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Azorean Curiosities - Thomas Hickling

Updated: Jan 20

Thomas Hickling, an American born in 1745, came to Ponta Delgada out of disagreement with his father, for being a supporter of the American independence revolution, unlike his father a loyalist. Fearing the latter for his son's life, he sent him to São Miguel as a commercial delegate at a time when maritime trade was developing and expanding! Thomas Hickling left Boston in 1769 leaving behind a wife and two children! He was one of the pioneers in the culture and trade of oranges that the Azores exported to Great Britain and the Baltic, taking advantage of the orange cycle that flourished in the last quarter of the 19th century. XVIII and the first half of the XIX century.! He made a fortune and quickly became one of the richest personalities in his time in the Azores.! With exquisite taste, he invested in the construction of several villas like! - the English-style mansion, colonial Georgian style, built in 1812 next to the Church of St. residence of its Rear Admiral Herbert Owart Dunn. Today it is the Hotel São Pedro,! - the Yankee Hall house, being the initial nucleus of the current Terra Nostra Park, for being one of the pioneers in the development of thermalism in Vale das Furnas!

The house your residence, (the property in the picture) built in 1802 in Quinta da Glória, (located on the street with the name of the Quinta: Rua da Glória ao Carmo) in Livramento (Rosto de Cão).


He brought in masters from the US who collaborated with local artisans. It had one of the most beautiful gardens in São Miguel, which, despite being abandoned today, remains one of the best examples of civil architecture, for its Beauty, Functionality, and Construction Quality. Although it is majestic towards the street, towards the interior garden this building is Majestic and shows all its charm with the exterior staircase in half circle. This house and farm with about 100 m in front of the main street, it has another front of 39 m at the back and 2 separate fronts to the west. In the center there is a ruin and further up a viewpoint (built in stone with spiral access to the highest point, it provides an exceptional view of the sea and the city of Ponta Delgada.

This property is located about 200 m from the 2 most famous beaches in São Miguel and 6 minutes by car from Ponta Delgada and 15 minutes by car from the airport.


The PDM allows construction on the edge of land along the road in the entire length with a depth of about 120 m. The west edge is also called an urbanizable zone, in the center of the farm there is a non-urbanizable ecological zone.


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