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

Merchiston Farm

1911 - 1959

 
 
Merchiston Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, July 17, 2010
1. Merchiston Farm Marker
Inscription. Home of Martha Brookes Hutcheson, prominent early woman landscape architect who transformed this 18th century working farm into outstanding example of natural and classic landscape design.
 
Erected by Morris County Heritage Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the New Jersey, Morris County Heritage Commission marker series.
 
Location. 40° 43.932′ N, 74° 42.437′ W. Marker is in Chester, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker is on Longview Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chester NJ 07930, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gardens at Bamboo Brook (within shouting distance of this marker); Martha Brookes Hutcheson (within shouting distance of this marker); Pottersville (approx. 1.6 miles away); Peapack - Gladstone 9-11 Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away); Peapack- Gladstone Liberty Park (approx. 2.7 miles away); Peapack-Gladstone Lime Kiln Park (approx. 3 miles away); Milltown - A 19th Century Village (approx. 3.3 miles away); Hacklebarney (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
 
Merchiston Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, July 17, 2010
2. Merchiston Farm Marker
Stone Terrace Near the Upper Pool as it Appeared in the 1930's image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, July 17, 2010
3. Stone Terrace Near the Upper Pool as it Appeared in the 1930's
Photograph by Martha Brookes Hutcheson
"The mere thought of water and its uses, aesthetic and utilitarian, suggests impending schemes on one's mind, and many lost opportunities for its use are hard to forgive."
Martha Brookes Hutcheson
Spring of the Garden
1923
The Main House Around 1915 image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, July 17, 2010
4. The Main House Around 1915
Photograph by Martha Brookes Hutcheson
"The elements to be considered in the planning of a flower garden are so many and so complex that it is a difficult task to outline the most important ones and yet it is essential that some general principles should be understood; for through their insight, owners have in their control the opportunity for much more personal and beautiful gardens than are generally found today."
Martha Brookes Hutcheson
Spirit of the Garden
1923
Flagstone Path Parallel to the Front of the Main House image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, July 17, 2010
5. Flagstone Path Parallel to the Front of the Main House
Photograph by Martha Brookes Hutcheson
"We shall not have the beautiful and masterly gardening of Italy, France and England in the country until we become more keen in our perception of the underlying anatomy of plans upon which our fine plantings and placing of buildings are based."
Martha Brookes Hutcheson
Spirit of the Garden
1923
The Main House - 1911 image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, July 17, 2010
6. The Main House - 1911
Photograph by Martha Brookes Hutcheson
The Main House as it appeared in 1911 when William Anderson Hutcheson and Martha Brookes Hutcheson bought Honelsdale Farms. This structure was originally constructed in 1720 and was expanded in 1848 to a 5-bay center hall dwelling with Greek Revival Pilaster corner boards, entablature and columned portico.
The Breezeway image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, July 17, 2010
7. The Breezeway
The breezeway between the Main House and the Ice House (later converted to a garage) in the 1920's.

"There are parts of the house which essentially belong to the garden and parts of the garden which are as essentially parts of the house, and there is no separating them if a successful scheme of the whole is to be realized."
Martha Brookes Hutcheson
Spirit of the Garden
1923
Merchiston Farm image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, July 17, 2010
8. Merchiston Farm
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2010, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. This page has been viewed 629 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 17, 2010, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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