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Landmarks: Ventfort Hall celebrates glories of the Gilded Age (with photo gallery)

Home built in 1893 in Lenox, Mass., now a museum

KEVIN SPRAGUE - Ventfort Hall's dining room is among the many attractions at the Museum of the Gilded Age in Lenox, Mass.
KEVIN SPRAGUE - Ventfort Hall's dining room is among the many attractions at the Museum of the Gilded Age in Lenox, Mass.
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Newport, R.I., is generally considered the first summer getaway for the rich and famous in U.S. history, and while the folks at Ventfort Hall in Lenox, Mass., don’t go out of their way to dispute that claim, Cornelia “Nini” Brook Gilder doesn’t have to feel good about it. “They used to call Lenox the ‘inland Newport,’ but I never liked that,” said Gilder, an author, local historian and one of the many volunteers who helped ...

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