New “Backstairs” tour premieres at The Mount!

Alfred White, the Whartons' longtime butler
Alfred White, the Whartons’ longtime butler

Edith and Teddy Wharton weren’t the only people who lived at The Mount from 1902-1911. At any given time when the Whartons were in residence, 15-20 servants staffed the house and property–all of them with unique circumstances and stories.

We’re eager to tell those stories, which is why we just launched a new “Backstairs” tour that reveals details about the lives of servants who lived and worked at The Mount a century ago.  On Saturday, we welcomed about 35 people on each of two one-hour tours. Visitors seemed quite engaged, and we were very pleased with how everything went. (If you took a tour, we welcome your comments!) Derek Gentile wrote about the tour in today’s Berkshire Eagle.

And, if you missed the tours last weekend, here’s good news: we’re offering four more “Backstairs” tours this month. Make plans now to join us on at 12 pm or 2 pm this Saturday, December 7, or at 12 pm or 2 pm on Saturday, December 14. The main house will be open on those days from 11 am to 3 pm, offering a warm winter haven, festive holiday cheer, and intriguing Gilded Age history!