Bus Trip to Naumkeag

September 13, 2017 - ILR had a wonderful trip to Naumkeag, despite the bus having a flat tire on the way.  Our driver managed to get us to Burger King while the flat was being fixed, and ILR members took it all in good stride!  It was otherwise a beautiful day in the Berkshire Mountains in the late summer.  We saw where wealthy families spent their summers at magnificent homes, picnicking, playing golf, reading on huge porches, having grand parties on the spreading green lawns.

One of the summer retreats designed by the famous Stanford White was for New Yorkers Joseph Choate, a lawyer and diplomat, and his wife Caroline, an artist and women's education activist from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. They named their home "Naumkeag" in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Their daughter inherited the home in 1929 and filled the house with souvenirs from her vast travels and oversaw a redesign of the gardens with the famous landscape architect Fletcher Steele.

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