By Julianne Hannes
Back in the days between 1890 and the 1950s, when one was invited as a guest at a Gilded Age Mansion of one America’s “Elite 400”, often a postcard of the house and stationary with the estates name would be provided. Having your family estate as postcard was a status symbol of great wealth and importance.
These are the decadent postcards of two of the once most prominent family mansions of that bygone era, Farthing Gale Manor and Foxworth Hall.
“Foxworth Hall.” Garland Foxworth was the founder of the largest textile industry in America. His impressive mansion, Foxworth Hall, was once a southern cotton plantation built by his grandfather in 1840, in 1890 he remodeled it into a French classical style mansion as a wedding present to his beloved new wife, adding a fourth story attic to store their family momentous. The estate burnt to the ground in 1973 in a deadly fire and laid vacant for twenty years until a new more modest mansion was built in its place. Today Foxworth Hall is a church.
(The blog “Mansions of the Gilded Age” [ http://garylawrance.blogspot.com ] inspired me to do this mock up, its about the lost American Castles)