New Bedford Mansions: Historic Tales of County Street

New Bedford Mansions: Historic Tales of County Street

by Peggi Medeiros


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The early nineteenth century in New Bedford was a time of unimaginable wealth, intellectual ferment and artistic treasures. Prosperous whaling magnates like members of the Rotch, Morgan and Howland families commissioned the nation's finest architects to design and construct their majestic mansions. The city's architectural and cultural expansion brought great writers and artists like Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson into the homes of County Street's elite. Yet behind the elegant façade of grand parties and notable house guests were the secrets and scandals of New Bedford's upper crust. Join author Peggi Medeiros as she chronicles the history of each mansion and the stories once hidden behind closed doors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626197916
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 06/01/2015
Series: Landmarks
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,174,245
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Peggi Medeiros is a research historian focused on New Bedford's artists, families and homes. She currently writes a column for the New Bedford Standard Times and blogs for the paper. She is a frequent guest lecturer at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Rotch Jones Duff House & Garden Museum and the Dartmouth Heritage Preservation Trust. She was a contributing writer for the Standard-Times publication The Charles W. Morgan Returns to New Bedford.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction: The City of Light 11

1 The Houses of Rotch: Seeking to Own the World 15

2 The Houses of Rodman: Diaries, Weather and Loss 33

3 The House of Arnold: A Gentleman Out of Providence 47

4 The House of Russell: Winning and Losing Great Fortune 63

5 The House of Morgan: Owning the Last Whaling Ship in the World 71

6 The House of Grinnell: The Congressman and the Tastemaker 79

7 The Outsider: John Avery Parker Tops Them All 88

8 Young Mr. Rotch Shocks the Ncighborhood 97

9 A Pack of Abolitionists, Artists and Transcendentalists 113

10 The Howlands: The Good and the Awful 141

11 What Remains 163

Bibliography 167

Index 173

About the Author 175

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