Near Wantage in Sussex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Life of the Inn & Mansion 1890 ~ 1996
What Happened to the Kuser Mansion?
~ From 1923 to 1945 High Point State Park was governed by the High Point Park Commission. Its members were wealthy and influential businessmen and women who managed and advocated for the park and for its funding. The Commission was forced to disband in 1945 and in the years that followed statewide budget priorities shifted.
~ In 1969 the Park offices were moved from the mansion to the building they occupy today. The Kuser Mansion continued to be used for lodging and events on a limited basis. As the years progressed, funding was available to increase park acreage via the Green Acres program, but funding for maintenance and capital improvements declined statewide.
~ In 1977 the Kuser Mansion was closed after 54 years of continuous public use, due to deteriorated and unsafe conditions and excessive maintenance costs. Plans for its demolition were proposed two years later.
Significant public outcry halted the planned demolition. Nearly twenty years of controversy and debate followed, but in the end the grand building that began as a sprawling rustic inn in the
~ Today, though the building is gone, the Kusers' legacy of philanthropy lives on in more than 15,000 acres of preserved public land benefiting people, plants, and wildlife, and in the 220-foot high Monument that stands on the summit of Kittatinny Mountain, honoring New Jersey's veterans.
Erected by New Jersey State Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1923.
Location. 41° 19.063′ N, 74° 40.14′ W. Marker is near Wantage, New Jersey, in Sussex County. Marker is in High Point State Park, on the former location of the mansion/inn. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1480 NY Route 23 (Park Office address), Sussex NJ 07461, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The High Point Inn 1890 ~ 1910 (here, next to this marker); The Heart of the Park 1923 ~ 1950 (here, next to this marker); The Inn Transformed 1910 ~ 1923 (here, next to this marker); High Point: An Early Haven for Sightseers & Sportsmen (a few steps from this marker); The Gift of a State Park (a few steps from this marker); Public Parks: Refuge & Recreation for AllThe Kuser Lodge: An Inn, A Mansion, A Museum (a few steps from this marker); To the South (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wantage.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker replaced The Gift of a State Park marker
Also see . . . High Point State Park Overview. (Submitted on July 16, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 167 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 16, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.