Bernardsville Library Foundation in 2014
Homes of Distinction 2014
Sunday, March 30, 4:00-7:00 pm
The Bernardsville Library Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2014 “Homes of Distinction” event will be held at the historic Peachcroft estate on Sunday, March 30, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Share food and wine, learn more about life in the Gilded Age, and bid on a wonderful silent auction item.
Sitting high on the Bernardsville Mountain, Peachcroft is an imposing fieldstone estate completed in 1907 for J. William Clark, president of the Clark Thread Company of Newark. Originally from Scotland, the Clark family created one of the first truly multinational companies. Their prominence in society was further enhanced when William Clark, the eldest Clark son, married Marjory Blair, the eldest daughter of C. Ledyard Blair, on September 20, 1913. Their wedding at nearby Blairsden was the social event of the year and attended by more than 600 guests.
The Bernardsville Library Foundation is proud to offer this wonderful opportunity to visit Peachcroft, courtesy of Anne and Sal Giordano, the current owners. Tickets for the March 30 event are limited and can be purchased for $100 per person. Reserve now by mailing a check to the Library, payable to the Bernardsville Library Foundation. Please include your email address to receive a confirmation and further details.
Bernardsville Library Foundation in 2013
Homes of Distinction 2013 showcased two magnificent mansions of our area whose owners allow guests the opportunity to attend a party in their homes to raise funds for the Bernardsville Public Library Foundation. The 2013 event featured two beautiful French Country Manor homes: Westover, built in 1938 and remodeled by interior designer Jeffrey B. Haines and his wife Patty in 2002, and Harmony Hollow, built in 1920 and renovated by real estate industry leader Richard L. Schlott and his wife Kim in 2007.
Bernardsville Library Foundation in 2012
Homes of Distinction 2012 offered guests the opportunity to attend an afternoon cocktail party at two of Bernardsville’s finest mansions: Kenilwood, owned by Richard and Andrea Hall, or Tall Oaks, owned by Herb and Cathy Vinnicombe. Kenilwood was built by and for George B. Post in 1902 and rebuilt in the Gothic Revival style the following year after a fire. It was lived in by the Post family for eighty years and one of its most famous later owners was Mike Tyson, world heavyweight boxing champion. Tall Oaks, a sprawling Georgian style mansion, was originally named Brick House when it was built in 1909. One of its most famous owners was Swing Era Band Leader Tommy Dorsey, who lived there from 1935 to 1944.