Naulakha, Rudyard Kipling’s historic home in Dummerston.
Wendy M. Levy/Commons file photo
Naulakha, Rudyard Kipling’s historic home in Dummerston.
Town and Village

Public invited to visit Kipling’s Naulakha for annual rhododendron tour

DUMMERSTON — The Landmark Trust USA (LTUSA) invites the community to experience an 1892 treasure and its expansive garden and grounds firsthand at the historic preservation nonprofit's largest annual event and fundraiser - the Naulakha Estate & Rhododendron Tour, Sunday, June 4, from 1 to 5 p.m., and Monday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Normally open only to guests renting the properties for overnight accommodation, Naulakha, its Carriage House, and the Stables Museum chronicling the Kipling family's life in Vermont swing open their doors to all for two days each June.

The Rhododendron Tour is the only regular event each year when the property is open to the public and is a rare opportunity to experience the important historic property firsthand.

Naulakha served as home to the Kiplings from 1892 to 1896 and was the only home ever built for Rudyard Kipling. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is one of 18 National Historic Landmarks in Vermont.

On the self-guided tour, visitors can learn about the property's history and architecture, sit at the desk where The Jungle Book was written, wander the famous Rhododendron Tunnel, and enjoy the expansive grounds and gardens, including the oldest tennis court in Vermont. Picnics on the front lawn overlooking the rolling hills beyond are welcome as well.

“There's nothing quite like the inspiration that comes from being in the space where history happened. A stroll through Naulakha and its glorious Rhododendron Tunnel followed by a picnic with a view is the perfect way to usher in a Vermont summer,” Executive Director Susan McMahon said in a news release.

Tickets for the Naulakha Estate & Rhododendron Tour are $25, and pre-registration online is encouraged. On-site registration will be available as space allows.

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