Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 / Leave a Comment
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Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

Gustav Stickley was a key figure in the Arts and Crafts movement. He designed furniture and buildings in that style. He launched The Craftsman Magazine, and had a profound influence on furniture and architecture. He produced "Craftsman" furniture, also known as mission-style.

He established his home in Morris Plains, New Jersey (now part of Parsippany). At first, the main buildings was meant to be used for a school, but it was eventually used for his family, calling the estate Craftsman Farms.

Stickley eventually went bankrupt, and his farm was sold. The farm was originally over 600 acres, but 30 acres have been preserved to set up a Stickley Museum.

The grounds are open year-round for visitors free of charge. If you want to visit the "log house", which I heartily recommend at least once, there is a fee, but the guided tour is in-depth and wonderful.

You can read more about Stickley and Craftsman farms on the beautifully designed website The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. On this site you can read detailed accounts of Stickley's life and the history of Craftsman Farms.

You can also see some indoor photos of the log house (I couldn't take those photos, since you need prior permission, and it was also rather dark inside).

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