The Gilded Age

You may have noticed the motto on our Facebook page: “Turn Back the Clock To The Gilded Age.”

What WAS the Gilded Age?

It was the end of the 19th century, and the span between the haves and have nots in America was wide. Industry, factories, and production were replacing agriculture in the American economy. It was the age where speculators and industrialists thrived and names like Rockefeller and Vanderbilt and Carnegie became prominent, even legendary. Many of those prominent families made our dear Lenox, MA, a vacation destination. A transcontinental railroad at last connected the ends of the continent to one another. Architectural monuments built then, still stand as reminders of that age gone by.

It was a time when luxury was truly luxurious…and our inn, built in 1897, is a Gilded Age landmark (as is our neighbor, the Venfort Hall Guilded Age Museum). It was owned by many of the wealthiest families in America. Our rooms are decorated to give you at taste of the beauty of that time. It’s all a part of the Hampton Terrace experience.


Winter is a great time to soak in that luxury and within five minutes of our door are dozens of restaurants, shops, galleries, bars…even on a chilly day, treasures await you in town, with a minimum of freeze factor thanks to the short walk (and of course the fuzzy hat and mittens that you should be wearing). The recommendations in our Concierge Book can help you plan a day to remember – thanks to our previous guests who have shared their opinions!

Have questions about the history of the house? Email or call us at 800-203-0656 anytime, we’d love to tell you all about it.