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Near Mendham in Morris County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Haven From Everyday Life

 
 
A Haven From Everyday Life Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, April 26, 2009
1. A Haven From Everyday Life Marker
Inscription. 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
A Haven From Everyday Life Marker and Cross Estate House image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, April 26, 2009
2. A Haven From Everyday Life Marker and Cross Estate House
Historic Landmark status.

Today, the grounds can serve as your retreat to share with friends and family.
 
Erected by Friends and Supporters of the Bensel/Cross Estate & Morristown National Historic Park.
 
Location. 40° 44.79′ N, 74° 33.623′ W. Marker is near Mendham, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker can be reached from Jockey Hollow Road near Hardscrabble Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker and site are located on the grounds of the Morristown National Historic Park. Marker is in this post office area: Mendham NJ 07945, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The New Jersey Brigade (approx. mile away); A Revolutionary Winter (approx. mile away); A Warm Fire (approx. mile away); RHIP (approx. mile away); A Trash Pit (approx. 0.3 miles away); New Jersey 7th Brigade (approx. 0.4 miles away); William Childs (approx. 1.4 miles away); “George” 2001 (approx. 1.4 miles away).
 
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Entrance to the Cross Estate Gardens area off Jockey Hollow Road image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, April 26, 2009
3. Entrance to the Cross Estate Gardens area off Jockey Hollow Road
Stone Water Tower mentioned on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, April 26, 2009
4. Stone Water Tower mentioned on the marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. This page has been viewed 834 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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