Get An Inside Look At Life In New Jersey’s Ringwood Manor During The Georgian And Victorian Eras
New Jersey’s Ringwood Manor is a national historic landmark located in Ringwood State Park. The site of former ironworks dating back to 1740, the current home was not built until 1810. (Over the years, the home has had several expansions/renovations.) Built for Martin J. Ryerson (whose steel company still exists today), the manor was purchased by inventor and politician Peter Cooper and his son-in-law Abram S. Hewitt in 1954. Abram was, during his life, an ironmaster, educator, lawyer, congressman, and mayor of New York City. Perhaps more important than who owned the home is what the home offers.
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A tour of the manor is truly a terrific way to spend an afternoon but it is currently closed for all tours, events, and programming to reduce the spread of Covid-19. However, there is good news! The grounds surrounding Ringwood Manor are available for walking, hiking, biking, fishing, and picnicking. You can also enjoy immersive history lessons, brief tours, traditional recipes, and more through informative videos being uploaded weekly to their Facebook Page. My current favorite is a recipe for orange jelly made originally with Peter Cooper’s gelatin. He held the first U.S. patent for gelatin!
The videos are free to enjoy but anyone able is welcome to donate what they can and support the preservation of Ringwood Manor.
Kristen is a writer, editor, and social media maven who loves her state. Born and raised in New Jersey, sharing all it has to offer is her passion. After attending Montclair State University, she continued her education online, obtaining certifications in social media management.
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