Virginia: Less Than Merry at Merrywood

On a high, leafy bluff overlooking the Potomac in McLean, Va., just northwest of Washington, is a broad, lovely, 46-acre estate called Merrywood. There, from the time she was 13, Jacqueline Bouvier swam, played tennis, rode her pony and gamboled about. Merrywood is owned by Jackie Kennedy's stepfather, Hugh Dudley Auchincloss, who bought it in 1934 for $135,000. and who put $100,000 or more into such extras as a greenhouse and an indoor badminton court. But last week there was little merriment at Merrywood. Sighed its master, a gentle man who is...

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