February 26, 2012, 1:00 PM
The tale of how young Teddy Roosevelt loved to roam his uncle Cornelius’ wooded Maplewood estate observing nature has often been told, but not the story of what happened decades later, after the property had been sold and “The Hickories” had burned. Two sharp real estate developers, William T. Curtiss, followed by T.B. Ackerson saw the promise of this gently hilly tract snug in the foothills of Orange Mountain. They divided the land into lots and constructed homes in a variety of styles, but took care to retain the estate’s winding roads and old trees and built stone entrances to mirror the original main gates. As a result Roosevelt Park still bears the charm and feel of its earlier life.
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Slavery in New Jersey: A Troubled History is an illustrated 40-page book that traces the evolution of slavery in New Jersey, which began with Dutch settlement in the seventeenth century and continued through the end of the Civil War.