Jennet Henderson entertained often at her gracious home, Edgemont

Jennet M Henderson

Jennet was born in Brooklyn, New York, where she met and married Robert Henderson. Robert Henderson became an important fruit broker in New York, where he represented foreign and domestic packers, including many Riverside citrus shippers.

In 1897, a visit to Riverside ended with the Hendersons purchasing their own 10-acre property. Local designer Robert Gage and a New York architect prepared elaborate plans for a home called Edgemont.

Jennet, Robert, and their four children lived at Edgemont until disaster struck with the freeze of 1913, which destroyed most of the region’s citrus crops. The Hendersons lost Edgemont to foreclosure.