University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries
Winthrop Family
Home Movie Collection


35 reels, 16mm, 1928-1970
Black & white and color

Rob Winthrop donated his family's home movies to UGA as part of a larger family documentation project of their own. The films include footage of Groton Plantation during various hunts. Groton Plantation in South Carolina covers 23,000-acres and was established as a hunting retreat in 1906 by Robert Dudley Winthrop of New York. The Winthrops are one of America's founding families, and the films document Rob Winthrop's parents, family, and friends during the early to mid-20th century.

Scenes include:

  • Bird hunting at the SC plantation
  • Trips to England, Venice, Germany, Paris, and a yachting trip to Bermuda
  • An airshow
  • A hunting trip to the mountains of Mexico, including urban scenes, small village scenes, and pyramids
  • The family in New York City, interiors and exteriors around the city; theater district Fort Ethan Allen in Vermont
  • A 1933 visit to Santa Barbara
  • A sea voyage on the Empress of Britain going to England in 1933, a wedding there
  • Several London scenes including changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace
  • Croydon Airport 1934 and a Handley Page airplane
  • Sculling at Henley in 1935
  • Dogs, deer, horses, outdoor scenes, bird hunting, riding lessons, polo games
  • The 1947 Cheyenne Bots Sots parade
  • 1951 horse trials/competition and other horse shows
  • A christening
  • 1950s rowing competitions
  • A safari trip to Africa in 1970


Winthrop Home Movies