Sarah Morgan Mansion and Gilded age Museum

Built-in 1893 by Sarah Morgan who inherited 800-900k which is 27 million dollars today, sister of the financier J.P. Morgan. The mansion went through a number of incarnations before opening to the public as a museum and event venue. It is currently listed on the national register of historic places and as an official project of the federal “Save America’s Treasures” program. The mansion is familiar to many as the site of the orphanage in the Academy Award-winning film, The Cider House Rules.

This here is the first-floor self-guided tour the second and third-floor tours was not available on this day I can imagine I’ll have over 160+ photos if I captured the whole mansion. The mansion is a 28,000 square foot Jacobean Revival mansion with 54 rooms. Completed in 1893, the House was equipped with such amenities as gas and electric lighting, indoor plumbing, and central heating, a burglar alarm system, an internal fire hose, and even an electric elevator. After a state of monumental disrepair, a very small handful of items in the house remain that were original to the Morgan Family.

To date, over 5 million dollars have been spent on the restoration through a combination of private donations, grants, and public funds. My thoughts are, uh The J.P. Morgan Brand didn’t step in like hey that’s our sister we will not let imminent demolition happen to this mansion. Here it is today in Lenox, Massachusetts.

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The Ceiling 

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Call Bells for the Servants. This Mansion had up to 10 + Servants. 

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This room was used by Sarah Morgan and her daughter Caroline to entertain guest. This room created a light and feminine atmosphere for the girls to have Tea at the Mansion.

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The door to get into the Household Safe.

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