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Open House at Solitude House
Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Solitude House, the Taylor mansion next to Lake Solitude in High Bridge, will be open Sunday, May 13, 2018 – Mother’s Day – from 1 pm to 4 pm. Current exhibits are on High Bridge and the wide range of products made by Taylor-Wharton.
In colonial times and during the Revolutionary War, Solitude was the home of the manager of the Union Iron Works. When the Union Tract was divided and sold in 1803, Robert Taylor, who was then the iron works manager, bought the lot which contained Solitude and Union Forge. The Taylor family developed this business into the Taylor-Wharton Iron and Steel Company, which the town of High Bridge grew up around. Taylor-Wharton was the largest employer in the area and built many homes for its employees. Solitude House itself was expanded and remodeled several times over the years, and today is a two-and-a-half story Italianate style dwelling.
Taylor-Wharton made wheels, axles, switches and tracks for railroads. The company produced dredge buckets which were used to dig the Panama Canal, to mine gold in the West and to mine tin in Southeast Asia. Seamless high pressure cylinders for industry, the military and the medical field were another important product. In times of war, the company made items for the military, including shells, tank treads, and doughboy hats. More recent Taylor-Wharton products include cryogenic tanks for industrial and medical uses and even tanks for beverage carbonization!
Solitude House is at 7 River Road, High Bridge, NJ, 08829. For more information, or if you would like to volunteer to help the High Bridge Cultural and Heritage Committee events and our activities, please contact us at: [email protected].