The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center dedicated to the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of author Edith Wharton (1862-1937), whose works include classic novels such as The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth, as well as authoritative works on architecture, design, and travel.
Wharton published over forty books in forty years,
oversaw and funded a major refugee relief effort in Europe during World War I, and developed a new aesthetic that became the foundation for the interior design profession in the United States.
The Mount maintains and interprets the estate she designed and built in 1902 which includes the main house, stable, greenhouse, and formal gardens.
The Mount has evolved from a traditional historic house museum to a vibrant cultural center, engaging audiences through our year-round artistic and literary programs. Susan Wissler, executive director, talks about this transformation in an interview directed by Jason Brown.