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Name: Andrew Stotesbury
Location: London
This site is amazing. Thanks.
Posted on: Sunday - Feb 26, 2017
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Name: Tony Mitchell
Location: Rochester NY
I happen to be a historian and I was facsinated by the story of this fabulous mansion and it's distinguished owners. What a shame that most people have no appreciation of the hard work, design and effort that was put into such glorious creations. I hope that someone will be able to purchase and restore Lynnewood Hall before it suffers a similar fate. If I knew any publishers I would love to write a history of America's lost treasures of the Guilded Age.
Posted on: Thursday - Jan 12, 2017
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Name: Michael
Location: Florida
Hi, I decided to do some research on Edward T. Stotesbury because I was given an old brass bell from my grandfather that has Mr.Stotesbury's name in big lettering across it. It's about 60-70 pounds I would say. My grandfather said it could be a ship bell but I think it's more likely to be a locomotive bell. Nevertheless, if you guys could give me some info on this bell I would love to hear it.
Reply: Michael,

I believe you are the fortunate owner of the original ship's bell for the schooner Edward T. Stotesbury. The Edward T. Stotesbury was a cargo ship that unfortunately was wrecked in a storm just west of Pigeon Key in the Florida keys in 1910. Apparently the ship was salvaged and was refurbished as the Blanche C. Pendleton by 1914. The renaming of the ship would explain why the original bell was removed from the ship after it was refurbished, and eventually your grandfather ended up with it. Apparently the Blanche C. Pendleton went down off the coast of North Carolina in 1923, so you may have the only surviving item remaining from the original schooner.

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Posted on: Friday - Nov 11, 2016
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Name: Deborah C. Pollack
Location: Palm Beach, Florida
I have enjoyed your website very much and wanted you to know that the Stotesburys are included in my new book, Palm Beach Visual Arts (Pelican Publishing Company). Wishing you much success!
Reply: Great!! Wishing you much success as well!

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Posted on: Wednesday - Oct 19, 2016
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Name: Suzie Phillips
Location: Lived in Abington until 85, Tampa, FL
I grew up in Abington-class of 74. When we were in high school we found Stotesbury's Mansion! While the damage to the building & grounds had already been done, we would go there to hang out when we cut school or wanted to party. I still cannot listen to Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy album without the memories of Stotesbury' s flooding my mind! The place was said to be haunted! We had MANY strange & unexplained things happen there. It was sad that they sold to the chemical company as they didn't care for it and left it to vandals. We never put a single mark on the walls and respected the place. I remember the day they tore it down. I think Edward & Eva were crying that day.
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Posted on: Tuesday - May 17, 2016
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Name: al moeckel
Location: ms.
i grew up on the corner of the estate.on cheltenham ave 2 houses down from willowgrove ave. in the 1950s and early 60s. we explored the outside grounds all the time great memories.
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Posted on: Friday - May 6, 2016
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Name: David Sanchez
Location: Bedford, TX
After I become rich, (Hey, it could happen!), I would like to build a mansion so similar to this one here in Texas - where the outdoors meets the indoors, filled with streams, water falls, and swimming pools. Billiard houses and tennis courts. Oh, a boy can dream!
Reply: Dream on!!

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Posted on: Tuesday - Jan 19, 2016
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Name: Mary Lou Hughes
Location: Wyndmoor, PA
In response to the Seattle WA post, the local historical society has some items from the Stotesbury family and our township building has a family lineage set up on the wall. The historical society can be reached at 215-233-4600, website is: springfieldhistory.o rg
Posted on: Thursday - Jan 14, 2016
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Name: Mary Lou Hughes
Location: Wyndmoor, PA
We are very lucky to have a portion of the beautiful sculptures from the original mansion in our area. It is sad that so much of the beautiful landscaping and the entire house are gone. In our library we have a miniature version of the mansion if anyone would like to come see it. Free Library of Springfield Twp 215-836-5300
Posted on: Thursday - Jan 14, 2016
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Name: eric richardson
Location: downingtown
signed your guestbook but wanted to say know go to temple ambler i love stop and walk around and enjoy what it would have been in that time with the gardens and out buildings an the views thank again eric
Posted on: Wednesday - Aug 26, 2015
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Name: Roelle Tyson Perry Wallace
Location: Seattle, WA
Recently took the back off a painting my mother (Elise Tyson Perry) painted in 1930's, and found folded hand-lettered (in pencil) guest list for a dinner hosted at Whitemarsh Hall by Mr. Stotesbury. My grandfather, James Sterling Yard Tyson, was estate manager for the Stotesburys during that era. Also hidden behind the painting was an antique Christmas card from an Affie McVicker. Curious to find out if there is a museum in Philadelphia where similar items from the estate are featured. Also am in possession of several photos of Ned Stotesbury with my mother as a young child (they lived nearby).
Posted on: Friday - Aug 14, 2015
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Name: SCOTT HORNE
Location: MANALAPAN fLORIDA
The Palm Beach County Historical Society, I understand have photos of El Mirasol. Not sure if they would let you use them. The photos were actual black and white snapshots some one took in El Mirasols heyday.
Long ago they had a room with a display of old Palm Beach estates designed by Mizner in the Henry M Flagler Museum called Whitehall in Palm Beach Fl.
If I remember properly there were interior and exterior shots of the house. I asked the Whitehall museum staff what had become of the photos and they told me that room was used by the historical society.
Great website! Was just in Bar Harbor and got to see the the former site of the Stotesbury home.
Posted on: Tuesday - Jul 21, 2015
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Name: William David
Location: Michigan
Just read the WHERE ARE THEY NOW page about the exterior carvings.
So- the fragments were 'trash' that anyone could carry off? Isn't that marble plaque property of the state or ...? Wouldn't any such items be considered stolen property today?
Seems crazy that anyone could just take whatever pieces they wanted.
Reply: Unfortunately, many fragments of the house remained strewn about on the privately owned property for several years after the great house was demolished in 1980. Some pieces were salvaged and sold off by the demolition company and/or the developer; others were picked up by souvenir hunters and decorate a few gardens or living rooms today. At least a few pieces were saved, one way or another.

Such is the tragedy of abandoned mansions in history.

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Posted on: Saturday - Jul 11, 2015
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Name: eri richardson
Location: downingtown
would have loved to see the place in its prime was there in the mid 90s love walking thru the area wish someone could do a video of the old videos for sale
Posted on: Sunday - Mar 29, 2015
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Name: Ed milewski
Location: Philly in Texas now
Had the police chase me through that place in the 70's
Posted on: Thursday - Jan 29, 2015
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