Hercules: Culinary Artist – Free at Last

Keith Henley as HerculesPortrayed by Keith Henley

Considered something of a dandy, Hercules was chef to George Washington at Mount Vernon, as well as in New York and in Philadelphia. His reputation for culinary excellence was known throughout the colonies. His inestimable talents led him to be a favorite of the Washingtons and as such he enjoyed privileges withheld from other slaves. Allowed to keep profits from the sale of left-over food, he was able to dress extravagantly for his station and walked around freely with his gold-handled cane. Hercules fulfilled his duties with grace and efficiency until one day he disappeared from the Washington’s service, never to be heard from again. Once master of the kitchen, he now was master of his own destiny!

Invite Hercules to your event:
Educational Programs: Hercules – General of George Washington’s Kitchen for Schools, Libraries, Museums and Historic Sites
Pair with Oney Judge, George Washington, Martha Washington
Keith Henley: Bio of Actor/Historian\

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