In 1754, Richard Stockton, a leading attorney who would go on to be a signer of the Declaration of Independence, acquired land on his grandfather's 5,500-acre tract to build a home. The house later traded hands among Stockton family members until the 20th century, when it served as the state's first Governor's Mansion, eventually housing five governors.
Since its restoration and conversion into the Morven Museum & Garden in 2004, galleries on two floors of the dwelling have housed permanent and temporary exhibitions relating to New Jersey history and culture, as well as the Morven property, now a National Historic Landmark. As guests wander the museum’s halls, Stockton family portraiture and decorative art speaks of past eras while contemporary art and photographs keep visitors grounded in the present day. Meanwhile, 5 more acres outside host a massive garden that includes a recreation of Morven's old Colonial Revival¬–style blooming garden and its charismatic, singing Venus flytrap.
The course at Stonybrook Golf Club weaves along verdant paths buttressed by dense walls of foliage, creating a relatively short 3,514-yard track from the back tees. Course architect Robert Krieger incorporated frequent misdirection that leads to blind shots, including double doglegs on the 6th and 15th holes, the course’s only two par 5s. Water hazards come into play on seven holes and speedy greens can cause further complications for golfers with the yips or roller-skate golf shoes. When walking, a round can be finished in under three hours, letting players quickly return to daily life or the scene of the accident.
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Tiger Hall: Play Zone and Activity Center spreads fun and interactive-learning opportunities throughout its 2,800-square-foot facility, offering everything from a spacious playroom to a relaxing parents lounge. On weekdays, the center provides families with private programming and preschool options. Come the weekend, Tiger Hall transforms into an energized hub of entertainment, complete with open-play hours, workshops, and a variety of classes, including in art, dance, and music.
The Tony Award-winning McCarter Theatre produces a bevy of captivating plays each year, often staging incendiary interpretations of traditional works and contemporary classics. This year's production of A Christmas Carol marks the McCarter's 30th incarnation of Dickinson's tale since its introduction to the theatre's season in 1980. The production will be performed in the 75-year-old, recently restored Matthews Theatre auditorium. Director Michael Unger gifts audiences with a heartfelt tale of Ebenezer's redemption guaranteed to cure mild to moderate cases of Scroogedom and Santaclaustrophobia.
Anthony Rabara Studio for Pilates gives trainees of all ages and skill levels authentic and safe instruction under the direction of seasoned Pilates instructors. Pilates provides a low-impact core-strengthening regime that increases flexibility, balance and range of motion. Mat classes and are offered in several weekly sessions by skill level and by proficiency describing one's summer vacation via short essay. Each instructor is trained in the full range of Pilates exercises and safety to ensure a proper training regimen for each client. Though not included in this deal, private and semi-private instruction is also available at Anthony Rabara Studio for Pilates and has been taught here to Olympians, professional dancers and photographers hoping to snap elusive Olympians and professional dancers in their native habitats.
Hasty Acres' gentle equine handlers teach riders ages 7 years and older to comfortably take the reins on the property's emerald acres. Each of the school's benevolent steeds harbors special training to instill them with patience for both beginning and experienced riders. One-hour private lessons instruct hooves in english riding styles with focused, one-on-one attention to proper horse handling, horse care, and horse art history. Duos gallop into a group session with five or six other riders of similar age and experience, affording ample attention for each saddle-filler and just enough players for a human-horse tennis-triples game.