Saint-Gaudens NHS sits on a west facing slope with an excellent view of Mount Ascutney and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Mount Ascutney’s classic profile rises 2500 feet above the surrounding terrain. This major landscape feature changes seasonally, from a cloud enshrouded purple peak, to a golden autumn tapestry, to a green and white winter collage. Especially notable views of the mountain can be seen from the Perennial Garden, the Pergola of the Little Studio, the Birch Grove and Pan Fountain, and from the West Porch of Aspet. A popular place to watch the sunset is from the West Porch of Aspet (Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ home). From here you can watch the sun sink slowly below the horizon, coloring Mount Ascutney and the countryside with an array of colors. Many visitors bring picnics to spread upon the ground and enjoy while they wait for the show to begin.
Did You Know?
Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ home was actually built in 1817 as an Inn. A large ball room once occupied half of the second floor. When Augustus first saw the house in 1885, he thought it dreary and forlorn.