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Name Don Johnson
Location Palm Beach
Just found out that the Leslie Hindman auction house at their Palm Beach location will feature four Stotesbury silver vegetables dishes, two sterling S Kirk & Son, with the Stotesbury coat of arms & two silver plate made by Cartier. Two were purchased at the Philadelphia house auction in 1948, (an original auction brochure will also be available for purchase) & the other two at the El Mirasol auction in Palm Beach. Rare opportunity to enjoy a piece of this iconic American social history.
Reply Thank you for pointing out this wonderful information! The auction will be on April 5, and Lot 398 is a pair of French silver plate vegetable dishes, Cartier monogram ESE; Lot 398A is a pair of sterling silver vegetable dishes, S. Kirk & Son, Inc., Baltimore, 20th C, lion crest on rim. The Cromwell family crest featured a lion, so Lot 398A was probably a piece of Cromwell family silver.

Post-Auction Update: Lot 398 (the Stotesbury vegetable dish) sold for $813.00, and lot 398A (the Cromwell vegetable dish) sold for $625.00.
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Posted on Thursday - Mar 1, 2018
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Name Don Johnson
Location Palm Beach
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Name Bruce Addison
Location New York
Really great website.
The astonishing film of Mr. Stotesbury's 1930 birthday party describes the film as "out takes". Have you ever seen the full film? It's fascinating to hear Mrs. Stotesbury's voice, by the way, albeit briefly.
Again, great work on the website.
Reply Thanks. I don't know if a full film was ever made, but it is possible that segments of this were used for newsreel clips played in movie theaters of the day.
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Posted on Wednesday - Sep 20, 2017
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Name Bruce Addison
Location New York
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Name Richard M. Bach
Location Fullerton, Pa
I had the distinct honor to write a history of a small railroad company called the Ironton once located near Allentown, Pa. In the end it was Mr. Stotesbury's task to negotiate the sale of this railroad equally to two of his prominent mainline railroads:the Lehigh Valley and the Reading. This task included the sale of the Ironton Railroad's parent, the pioneering Thomas Iron Co. I was struck by the fact that as these sales negotiations were underway, Stotesbury was involved in building and appointing these magnificent homes. I enjoyed this website so very much For it deapened my understanding of a man i only briefly researched prior...
Posted on Monday - Aug 21, 2017
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Name Richard M. Bach
Location Fullerton, Pa
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Name Michael
Location PA Suburbs
Great site! I came across electrical blueprints from the Whitemarsh House dated August 1, 1917 some 35 years ago. Yes they really are a blue cloth! Considering they will be 100 years old tomorrow, they are still in good shape. They have always been a great conversation piece.
Posted on Monday - Jul 31, 2017
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Name Michael
Location PA Suburbs
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Name Janice Siska Hjelmgren
Location Wisconsin
This is such a treasure! Thank you for sharing it. My 12 year old said I needed to send a note to thank the person who is responsible for sharing the photos and history. We are trying to establish who built a house that had many Mizner influences that look a great deal like features of this home, albeit a micro miniature. There was a Charles F. Barndt who lived there, he and his wife Bertha Rosenberg were from Pennsylvania. Bertha and Chesterfield Marhoff lived there next, and a Julia Morris. We are grateful to be able to have the essence of the life of this home communicated through the website. Thank you so much!
Posted on Wednesday - Mar 29, 2017
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Name Janice Siska Hjelmgren
Location Wisconsin
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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 Andrew Stotesbury
Location London
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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 Tony Mitchell
Location Rochester NY
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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 Michael
Location Florida
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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 Deborah C. Pollack
Location Palm Beach, Florida
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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 Suzie Phillips
Location Lived in Abington until 85, Tampa, FL
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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 al moeckel
Location ms.
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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 David Sanchez
Location Bedford, TX
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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
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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 Mary Lou Hughes
Location Wyndmoor, PA
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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 eric richardson
Location downingtown