2016. The house contains furniture and ornaments that haven’t changed since the couple’s lifetime. The art collection includes cubist works and paintings by Morris and Frelinghuysen, along with works by Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Georges Braque, Joan Miro and Henri Matisse.

3.) Elm Court

Elm Court is an old Vanderbilt mansion and it is located on Old Stockbridge Road, looking over the town line between Lenox and Stockbridge, Massachusetts. It was owned and operated as a hotel resort by relatives of the original owners until July 2012.

2.) The Mount

The Mount is a well-known country house located in Lenox, Massachusetts. It was where famous American author Edith Wharton once held residence. She designed the house and its surrounding property and often referred to it as it her “first real home.” The house, located in The Berkshires, is open to all visitors. The residence was announced as a National Historic Landmark in 1971.

1) Tanglewood

Tanglewood is a popular music venue in the towns of Lenox and Stockbridge within Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. It is known as the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since their first summer there in 1937. Tanglewood happens to be the home of  three music schools: the Tanglewood Music Center, Days in the Arts and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Aside from classical music, Tanglewood provides the Festival of Contemporary Music, jazz and popular artists, concerts, and frequent appearances by James Taylor, John Williams, and the Boston Pops.

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