Grave of Mary Randolph at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, in the United States.
Mary Randolph (9 August 1762 – 23 January 1828) was an American author. She is known for writing The Virginia House-Wife (1824), one of the most influential housekeeping and cook books of the nineteenth century. She was the first recorded person to be buried at what became Arlington National Cemetery, and was a cousin of Mary Lee Fitzhugh Custis, wife to George Washington Parke Custis, Arlington's builder.
Mary's paternal ancestors included Pocahontas, the youngest daughter of Chief Powhatan and her English-born husband, John Rolfe. Randolph was the daughter of Thomas Mann Randolph (1741–1794), a member of the Virginia Convention of 1776, and his first wife, Anne Cary Randolph. Her twelve siblings included Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr. (1768–1828), son-in-law of Thomas Jefferson, who served in the House of Representatives from 1803 until 1807 and as governor of Virginia from 1819 through 1822; and Virginia Randolph Cary (1786-1852), who wrote Letters on Female Character, Addressed to a Young Lady, on the Death of Her Mother (1828).
Mary Randolph married her cousin, David Meade Randolph, of Chesterfield County, Virginia, in December 1780. Moldavia, their Richmond City home, became a center of Federalist Party social activity.
Randolph's influential housekeeping book The Virginia House-Wife (1824) went through many editions until the 1860s. Randolph tried to improve women's lives by limiting the time they had to spend in their kitchens. The Virginia House-Wife included many inexpensive ingredients that anyone could purchase to make impressive meals. Besides popularizing the use of more than 40 vegetables, Randolph's book also introduced to the southern public dishes from abroad, such as gazpacho.
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:01:18 -0700
If Instagram and Twitter existed in the 19th century, many posts tagged #RVAdine would have come from the table of Mary Randolph's boarding house. But what did fine dining mean in the 19th century? "Queen Molly" as Mary was known, was born into the ...
Sat, 04 Oct 2014 05:00:00 -0700
Shelby LaCroix looks at paintings during the 17th Street Arts Festival located on 17th Street between O'Neil and Thomes avenues on Aug. 15. The two-day event featured works from local and regional artists as well as crafts and live music. Miranda ...
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 06:52:30 -0700
In fact, the ginger beer I helped brew that day came out of a book called "The Virginia House-wife" by Mary Randolph, which was first published in 1824 and is still available for purchase today. So what changed? Well, it depends on what part of the ...
Casper Star-Tribune Online
Sun, 28 Sep 2014 06:18:45 -0700
Mary Randolph, the director of Wyoming Rural Development Council and Wyoming Main Street, recently won the lifetime achievement award recently from the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office. She was honored for her advocacy for the preservation ...
Lincoln Journal Star
Lincoln Journal Star
Mon, 06 Oct 2014 01:37:30 -0700
Survived by daughters, Mary Randolph and husband Paul Randolph of Cheyenne Wyo., Jane Gabelhaus, of Roseburg, Ore.; grandchildren: Danny Randolph of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Neil Shute of Roseburg, Ore.; great granddaughter, Heaven Shute of ...
The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 01:03:45 -0700
“In the words of fellow stylist Mary Randolph Carter, a perfectly kept house is the sign of a misspent life,” says Morton. “If you keep the home running at OCD levels, expect something to give. I, for one, would rather have slight signs of life in my ...
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:15:00 -0700
The gazpacho on the menu is attributed to Virginia housewife Mary Randolph in the mid-1800s, though Andres, who must have mastered many versions of gazpacho over the years, must have tinkered with her version. Regardless of, and despite, history, ...
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