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 The Drawing Room of a large manor or estate should be decorated with the finest things that the owner has. This philosophy was written by Edith Wharton in her book, The Decoration of Houses. With Mr. & Mrs. Henry E. Huntington (Arabella), everything they owned was of the finest quality & beauty. […]
by Nancy Armitage (Panama Canal) The year was 1909; Mr. H. E. Huntington & the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce would have been very exhilarated about coming events. On October 11, 1909, William H. Taft, President of the United States, traveled by ship into the Los Angeles Harbor (San Pedro, Calif.). The President traveled by […]
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