On March 30, 1902, the New York Herald described Whitehall, the Palm Beach home of Henry Flagler as, "More wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world..." Flagler built the 75-room, 100,000-square-foot Gilded Age mansion, Whitehall, as a wedding present for his wife, Mary Lily Kenan Flagler. The couple used the home as a winter retreat from 1902 until Flagler's death in 1913, establishing the Palm Beach season for the wealthy of the Gilded Age. Flagler Museum Executive Director Erin Manning (formerly Historical Society of Princeton’s Executive Director) leads us on a grand tour of this exquisite Palm Beach estate. Illustrated book available for purchase following lecture. This lecture is sponsored with thanks to Mrs. G Appliances. Morven Museum & Garden’s Grand Homes and Gardens Distinguished Speakers Series 2020 is sponsored with thanks to Baxter Construction. Fine fare generously donated by Olsson’s Fine Foods, served 30 minutes prior to each talk.
Thursday - March 19, 2020
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