Wharton, photo courtesy of Uneek Doll Designs

The Mount (www.edithwharton.org) is the home of Edith Wharton in Lenox, and it demonstrates her ideas on how to organize architecture and surrounding gardens.

Wharton was the first woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction (1921). Her best-known works are Ethan Frome, House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence (all of which can be found at gutenberg.org), but she wrote more than 40 books on many subjects.

Ethan Frome is one of the books librarians set on display in winter, and can be required reading in high school. You might feel a chill just looking at the cover. Brrrr…

Students, after you visit Edith Wharton’s house, write down some ideas you have for making changes in your room, your home, or your yard that would make it more beautiful and logical.

The Mount is the tenth and final stop on Massachusetts Trail Part 1! Part 2 picks up in Amherst…

Patricia Smart