July 03, 2012

Patriotic Cape May!

Congress Hall, Cape May, New Jersey
 
Lovely Cape May, New Jersey was America's first summer resort. The above building, Congress Hall (now a hotel) was the summer White House for President Benjamin Harrison.


Many of the old Victorian houses are now bed-and-breakfasts.

Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May, New Jersey


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June 05, 2012

Georgian Court University

Lion statue

Georgian Court University is a private Catholic University located in Lakewood, New Jersey. There are many lovely college campuses in the United States, but I think that Georgian Court's campus is one of the best kept secrets in the country!

May 01, 2012

Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

Stickley Museum


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).

Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

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April 10, 2012

Mount Tabor, New Jersey

Mount Tabor office

Mount Tabor, New Jersey in Morris County was started as a Methodist Camp Revival Meeting town, just as Ocean Grove was in Monmouth County. Mount Tabor was an independent town until 1980, and is now technically part of Parsippany, New Jersey -- but still has a separate feeling.

April 03, 2012

Zenas Crane Homestead In West Caldwell

Zenas Crane House, West Caldwell, New Jersey


I took these photos in December at the Zenas Crane Homestead in West Caldwell, which is currently serving as the home of the town historical society. 

 

The house is faithful to the furnishings of the period, right down to the chamber pots!

Zenas Crane House, West Caldwell, New Jersey

Zenas Crane House, West Caldwell, New Jersey

Zenas Crane House, West Caldwell, New Jersey

Zenas Crane House, West Caldwell, New Jersey

Zenas Crane House, West Caldwell, New Jersey

Zenas Crane House, West Caldwell, New Jersey

Zenas Crane House, West Caldwell, New Jersey

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December 24, 2011

Yule Log!



For many years Channel 11, WPIX in New York City (one of the oldest TV stations in the country), would present the "Yule Log" on Christmas Eve. While the Yule Log burned, Christmas carols would play. Now my childhood home did have a fireplace, but there was something about the Yule Log on Channel 11 that made us happy. It became a New York area tradition. I hope you enjoy it! This particular Yule Log was shown in 1983.

November 15, 2011

Thanksgiving in the Country, Part II

Barn
Thanksgiving in the Country House Tour 2011, Sergeantsville, NJ

Last week I showed you some photos of our time at Thanksgiving in the Country, held in Sergeantsville, New Jersey (part of Delaware Township). The house tours were fascinating, and here are some more photos. Unfortunately I could not take pictures inside the houses (these are private properties), but I tried to take as many as I could outside.

We visited a home where George Washington slept (this is not a museum but a home where someone actually lives!), complete with summer kitchen.

We visited the beautiful house of a brilliant illustrator, and also a multimillion dollar mansion set on 26 acres.

We visited a very interesting house where modern meets old. In the living room the homeowners had a very large German clock on the wall from a bell tower, a ottoman covered with material from a circus tent, a set of orange school lockers against one wall with a bowl full of billiard balls on top. Very interesting. Those homeowners have eclectic tastes.

I would be willing to move into any of these homes immediately!

We also just were able to appreciate the beautiful Hunterdon County countryside.


House
Thanksgiving in the Country House Tour 2011, Sergeantsville, NJ

Summer Kitchen entrance
Thanksgiving in the Country House Tour 2011, Sergeantsville, NJ

Summer kitchen entrance
Thanksgiving in the Country House Tour 2011, Sergeantsville, NJ

Summer kitchen
Thanksgiving in the Country House Tour 2011, Sergeantsville, NJ


House
Thanksgiving in the Country House Tour 2011, Sergeantsville, NJ

Historic house
Thanksgiving in the Country House Tour 2011, Sergeantsville, NJ

Historic building
Thanksgiving in the Country House Tour 2011, Sergeantsville, NJ


Artist's House
Thanksgiving in the Country House Tour 2011, Sergeantsville, NJ

House
Thanksgiving in the Country House Tour 2011, Sergeantsville, NJ


Country Road
Thanksgiving in the Country House Tour 2011, Sergeantsville, NJ

Country road
Thanksgiving in the Country House Tour 2011, Sergeantsville, NJ


To read more about Sergeantsville, click here.



Click here to see last week's photos of Thanksgiving in the Country.
 
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