Thursday, August 31, 2017, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Free and open to the public.
Topic: The House That George Built
Presenter: Maggie Beth McGrotha
Join Maggie Beth McGrotha as she brings to life the history at the heart of Tallahassee’s Historic Rutgers House. The exceptional building with a colorful past was built by George Proctor in 1848. The two story mansion has had a myriad of characters grace its halls, including governors, vagrants and two unique sisters who spent the duration of their lives caring for the home. While the structure itself holds a special history, perhaps even more special is the remarkable life of the man that built it. Beginning as an apprentice in St. Augustine, George Proctor, a free black man in the pre-Civil War South, honed his trade to become one of Tallahassee’s elite antebellum builders. An entrepreneur and attendee of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Proctor was a family man, adventurer and dreamer who helped shape the face of Tallahassee. Through extensive research and personal family interviews, Maggie Beth has brought depth to the man behind the mortar and uncovered a life’s journey that spans the coasts of America and breadth of Florida’s emerging Capital City.
Florida Trust House, 906 E Park Avenue, Tallahassee 32301. Call to reserve your seat, 850-224-8128.