The Henry Guest House was built in 1760, and continues to stand even today as a testament to the city's rich cultural and historic heritage. The house has come to be a veritable historic landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Over the years, the house has served as a meeting place, art center and museum. After almost being demolished in 1924, the house was moved to its current location the next year. Remarkably, the structure has retained much of its original appearance. The house currently serves as a community meeting space and is maintained by the New Brunswick Free Public Library.
Punctuating the southern landscape of Roosevelt Park is a spectacular masterpiece called Light Dispelling Darkness. This work of art by ceramic artist, Waylande Gregory was created in 1937. Sculpted from terracotta, the fountain features intricately-carved figures and objects like horses, artists and local factory workers. It is the representation of the artist's definition of a world reigned by education and a scientific temper, and the defeat of social evils and natural calamities. Ponder at this spot for your own interpretation.
The Edison Memorial Tower and Museum offers an insight into the life and works of science genius, Thomas Alva Edison. As an ode to his remarkable contribution to the field, this tower museum is built on the very site of his original work laboratory. It houses a great collection of articles, books and photographs on his inventions, as well as family memorabilia. Learn about the mechanism of the phonograph, the electrical distribution and the carbon button transmitter, among over 400 of his patents. A gigantic symbolic representation of his iconic invention, the light bulb, makes its way to the top of the tower. In addition, this museum features on the National Register of Historic Places.
Located in The Staten Island Botanical Garden, this garden was designed by the Landscape Architecture Corporation of China and has a collection of beautiful pavilions, walkways and courtyards. Scholar gardens are a concept unique to the Ming and Qing dynasties around 200 years back. A scholar or administrator belonging to the royal court would design these enclosed gardens. In these gardens the scenery changes beautifully, leaving a wonderfully dramatic impact. Guided tours are conducted on weekends, please check the website for specific timings.
This theater first took refuge in the ruins of a paper mill in 1934. Its founders Antoinette Scudder and Frank Carrington staged the first production—The Kingdom of God in 1938. Over the years a lot of classics, modern plays and operettas have been experimented with at this playhouse. A non-profit professional theater, it is visited by more than 425,000 people a year. Anne Hathaway (a conservatory alumna) and other well-known talents—Liza Minelli and Patrick Swayze—have strutted their stuff at the Paper Mill. The legacy and tradition continues, so come be a part of it.
Deep Cut Gardens is located adjacent to Tatum Park. Sprawling over 54 acres (21 hectares), the verdant landscape is a haven for botanists and horticulturists. This property was originally purchased by Vito Genovese in 1935 and left to the creative efforts of Theodore Stout. Blending English and Italian styles, the design boasts a manicured parterre of over 50 varieties of roses that are represented by 180 bushes. The symmetric beds of native as well as cultivated plants, flowers and herbs encourages gardening enthusiasts. The rockery is a replication of Mount Vesuvius, which towers over Genovese's birthplace, Naples. Also on site are several greenhouses and a horticultural center.
The Presbyterian Church at Bound Brook located Bound Brook, New Jersey is a historic church constructed in 1896. Built by Teale and Oscar Schutte, the stone structure features Late 19th Century and Eclectic architecture influences. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
The Brook Arts Center, ( The Historic Brook Theater), built in 1927, is located in Bound Brook, conveniently located one block from the train station and minutes from Route 287, 22 and 28. Downtown Bound Brook offers a “small town flavor” with local restaurants,shops, and businesses within walking distance from the theater. The venue offers live performances, concerts, dance, and movies.