Monday, August 11, 2008

Tunis-Ellicks House

This is one of my favorite spots to visit.  The historic Tunis-Ellicks House is a c. 1800 farmhouse preserved by the Harding Township Historical Society.  

It is about 20 minutes from my home, and houses a museum of early American life, as well as archives pertaining to the history of the surrounding area.

There is a charming "parlor garden" filled with  flowers and herbs that would have been used by a nineteenth-century family, and surrounded by a picket fence.  Espaliered apple trees are planted near the stone chimney. 

There is also a historic 19th century "tramp house," pictured below.

The Tunis-Ellicks House is a wonderful example of New Jersey history, and a great place to slow down and contemplate life in an earlier time.


Thank you all for entering my giveaway.  I will use a random number generator to draw the winner later today, and announce in tomorrow's post.  Good luck to everyone who entered, and thanks again for your votes in the photo contest.  

If you have not had a chance to vote yet, the contest is open till August 31st.  :)   Many thanks!


  1. Beautiful garden and home. I love the little "Tramp House" is that some sort of guest house for vagabonds?

  2. What a lovely and well cared for site. I so enjoy visiting places like this.

  3. What great color combinations on the Tunis-Ellicks that "red" door.

    This home looks as if it could be sitting in the middle of New England.

  4. Hi Mary,
    I too love to visit places like this.
    I really love the cottage gardens too.
    Thanks for posting,

  5. I love going to visit this sort of house. So much history.
    Thanks for taking us along...
    hugs, bj

  6. Hi Mary

    I really think I could have lived in this time period--life was so simple!

  7. Such a wonderful collection of images from this historical place. I love history and so miss the structures I used to be able to photograph when we lived in Virginia. You've made me homesick.

  8. A beautiful looks so New fact it reminds me of so many homes around this area. I loved the gardens.

  9. Love the old buildings ..... especially love that garden! Was the little latticed building the outhouse? If so, I have never seen one like that.

  10. Thank goodness for Historical Societies! Their dedication is responsible for so many wonderful preservations. I so enjoy stepping into the past...this home and garden is beautiful. I love to explore these places.

    Thanks for posting.

  11. Kathy: yes, I believe it is a guest house for passing vagabonds.

    Rosie: I think it might be a well-head.

  12. What a wonderful Historical home! I would love to visit there. I love history!

  13. Pretty garden and home.I voted for your picture. Good Luck.
    Many Blessings, Virginia

  14. I love that red door.....

    My most recent post is about a house too.....although it's much different from this one :o)

  15. Thanks for a lovely blog with so many beautiful photos. I really loves that stone- building, beautiful..I would have loved a small house like that in my garden..

    Kristin in Norway

  16. I wonder what clothes people were wearing then?

  17. Thanks for posting this. I feel like I have been on a mini vacation!

  18. Very pretty historical NJ home and garden, Mary. I wonder waht the "tramp" house was for?

  19. The house and the garden looks just lovely:-

    Have a great day!

    Hugs Gunilla in Singapore


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