by Anne Motto, Curator of Collections & Erin Feith, Research Assistant
October 17, 2023
Beginning in the late 19th Century, Morris County became a hub for Gilded Age millionaires, who constructed palatial estates that dotted the landscape. Nowhere was the volume of such wealth better captured than on the Atlas of Part of Morris Co., N.J. Embracing the Town of Morristown, The Boroughs of Madison, Florham Park, Chatham and Mendham, Morris Township and Parts of Chatham, Hanover, Mendham, and Passaic Townships, published by A.H. Mueller in 1910. In Part 2 of 2, catch a glimpse of the unmatched opulence once found in the area.
To explore more gilded age estates in the Mueller Atlas: Mueller Atlas of 1910: Gilded Age Estates, Part I
Plate 8, Florham Park: Investment banker Lloyd W. Smith purchased and expanded his childhood home into “Harvale Farms,” which had apple and peach orchards. Nearby, Carnot Meeker, third mayor of Florham Park, owned a 300-acre estate on Hanover Road, which later passed to his nephew, Carnot Meeker Ward, whose disappearance made headlines in the 1920s.