Many Berkshire cottage owners of the Gilded Age also had summer houses in scenic Maine coastal resorts – Isleboro, Mount Desert and even Campobello across the border in Canada.
Historians Cornelia Brooke Gilder and Dr. Ronald H. Epp, author of Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George B. Dorr, will join to uncover the little-known story of the “Lenox Rusticators on the Maine Coast” here at the mansion on Tuesday, July 16. A Victorian tea will follow.
Gilder and Epp will tell how well-known Lenox figures – Dorrs, Kanes, Kinnicutts, Parsons and Jesups – participated in the land conservation and civic life of the emerging Maine resorts of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The story of the impact of the Berkshires on the development in particular of the park located on Mount Desert Island led by Dorr, the legendary conservationist and landscape designer, will also be told. His vision of Acadia offered “one great element of wildness” – “contact with the ocean and the sight from mountainous heights of its great plain of waters.” He was also an advisor to gardening friends Beatrix Farrand at Bar Harbor, Maine and Edith Wharton at her Lenox estate.
The summer 2019 series of fourteen Tea & Talks presented every Tuesday until September 10 are sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.
Cost to attend is $28 with advance reservation; $32 day of. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.