Masker’s Barn

Masker's Barn

This is Masker’s Barn, built in 1882 (when Feltville was purchased and renamed to Glenside Park) for summer resort visitors from New York, Newark, and Orange. Horses and carriages were housed here so businessmen could have, in essence, a taxi service to the nearest New York-bound train station; their families stayed in Glenside Park/ Feltville to enjoy their summers. Sometimes they’d clear out the horses and hold dances in the barn!

(I will bet you they called at least one of them The Masker-ade. ‘Cos it’s Masker’s Barn, get it?! aaaaahahahahahah! No, seriously, I’ll bet they really did.)

It’s been listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places since 1980, and it’s been undergoing renovations ever since. Currently, the barn is undergoing a restoration/ rehabilitation effort, as stated on a couple large nearby signs. This may be in reference to its status as the unofficial headquarters for the Feltville Archeology Project (and Operation Archeology, a program for fifth-graders).

Reference:
Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders (Eds.). (n.d.) A Self-Guided Tour of the Deserted Village of Feltville/Glenside Park. [Pamphlet.]

(This is part of a series on the Deserted Village of Feltville. Click here for other Feltville posts.)

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