December 25, 2014

The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971)

Old television
This is the TV movie that started it all. This film, based on creator Earl Hamner's real-life family, aired in 1971. 

It was such a huge success that a series was created. That series, The Waltons, was expected to be a flop but ran for nine years.


December 22, 2014

Celebrating Christmas in Chester

Sally Lunn's Tea Room and Restaurant, Chester, NJ
Sally Lunn's Tea Room and Restaurant

The Chesters are two lovely and historic little towns. Yes, there are two Chesters, just as there are two Mendhams right nearby (this is typical of New Jersey). Despite some commercialization in the last few years, the Mendhams, Chesters and the whole area is delightfully rural, peaceful, and beautiful. 

December 15, 2014

Northlandz, Part II (With Dolls!)

Northlandz 2000 pipe organ
2,000 pipe organ which the Northlandz owner sometimes plays


Last week I told you about Northlandz, the model railroad located in Flemington, New Jersey. I showed you some trains and the spectacular scenery and settings that were created by the owner.

December 08, 2014

Northlandz, Part 1

Northlandz sign

Northlandz is considered the “world’s largest model railroad” by some, although others have claimed that title for a place in Germany

 
It is certainly one of the largest in the world. Northlandz started with the owner building trains and villages for his own amusement after a hard day’s work. 

December 01, 2014

Searching for History in Belvidere

 

Belvidere, New Jersey


 We came back for a second visit to pretty Belvidere, New Jersey

We had several goals that day. 

 

One of them was to see the Robert Morris House on Greenwich Street. Robert Morris was one of the signers of The Declaration of Independence

I also wanted to check out the Country Gate Players Playhouse and the downtown area, filled with historic buildings. 

We parked in front of a nice house on Greenwich Street next to the Country Gate Players Playhouse. 

Country Gate Playhouse


We ate lunch at the Thisilldous Eatery

Everyone was very friendly. The sandwich was good.

Belvidere, New Jersey




We admired the John Nicoll House, built c. 1825. He was a clockmaker.

John Nicoll House, Belvidere, New Jersey


John Nicoll House plaque, Belvidere, New Jersey

If you are wondering why we wanted to see the PNC Bank Building, it is because it was originally the First National Bank Building. 

It is a beautiful building, especially on the inside. It was built in 1929, which isn’t old by Belvidere standards, but it is truly a classic bank building. 

 

They have really kept the original interior mostly intact. 

Of course I couldn’t take photos inside because it is a bank, but I will tell you that it has beautifully decorative ceilings, lovely light fixtures, huge windows, and even classic old-school teller cages! 

When the teller noticed me wandering around and gazing at everything, and asked me if I wanted help, I just told her that we just wanted to see the inside of the building, and she laughed knowingly. I told you everyone in this town is so friendly. 

PNC Bank Building, Belvidere, New Jersey


PNC Bank Building, Belvidere, New Jersey


PNC Bank Building, Belvidere, New Jersey


Warren House was built in 1828, on the former site of a log cabin. It is now a Masonic temple.

Warren House, Belvidere, New Jersey


Warren House, Belvidere, New Jersey

We walked back to Greenwich Street. I decided that we now needed to search for the Robert Morris House. 

As we walked back to our car, I realized that we had parked right in front of it! Yes, it was right next to the Country Gate Playhouse! 

In addition to signing The Declaration of Independence, Robert Morris apparently named Belvidere, and was a financier to the American Revolution. 

 

He had this house built for his daughter and gave it to her as a gift for her wedding in 1780.

Robert Morris House, Belvidere, New Jersey


Robert Morris House plaque, Belvidere, New Jersey


Robert Morris House, Belvidere, New Jersey


Robert Morris House, Belvidere, New Jersey


Read all my posts on Belvidere!


 
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November 24, 2014

Driving Around Belvidere . . . and beyond

Twin Mills of Belvidere, New Jersey



Last week I showed you the town square of Belvidere, New Jersey, including the Shoe Tree Oak.

This week I'm showing off some interesting buildings that we discovered in Belvidere as we drove around the town.

First up are The Twin Mills of Belvidere: The Major Robert Hoops and the Red Frame Mill. 

 

The Robert Hoops Mill was built in 1790 by Hoops for felt but later converted to a gristmill. The Red Frame Mill was also a gristmill, but owned by someone else.

As a Belvidere, NJ website says:

For many years in the 1900's, the mill and the adjacent Red Frame Mill were both operating simultaneously and independently of each other as feed mills. 


I love the little matching mailbox in front, to the left of the window. 

 

At least that's what I think it is. 

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Robert Hoops Mill, Belvidere, New Jersey


Red Frame Mill, Belvidere, New Jersey


The town clock: 

Town clock of Belvidere, New Jersey


Hotel Belvidere was established in 1831: 

Hotel Belvidere


We then drove down Water Street and ended up on the Riverton-Belvidere Bridge, driving over the Delaware River. 

 

These last few photos were taken from inside the car.

Riverton-Belvidere Bridge


Riverton-Belvidere Bridge


Riverton, Pennsylvania (Lower Bethel Township)


We found ourselves in Riverton, Pennsylvania, a part of Lower Bethel Township, Pennsylvania.

It looked like an interesting town to explore one day, but it was getting late and we drove back to New Jersey, admiring the Delaware River as we drove over it.


The Delaware River


We liked Belvidere so much we decided to come back another day. I'll have those photos next week!

Check out all my posts on Belvidere!

 
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November 20, 2014

Late Night Local TV and Saturday Night Discomania

 
Old tube television

I really, really miss 1970s television. Not just the great shows that were in prime time, but late night local TV - which simply doesn't exist anymore, except for local news. 




November 18, 2014

Belvidere Town Square and The Shoe Tree Oak

Cummins House, Belvidere, New Jersey


Last week, I showed you the county courthouse and war memorial in Belvidere, New Jersey. 

Belvidere considers itself “the best kept secret in New Jersey”. 
 
No more! It is a lovely town with more Victorians per square mile than any other in New Jersey. 

This week I will show you the town square and some interesting buildings that surround it. The photo at the top of this post is The Cummins Home, built in 1834 by John B. Maxwell, a Congressman and newspaper editor. 

The town square is known as Garret D. Wall Park. It is a very pretty park and is surrounded by interesting homes and churches. 

Garret D. Wall Park, Belvidere, NJ


Garret D. Wall Park, Belvidere, NJ


Garret D. Wall Park, Belvidere, NJ


House in Belvidere, New Jersey



House in Belvidere, New Jersey


House in Belvidere, New Jersey

St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Belvidere, NJ


United Methodist Church, Belvidere, New Jersey


United Presbyterian Church of Belvidere, New Jersey


Located on a nearby street is the Shoe Tree Oak
 
This tree is about 350 years old and about 15 feet around. 

As the sign says: 
 
Barefoot country folk sat under this tree to put on shoes before going to worship across the village green.


The Shoe Tree Oak, Belvidere, New Jersey


The Shoe Tree Oak, Belvidere, NJ


 
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November 16, 2014

WindMill and Max's -- A Hot Dog Rivalry in Long Branch

WindMill Hot Dogs
WindMill Hot Dogs, Long Branch, New Jersey

In the fierce hot dog wars of the Jersey Shore, there are two famous rivals, both of them in Long Branch.

November 13, 2014

Robin Williams First Appearance on the Tonight Show

Robin Williams in his first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

 *Sigh* I miss both of them so much. 



November 11, 2014

Warren County Courthouse and War Memorial

Warren County Courthouse
Warren County Courthouse, Belvidere, NJ

Belvidere, New Jersey is a pretty little town on the Delaware River. The Warren County Courthouse was built in 1826 in Belvidere.

Big murder trials and public hangings took place at this historic courthouse.

You can read about the history of the courthouse here.


Warren County Courthouse sign
Warren County Courthouse sign


Warren County Courthouse
Side view of Warren County Courthouse


Adjacent to the courthouse is the Warren County War Memorial, dedicated in 1998. 

You can read about the War Memorial here.


Warren County War Memorial
Warren County War Memorial

Warren County War Memorial
Warren County War Memorial

Warren County War Memorial
Warren County War Memorial


Next week, I plan to share more photos of lovely Belvidere! Also check out my Sunday photos of a church just outside Belvidere. 

 

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November 09, 2014

The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen

The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen
The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen


The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen is located in the the historic Hazen section of White Township, just outside of Belvidere. It is a small country church sitting on a knoll.

I love old churches with their old graveyards. 
 
This church has a long history in Warren County. According to their website, which was adapted from Snell’s ‘History of Sussex and Warren Counties’: 

This is one of the oldest churches in Presbytery of Newton. As early as 1739 there was occasional preaching in the bounds of the congregation. In 1744, Rev. James Campbell preached several times and baptized some children. The Rev. David Brain¬erd, Indian missionary, and Rev. Daniel Lawrence also preached sundry times till the year 1749. At that time the congregation unanimously put them¬selves under the care of the Presbytery of New Brunswick and made application for supplies, and have ever since considered themselves belonging to said Presbytery. 

You can read more about the history of the church here


The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen
The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen

The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen
The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen

The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen
The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen