Rain could not dampen the festive mood at the Ketchum House, last night. Michael Bertolini’s home was all a buzz with members of the Warwick, NY Historical Society and Friends of the Hathorn House –Warwick’s Militia Commander Gen. John Hathorn
The small intimate gathering was history in the making.
General John Hathorn and Elizabeth Welling, his wife, had a daughter, Catherine Cornelius. Catherine was given French china as a wedding present in 1807. The Hathorn dishes were kept in the family from generation to generation. Members of the family migrated West.
The Hathorn dishes were driven from Illinois back to Warwick, NY this week by a relative of Michael Bertolini. Michael Bertolini is the curator for the Warwick Historical Society.
The Warwick Historical Society presented the Hathorn dishes — on loan — to Sue Gardner, head of Friends of the Hathorn House, and The Stone House Inn.
The Hathorn dishes will be stored and later put on display at The Stone House Inn, General John Hathorn’s house. General John Hathorn’s stone house is located on Hathorn Road in the town of Warwick, NY, just off Route 94. It was built by Hathorn in 1773. The stone house is currently under renovation. The Stone House Inn is scheduled to open next year, we hope. The first level will have a restaurant. The second level will be occupied by Friends of the Hathorn House.
June and summer are popular for wedding season. I think it is romantic and appropriate to celebrate love and love of history.