History

Lake Swannanoa, New Jersey (vintage postcard)

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swannanoa sentinal society (1980-2007)

SWANNANOA: Fulfilling A Dream (pdf file) (circa 1980; author unknown. For historic reference only.)

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on lake swannanoa

Deer Trail Inn and Lodge

  INN LODGE
HISTORIC Deer Trail Inn (vintage postcard) Deer Trail Lodge (vintage postcard) Deer Trail Lodge (vintage postcard)
CURRENT

Sonny's on the Lake 2007

Restaurant & Apartments

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Rest Home

(?)

deer trail gazebo 2007

Gazebo

 

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Rest Home

 

Circa 1930's

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The Polish Pavilion

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Ringling Manor

Ringling Manor synopsis prepared by the Jefferson Township Historical Society, October 30, 1996, used by permission of Evelyn Brown, President. Click here to view. (Opens in new window; depending on your browser you may want to click on the image to enlarge it to legible size.)

(Submitted January 13, 2006 by Al Salzano)

Alfred T. Ringling Manor: National Register of Historic Places (scroll down)

Jefferson Township Bicentennial Celebration, Part XIV: Ringling Manor, By R. Richard Willis

NJ DEP - Historic Preservation Office  Morris County
New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places

Alfred T. Ringling Manor and R.T. Richards Circus Winter Headquarters (ID#2129)
Extends from the North Dam around Manor Drive and across Berkshire Valley Road
SR: 1/5/1976
NR: 6/3/1976 (NR Reference #: 76001177)


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Alfred Theodore "Alf T." Ringling

Kings of the Circus World: Ringling Bros poster

"Alf. T. Ringling died intestate, a citizen of New Jersey, October 21st, 1919".

 

Books

Ringlingville USA: The Stupendous Story of Seven Siblings and Their Stunning Circus Success

The Valley People: The Coming of Ringling Marks the End of a Town. "The Valley People is a vivid historical novel that brings alive a rural New Jersey valley in the years 1915-20 with the arrival of the wealthy and aging Alfred T. Ringling of circus fame." Author: Marie Hollins Howard

Freemasonry

Ringling Brothers
The sons of German-born harness maker August Ringling, the Ringling brothers founded the Ringling Brothers Circus in 1884. Conceived by Albert and headed by John, August T. had little involvement in the circus. Photo key here.

Ringling Brothers - All 7 brothers and their father were Masons.

Alf's Masonic apron; also, Masonic Apron Belonging to Alf T. Ringling

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Circus Museum, CA'Zan Mansion (Florida)

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fight poster (historic movie poster)

Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling


the greatest show on earth: ringling bros. and barnum & bailey circus

homepage

circus trainspotting

The Circus Historical Society "If you love the circus & circus history . . ."


haunted sites

Water's Edge Cafe Visiting Spirit (ghost) [search for Swannanoa]

Water's Edge Cafe - This turn-of-the-century inn was bought in the 1960's by an Englishman. It was then that the local ghost decided to make his presence known. The ghost appears as a heavy-set man who most often appears in the lounge or on the staircase. It is said that the ghost spoke to the proprietor, and claimed that his name was Armon Hirsuit. Despite extensive research, no one by that name can be located in the history of the area.
Located on Lake Swannanoa in Jefferson Township


midgetville

Is this the lost home of the elusive Midgetville?

09/12/03 Carrot Wielding Little People in Jefferson Township / Ringling Brothers Unseen Midgets

 


swannanoa: hey, isn't that our name too?

North Carolina

Swannanoa River; Panoramic Map of Swannanoa River Valley; Black Mountain/Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce

Swannanoa Tunnel song

The Swannanoa Gathering: folk arts near Asheville, North Carolina

Swannanoa String Band (1895) -- photo

Native American Place Names

"Swannanoa: a community in Buncombe County [North Carolina]; name is derived from the Cherokee word Suwali-Nunna, meaning 'trail of the Suwali tribe.'"

Waters that came to be

By George Ellison, Smoky Mountain News

"'Swannanoa' is the anglicized form of the Cherokee word 'Suwali-nunna,' which means 'trail of the Suwali tribe.' The anthropologist James Mooney noted in Myths of the Cherokees (1900) that this trail ran from Cherokee lands 'to the Suwali tribe living east of the mountains.' They were also known as the Sara Indians."

 

Although the intended translation in our case was:

Swannanoa Peace Sound Chamber [maybe we could use one of those] a project of The Foundation for Earth's Ancestral Voices

South Carolina

Swannanoa Club: Clemson, South Carolina

Afton, Virginia

Swannanoa Country Club

Swannanoa Palace, Nelson County (model; "a copy of the Villa de Medici in Rome")

The Palace at Swannanoa: Afton, Virginia


jefferson township

Daily Record: A Day in the Life: Jefferson May 21, 2002

Rutsch, Donald Herman. A Genealogical Survey of Important Families of Jefferson Township, New Jersey, 1700-1900. N.p., 1971. (from Morris County Heritage Commission - Directory | Bibliography)

Jefferson Township Wikipedia Page

History of Jefferson Township historic timeline

Jefferson Township, Morris County, New Jersey (NJ) Detailed Profile

Reliving Jefferson's colorful past  02/08/04 - Posted from the Daily Record newsroom


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The New Jersey Historical Society
Through the history of New Jersey - a quintessentially American place - the Historical Society promotes exploration of our cultures, past and present. As we challenge and inspire people to grow as learners and thinkers, we strive to make a difference in their lives.


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last updated Feb 18, 2013