Guidebook to Historic Houses and Gardens in New England

71 Sites from the Hudson Valley East

by Willit Mason



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/18/2017

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 254
ISBN : 9781532025402
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 254
ISBN : 9781532025419

About the Book

When Willit Mason retired in the summer of 2015, he and his wife decided to celebrate with a grand tour of the Berkshires and the Hudson Valley of New York.

While they intended to enjoy the area’s natural beauty, they also wanted to visit the numerous historic estates and gardens that lie along the Hudson River and the hills of the Berkshires.

But Mason could not find a guidebook highlighting the region’s houses and gardens, including their geographic context, strengths, and weaknesses. He had no way of knowing if one location offered a terrific horticultural experience with less historical value or vice versa.

Mason wrote this comprehensive guide of 71 historic New England houses and gardens to provide an overview of each site. Organized by region, it makes it easy to see as many historic houses and gardens in a limited time.

Filled with family histories, information on the architectural development of properties and overviews of gardens and their surroundings, this is a must-have guide for any New England traveler.

About the Author

Willit Mason is a retired physician and lover of American history and architecture who would much rather be out in nature or in his garden than indoors in front of a computer screen.