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VAN VORST MANSION JERSEY CITY WHOSE KITCHEN STEP WAS A CORNER-STONE
OF LIBERTY" S Jersey City grew and spread its arms out into the
salty meadows, a Dr. Barrow, of New York City, purchased a tract of
land on its outskirts, where he erected two large Ionic houses, one
for himself, and the other, so tradition says, for Cornelius Van
Vorst, who became the owner soon after its completion. In style of
architecture they were very imposing, and although their
environment has greatly changed since their erection in the late
thirties, one at least, the Van Vorst Mansion, which has been
occupied for nearly half a century by the well-known Edge family,
still retains an air of distinction. In the days of the " courtly
Cornelius" this old mansion enjoyed great local fame for the
generous hospitality which greeted those fortunate ones who crossed
its portals. Its beautiful garden, now only a memory, was a source
of pride to the Jerseyites of yesterday. There,shaded by dusky box
and tall rose bushes, reposed the most interesting kitchen step in
America, whose history we are coming to. The Van Vorst family took
great pleasure in the renown of their garden. During the first
summer of Queen Victoria's reign boxes of rare flowers and shrubs
found their way from Wayne Street to Buckingham Palace and Windsor
Castle, as small tokens of admiration from an American gentleman to
England's sovereign. Like attentions were bestowed upon other
famous people, notably Martin Van Buren, who was then President.
Cornelius Van Vorst was a descendant of the old Pa- troons. His
father," Faddy" Van Vorst, was quite a noted figure in the society
of colonial days, partly owing to his ownership of a private
race-course at Harsimus, then the delight of the sporting gentlemen
of old New York. It must ...
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