A Haven From Everyday Life

A Haven From Everyday Life (HMC0E)

Location: Bernardsville, NJ 07924 Prince William County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 44.79', W 74° 33.623'

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Whether you call the mansion before you "Queen Anne Farm" as the Bensels did, or Hardscrabble House as the Cross Family renamed it, the estate served as an escape from everyday life.

John A. and Ella Bensel built the house in 1905, and William R. and Julia Newbold Cross purchased it in 1929. Both families were part of a trend of wealthy industrialists and financiers who established country homes in the Morristown area and Bernardsville's "Mountain Colony."

As you explore the mansion's grounds, you'll discover a few of its Bensel-era remnants, including a five-story, stone water tower and a large silver maple tree the Bensels planted in 1906.

The house was remodelled in 1940 after the death of William R. Cross, but the gardens remain the most significant contribution the Cross family made to the estate. Go through the gate to your left to enter the gardens and enjoy the legacy left by Julia Newbold Cross and her landscape architect Clarence Fowler. Volunteers have cared for this garden since 1977.

In 1975, Morristown National Historic Park purchased this property to protect the adjacent Revolutionary War New Jersey Brigade encampment area and connect to the Jockey Hollow section of the park. The house and grounds of this former private estate have recently been declared eligible for National Historic Landmark status.

Today, the grounds can serve as your retreat to share with friends and family.
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HM NumberHMC0E
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Placed ByFriends and Supporters of the Bensel/Cross Estate & Morristown National Historic Park
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Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 1:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 537113 N 4510709
Decimal Degrees40.74650000, -74.56038333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 44.79', W 74° 33.623'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 44' 47.40" N, 74° 33' 37.38" W
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Area Code(s)908, 973
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4646 Patriots' Path, Bernardsville NJ 07924, US
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