Media Spotlight: Happy Days at Merrywood

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A 1930s portrait of Gore Vidal with his grandfather, the blind Sen. Thomas P. Gore of Oklahoma. (Collection Gore Vidal/Copy work by Joshua White)


Vidal lived for a time with his mother, Nina Gore Vidal Auchincloss, and stepfather, Hugh D. Auchincloss Jr., at Merrywood (which he calls “a real misnomer”), the family’s Chain Bridge Road home in McLean. The Potomac River estate was later owned, in succession, by Wyatt and Nancy Dickerson, Alan and Dianne Kay, and Steve and Jean Case.

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