A Place For Architecture, History, Gardens, Travel, the Hudson Valley, and Assorted Other Things!
Brendan and I were looking for someplace to visit on the drive back home from Boston recently. Our host suggested the Eustis Estate Museum, a mansion and eighty-acre grounds located about 10 miles southwest of downtown Boston operated by Historic New England. It was definitely worth the trip.
One day earlier this year I happened to be walking by the Charles P Rogers showroom on 17th street and noticed this sign out front. Something struck a chord. My great, great, grandfather Fayette Houck had built a stable and coachman’s house in Cooperstown for a man named Charles Rogers Back in 1902. Could the two names be possibly connected? After a little digging, it turned out my hunch was correct the two men were one in the same……
Many are familiar with the tales of Newport’s most famous gilded age cottages and the bold-faced names who lived in them; the Breakers and the Vanderbilts, Clarendon Court and the von Bulows, and so on. Part of what makes Newport so interesting for me is also discovering the stories associated with some of the lesser known ones. Each has their own interesting tale to tell. This is the story of one of them.