Mrs. Elisabeth Jackson High Tea
Saturday, June 10, 2017
The Berwick Historical Society conducted a high tea on the front lawn of the Jackson Mansion. Having a high tea on the front lawn of her home was something that Mrs.Jackson did during her lifetime. This was the first high tea held on the lawn of the Jackson Mansion in over 100 years. Also displayed was the original Elisabeth Jackson Garden Seats. We were pleased to see so many patrons partaking of this historic event. Mrs. Jackson's coachman all of her life at the mansion was Jacob Knecht. Jacob's great grandaughter Penny Slusser was the guest of honor at the high tea. In addition to the high tea the patrons were invited to tour the Jackson Mansion.
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A view of our patrons
More of our patrons
of our patrons
Jim Stout, Jackson Mansion
Gordon Neely, President
try out the Victorian garden seats
Jackson Mansion Staff
Touch of Brass
during the high tea
Some of our
Joan Gearhart playing
the piano during the
tour of the
while Jessica Martz
Sally Miller playing the
harp for the patrons as
they tour the Mansion
by Carol Masich
Patrons enjoying the tour
of the Jackson Mansion
PINE GROVE CEMETERY TOUR
Gordon Neely portrayed Mordecai Jackson
Mordecai Jackson was born in Berwick June 25, 1815. In 1840 he connected wiht George Mack and they started a foundry for the manufacture of plows, plow castings and kettles.. Later partnered with William Woodin and the firm was known as the Jackson and Woodin Manufacturing Company. They built Railroad cars and eventually merged with the American Car and Foundry.
Diane Labour portrayed Jane Jackson
Jane Bowman Jackson was the daughter of Colonel Gearhart Jackson and Elisabeth Seybert Jackson. Jane was born March 25, 1869 and died June 23, 1919. Jane was married in the Jackson Mansion to Samuel Hughes Watts on November 11, 1890. They had one son dickson Given Watts born 1893 and is buried behind his mother's grave.
Jim Ross portrayed Isadore Chamberlain
Isadore Chamberlain born in 1837 and was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Chamberlain. Isadore and his brother Samuel joined lthe 16th PA Volluntary Calvary in the Civil War. They were both onne of the earliest volunteers from Berwick to answer the call. Isadore like his father Joseph ws a stone cutter. After the war Isadore went into the grocery business. Isadore had a son Isadore, Jr.. Bopth father and son along with their wives are buried here in the Pine Grove Cemetery.
Donated refreshments were served by Linda Sult and Jeffrey Johnson.
MEMORIAL ROSE GARDEN
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On July 1944, when the ladies of the Berwick Garden Club planted a memorial rose garden honoring those who served in World War II, a good portion of the borough came to celebrate.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion both sent color guards, a band played during the ceremony, a quartet sang, and there were speeches and prayers.
Members planted 297 tea rose bushes. They added anoither 63 white orses in memory of thoise in the military who died in the war. Then they kept adding plants, bringing the total of 720 rose bushes in a formal arrangement that was especially fetching when viewed from the second floor of the Berwick Store Co., which was then next door, according to histoirical records.
But over the years, the garden at the Jackson Mansion was forgotten. Enter Gerald Kershner who purchased roses and paid people to replant and maintain a portion of the rose garden. Gerald was able to do this until his health failed and in 2014 the rose garden began to disappear. And like the warriors they honored, the bushes began to die off.
But now the garden is getting new life. Gordon Neely, president of the Berwick Historical Society, which now runs the Jackson Mansion, noticed the stone marker and decided to replant the garden.
Kay Mentrikoski, a board member, offered to sponsor the roses. So today, six rose bushes are blooming near the marker to the sough of the historic building.
It is a small start, but the Historical Society is hopeful it will grow and Kay Mentrikoski is entursiastic about purchasing more rose bushes. "Too often, our heritage is forgotten" she stated. "The idea of this is wonderful.
The Historical lSociety is hoping someone will come forward with some of the metal plates holding the names of the dead servicemen and servicewomen that once labled the white rose bushes..
COLONEL CLARENCE GEARHART JACKSON'S
175TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
The Berwick Historical Society celebrated Colonel Jackson's 175th Birthday at the Jackson Mansion on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Invited guests were treated to a tour of the Jackson Mansion along with various types of food and punch being served in the Formal Dining Room. In addition to the food there was a huge birthday cake.
The event was organized by Sheri Geines, Jackson Mansion Cordinator and supported by many of our volunteers all dressed in costume. Members of the Board of Directors were on hand to greet the guests as they arrived.
Pictured are our lady volunteers dressed in costume. The volunteers are: Romona Ritter, Susan Scholl, Linda Sult, Nikki Shiner, Marilyn Gibbons, Karen Brown, Janice Moskaluk, Brenda Gensemer,Sheri Geines, Diane Labour, Sue Reagan and Donna Berlin.
Pictured on the right are the volunteers who served as Jackson Maids were Diane Labour, Donna Berlin, Sue Reagan and Sheri Geines.
Linda Sult, our Museum & Library Curator played Happy Birthday on the Jackson Piano
Volunteer Kitchen Staff making sure all the food was ready. Kitchen Staff Volunteers were Karen Migliosi, Carla Scala, Lydee Garrison, Mary Dalbeerto
The Berwick Historical Society President Gordon Neely welcomes room sponsor Joan Gearhart.
SPRING TIME AT THE JACKSON MANSION