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Mansions in May Comes to Harding Township, NJ, in 2010

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Maddie, our family weather girl, tells me that it is 14 degrees outside and feels like zero, so it is hard to believe spring will ever arrive… but I just read in our local paper that Mansions in May is coming to Harding Township, New Jersey, this year.  I’ll post more details and maybe a photo soon.

The Women’s Association of Morristown Memorial Hospital (WAMMH) is pleased to announce its 15th Mansion in May Designer Showhouse and Gardens at Fawn Hill Farm in Harding Township, New Jersey. Proceeds from the May 2010 event will be directed toward the $25 million expansion of the Emergency Department at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Last renovated in 1993 to serve 50,000 patients per year, the Emergency Department is now approaching 80,000 visits per year with a 4% annual growth rate.

“The Mansion in May is our signature fundraiser,” said Tina Mulhare, President of WAMMH. “We are very excited to showcase Fawn Hill Farm this year; it is an exquisite property. After evaluating over 100 proposals, 36 interior designers and 18 landscape designers were selected to create unique spaces around the property.”

The 34-acre estate, originally named Graymar Farm, traces back to 1937 when businessman Allan Kirby, the president of Alleghany Corporation, purchased part of a large farm located in prestigious New Vernon. The farm remained in the Kirby family until 1980. A few years later, the estate was acquired by its current owners, renamed, and greatly enhanced through a meticulous restoration of the main house and other buildings.

Fawn Hill Farm, one of the largest intact estates within the New York City tri-state area, is replete with picturesque pastures, ponds, stable and barns and adjoins miles of equestrian trails that lace Harding Township. At the heart of the estate sits a gracious 21-room stone manor perched atop a knoll, affording sweeping views of the countryside. This classic structure with a slate roof and colonnaded rear terrace boasts extensive moldings, arched doorways, pegged hardwood flooring, seven distinctive fireplaces, seven bedrooms and a grand wainscoted foyer with an elegant Georgian staircase.

The WAMMH has been a driving force and supporting presence since the hospital’s earliest days. The Association has over 750 members and raises more than $700,000 annually for the hospital. The Mansion in May is the most profitable event, generating over $5 million for Morristown Memorial Hospital since its inception in 1974.

WAMMH’s 2008 Mansion in May at Froh Heim involved over 1,000 individuals volunteering in excess of 12,000 hours in the Showhouse and Gardens. Over 18,000 visitors attend the Mansion during the month of May. Volunteer to work at the mansion during May by emailing or call the Volunteer Hotline at 973-971-8800.

Mansion in May - Fawn Hill Farm will be open for the entire month of May. To learn more visit or Fawn Hill Farm is available for sale. Contact Mary Horn of Weichert Realtors at 973-713-9489.

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