December 15, 2015

Evergreens (Charles Schultz House | Montclair, New Jersey

Charles Shultz House,, Montclair, New Jersey
Evergreens, Montclair, New Jersey
 

Evergreens

 

During the holiday season, several historic homes in Montclair are open to the public for holiday tours. One of them is Charles Shultz House, also known as Evergreens.

 

According to the Montclair Historical Society website:

Charles Shultz House Charles S. Shultz (1839-1924), a President of the Hoboken Bank for Savings, and Lucy M. Budd (1844-1905), built the house on 30 North Mountain Avenue in 1896. It is a three-story Victorian residence with twenty-one rooms. The house remained in the family for three generations until it was donated to the Montclair Historical Society by Molly Shultz, also a member, in 1997. The house is notable for its architectural design, its picturesque landscape, its eclectic furnishings, and most importantly, for its virtually untouched state of preservation. Today, the Charles Shultz House, also known as the Evergreens, is part of The Montclair Historical Society’s collection of historic houses. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979.


Charles Shultz House, also known as Evergreens.
Evergreens, Montclair, New Jersey


Charles Shultz House, also known as Evergreens.
Evergreens, Montclair, New Jersey

Charles Shultz House, also known as Evergreens.
Evergreens, Montclair, New Jersey

Charles Shultz House, also known as Evergreens.
Evergreens, Montclair, New Jersey

Charles Shultz House, also known as Evergreens.
Evergreens, Montclair, New Jersey

Charles Shultz House, also known as Evergreens.
Evergreens, Montclair, New Jersey

Charles Shultz House, also known as Evergreens.
Evergreens, Montclair, New Jersey

Charles Shultz House, also known as Evergreens.
Evergreens, Montclair, New Jersey

Kitchen at Evergreens, Montclair, New Jersey
Kitchen at Evergreens, Montclair, New Jersey

Bathroom at Evergreens, Montclair, New Jersey
Bathroom at Evergreens, Montclair, New Jersey

View from the porch at Evergreens, Montclair, New Jersey
View from the porch at Evergreens, Montclair, New Jersey

 

UPDATE 2022:

 

Evergreens is not open to the public anymore. 

 

It was bought by a Montclair family who plans to restore it.

 

It is no longer open for tours.


You may also read about The Montclair Library Bellevue Avenue Branch.

 

Linking to:

Our World Tuesday @ Our World Tuesday

Wordless Wednesday @ Wordless Wednesday

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer

Thursday Favorite Things@Katherine's Corner 

Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme

 

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December 13, 2015

Local Shops Are All Decked Out | Verona and Caldwell, New Jersey

Main Street Cottage, Verona, New Jersey
Main Street Cottage, Verona, New Jersey

Local Shops Are Decked Out For The Holidays

 

There are several shops and businesses all decked out for the holidays in Verona and Caldwell. All of these places, except for the last place, have such adorable and pretty things that they are selling ! 

 

So festive! 

 

In the first photo above, the adorable Main St. Cottage in Verona. So tiny but packed with such cute stuff!

 

Next, a friendly greeting from Fruit Basket King in Caldwell.

 
Fruit Basket King, Caldwell, New Jersey
Fruit Basket King, Caldwell, New Jersey

Right next door to Fruit Basket King is Somewhere in Time. 

 

They have some cute old-fashioned decorations!


Somewhere in Time, Caldwell, New Jersey
Somewhere In Time, Caldwell, New Jersey
 

Right across Bloomfield Avenue are two more cute shops! 

 

Smith & Company has some adorable gifts for adults and children! It's packed full with trendy and cute things!


Smith & Company, Caldwell, New Jersey
Smith & Company, Caldwell, New Jersey


Pink Bungalow has some very pretty items, and also lots of Vera Bradley products! They have four locations in upscale towns.



Pink Bungalow, Caldwell, New Jersey
Pink Bungalow, Caldwell, New Jersey
 

Around the corner from Pink Bungalow and Smith & Company is a the lovely Caldwell's Floral Elegance with a pretty display. . .


Caldwell's Floral Elegance, Caldwell, New Jersey
Caldwell's Floral Elegance, Caldwell, New Jersey


I could not resist this last one. It is not a pretty shop with cute items. It is Central Burger of Caldwell! 

 

They have two Christmas trees out front decorated with soda can "ornaments"!


Christmas tree with soda can ornaments
Central Burger, Caldwell, New Jersey



UPDATE 2022: 

 

Since I took these photos, Fruit Basket King and the Caldwell location of Pink Bungalow have closed. 

 

So has Central Burger. It is now Diesel & Duke burgers.

 

You may want to check out Gingerbread Wonderland.

 

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December 06, 2015

Gingerbread Wonderland 2015 | Morristown, New Jersey

Gingerbread English Cottage
English Cottage at Gingerbread Wonderland



Gingerbread Wonderland

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is currently hosting the Gingerbread Wonderland until Sunday, December 13th. 

Many creative structures made from gingerbread are being displayed. Next weekend there will also be a craft show!


Gingerbread Wonderland welcome sign
Welcome to Gingerbread Wonderland

Gingerbread Santa's Workshop
Santa's Workshop - front

Gingerbread Santa's Workshop
Santa's Workshop - back

Gingerbread House
Gingerbread House

Gingerbread Polar Friends
Polar Friends

Gingerbread Night Circus
Night Circus

Gingerbread Bake Shoppe
Bake Shoppe

Gingerbread U.S. Mint
U.S. Mint

I took these photos with my smartphone instead of my Canon camera. 

 

You may also want to read about The Yule Log


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August 04, 2015

Fairleigh Dickinson University | Madison and Florham Park Campus, New Jersey

The Mansion at Fairleigh Dickinson University


Fairleigh Dickinson University

 

Fairleigh Dickinson University is the largest private university in New Jersey with two campuses in the Garden State, one center in Canada, and another in England. 

 

It was founded by Dr. Peter Sammartino and his wife, Sally, and named after the benefactor Colonel Fairleigh S. Dickinson, who founded Becton Dickinson

The Campus at Florham's address is on Madison Avenue in the Madison, New Jersey. 

 

Right down Madison Avenue is another fine New Jersey institution of higher learning, Drew University.
 

This area of the road, stretching from Madison to Morristown, was known as Millionaire’s Row

 

Many wealthy families lived here, including those with the names of Dodge, Morgan, Gibbons, Twombly, and Vanderbilt. 


The road also included the estate of Florence Adele Vanderbilt Twombly (the granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt, who was the richest man in America) and her husband Hamilton McKown Twombly. 

 

They built their estate, Florham, which comes from combining their two first names. 

 

The name of their estate was eventually combined with name of another estate to form Florham Park, New Jersey (I wrote about the Little Red Schoolhouse in Florham Park two weeks ago).

 

This is important, because the Florham mansion eventually became the heart of the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson. The sprawling campus is actually located both in Madison and Florham Park. 

 

The 100-room estate was designed by the preeminent architect Stanford White, and the grounds designed by Frederick Olmsted, who designed Central Park (and Branch Brook Park in Newark). 

 

Olmsted is considered the founder of American landscape architecture.

 
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham-Madison campus

  
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham-Madison campus

Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham-Madison campus


On your way to the main building you will see Reuter’s Rock

 

During the school year students will paint important messages on the Rock about current campus events. 

 
Reuter's Rock, Fairleigh Dickinson University


This large building, now known as “The Mansion,” is now the main campus building at FDU. 

 

Administrative offices and classes and lectures are offered here.

 

The Mansion, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham-Madison campus

The Mansion, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham-Madison campus

The Mansion, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham-Madison campus


As the university website says: 

The landscape was planned by Frederick Law Olmsted, who is renowned as the designer of New York City's Central Park. The surviving principal buildings, designed in Georgian style by the firm McKim, Mead, & White in the 1890s, have been adapted for educational uses. The 100-room mansion Hennessy Hall, centerpiece of the campus, is a work of Stanford White; it is a replica of a wing in King Henry VIII's Hampton Court. Most of its interior decorations (such as staircases and fireplaces) are in Italian marble, worked by craftsmen brought from the same country. In addition to classrooms and offices, the Hennessy Hall holds Hartman Lounge -- the chestnut-paneled former billiard room -- and the Lenfell Hall drawing room.

The inside rooms are ornate and very beautiful. I took the interior photos with my iPhone 5.


The Mansion, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham-Madison campus

The Mansion, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham-Madison campus


To read more about the history of Fairleigh Dickinson university and the educational programs offered, visit their website!  

 

The university currently offers more than 100 degree programs!

You can read more about the Florham estate, including links to some wonderful photographs and articles about Florence Vanderbilt and her family, here

Linking to:

Inspire Me Monday @ Create With Joy
Our World Tuesday @ Our World Tuesday
Wordless Wednesday @ Wordless Wednesday
Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Thursday Favorite Things@Katherine's Corner 
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme


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July 30, 2015

Positively New Jersey!

Positively New Jersey

 

I have been reading some very interesting articles about New Jersey. It’s nice to read something that isn’t negative. New Jersey has a lot going for it!

This first article from Freehold Subaru tells us why it is a good idea to live in New Jersey.

Benefits of Living Between Philadelphia and New York

After reading this first article, I had hope.

I then looked for some more positive articles about New Jersey.

 

More Positivity


The next article from BuzzFeed shows off New Jersey’s natural beauty! The photos are gorgeous!

 

32 Nature Photos That Prove New Jersey Ain’t The Armpit Of America

 

Another article from the BuzzFeed Community tells Why It’s Awesome to Be From New Jersey.

 

I found a blog post from a real estate blog about moving to New Jersey. Some of the reasons are pretty humorous:

 

28 Reasons You Need To Move To New Jersey

 

The writer of the famed blog Waiter Rant tells of 50 Reasons I Love New Jersey. 

 

I've noticed that diners seem to be very popular with New Jersey-based writers and bloggers - including me!

 

And the old sign-off from the former New Jersey Network (NJN):

 

Positively New Jersey!

 


I remember seeing this wonderful video many times back in the day! 

 

This video has many beautiful images and a great song! 

 

There are some very interesting comments on the YouTube page about this video 🤣


You may also check out my post on how WCBS-TV New York Celebrates New York and New Jersey.

 

Also check out The Buzz Aldrin Rock!

 

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July 20, 2015

Little Red Schoolhouse | Florham Park, New Jersey

Little Red Schoolhouse, Florham Park, New Jersey
Little Red Schoolhouse, Florham Park, New Jersey

 

Little Red Schoolhouse

 

Little Red Schoolhouse is the pride and joy of beautiful Florham Park, New Jersey

 

It is in their township logo and all over the town website

 

Little Red Schoolhouse, which was known as Columbia School District No. 5, was built in 1866 and was in continual use for classes until 1914. 

 

It is now a museum, and the Historical Society of Florham Park meets there. 

 

It is "dedicated to the men and women of Florham Park who served in World War II."

 

According to the Wikipedia page: 


It is a vernacular Italianate one-story narrow red brick masonry building with a steep roof and tall 9/9 windows topped with gently arches. In 1905, it was expanded from four bays to the current six. The open belfry at the front peak with working bell and the gable-end entrance make it instantly identifiable as a typical 19th century one-room schoolhouse. Its location at the historic crossroads of Florham Park has remained a key reminder of the borough’s rural origins. The classic schoolhouse for is the borough’s icon, appearing on the town flag, letter head, website, and public works and first responder vehicles.


I have driven by this schoolhouse literally thousands of times (I grew up in the area), and never thought of going inside (it’s not open very often). I definitely have to go inside one day! 

 

Anyway, the borough of Florham Park opens the schoolhouse on certain days (such as the Fourth of July) and you can ring the bell! 

 

You can read more about The Little Red Schoolhouse here

 

You can see it all over the town website here.

 

You can read more about Florham Park here.

 

You can also read my post about the Clara Barton Schoolhouse

 

You may also read about Fairleigh Dickinson University, which is partially located in Florham Park.

   
Little Red Schoolhouse, Florham Park, New Jersey
Side view of  Little Red Schoolhouse, Florham Park, New Jersey
Little Red Schoolhouse, Florham Park, New Jersey
The Little Red Schoolhouse was known as Columbia School District No. 5
Little Red Schoolhouse, Florham Park, New Jersey
Another front angle of Little Red Schoolhouse, Florham Park, New Jersey

Little Red Schoolhouse, Florham Park, New Jersey
A WWII Memorial to those who gave their lives.     
Little Red Schoolhouse, Florham Park, New Jersey
Another angle of The Little Red Schoolhouse, Florham Park, New Jersey
Little Red Schoolhouse, Florham Park, New Jersey
The front door of Little Red Schoolhouse, Florham Park, New Jersey
Little Red Schoolhouse, Florham Park, New Jersey
The Little Red Schoolhouse is just as charming from the back!

Linking to:

 

Inspire Me Monday @ Create With Joy

Our World Tuesday @ Our World Tuesday

Wordless Wednesday @ Wordless Wednesday

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer

Thursday Favorite Things@Katherine's Corner 

Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme

Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound

 

Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories!

 

June 29, 2015

Summit Diner | Summit, New Jersey

Summit Diner, Summit, New Jersey
Summit Diner, Summit, New Jersey

 

The Summit Diner - A New Jersey Classic

 

New Jersey is known as “the diner capital of the world.” 

 

A truly classic American "diner" is a prefabricated restaurant, with the exterior partly or wholly stainless steel, and brought to the site to be assembled.

There were several classic diner manufacturers, mostly in New Jersey. Possibly the best known of these was the Jerry O’Mahony Company, which produced around 2,000 diners from 1917 to 1952. 

 

Only about 20 of these are still extant, with Summit Diner being one of them. It was built in 1938.


Summit Diner, Summit, New Jersey
Summit Diner, Summit, New Jersey


Summit Diner in Summit, New Jersey is one of the classic New Jersey diners. 

 

My husband had a BLT and I had a grilled cheese sandwich (and we're both on diets, boo!) 

 

They were both delicious, and the staff was very friendly.

 

Classic interior of the Summit Diner, Summit, New Jersey
Classic interior of the Summit Diner, Summit, New Jersey

Classic interior of the Summit Diner, Summit, New Jersey
Menu of the Summit Diner, Summit, New Jersey


Summit is a very wealthy town, and there are some rich and famous people living there. 

 

So I really like that the Summit Diner is deeply  involved with the Other Fellow First Foundation

 

The Foundation website says:

We exist to bring help and comfort to New Jersey families in distress. In life, the true measure of a person is not how high you fly. Instead, we think it's all about how high you bounce. All of us have good and bad days. Most of us have better good ones than bad. However, every once in a while, the less fortunate need a helping hand. That is why we exist. We fund only organizations that deal with New Jersey families in distress. All of our profits go to organizations like the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, the New Jersey Community Foundation, Summit Area Public Foundation or Family Promise.

 

The website also says that 

 

We have chosen the Summit Diner as our symbol. People come to the Summit Diner for much more than just great food. It deals with many other personal hungers. It is a great place to meet someone and feel like you belong. Its honest simplicity and cozy atmosphere make it a great metaphor for a foundation with our mission, operating in the most densely populated state in the country.

Well, how wonderful can you be? The Summit Diner is the real deal in so many ways!


Classic interior of the Summit Diner, Summit, New Jersey
The Summit Diner, Summit, New Jersey


 

More About Diners

 

You can read about another iconic New Jersey Diner:

 

Bendix Diner

 

You can also read more about old diners at these great sites:


Diner Hunter

Retro Roadmap 

Roadside Architecture/Diners

 
John Baeder does wonderful paintings of diners (click on oil and watercolor links):


John Baeder Fine Art


Linking up to: 
 
Our World Tuesday @ Our World Tuesday
Wordless Wednesday @ Wordless Wednesday
Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Thursday Favorite Things@Katherine's Corner 
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme


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