The Women of the House: How a Colonial She-Merchant Built a Mansion, a Fortune, and a Dynasty (Paperback)

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ITEM#: 10571043

JEAN ZIMMERMAN is the author of four books, including Made from Scratch: Reclaiming the Pleasures of the American Hearth. She lives just north of Philipse Manor Hall in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
The remarkable Margaret Hardenbroeck Philipse arrived in New Amsterdam from Holland in 1659, a brash and ambitious twenty-two-year-old bent on making her way in the New World. She promptly built an empire of trading ships, furs, and real estate that included all of Westchester County. The Dutch called such women "she-merchants," and Margaret became the wealthiest in the colony, while raising five children and keeping a spotless linen closet.

Zimmerman deftly traces the astonishing rise of Margaret and the Philipse women who followed her, who would transform Margaret’s storehouse on the banks of the Hudson into a veritable mansion, Philipse Manor Hall. The last Philipse to live there, Mary Philipse Morris?the It-girl of mid-1700s New York?was even courted by George Washington. But privilege couldn’t shelter the family from the Revolution, which raged on Mary’s doorstep.

Mining extensive primary sources, Zimmerman brings us into the parlors, bedrooms, countinghouses, and parties of early colonial America and vividly restores a forgotten group of women to life.

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ISBN 9780156032247
Genre HISTORY / United States / Colonial Period (1600-1775)
Format Paperback
Pages 399
Publisher Date 2007-08-06 00:00:00.0
Publisher Mariner Books
Copyright Year 2006
Height 7.75 in
Wdth 5.25 in
Thickness 0.75 in
Unit weight 0.9 lb
Language English
Subtitle How a Colonial She-Merchant Built a Mansion, a Fortune, and a Dynasty
Edition Detail Reprint
Audience College/higher education
Authors Zimmerman, Jean
Dimensions 9.0x6.45x0.75
Country of Origin United States

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