Well, it has been ages since I last made an effort to blog, so this seems like a good time of the year to start it back up again.
Thought I'd share my exciting experience at the Mansion at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ.
The campus of Georgian Court University in Lakewood, is a Catholic institution with a focus on women’s education, and is the former estate of George Jay Gould, son of railroad baron Jay Gould.
The rooms are magnificently decorated for Christmas and at this special time of the year the University puts on a very special presentation.
Mrs. Gould's Annual Holiday Social
The Mansion at Georgian Court is aglow with cheer
and the ladies from my Brandeis group went on this special day
here are some of the beautiful rooms and decor
Your ticket allows you to hear the continuing saga of Edith and George Gould and their seven children, while celebrating the holidays as they did in the early 1900s in the magnificent Great Hall. Tea is served, petite sandwiches and delicious desserts!
In 1896, Gould bought property in Lakewood, touted for its “health benefits,” and hired architect Bruce Prince to design an estate as a second home. Gould, with his wife Edith Kingdon and their children, enjoyed the mansion they called “Georgian Court” (after its Georgian-period architectural style) for many years. After Gould’s death, his relatives sold the property to the Sisters of Mercy, who founded Georgian Court College in 1924.
The estate, which remains much as it did when it was in the care of the Goulds, is complete with a Casino building, a bowling alley, tennis and squash courts, a swimming pool, and a ballroom. It is surrounded by 152 acres of planned landscape and lush gardens.
Rumors suggest that underground tunnels connect Georgian Court’s various buildings and were used by Mr. Gould to help him engage in secretive extramarital affairs. True? Maybe—perhaps Edith Kingdon Gould happened upon a tunnel entrance and couldn’t recover from the shock when she died on the estate’s golf course in 1921.
and within the mansion is a beautiful chapel
Hope you enjoyed the journey with me.
With a new year coming, It's kind of time to get back to blogging...whadd'ya think??