Berkshire County native Holly McLennan Ketron, raised at Ashintully in Tyringham, will give a visual presentation on the Palladian mansion's history and its architecture at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, on Zoom.

Titled "Ashintully Remembered: Postwar Living in a Gilded Age House," the speaker will focus on its role as home to its builders, Robb de Peyster Tytus and his wife, Grace, as well as the year-round residence of Grace's son, composer John McLennan and his family. 

One of the largest country retreats in the county, the Tyringham mansion's Georgian Palladian style differed from many of the area's shingled cottages. But like every Gilded Age cottage, with owners in residence for the Berkshire "season," or year-round, Ashintully was the setting for both private family life and social functions.

Ketron will bring to life the course of the family fortunes and use of the house down to the present time.

The suggested donation is $20. Register at For information, call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206. 

Community News Editor / Librarian

Jeannie Maschino is community news editor and librarian for The Berkshire Eagle. She has worked for the newspaper in various capacities since 1982 and joined the newsroom in 1989. She can be reached at