December 20, 2012

Can the Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion Be Saved?

Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion, Oradell, New Jersey

The Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion located on Kinderkamack Road in lovely Oradell, New Jersey, was originally built in 1897. 
 
The manse is interesting because it was a fine example of shingle-style architecture.

Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion, Oradell, New Jersey
Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion, Oradell, New Jersey
Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion, Oradell, New Jersey

The original owner was Kimball Chase Atwood, and the second owner was Elmer Blauvelt who bought the home in 1926. 
 
The property also includes the former carriage house, which has housed the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum and Foundation, since 1957 (seen on the right of the last of the above photos.)

This small museum is a fascinating one, devoted to wildlife art and displays. It is free and open to the public. 
 
It is well worth a visit!

Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey

The home has been owned by another family since 1978, but they fell into financial straits which made it difficult to keep the home. 
 
The owner has really tried to keep the mansion from being razed, but finds it difficult and costly to maintain. The owners asked for help from the town of Oradell, but the town has also found maintaining the home to be difficult. 

The house has been the subject of much debate in the town of Oradell, since the owners have tried to find a buyer. At one point the owner sold the property for use as an assisted care facility, but the town fought back. 

Even though the home would qualify to be placed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, for some reason it has never been placed on either list! 
 
Right now the house is in foreclosure and the status of the mansion is in limbo. I don't know if this also includes the art museum.

The town will hold more hearings in January.

 
What will happen to the Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion? 

December 18, 2012

Grover Cleveland Birthplace, Caldwell, New Jersey

Grover Cleveland Birthplace

Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. 
 
He was the only President to serve two non-consecutive terms. 
 
Grover Cleveland was born in Caldwell, New Jersey, where his father as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. 
 
The family moved away when the future president was four years old.

December 10, 2012

Christmas at Kingsland Manor, Nutley, New Jersey

Christmas tree


Kingsland Manor is a Dutch Colonial home dating from the 1700's, located in Nutley, New Jersey. 

 Nutley is a town in Essex County. Martha Stewart grew up in Nutley, and Annie Oakley lived there as an adult.

Members of the Kingsland family were in America as early as the 1600s. The Nutley property was purchased by the family in 1790.

The town of Nutley acquired the property in 1973 and has spent much time in preserving the house.

Kingsland Manor is currently dressed up for the holidays!


Kingsland Manor

Kingsland Manor, Nutley, New Jersey

Kingsland Manor, Nutley, New Jersey

Kingsland Manor, Nutley, New Jersey

table with Christmas decorations

living room

writing desk

bed in bedroom

dresses

To learn more about Kingsland Manor, click here.


November 29, 2012

Sea Bright Rising


Sea Bright, New Jersey was especially hard hit by Hurricane Sandy. 

 

Teenager Charlotte Nagy heard about the upcoming storm and decided to make a documentary about the town before, during, and after the storm.

The section of the video before the storm is especially poignant, since some parts of Sea Bright will never be the same.

After Nagy uploaded the video to YouTube it became a sensation. 


She used music from the rock group Train and lead singer Pat Monahan saw the video and wanted to help. 

 

Train will come to Sea Bright and give an acoustic performance for residents and first responders next week, in a private concert just for them.

Here is an article about this event: Train to Perform In Sea Bright

Please also visit the brand new website
Sea Bright Rising to see how you can help Sea Bright! 
 

Here is a video of one of Train's most famous songs:


October 23, 2012

Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck, New Jersey

Delicious Orchards, Colts Neck, New Jersey

Delicious Orchards in lovely Colts Neck, New Jersey is in a rural area surrounding by produce and horse farms. 

Delicious Orchards is an extremely popular place to buy incredible baked goods and gorgeous produce, including lots of pumpkins: 

Delicious Orchards at Colts Neck, New Jersey

You can enjoy their famous apple cider doughnuts, scrumptious muffins, tantalizing cakes and pies, and luscious chocolates: 

Baked goods at Delicious Orchards at Colts Neck, New Jersey
Baked goods at Delicious Orchards at Colts Neck, New Jersey
Baked goods at Delicious Orchards at Colts Neck, New Jersey
Baked goods at Delicious Orchards at Colts Neck, New Jersey

New Jersey tomatoes are famous for quality and you can find wonderful Jersey Fresh tomatoes: 

Jersey tomatoes

You can find incredible peppers:

Fresh produce

Delicious Orchards makes fresh-pressed cider, and has one of the best selections of apples anywhere: 

Fresh produce


 I write about the honey making process at Delicious Orchards here.

 

To read more about Delicious Orchards, read here.
 
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September 11, 2012

Dey Mansion, Wayne, New Jersey

Dey Mansion, Wayne, New Jersey

The Dey Mansion in Wayne, New Jersey, was the temporary headquarters for George Washington during the Revolutionary War. 

Dey Mansion is now part of the Passaic County Park System

August 28, 2012

Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook

Fort Hancock
Fort Hancock in Sandy Hook was a military fort which operated from 1895 until 1974. The fort played an important part in defending New York harbor and New Jersey, especially during World War II and the Cold War.

The fort is on the Sandy Hook Bay side of the barrier spit of Sandy Hook, surrounding the iconic Sandy Hook Lighthouse.

Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook

The next photo is the chapel:

Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook chapel

The former movie theater, which is now a theater for stage shows:

Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook theater

Officers' quarters:

Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook Officers' quarters
Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook

History House, a restored house on Officer Row:

History House at Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook

The Mortar Battery:

The Mortar Battery
The Battery Potter, the nation's first disappearing gun battery:

The Battery Potter


To read more about Fort Hancock, read more here.

To see my other post about Sandy Hook, click here

To read about the Nike Missile base history of Fort Hancock, read here

 

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August 21, 2012

Sandy Hook Lighthouse

lighthouse

Sandy Hook is at the very beginning of the New Jersey shore. 
 
It is a barrier spit extending out into the Atlantic Ocean. 
 
On one side is Sandy Hook Bay, and on the other side is the Atlantic Ocean. 
 
New York City is visible in the distance.

Sandy Hook Lighthouse is the oldest operating lighthouse in the United States. It was first lighted in 1764.

Sign

The lighthouse was outfitted with a Fresnel lens in the 1800’s.

Fresnel lens
Fresnel Lens
Fresnel Lens

There are splendid views in every direction from the top of the lighthouse. 
 
On one side is Fort Hancock, a former United States Army Fort which was decommissioned in 1974. 

View from Lighthouse

You can see the row of officers' houses in the background. 

Behind them is Sandy Hook Bay. 

View from lighthouse
View from Lighthouse


On the Atlantic Ocean side you can see New York City in the distance. 
 
That’s Brooklyn in the forefront and the towers of the famous Manhattan skyline in the background. 

You can see the currently-in-construction “Freedom Tower” (replacing the World Trade Center) rising above the rest, and The Empire State Building in the middle. 

View of New York City

For fascinating stories about the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, read here and here.
 

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