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Read the artist's biography: Candice Brearley Vignette
Lawrence Historical Society marks Brearley milestone!
Artist Candice Brearley donated this original painting
of the Brearley House:
Candice Brearley, artist, has donated a painting of the Brearley House to the Lawrence Historical Society. “I just thought it would be something that they would have for a long time,” she said. Candice Brearley, was married to the late Purvis Brearley, a direct descendant of David Brearley, the New Jersey delegate to the Constitutional Convention. David Brearley is said to have thought up the electoral college and the office of the vice president. He was the first chief justice of the state Supreme Court and the first Grand Master of the New Jersey Masonic Lodge.
Candice on a tour at The Brearley House
Many other 18th century homes have been preserved because of their opulence, but that’s not the case with the Brearley House. The Brearleys were well off, but not overly wealthy. No one who ever lived in the house ever made enough to make drastic changes, so the house stayed mostly the same for more than 200 years.
Candice and Brearley Family members in costume for the Brearley House anniversary celebration..
The Brearley family lived in the house until 1963, when developers bought it. Clarence Siebert, a farmer, and his family lived in the house. While Siebert was taking good care of the house, he was also keeping a kerosene stove, and there was concern that he would burn the historical house to the ground. Subsequently, the town council purchased the Brearley House in 1978.
With the Bagpiper.Candice Brearley served an important role in the efforts to restore the house. She wrote to all the Brearleys scattered across the country and asked them to donate to the cause: $175,000 was raised towards the restoration effort. The Lawrence council matched that amount, and the total, $350,000, was then matched by the New Jersey Historical Trust, bringing the restoration fund to $700,000. That was enough to restore the house by May 2000.
Dancing around the May Pole.
In costume with Bill Agress at the Brearley House.
CANDICE BREARLEY LOANS BREARLEY FAMILY BIBLE
FOR PUBLIC DISPLAY AT THE BREARLEY HOUSE:
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