Saturday, March 2, 2013

Gone but Not Forgotten: Peppermint Hill

This beautiful Victorian era residence that once stood on the NE corner of Cooper and Maple was built by Doctor J. Foster Flagg circa 1877. G. G. Green's son Harry Brown Green later owned and occupied the house. At one point the property as evidenced by the map below stretched from Cooper Street to Hunter Street, before the creation of Holroyd Place. According to a hand written inscription attached to a photo (see below) from Green family collection at the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum, the house may have been known, at least informally, as Hillcrest, but was most commonly referred to as Peppermint Hill. It sat directly across the street from G.G. Green's mansion Gray Towers, creating a pleasing view from both residences, not to mention passersby! Later on this grand building was the home of the William Stokes Bonsal Post, no. 133, America Legion and practice place for the Bonsal Blues Band.

Illustration from the 1889 Green's August Flower Almanac
showing back of Gray Towers and front of Peppermint Hill in background
Peppermint Hill on the left from 1886 Woodbury map
another view of Peppermint Hill bottom left from 1886 Woodbury map
View of Hillcrest/Peppermint Hill from porch of Gray Towers dated 1917
photo courtesy: Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum

1876 Map of Woodbury showing extent of the Flagg property

1903 Woodbury Daily Times Death Notice for Dr. Flagg

Peppermint Hill today, Lakefront condos and apartments

Sands, R. W. (2006). Woodbury: Images of America. (p. 128). Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing


Anonymous said...

What about an article on the house Green built for his son on North Woodland Ave that still stands today?

alka said...
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Village Green said...

Great idea!