What's New @ Lakeview

What's Been Going on at Lakeview Mansion?!
Tom Soden's Eagle Scout Project in May 2006 helped rejuvenate Buckelew Park's grounds. From cleaning the Barclay Brook to laying down new mulch, the project made the grounds of the park look beautiful. Projects included creating a new bed along the conservatory, removing two stumps, cleaning debris from the Barclay Brook, removing wood and leaves from behind the garage, building a grave site for the Abraham S. Davison grave marker, laying new mulch around the property, and filling in the new planter and flagpole ring. Below are the results of his hard work and dedication. The Jamesburg Historical Association also thanks the Soden family and all of the other scouts who worked to make this project possible.

The Jamesburg High School Room

The Jamesburg High School Room

The Jamesburg High School Room

The Jamesburg High School Room

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Special Visitors @ Lakeview Mansion
Lakeview has had some special visitors lately - members of the Helme Family! On August 14, 2005, Mr. Charles Helme, great great great grandson of Helmetta's founder George W. Helme, and his family, visited Lakeview for the afternoon. On August 30, 2005, Lakeview hosted Mr. Jay Helme and his wife. Mr. Jay Helme is the great great grandson of George W. Helme, and also is also a descendent of the Buckelew family. Mr. Jay Helme's connection goes back to the infamous Buckelew-Helme marriage. His great grandmother was Mary Buckelew (daughter of James and Margaret Chambers Snedeker Buckelew), who married George A. Helme (son of George W. and Margaret Appleby Helme).

Mr. Charles Helme and family Mr. Jay Helme and wife
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Memorabilia Sought for Displays
In an effort to educate the public about the rich history of the Jamesburg area, the Jamesburg Historical Association is in search of memorabilia related to Forsgate Farms/Country Club, the New Jersey State Home for Boys, Helmetta/The George W. Helme Snuff Mill, and any other general Jamesburg memorabilia. The Jamesburg Historical Association is planning new displays in the Louise Kerwin Room of Jamesburg History. In an effort to have a wide array of items and memorabilia, the association is looking for anyone who may have a connection with any of these establishments and memorabilia that could be donated. More specifically, the association in is search of postcards, photos, publications, literature, milk bottles, and snuff containers. All donations are tax deductible.

For further information or to donate items, please call 732-521-2040 (leave message) or e-mail: webmaster@jamesburg.net.

Tour Guides Needed
The Jameburg Historical Association is seeking interested adults (18+) to serve as docents (tour guides) at Lakeview, the historic Buckelew Mansion. Docents will be expected to be available (on a rotating schedule) for mansion tours on the second and fourth Sundays of each month between 2:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. and for special events held throughout the year that may be held at the mansion. Membership in the Jamesburg Historical Association is not immediately required. No prior experience is necesary. For further information or to sign up, please call 732-521-2040 (leave message) or e-mail: JamesburgHistory@verizon.net.

"Lakeview Players" Seeks Members
The Jamesburg Historical Association is seeking high school and college-aged students to join "Lakeview Players" and help make the historical Buckelew Mansion better known to students. The group will present several performances each school year in and on the grounds of the mansion. The association decided to form "Lakeview Players" after the success of a Halloween gathering at the mansion sponsored by the association and area students.

Interested students may call 732-521-2040 or e-mail LakeviewPlayers@yahoo.com.

Jamesburg Businesses of Yesteryear and Today Display
Exhibit Now Closed
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Jamesburg Businesses of Yesteryear and Today Display
This display is located in the center hall of Lakeview Mansion. It features business memorabilia from the 1930s and 1940s on the left. The right side portrays contemporary Jamesburg businesses. The display features a letter sent in 1908 from the Jamesburg Silk Factory, located on Buckelew Avenue, across from the lake.

Help this display grow! If you are a Jamesburg business owner, have promotional materials from Jamesburg businesses, or know someone who does, please consider donating your items. We are in search of business cards, magnets, pens, pencils, stationary, pins, envelopes, and correspondance from businesses of today and yesteryear. If in doubt, let the Jamesburg Historical Association take a look! For more information or to donate items, contact Borough Historian Tom Bodall by e-mail, webmaster@jamesburg.net, or send items to the mansion at the following address: Thomas C. Bodall, The Jamesburg Historical Association, 203 Buckelew Avenue, Jamesburg, NJ 08831.

The Jamesburg Ice Wagon

The Jamesburg Ice Wagon       The Jamesburg Historical Association is seeking grants to further its exhibit program. Inspired by old photographs of Jamesburg, the exhibit we wish to recreate is the Jamesburg Ice Wagon, circa 1900.

      Tours of Lakeview are given to the public and local schools. What better way to have history understood, then to have a life sized and historically accurate exhibit (ice wagon and fiberglass horse) to enhance our collection of the past.

      Jamesburg has always been a town of diversity and we wish to portray this with exhibits that reflect that diversity - thus inspiring new generations with the unique history of the town.

      A company has been chosen that could replicate the Ice Wagon; however it far exceeds our budget. Your tax-deductible contribution along with corporate and private partners could make this a reality.

      Please make your contribution to the Jamesburg Historical Association. Thank you, in advance for your consideration.

          Yours truly,
          John M. Tancredi
          Committee Chairman

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