"The Twomblys of Florham" is Topic for Friends of Florham Event

Madison, NJ (February 23, 2009) —  “The Twomblys of Florham: The Beginning and End of an Era,” a conversation with Walter T. Savage, FDU professor emeritus of English, and Arthur T. Vanderbilt II, author, will take place on Sunday, March 29, 2009, at 3 p.m. at FDU’s College at Florham.

The event, sponsored by Friends of Florham, will be in Hennessy Hall (The Mansion), FDU College at Florham, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ. A reception follows the presentation.

Mr. Vanderbilt and Professor Savage will converse about Hamilton McKown Twombly and Florence Vanderbilt Twombly, their estate, Florham, and their era. They will examine the Vanderbilt-Twombly fortune, as well as the architects, landscapers and decorators who built the estate.  Life at Florham, from household help to social events, will be addressed.

The conversation will conclude with the last days of Florham, the auction of the contents of the estate, its transformation into a college campus, and the preservation and restoration efforts of the Friends of Florham. Carol Bere, a Friends of Florham board member, will moderate.

Arthur T. Vanderbilt II is the author of ”Fortune's Children: the Fall of the House of Vanderbilt” (l989), and many other books published in book club and foreign editions, excerpted in the media, and optioned for screen productions.

He was inducted in the New Jersey Literary Hall of Fame in 2001. Mr. Vanderbilt is a graduate of Wesleyan University and University of Virginia School of Law, and is a partner at the Carella Byrne law firm in Roseland, NJ. He is a resident of Summit, an Honorary Trustee of the Friends of Florham, and is a trustee of the Summit Public Library, the Manley-Wiser Foundation, and Greenwood Gardens.

Walter Savage, professor emeritus of English, is an active trustee of the Friends of Florham and perhaps one of the busiest volunteers in the Morris County area. His history with Florham dates back to the day Fairleigh Dickinson purchased the estate, when he taught the first course ever offered at the campus.

Savage regularly conducts tours of “Florham” that fill to capacity. He has been a trustee of the N.J. Shakespeare Festival, trustee and vice president of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, former president of the Washington Association, and a chairman of the New Jersey Council of the Humanities.

Tickets, at $25 per person, are available at the door and include the reception. For further information, call (973) 443-8661.



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The Mansion

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