First stop in the rain: Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills, NJ. The mansion boasts 28 rooms and is situated on 26 acres in the middle of suburbia.
A magnificent hand-wrought-iron gate featuring birds, vines, flora and fauna.
Only three rooms were open to the public. Wallpaper made in Switzerland covered the walls in the hallway and up the stairway.
The dining room.
Paperwhites on a table in the hallway lent a festive flair.
The Zabriskie House in Wyckoff, NJ, is a beautiful Dutch home built c. 1730.
Love the front door.
A bed with a handwoven coverlet made by David Haring for Ellen Sip in 1832 and a 9-block friendship quilt which bears the name Mary Ann Mowerson.
This wonderful c. 1860 quilt was hanging downstairs. Signatures include Banta and Zabriskie.
The Force Home in Livingston, NJ, is maintained by the Livingston Historical Society. The small Cook House was moved to this site when the Livingston Mall was about to be built in the late 1960s.
A portrait of Jonathan Force and a beautifully decorated mantel.
This simply decorated tree greeted visitors at today's open house.
__________Copyright 2013, Barbara Schaffer