News and Commentary about the City of Hudson, New York
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
About Those Joneses
When I was writing the post about Rosalie Gardiner Jones's family and their summer house on Long Island, it occurred to me to wonder if these were the Joneses who had inspired the expression "keeping up with the Joneses." The same thing occurred to a reader. So I did a little research and discovered that, according to the Edith Wharton Society, Elizabeth Schermerhorn Jones and Wyndcliffe, the house she built in 1853 here in the Hudson Valley in Rhinebeck, occasioned the expression. This picture of Wyndcliffe, now a magnificent ruin, is from Rob Yasinsac's site Hudson Valley Ruins, where you can see more photographs of the house and learn about its fate.
This blog takes its name from the 1850 novel by Hudson author Alice B. Neal. The original Gossips of Rivertown cast a gimlet eye on Hudson society in the mid-19th century. More than a century and a half later, the new Gossips carries on the spirit of the original, but in a different genre and with a different focus.