Historic Oak Cottage
and The Mill/Carriage House
National Historic Register
New Jersey Register of Historic Places
After nearly 4 Years of Intensive Labor
Oak Cottage Restoration Is Complete!
The piece of history know as
NOW FOR SALE
Oak Cottage is a Second Empire 'General Grant' style Victorian
- which underwent an over 3 and a half year restoration. This
structure has been lovingly restored from the top of the
Mansard roof to the floor of the walk-out basement. Oak
Cottage now includes all new heating, all new plumbing, brand
new 6 bedroom septic system, new well, new electric, new
fixtures, new appliances, new carpeting, new kitchen, plus 4
brand new baths (2 full + 2 half.)
And the only thing better than what is *new* at Oak Cottage - is what is
OLD! ~~ Absolutely NO preservation effort has been spared. Every
element possible has been 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) have been 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
has been extremely labor intense - but the result is priceless.
The combined house and mill total approximately 5,000 square feet. This
square footage includes: 13 rooms (6 bedrooms) PLUS 4 baths (2 full and 2
half), an unfinished basement, 2 covered porches, and the 1400 square foot
mill/carriage house. (Please see the "Details" page for room sizes.)
The first floor consists of a formal parlor, a formal dining room, a large
kitchen, a great room, an informal parlor (or first floor office), a powder room,
and a 9' x 16' mixed use room (which has a separate entrance, a breath
taking view of the mill and the pond, as well as plumbing and electric to
accommodate laundry facilities) 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
The 3rd floor had once been divided into 3 children's rooms. This space has
been opened into one large room and a half bath (perfect for use as a home
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'
(once powered by a water wheel) consists of approximately 1,400 square feet
~ PLUS a large storage attic.
The 1+ acre property also has a private pond (which is great for fishing!) And
it is located within an easy NYC commuting distance. (Less than a 5 minute
drive to the train station - and about a one hour drive into Manhattan.)
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 (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 so. ;)]
(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
|Oak Cottage: National Historic Register & New Jersey Register of Historic Places
Reigning Once Again
As the 'Gem of the Mountain'
1908 Postcard at Left
~100 years Later~
2008 View Above
Morris County, NJ
“Historic preservation educates and enriches the mind and spirit of a people. ... we who are
the stewards of this priceless legacy ... may we accept with deep resolve the obligation
to bequeath it—as unaltered as possible—to future generations.”
Source; Stephan Castellanos, FAIA, California State architect.
|HISTORIC OAK COTTAGE was featured in the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of
"PRESERVATION"! It has also been featured on radio talk shows in New
York, Connecticut, and New Jersey and has been featured in The Daily
Record, The Star Ledger, the Observer Tribune, and the NY Times.
Read the Daily Record articles at: dailyrecord.com
|Oak Cottage Pond
Not only beautiful in ALL
seasons - but great fishing too!