Inside the Huntington’s Story Blog
By Nancy Armitage
My 1st Blog Post
Hi! My name is Nancy Armitage & I am a local historian of the Huntington Family History. It is a amazing story that runs from the Gilded Age, to the Victorian and Edwardian Eras. I have been researching the Huntington’s since 2004, when I became a reader at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA.
I was able to research the domestic & social life of H. E. “Edward” Huntington & Arabella “Belle” D. Huntington’s life. They lived in Huntington Mansion on the San Marino Ranch. The ranch was just south of Pasadena in sunny Southern California. Now, the San Marino Ranch is called Huntington Library, in San Marino, CA.
Now in 2020, Huntington Mansion is the Huntington Library Gallery where “Pinkie” & “Blue Boy” live. At the Huntington Research Library, I was able to see many of the Huntington documents like household invoices, receipts, menus, grocery lists, letters, & Huntington family journals. HEH was a amazing & thoughtful letter writer. Arabella on the other hand didn’t like to write letters; she often would have her social secretary (Miss Caroline M. Campbell) write letters for her. About 15 of Arabella’s letters were preserved in the archives. Then, I found out the Huntingtons had 5 other mansions & estates, which researched, also. Stay tuned for more on the Huntingtons.
By Nancy Armitage (includes Timeline of Huntington events) Yes, Henry & Arabella Huntington did entertain alot at the Huntington Mansion on the San Marino Ranch! As you well soon see by this timeline blog. The Huntingtons hosted many fun luncheons, teas, & dinners at their residence in Southern California. This blog is a timeline of […]
By Nancy Armitage (includes guests, visitors & clubs) by Nancy Armitage So what did the H. E. Huntington Family actually eat in the Huntington Mansion at the San Marino Ranch? From many different sources, I found invoices from gourmet markets, grocery stores, fish mongers, butchers, confectionery stores, & Louis Sherry’s for candy and cakes. The […]
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