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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Opulence and Luxury in West Long Branch: Shadow Lawn

Opulence and Luxury in West Long Branch: Shadow Lawn

Newport, Rhode Island has many large and luxurious mansions, but in West Long Branch, New Jersey, there is not one, but two mansions standing from the early twentieth century on Monmouth University's campus. For the purpose of this article, only Shadow Lawn, now Woodrow Wilson Hall, will be featured. This grand mansion was built in 1929 by Hubert Templeton Parson, president of the F.W. Woolworth Company and stands on the footprint of an earlier wood-frame mansion, which was destroyed by fire in 1927.

Friday, May 22, 2015

NJ Memorial Day Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/23/15 - 5/25/15

NJ WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, May 23 - Westfield, Union County
Aunt Carrie's Attic Sale
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 5/22/15 - 5/24/15

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Beauty in Decay: White Hill Mansion

Beauty in Decay: White Hill Mansion

Normally, historic sites are well-kept structures, restored to their former glory after many years of hard work by countless volunteers. In Fieldsboro, New Jersey, at White Hill Mansion, a large brick homestead set upon a bluff overlooking the Delaware River, their preservation story is still unfolding. A relatively new historic site, only acquired in 1999, this magnificent mansion surrounded by a chain-link fence with its peeling paint and wallpaper, missing and damaged fireplace mantles, and eerily empty rooms, is all the more inviting to the inquisitive visitor. With three floors, plus a full basement, there is a certain draw to this home, which made me not want to leave. There is a hidden beauty in this organized decay - one that allows the mind to wonder about all those who stepped foot into these rooms, the conversations, and the actions that may have taken place here. Although we know the names of owners and some of their guests, it is the unknown - emotions, energy, and conversations - that keeps us asking questions in which the answers may never be known.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Organization of the Week: Friends of White Hill Mansion

Every Monday, I highlight a non-profit related to history or the arts, a historical society, preservation group or friends group whose main objective is to promote the historical and artistic history of New Jersey and beyond.

This week, I am featuring the Friends of White Hill Mansion. The Friends of White Hill Mansion are dedicated to the continued preservation and eventual restoration of this architecturally interesting home-turned-restaurant. After being abandoned for a number of years in the 1990s, the organization has worked to clean the house of years of accumulation, coordinated two archaeological digs on the property, developed a preservation plan for the site, and successfully listed the home on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places. The organization hosts events and tours and of the house throughout the year to raise awareness and funding towards their mission.

The Friends of White Hill Mansion rely on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs and special events hosted by the Friends of White Hill Mansion or to become a member or volunteer, please e-mail whitehillinfo@yahoo.com or visit https://sites.google.com/site/whitehillmansion.

If you are a member of a non-profit organization or know of one that you would like to see featured on this site, please let us know in the comments or send an e-mail to kelly@thehistorygirl.com.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/16/15 - 5/17/15

NJ WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, May 16 - Vineland, Cumberland County
Vineland Founder's Day
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 5/15/15 - 5/17/15

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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