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thieves with a bent for classical architecture lugged away the shrine. Alice was an unusual mix, intensely pri- vate but very much a part of her social set. In an essay for the Journal of the New England Garden History Society, landscape historian Alysson Hayward writes: "Workmen on the estate recall her ordering the bridge to be drawn so that no one could enter the property. Trucks and equipment would wait in line on the narrow entry drive as the head gardener, John Morris, a resident on the estate, hurried to the main house to plead with the owner to drop the bridge to allow the workmen access." The estate employed more than 30 gardeners. Yet Alice was known for opening her house to social galas, where guests could walk through French doors onto a patio overlook- ing her Italianate garden. Macdonald imag- ines, though, that when she grew tired of partying, she'd have everyone leave and then pull up the bridge. No photographs exist of the interior of the house from the time when she lived there. Among the few of the exterior from that period is one of Norfolk Hunt Club mem- bers with their horses at the marble-pillared front entrance of the mansion. They would be invited inside to fill their flasks to fortify themselves for the chase. Macdonald says she was told that on at least one occasion a mem- ber didn't bother to dismount and trotted his horse across the wide black-and-white mar- ble entrance hallway. 91 s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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