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Friends OF Florham Celebrate The Jewel of FDU’s Florham Park Campus

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – On Thursday, May 18, many will gather in Hennesy Hall, for a “Gilded Age Luncheon and Tea” hosted by the Friends of Florham. Founded in 1990, the mission of The Friends is to preserve and restore remarkable Hennesey Hall and to inform the community of the historical assets offered to the public .

Hennesy Hall, formerly known as Florham, was the centerpiece of the country estate of Florence Vanderbuilt Twombly and Hamilton Twombly. The couple purchased the 900 acre property and adjoining farmland. Seven years later, the over 100 room mansion was completed.

Ruth Twombly, daughter of Florence & Hamilton, passed away in 1954 and the estate was sold to Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham- Madison Campus. In 1958 the first classes were held in where once stood sitting rooms and bedrooms for family and guests.

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The many rooms, marble fireplaces, and paneled billards room remain intact and host classes as well as administrative offices. The sweeping staircase in the grand hall is completely restored and the formal gardens are maintained beautifully. Friends of Florham continue to restore this gem of the Florham-Madison campus of Fairleigh Dickinson, and they invite you to join them for a wonderful afternoon in support of the continued preservation of Hennesey Hall.

The Friends of Florham is comprised of nearly 100 members, 14 active board members, two emeritus members and eight advisory members along with eight FDU members. Informational seminars and events are held through out the year. The summer fundraiser is uniquely themed every year. This year’s timely theme, The Guilded Age, originally penned by Mark Twain, will be honored and celebrated on May 18, in Florham Park.

For more details visit www.FriendsofFlorham.com

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