Thursday, September 9, 2010
Water fall staircase.
There is a funny little story behind this waterfall staircase. Not ever having children of his own, but loving kids, Piere Dupont often invited his numerous nieces and nephews to Longwood. So, on the day he showed them his new Italian fountain garden, he had them all pose sitting on the staircase. Just as he told the photographer to take the picture he had the gardener turn on the waterfall. The shrieks of utter surprise and joy were said to be heard throughout the 700 acre estate. Mr. Dupont laughed loudest of all. The picture still hangs in the cottage house which serves as a sort of museum.