Monday, February 24, 2014

Bernardsville Library Foundation to Host "Homes of Distinction" at Magnificent Historical Estate

William Clark, son of J. William
Clark, wed Marjory Blair, daughter
of C. Ledyard Blair, on Sept. 20,
1913 at Blairsden
The Bernardsville Library Foundation will host a reception and silent auction on Sunday, March 30, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Peachcroft, the imposing fieldstone estate built in 1907 for J. William Clark, President of Clark Thread Company of Newark.

Guests to the home on March 30 are invited to share food and wine, learn more about life in the Gilded Age, and bid on valuable silent auction items as part of the Bernardsville Library Foundation’s annual Homes of Distinction event.  Food will be provided by Bistro Seven.Three., Café Azzurro, Carl Posey Catering, Sette Cucina Italiana, The Bernards Inn, The Candy Store of Harding, and The Claremont Tavern.  

Sitting high on the Bernardsville Mountain, the Peachcroft estate is a beautiful and historically significant property.  Its first owner, Clark, was originally from Scotland; the Clark family created one of the first truly multinational companies.  J. William Clark married Margaretta Cameron, a daughter of the U.S. Senator J. Donald Cameron who served as Secretary of War under President Ulysses Grant.  The family’s prominence in society was further enhanced when William Clark, the eldest Clark son, married Marjory Blair, the eldest daughter of C. Ledyard Blair, on September 20, 1913.  Their wedding reception at nearby Blairsden was the social event of the year and attended by more than 600 guests.  A special train was leased to transport guests from Hoboken.

The Bernardsville Library Foundation is proud to offer this wonderful opportunity to visit Peachcroft, courtesy of Anne and Sal Giordano, the current owners.  Tickets for the March 30 event are limited and can be purchased for $100 per person.  For more information, visit or call 908-766-0118.

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