Ringling Circus connection to Jeff. Twp. featured in upcoming program

| 29 Sep 2011 | 02:39

    Jefferson Township — The Jefferson Township Historical Society will present a program on The History of Ringling Manor and the American Circus, on Thursday, May 7, at Camp Jefferson’s main lodge, on Weldon Road, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Alfred T. Ringling of the famous Ringling brothers lived in a stone and cement mansion in the township from 1916-1919. He wintered the circus on his large estate nestled between Greenpond and the Bowling Green Mountains. Ringling lived and auditioned circus acts in his mansion. He also gave lavish parties and hosted famous stars of the era such as Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Now known as Ringling Manor the estate is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, New Jersey Register of Historic Places and the Morris County Heritage Commission. The program will be a power point presentation, featuring the history of the circus with rarely seen photographs and the historical society’s photographs of the construction of the Ringling mansion along with commentary. There will also be displays of costumes worn by Ringling guests and the society’s collection of the original pictures of Ringling’s beloved cats along with other artifacts from the manor. Refreshments with a circus flair and other surprises are planned. The event is suitable for all ages. For more information, all Christine Williams at 973-697-8675.