JASNA Southwest is proud to sponsor one of only 20 named spots along the new Jane Austen Garden Trail at Chawton House in England. The image above is a preview of our plaque on the walk. JASNA Southwest members helped us raise funds for this project to support Chawton House — an important nonprofit center for the study of early women writers.
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 announced creation of a Jane Austen walking trail through the grounds, with 20 spots available for permanent naming. 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.