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Monday, December 5, 2011

Hidden Plainfield: What you missed (or didn't) on the House Tour


The weather was magnificent as Plainfielders welcomed visitors to the Van Wyck Brooks District's 2011 Old-Fashioned Christmas House Tour.

Here is a selection of images from the tour --



Best wishes to all from Santa and helpers!
Kudos to the VWB members and volunteers who planned, organized, promoted and pulled off this event which draws thousands of visitors to the Queen City!

Hidden Plainfield will return next week.

In response to the question of Jack Benny's mother-in-law living in the Spansih Revival home, below is a screen shot of a book on Canadian facts (she hailed from Vancouver, BC)....



From a Canadian book on Google Books.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dan,
Regarding the Spanish-style house on the tour, is it true that Jack Benny's mother lived there decades ago? If it is, I'm sure it would have been mentioned in the tour material. People have said Jack Benny opened his radio show with a greeting to his mother in Plainfield.

Anonymous said...

This needs to go to every newspaper in NJ. This is what makes Plainfield wonderful, and the Courier News, Star Ledger, Bergen Record, etc should all have this sent to them. What about it Dan? Thank you for such a great representation.

Dan said...

@ 11:31 AM -- According to the tour brochure (page 10), there are two rumors: that it was home to Jack Benny's mother-in-law or to the Spanish mistress of a Plainfield tycoon. No opinion was taken on either....

The Benny story would be easy to check via old City directories if one knew her name...

Dan said...

@ 11:31 AM -- Am posting image of item in a Canadian book about Mary Livingstone's mother and Plainfield.

Sad to say, seems 'tain't so....