I don’t know what it is about Yaddo that fascinates me. I’ve never been there but it’s always been on my list of local places I’ve wanted to go. If you’re the same, they have an upcoming opportunity to check it out.
If you’re unfamiliar with Yaddo, it was the country estate of financier Spencer Trask and his wife Katrina, a writer (the full history can be found on their website). After changing owners, it has become a residency for artists, and to keep their privacy, much of the grounds are kept away from the general population.
On Saturday, October 2, Yaddo will be offering a rare and exclusive opportunity to get an open house on the full grounds.
The Yaddo website describes the event: Built in 1893, our historic, 55-room Mansion is the centerpiece of Yaddo and recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation to restore its original splendor. Docents will lead you through key rooms in the Mansion as well as studios and other locations on the grounds.
Named a National Historic Landmark in 2013, Yaddo operates as a privately funded nonprofit that offers sanctuary for artists. Our mission is to further the creative process by providing an opportunity for them to work without interruption in a supportive environment. Guests include emerging and well-known artists, from across the United States and around the world, reflecting a broad range of contemporary styles and creative perspectives. They are welcomed to Yaddo without regard for their financial circumstances.
Tickets for the tour are $75 (8:30 A.M. tour is sold out).
Yaddo is a nonprofit retreat for artists, and we depend upon donations!
American Sign Language (ASL) will be available during the 1:30pm tour.