Houses of the Founding Fathers

Houses of the Founding Fathers When they declared independence in Philadelphia in they changed the course of Western history But the patriots landowners merchants and professional men who hailed from towns cities and plan

  • Title: Houses of the Founding Fathers
  • Author: Hugh Howard
  • ISBN: 9781579652753
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When they declared independence in Philadelphia in 1776, they changed the course of Western history But the patriots landowners, merchants, and professional men who hailed from towns, cities, and plantations scattered along the eastern seaboard had private lives too, quite apart from the public deeds we know so well In this breathtaking volume, historian Hugh Howard andWhen they declared independence in Philadelphia in 1776, they changed the course of Western history But the patriots landowners, merchants, and professional men who hailed from towns, cities, and plantations scattered along the eastern seaboard had private lives too, quite apart from the public deeds we know so well In this breathtaking volume, historian Hugh Howard and photographer Roger Straus examine the everyday lives of the Founding Fathers Houses of the Founding Fathers takes us on an eye opening tour of forty stately eighteenth century houses We see the mansions of such legendary figures as Jefferson, Washington, Adams, and Hamilton, along with the homes of many other signers of the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution At sites from Maine to Georgia, with stops in each of the thirteen colonies, the grand story of the Revolution emerges from unique and individual domestic perspectives Houses overlooking the sea, in busy townscapes, or atop mountains reveal these patriots tastes in architecture, furniture, and horticulture There are tales of friends and enemies, murderous relatives, reluctant revolutionaries, adoring wives, and runaway servants The founding families are brought to life in the rituals of birth and death, the food they ate, the archaic medical practices they endured, their household arrangements, and the way their slaves lived Houses of the Founding Fathers offers a penetrating look at the private lives of the men whose ideas ignited an insurrection against England and who helped create the modern world.

    One thought on “Houses of the Founding Fathers”

    1. The photography is beautiful, but I particularly liked the sidebar articles that deal with typical life during Colonial times and the people mentioned in the book. It made me want to visit all of the houses, and I felt like I knew more not only about the houses, but about the people who lived in them. Really heavy, but fun to look at.

    2. I like early American architecture, and this book has lots of good full page pictures and information about the houses and the people who built them. Pretty straight forward, not crazy exciting or anything, but a pretty cool coffee table book.

    3. I think of this as a coffee table book and, as such, there were just too many words and not enough pictures! I really wanted to see pictures of the whole exterior (and grounds) of each house, and some of those were lacking. I wanted to see any notable interior features as well, and many of those left something to be desired, too. I guess I wanted to feel like I’d been on a complete virtual tour of each home, and more often than not all I received was like a quick glimpse of one wall or side of [...]

    4. I thought this was a terrific combination of large-format photography and "interesting blurbs." And the blurbs all varied. Well, biographical snippets about each person was a theme, but it's wasn't just all "marble bust" material. Facts about their relationship to the house, about their interrelations with other Founding Fathers, about how the houses fit into their communities (not just that most of these were the McMansions of their day, but specifically what sort of message the location and de [...]

    5. Beautifully photographed architecture and furnishings, fascinating stories and historical information, about 32 homes and the men and women, black and white, who lived there, and how they all contributed to the creation of the United States of America.

    6. Beautiful photography of beautiful homes. Well researched, written and documented history of America's founding fathers and their homeseven the lesser-known. Includes visitor information for each, glossary of terms, bibliography and more.

    7. Love this book but then I love old homes and history. There is also wonderful little blurbs about these founding fathers with little known facts. I highly recommend this book if you love history, old homes, or our founding fathers.

    8. Beautiful coffee table book like the other posts say. Plus short history of the persons/people on the bio of the house.

    9. Gorgeous photographs, and interesting information about the Founding Fathers (and in some cases, the women in their lives), including some of the lesser known.

    10. I enjoyed this a great deal. The biographical and historical information fascinated me. The highlight was the wonderful photography.

    11. An interesting look at the architecture, history, and other stories behind the homes where some of America's founding fathers (and families!) lived.

    12. Lovely picture book romp through the homes of the Founding Fathers. Recommended for those interested in the history of domestic architecture.

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