We've been watching The Mount
, the historic Massachusetts home
of author Edith Wharton, for the last couple years as it has struggled to stay open amid deep debt
. The historic home even faced foreclosure a few years back but it seems that each time the home ends up in trouble, donors and foundations step in to help out, a testament to the enduring fondness for both the writer and this beautiful home. The Mount recently received a $300,000 gift
from an anonymous local donor recently after an article in the Berkshire Eagle
mentioned that the Mount is facing a $1 million debt repayment deadline in May 2011. A blog post on The Mount website
states that the donor regards The Mount as a national treasure and hopes others will also step up to help. The Mount's year-end appeal raised over $350,000.
The Mount is located in the Berkshires area of Massachusetts which relies on summer tourism for its local museums and estates
. The Mount is part of the "American Icons" admission program which lets visitors purchase special package deal tickets to four cultural institutions: Chesterwood and the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, The Mount and Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock. Chesterwood was the summer home of sculptor Daniel Chester French. The Berkshires area is also the home of Tanglewood, the summer venue for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.