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In the Somerset Hills: The Landed Gentry (Images of America: New Jersey)

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After the Civil War, a class of industrialists and financiers amassed great fortunes while building the infrastructure of an expanding nation. Much of this money and power was concentrated in New York City, which quickly became crowded and unsuitable for the building of large estates. Many wealthy businessmen began to look eagerly toward the pastoral beauty of New Jersey a ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 6th 1997 by Arcadia Publishing
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Ray
Somerset County's northern towns of Bedminster, Bernards, Gladstone-Peapack, etc. have long been the haven of rolling estates of old money and the captains of industry. Even today, Somerset Co. is listed as the #1 wealthiest county (of 20,000 nationwide) in terms of per capita income. The estates this has produced as some of the lovliest and beautiful in North America.

Some of these Arcadia local history books are better than others, and William Schleicher and Sue Winter's are all among the very
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Scott Fuchs
It's interestng to compare the domestic architecture of New Jersey's uber-money class as against that of Long Island. While in this book of many photos a few of the residences seem outstandingly designed, they in no way can hold even a small candle to the residential wonders and gardens of Long Island. In almost all ways this IS an apples to apples evaluation.
Aside from what looks like some lovely countryside, the bottom line is that the area IS in New Jersey.
Bill Powers
During the Guilded Age in the United States, the latter quarter of the 19th century to early 20th century, the landed gentry created some of the most beautiful and breath-taking estates in this country. Families with names like Post, Dryden, Pfizer, Roebling were among those who made their mark here.
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