December 13, 2015

Local Shops Are All Decked Out | Caldwell, New Jersey

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

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!

December 06, 2015

Gingerbread Wonderland 2015 | Morristown, New Jersey

Gingerbread English Cottage
English Cottage at 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!

August 04, 2015

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

The Mansion at 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

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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.

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 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.
   
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

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