Co-author of the inspiration behind “Downton Abbey” to Speak at FDU

MADISON, NJ (October 2, 2012)—Friends of Florham invites the public to a discussion from Carol McD. Wallace, co-author of “To Marry an English Lord,” one of the inspirations behind the enormously popular British television series, “Downton Abbey.” This event will take place on Sunday, October 21 at 3 p.m. in Lenfell Hall at FDU’s College at Florham.

In this amusing and well-researched story, Wallace and her co-author Carol Maccoll capture a period in the late 19th -20th century when American heiresses, such as the Countess of Grantham of Downton Abbey, went abroad with their “new” money, saving historic estates from financial ruin, and gaining a coveted title in the process.

Ironically, the College at Florham is the former estate of Florence Vanderbilt and her husband, Hamilton Twombly, which is a particularly appropriate site for Wallace’s talk. Florence Twombly was the aunt of Consuelo Vanderbilt, whose personal history of a forced marriage to the Duke of Marlborough of Blenheim Palace, and later annulment, was legendary. Wallace’s presentation and stories of the migration of American heiresses during that particular period in history, will showcase the good, the bad, and the indifferent—and set the stage for the return of the third season of “Downton Abbey.”

Signed copies of “To Marry an English Lord” will be available for sale following the lecture. A wine and cheese reception will follow the lecture. The entry fee is $15. The Friends of Florham will direct proceeds from the lecture toward the restoration of the College at Florham’s main building and gardens. For registration and more information regarding this event please contact Susan McConville at 201-692-7008, or email Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J.

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