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PNJ Explores Mount Tabor at 2012 Annual Meeting

June 29, 2012

On June 2, PNJ members and friends were treated to a peek behind the scenes throughout a lesser-known Morris County treasure. The community of Mount Tabor, founded in 1869 as New Jersey’s first permanent Methodist camp meeting site, evolved from a tent community to a district of small summer cottages built within the original 25′ x 16′ tent-lot dimensions.  Its architecture and community plan remain today a celebration of the Victorian era- visiting

this gem is a lot like stepping back in time.

The Mount Tabor Historical Society is working to preserve and promote Mount Tabor‘s unique historic character. An in-progress preservation master plan element will help guide preservation efforts and better integrate preservation with other municipal objectives, while events including concerts at the Tabernacle and an annual house tour that draws thousands, are allowing more and more people to discover and appreciate Mount Tabor each year.  MTHS also acquired the J. Smith Richardson House, an 1873 Second Empire cottage, in 2007. The house remains today largely intact to the 1870s, including such craftsmanship as trompe l’oeil painted recessed-panel walls, ornate original hardware and expansive original glass doors and windows. It is open and interpreted for the public, thanks to MTHS‘ dedication and hard work.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for this exciting day! Your support of PNJ helps us help places like Mount Tabor- together, we’re saving and celebrating New Jersey’s “someplaces!”

PNJ Board Member Margaret Newman leads a walking tour of Mount Tabor, discussing the preservation planning currently underway in the community.


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