The splendor of the Gilded Age is on display this month in Morristown, where dozens of interior and landscape designers have transformed the parapeted 1904 red-brick “castle” and grounds of Alnwick Hall (most recently known as The Abbey) into the spectacular Mansion in May showhouse to benefit the Women’s Association of Morristown Medical Center.
The 18,000 square-foot Alnwick Hall is one the few remaining original homes on Madison Avenue, known at the turn of the last century as “Millionaire’s Row” for its span of elegant country estates owned by the likes of Vanderbilts, Rockefellers and Dodges. Edward P. Meany, who served as general counsel for American Telephone and Telegraph Co., built Alnwick Hall and entertained lavishly there, along with his wife Rosalie, hosting musicales that featured world-class entertainers and dinners catered by Delmonico’s. Although your visit to the Mansion in May won’t include croute de fois gras, nonetheless a delectable luncheon can be had there, with salads, sandwiches and sweets by @David Ellis Events. Make a day of it and pair your visit to the Mansion with a refreshing cocktail in glam 1920’s Morristown style at Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen, located just a few miles away in the landmark Vail Mansion.
Visit the Mansion in May Showhouse daily through May 31, 10am to 5pm; last tickets sold at 3pm. Shuttle departs from offsite parking at 170 Park Avenue, Florham Park (“Green at Florham Park” office complex).
Just a few miles down the road from Alnwick Hall is Morristown’s historic Vail Mansion, itself a remarkable story of renaissance and renewal, where celebrated Manhattan restaurateur Chris Cannon has transformed a 1918 Italian Renaissance Palazzo-style villa to great acclaim as Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen. Originally home to Theodore N. Vail, two-time president of American Telephone and Telegraph Co., A trip to JHBK is transporting, from the moment you approach along the street-side reflecting pool and take in the vast expanse of marble opulence. And that’s just the exterior. Now home to four distinct and fanciful venues– the Dining Room, The Oyster Bar, The Vail Bar and The Rathskeller– the $5 million renovation is as noteworthy as the food and drink they serve up inside. And outside on the patio. Pair your visit to Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen at Vail Mansion with a tour of the Mansion in May designer showhouse at Alnwick Hall, just a few miles down the road (through the month of May).
Jockey Hollow Bar and Grill is located at 110 South Street, Morristown. Reservations are suggested for dining.