Edith Wharton’s New York: A Walk through a Gilded Age of Innocence
Online Walking Tour
Join Royal Oak and Carl Raymond for an afternoon in the Gilded Age! Though Edith Wharton spent much of her life in Europe, she was a native New Yorker and it was in Gilded Age New York where she set most of her works. We will trace the life and quite literally the footsteps of Wharton through the streets and neighborhoods she and her famous characters knew so well.
Beginning in the Flatiron district, at Wharton’s childhood home, we’ll walk down Broadway and Park Avenue South, through Gramercy Park, Union Square, Broadway and end in Washington Square Park at the home Wharton and her mother shared in the 1880s. Carl will relate lesser-known anecdotes of Wharton’s life, in addition to tales of her notable friends such as, Theodore Roosevelt and Henry James, as well as great Gilded Age personalities like architect Stanford White, actor Edwin Booth, and society’s greatest grande dame, Mrs. Astor (Edith’s own cousin!).