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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Drake House 'Plainfield Parks and Gardens' show opens today

The exhibit features Plainfield parks and gardens.

The Drake House's 'Plainfield Parks and Gardens' show opens this afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and features maps, plans and photographs of Plainfield's legacy of parks and gardens.

The community's two county parks -- Cedar Brook and Greenbrook -- will be featured, as well as the world-renowned Shakespeare Garden which is maintained on a volunteer basis by the Plainfield Garden Club.

A special feature will be a gallery talk by preservation consultant Kathleen Galop at 2:30 PM entitle 'The Olmsted Historic Landscape Legacy in New Jersey'.

The exhibit in the Drake House's second floor ballroom will run through the end of May and is comprised of artifacts lent for the exhibit by the Plainfield Garden Club and the Plainfield Public Library, as well as items from the Historical Society's own collections.

This afternoon's event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The Drake House Museum at 602 West Front Street (at the foot of Plainfield Avenue) is open to the public Sunday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:00 PM, and at other times by appointment. For more information, call (908) 755-5831 or visit the website at

'Spritzer' area is adjacent to handball courts at Cedar Brook Park. (Photos by DD)

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Anonymous said...

Dan, is the circular seating and fountain area shown in the last picture located in a Plainfield or nearby park? Can you tell us where? Thanks.

Dan said...

Sorry, I have posted a caption to the photo. It's a 'spritzer', not really a fountain, designed for kids to run and play in and is adjacent to the handball courts in Cedar Brook Park; pic taken in 2001. The other shot, of course, is the gazebo beside the lake, this one taken in 2005 I believe.