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Portions of the main residence date from 1792. In 1908, after purchasing the property, the Tubbs brothers enclosed the porch, added windows, created an indoor plant space and a larger dining room.
In time, the entrance portico with features typical of early 20th century Colonial Revival design, was added. In the 1930’s the conservatory was added with decorative Moravian tiles – a gift of Henry Mercer, a family friend and tile manufacturer associated with the American Arts and Crafts movement.
The gardens were planned to align with the house. From the front door the eye is drawn to the beautiful wrought iron gate opening to the Cottage Garden and then beyond to the hillside and its changing colors. With the back door open, the eye is drawn down the center aisle of Pan’s Garden to the statue at the end. In this way, the house and landscape are integrated.
Myers Center / the Stone Barn
Straight ahead of the parking area: Constructed of local Roxbury Puddingstone circa 1790, this structure provides space for programs, meetings and rentals.
Constructed in 2000 on the site of a former greenhouse, plants grown here are used throughout the Morris County Park Commission facilities. Mid/End March is the best time to see colorful pansies through the glass windows.
Shingle Barn (Public Restroom Located Here)
To your right by the wisteria arbor as you enter from the parking area. Originally used for livestock, this now serves as a maintenance and supply area.
Once used as a garage for farm equipment, modern landscaping and nursery equipment is now stored here. Just beyond is the “Hoop House” used as a plant nursery.
The Stone Cottage
Just past the Tubbs’ residence, another Puddingstone structure is on your right. A possible residence for farm laborers, its design includes some distinct Greek Revival features. On the corner is the NJ Champion Dawn Redwood.
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