Venfort Hall Celebrating Ten Years, Berkshires historic house museum

photo1Hampton Terrace is one of the “Berkshire Cottages.” In general terms, around the turn of the century, if someone built a home to participate in the Lenox/Stockbridge late summer social register scene, their home was a “Berkshire Cottage.” Some, however, are great estates, and Ventfort Hall is one of the best.

Built by J. P.Morgan’s sister, Sarah, and her husband, George (his cousin), Ventfort Hall is such a good example of the genre that it has become “The Museum of the Gilded Age.” Ten years ago, it was slated to be torn down.

Thanks to some very strong supporters, especially Tjasa Sprague, who is still intimately involved, Ventfort Hall has not only been saved but predominantly restored. There is much to do, but the exterior, the main downstairs rooms, and several of the upstairs rooms are now completely restored and open for tour. More importantly, the facility hosts numerous events and productions throughout the year, adding significantly to the Lenox scene.

Hampton Terrace is very fortunate to be located just several hundred yards from Ventfort Hall and we gratefully share our Gilded Age heritage. It is not possible to stay at Ventfort Hall, but Hampton Terrace has been a well-known inn since 1937. We invite you to combine a stay at Hampton Terrace Bed and Breakfast inn, visit Ventfort Hall either for a tour or an event, and then stroll into Lenox, a 2-square block village that embraces its Gilded Age past.