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Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 6:00 pm
Virtual Holiday Reception and Gift Presentation with Francis Morrone

Please join the American Friends of the Georgian Group and the Merchant's House Museum for a virtual presentation by Francis Morrone to celebrate the Group's support of this singular Manhattan landmark.

To honor the wishes of our beloved late board Board Member Jessica Tcherepnine, AFGG will make an annual gift to support a worthy landmark or organization. In this year of unprecedented challenges for museums of all types, we are honored to make the inaugural annual gift in her memory to the Merchant's House Museum.

Francis Morrone, longtime friend of AFGG, will treat us to a talk about the history of this unique and remarkably intact slice of the New York of Henry James. Please join us with your preferred winter cocktail (or grog) and raise a glass with your fellow Georgians!

Even before the challenges wrought by COVID-19, the Merchant's House was facing the threat of construction next door. They need our support as AFGG members now more than ever.

Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Georgian Group Online Lectures

There is one lecture remaining in the Georgian Group's Autumn online lecture program; join them on Nov. 24 for Geraldine Robert's talk on 'Wanstead House: The Angel and the Cad' (more details below). They will announce their lecture program for the first half of 2021 in the next few weeks, however, in the meantime, don't forget to visit their YouTube channel to catch up on their summer series of Short Talks.

November 24: Wanstead House — The Angel and the Cad
Writer and historian Geraldine Roberts joins us to discuss the fascinating true story of Catherine and William Long Wellesley, Britain’s first ever celebrity couple and the last owners of Wanstead House. For more than two decades, the Regency public were fascinated as the shocking twists and turns of their lives played out in the press—there was bankruptcy, exile and a scandalous court case that set a new precedent in English law. Click here for tickets.

Of Interest

Main Line Visit
Departing from Park Avenue and 72nd Street

For the safety of our members, we have decided to reschedule our June 13, 2020, Main Line visit to June 2021 (the exact date will be announced later). If you signed up for this year and would like to be reimbursed, contact us.

The AFGG will tour the Main Line outside Philadelphia this summer, which are the towns that follow the railroad out of the city. By the turn of the 20th century, many grand estates were built along this line. We will visit a number of these, including Ardrossan, the great estate built by Horace Trumbauer (one of the architects of the Philadelphia Art Museum) and lived in by members of the Montgomery/Scott/Wheeler extended family from October 1912 to present day. It has a fascinating history, chronicled by David Wren's recent book Ardrossan. The setting for The Philadelphia Story also was inspired by this house.

Another stop on the tour is Radnor Hunt Club, the oldest hunt club in America,established in 1883. We will have lunch there and see their incredible collection of sporting art.

We then will visit the famous Erdenheim, a working farm. This tranquil and verdant land is home to prize-winning Cheviot sheep, Black Angus cattle, and elegant Morgan horses. Situated on close to 450 acres, Erdenheim Farm remains one of the last sanctuaries of pastoral life within the greater Philadelphia area.

After that, we will stop by Ivy Mills and see the old paper mill for which the district is named, as well as the clerk's house (built circa 1830), and the Ivy Mills Mansion House (built 1837), the Wilcox family estate.

An additional Georgian home may be added to the agenda. Please sign up as soon as possible, as space is limited and our out-of-town trips fill quickly.

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