Description of The Three Mrs. Flaglers
The Three Mrs. Flaglers tells the story of empire builder Henry Morrison Flagler. His tremendous accomplishments during the glorious Gilded Age are seen through the eyes of his three captivating wives. As each tells her own story the true Henry Flagler comes alive.
My first portrayal is Mary Harkness, the devoted mother of his children, who is at young Henry’s side as he rises from a penniless young man to create a business empire culminating with the founding of Standard Oil with John D. Rockerfeller.
Because of Mary’s chronic ill health Henry takes her to the warm wilds of Florida. Although Mary tragically dies of consumption Henry always yearns to return to St. Augustine to create a winter paradise for the wealthy.
Devastated, Henry seeks consolation in the arms of the frivolous and high strung, Ida Alice Shourds. Soon Mr. Flagler returns with his second wife to the wilderness of Florida and begins building magnificent grand hotels as his new wife lavishly entertains. Henry builds a string of lavish hotels and a railroad line, but sadly, amidst all the gaiety of the elite social scene, mental illness begins to claim Ida Alice’s sanity. As she spirals into insanity Mr. Flagler meets a wealthy and young heiress who captivates him.
A scandalous divorce ensues. Henry’s third wife, 34 year old Southern Belle, Mary Lily Kenan, marries 71 year old Henry Flagler, by this time the most powerful man in Florida. Henry and Mary Lily host diplomats and dignitaries at their mansion in in Palm Beach. Twelve years after their marriage Mary Lily became the wealthiest widow in the world.
to reserve a dramatic culinary experience for your group.