Author Hugh Howard on Houses of the Founding Fathers
Historian Hugh Howard is the author of 11 books in the fields of history and architecture.
In Houses of the Founding Fathers, Howard and photographer Roger Straus examine the everyday lives of the Founding Fathers. With this tour of 40 stately 18th-century houses, 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 are viewed through this unique and individual domestic perspective.
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.
Photo credit: Robert Vila