Houses of Jane Austen
July 13-23, 2009
Goodnestone Park (Photo by George Pohle)
The theme of the 2009 JASNA-sponsored tour was “Houses of Jane Austen.” Visits to the homes of Jane Austen, her friends, and her extended family shed light on the author’s life and fiction. The itinerary included such landmarks as Stoneleigh Abbey, The Vyne, and Godmersham, as well as the cottage in Chawton where Austen wrote her mature masterpieces. Members also walked in the footsteps of Austen and her characters in Bath and Lyme Regis.
A JASNA-sponsored tour offers entrée to private homes and special events not available to the public. Participants took tea at Ibthorpe, the Georgian home of Jane’s friends Mary and Martha Lloyd; attended the Annual General Meeting of the Jane Austen Society (U.K.); had a tour of Chawton Great House (now Chawton House Library); and met Lady FitzWalter at Goodnestone Park, the estate of Edward Austen’s in-laws. At the British Library in London, members saw Jane’s writing desk and had a private showing of original letters and manuscripts.