S02 E03

The House That Beards Built

In 1903, Benjamin and Mary Purnell founded the House of David, a religious colony in Benton Harbor, Michigan. It grew to over 1,000 members who vowed to give up meat, alcohol, and sex in exchange for everlasting life. The colony would go on to make major contributions in the fields of technology, entertainment and baseball before becoming embroiled in scandal.

Related Reading:

The House of David By Chris Siriano

The House of David: Baseball Team By Joel Hawkins and Terry Bertolino

Brother Benjamin: A History of the Israelite House of David by Clare E. Adkin

The Star of Bethlehem