We are delighted to inform you that JASNA Southwest has secured one of the 20 spots, and our plaque will be visible starting with the reopening of Chawton House in March 2019. Our location is the Pride and Prejudice Rose Walk, a gravel path flanked by Pride and Prejudice shrub roses, sitting centrally within the Walled Garden.
Chawton House was the home of Austen’s brother Edward Knight, who offered nearby Chawton Cottage to his mother and sister’ during what would become Austen’s home during her final, most productive years of life. Now an important nonprofit center for the study of early women writers, Chawton House’s unique collection is accessible to anyone who wishes to use it, and the manor house and grounds are open to visitors.
Chawton House recently lost the backing of its longtime benefactor, causing a shortfall of 65 percent of its income, and the organization has launched a major fundraising effort to ensure the long-term sustainability of this treasure.
To help in this effort, the North American Friends of Chawton House recently announced creation of a Jane Austen walking trail through the grounds, with 20 spots available for permanent naming. They are either vistas or other places of significance or beauty along the path. These 20 spots will be designated by a plaque along the path with the name of the donors and a quote from an Austen novel or letter.
We had to act quickly to secure our naming opportunity and preferred location among the 20 sites. Now we are seeking support from interested JASNA Southwest members and friends who would like to contribute to the project.
Please support the long-term viability of Chawton House by making a donation now! Your gift is tax-deductible.