Historic Oak Cottage &
The Mill/Carriage House
National Historic Register
New Jersey Register of Historic Places
The One of a Kind Piece of History
Known as Oak Cottage ~ NOW FOR SALE
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|HISTORIC OAK COTTAGE is a *notably* special house! Oak Cottage was featured in the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of
"PRESERVATION" magazine! It has also been featured on radio talk shows in several states as well as the front page of
the *Observer Tribune* & the front page of the local section of the *Star Ledger* & front page of local section of the *Daily
Record* & several other feature articles in local newspapers ~ and even an article in The NY Times!
|Historic Oak Cottage Now For Sale!!
Oak Cottage is a Second Empire 'General Grant' style Victorian - underwent a 4 year restoration 2005 - 2009!
Absolutely NO preservation effort was spared. Every element possible was authentically restored. The cedar siding and stone
foundation survived time in overall excellent condition. The plaster walls, woodwork, and trim (including the extensive first floor
picture framing details) were preserved and restored wherever possible. The original windows were rebuilt by hand -and the broken
glass replaced with antique glass rather than replica. The process was extremely labor intense - but the result is priceless.
The combined house and mill includes: 13 rooms (6 bedrooms) PLUS 4 baths (2 full and 2 half), an unfinished basement, 2
covered porches, and the mill/carriage house.
The first floor consists of a formal parlor, a formal dining room, a large kitchen, a great room, a "gentleman's parlor", a powder
room, and a large private entry room / laundry room (a slate floor "mud room" entrance with laundry facilities AND a breath taking
view of the mill and the pond),PLUS 2 covered porches.
On the second floor you'll find all 6 bedrooms and 2 full baths (one bath is accessed from a common hallway and one is located off
the master bedroom.)
The 3rd floor had once been divided into 2 children's "dormitories". This space has been opened into one large room and a half bath.
Oak Cottage also has a walk-out unfinished basement.
In addition to the house, the property offers a 2 story 'Apple Cider Distillery' / Carriage House (built in 1828 - while owned by
Ephriam Marsh.) This 'mill' was once powered by a water turbine in the basement of the mill! - It was the "distillery" producing the
beverages for all the hotels as well as the local community.
The acre property also has a relaxing stream - AND Oak Cottage is within a NYC commuting distance (by car, bus, or train.)
GORGEOUS & RELAXING COMMUTER LOCATION!!
Oak Cottage and the Mill are located at the peak of Historic Schooley's Mountain near the center of Schooley's Mountain Historic
district - in scenic Long Valley-Washington Township - bordering Chester Township (Morris County) New Jersey. This property was
a contributing factor to the designation of this area as a National Historic District. Because of this contribution, Oak Cottage has
every protection and benefit afforded properties on the National Historic Register. Oak Cottage is also on the New Jersey register
of historic places. And, in 2007, it received the "Best Historic Preservation Work in Progress" Award.
Oak Cottage (also known as 'The General Grant' and 'The Gem of the Mountain') is very rich in history. It is likely one of the first
homes in the region to display the Second Empire (General Grant) style. Many well known historic figures are said to have visited
'The Gem of the Mountain'. Schooley’s Mountain was the location of one of this country's very first “health resorts” - due in part to
the local "Mineral Springs". It boasted several grand resort hotels - with 300 to 425 rooms each.
(1)As the Schooley's Mountain resort grew in popularity, wealthier summer residents began building cottages for themselves which
were considered romantic, suitable for rural homes, and compatible with the natural landscape. These cottages were built as close
to the grand hotels as possible. Note that Oak Cottage was built directly across the street from the main entrance to the very elite
Heath House grand resort hotel. This desirable location may be explained by the fact that the Marsh family owned both the Heath
House and Oak Cottage.
Oak Cottage (The Gem of the Mountain) itself is featured on at least two postcards. Schooley’s Mountain was *the* summer
community - populated by America’s elite. (2)Some noted visitors to Schooley's Mountain include: Thomas Edison, Vice President
George Dallas, Governor Edward Coles, General J. Chadwalader, Governor William Pennington, E.D. Morgan, the Vanderbilts, C.V.
S. Roosevelt, and Ulysses S. Grant (along with his family members.) ~~ Oak Cottage's Second Empire style became Grant's
chosen and utilized style of architecture during his presidency. ~ [Due to his fond memories of Oak Cottage? ... We like to think
(1) Source: Document prepared and provided by: Washington Township Historic Society, Washington Township, NJ
(2) Beck, Henry Charlton. (1956) The Roads of Home. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press
|1908 Postcard Above Left ~ 100 years Later ~ 2008 View Above