Learning to Live Lavishly in Lenox, Massachusetts
Even if visiting a stuffy old mansion doesn’t appeal to you, you’re guaranteed to find something fascinating on a tour at Ventfort Hall. Engineering and interior design buffs alike will be awed by preserved and restored details like the shockingly three-dimensional plaster ceiling with hanging pendants. If you’re into business, you can hear all about the Vanderbilts and Morgans and the mere $900,000 it took to move the house across the street and build it into a mansion. Fashionistas can pore over an exhibit of dolls that proudly wear hand-made outfits detailing a history of women’s dresses. Anyone who has seen The Cider House Rules will appreciate the building as the setting for the run-down orphanage in the movie. Just when you think you’ve seen everything, there’s another reason to be impressed right around the corner.