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by Halley Sanford November 14, 2021 2 min read 3 Comments

These days, the Adirondacks are iconic on their own, but that’s likely due to some of the iconic folks who put the region on the map, people like Marjorie Merriweather Post.

“It’s shocking and a shame to me that Marjorie Merriweather Post is not more well-known, not more studied these days,” Cheryl said. “She was an absolute anomaly of the times; she was the owner of a multimillion-dollar corporation at 27, which is mind-blowing even by today’s standards, but in 1914? As a woman? It’s simultaneously fascinating and hard to fathom.”

Marjorie inherited the Postum Cereal Company after her father died and ran it for 44 years, expanding it into the General Foods Corporation, which came to include brands like Hellman’s Mayonnaise, Jell-O, and Maxwell House, and eventually Birdseye Frozen Foods (gotta love those SteamFresh veggies!).

“For me, Marjorie Merriweather Post is to the Adirondacks as Millicent Rogers is to Taos,” Cheryl explained. “She’s who originally drew my attention to the region, her Camp Topridge estate is one of the most iconic Great Camps in the Adirondacks. What she referred to as a ‘rustic retreat’ was this expansive 200-plus acres estate, with nearly 70 different buildings, and I believe each one had its own butler. It was one of the largest of all the Great Camps, and surely the most elaborately furnished.”

In addition to Camp Topridge, Marjorie also developed a few other notable estates in the U.S., including two Hillwood estates (one in D.C. that is now a museum, and one on Long Island that now functions as part of Long Island University) and the well-renowned Mar-a-Lago.

Marjorie Merriweather Post left many legacies – her thriving corporation, her three daughters, a series of endowments, and a collection of rare jewelry and Russian art – but perhaps one of the most unique is her title as “Mother Marjorie”, the honorary House Mother of New York’s Beta chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.


3 Responses

Carina Spies
Carina Spies

November 15, 2021

As a South African this is all new to me, and totally fascinating!! Amazed at your creative mind and how you incorporate it into the different collections!!! 💗♥️💕

Carina Spies
Carina Spies

November 15, 2021

As a South African this is all new to me, and totally fascinating!! Amazed at your creative mind and how you incorporate it into the different collections!!! 💗♥️💕

Nina Brackeen
Nina Brackeen

November 14, 2021

Hi Cheryl, I read you comments about people now knowing Marjorie Merriweather Post and comparing her to Millicent Rogers with interest. Actually, I grew up a Yankee in the Northeastern US and I have been aware of her and her accomplishments from a young age. On the other hand, I had never heard of Millicent Rogers until I watched the Taos presentation. Which brings me to my point: I am truly enjoying the legendary Adirondacks collection. I grew up in NJ and went to college in upstate NY, and lived throughout NE and it is refreshing to see DDR in my familiar settings.

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