Saturday, February 11, 2012

Chance to Tour Historic Skylands Manor at NJ State Botanical Garden in March and April

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Now is the time to plan ahead for guided tours of the ground floor of historic Skylands Manor at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden will be available on March 4th and April 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by the NJBG/Skylands Association, the group that works with the state to preserve the gardens, the 45-minute guided tours of Skylands history and architecture are conducted by NJBG volunteers.

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Skylands Manor is a Tudor Revival mansion constructed in the early 20th century for Clarence McKenzie Lewis by renowned architect John Russell Pope. Pope also designed many outstanding private buildings, including the Jefferson Memorial and National Gallery of Art, both in Washington, D.C. Among the Manor's many attractions are a remarkable collection of antique stained glass medallions set in leaded windows. It also features a number of valuable items from 16th century German, Bavarian and Swiss sites. The lanterns, electrical fixtures, lamps, spiral staircase rail and gate were fashioned by Samuel Yellin, who was one of the leaders of the American revival of decorative iron art.

The suggested donations for Manor House tours are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students aged 13 to 18, $3 for children aged 6 to 12; and free for children under age 6.

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