Thursday, June 21, 2012


 'Drumthwacket', a c. 1835 Greek Revival residence greatly enlarged by then owner Moses Taylor Pyne at the turn of the 20th century by Raleigh C. Gildersleeve in Princeton, New Jersey.  Today the home is the official residence of the Governor of New Jersey.  Click HERE to see 'Drumthwacket' on google earth and HERE on bing.

Photos from American Homes and Gardens, 1905.


The Ancient said...

A few links --

(A short history of the Italianate gardens.)

(A few pictures of the gardens. By Frances Benjamin Johnston.)

(Where the money came from.)

(How a very rich man with taste, discernment, and a modicum of moral judgment has himself interred.)

The Down East Dilettante said...

It rather neatly rebukes all those mausoleum builders doesn't it?

I think Drumthwacket ith a lovely houth.

Old Grey Dog said...

The 'Find A Grave' memorial for Moses Taylor features a picture captioned "Cemetery Photo" and shows the entrance gates to the Greenwood Cemetery, in Brooklyn ~ an immense brownstone construction of Gothic Style designed by Richard Upjohn and built in the early 1860s. Has this been mistaken for Taylor's mausoleum ? On a visit, several years ago, I was impressed by the monuments and mausoleums ~ some really outdo those at Woodlawn ! The topography, though, really outdoes that of Woodlawn !

The Ancient said...

OGD --

F-a-G often posts photos of cemetery entrance gates when it lacks a picture of the actual interment site.

lil' gay boy said...

OGD, I must agree -- Green-Wood is one of my favorite haunts, and the family is lucky enough to have two large legacy plots from the Civil War era there, as well as the still-in-place restriction, as far as I know, prohibiting those who have ever been incarcerated from burial there.

I also have a turn-of-the-last-century map of the place, complete with names of the dearly departed. My favorite spot there is the Catacombs.

Have you ever been to one of the concerts they give there?

Zach L. said...

LGB... I do believe Boss Tweed is buried in Green-Wood. And he served time in prison.

The Ancient said...

lgb --

I seem to recall that Ward McAllister is parked somewhere in the Catacombs.

I'm sure he expected more.

Old Grey Dog said...

I did not realize that concerts were given at GreenWood ! I spent the better part of a day there and both William Marcy ( Boss ) Tweed and Ward Mc Allister were on my to-do list and photographed both sites. Thoughi don't have the photo of the Catacombs in front of me I do remember the front of a somber brownstone structure that, if I remember correctly, burrowed into a hill ~ a sad ending for such that refined gent's story. A surprise was found at the monument of Lola Montez; an image of Bavarian King Ludwig I. The adventuress who charmed the monarch and her demands led to his abdication. Not everyone can dethrone a King !

Old Grey Dog said...

I've just discovered that Moses Taylor has TWO entries on Find A Grave ~ one in the 'Famous" category; the other in the non-famous section. The "Famous" entry shows his likeness and a view of the Green-Wood elaborate gates . . . that I understood was mistaken for Taylor's mausoleum. In the non-famous category there are two images of Moses Taylor's
monument ~ which is in the form of a sarcophagus, prone with the ground. Conservative indeed !

The Ancient said...

Moses Taylor at Green-Wood:

Requiescat in pace

Old Grey Dog said...

To clarify a statement I made above regarding an image of Bavarian King Ludwig I discovered at the grave of Eliza Gilbert ( aka Lola Montez ) ~ it was a postcard image of the King inside a plastic baggie at the foot of her modest stone. That was on December 22nd, 2001 according to my records. I don't want anyone to think that the King's image was carved on her monument ! I had about a dozen 'residents' of Green-Wood to visit on my to-do list that
day; besides Diamond Jim Brady at a near-by cemetery.