ABBEY FARM TO HIGHLIGHT COLTS NECK HOUSE TOUR By Laura Kolnoski
Saturday, October 5 is the date for this year’s popular House Tour organized and hosted by the Colts Neck Historic Preservation Committee. The tours resumes this year after a hiatus. Last year, an historic holiday event was planned by the committee for December, but was cancelled due to the lingering effects of Superstorm Sandy.
The highlight of this year’s tour is the recently completed Abbey Farm on Montrose Road, an opulent, 31,000-square foot castle-like estate on 30 park-like acres. The gated home is owned by attorney Abbey Feiler-Kober and her husband Thomas, a master plumber and owner of Surf Mechanical. The home’s architect and designers were J. Costantin Architecture, LLC, of Morristown and Clockworks Development Group of Colts Neck. Landscaping was done by BC&G of Colts Neck. Visitors will enjoy touring the interior and exterior spaces, artwork, furniture, and collections.
Town Hall will also be part of this year’s tour, where participants can view historic documents and learn more about Colts Neck’s historic past and its role in Revolutionary and pre-Revolutionary history. Colts Neck’s last publicly- owned one-room schoolhouse, Montrose School on Montrose Road, will be open to visitors who can step back in time and see how local children were educated in the 1800s. Swan Pond Farm on Laird Road, known as the “House on the Mill,” will also welcome guests. Listed on an 1850 map of Atlantic Township, the former name of Colts Neck, the home then belonged to William Applegate. Previously, it was owned by the Freylinghuysen family. The present owners have authentically restored the moldings, doors, and floors. As this issue went to press, Colts Neck Historic Preservation Committee members, led by chairperson Lillian Burry, were still working to secure other properties for this tour and planning the details that make the house tour one of the township’s premier events. The perpetually successful tours are the committee’s major source of funding. Monies raised by the committee support its activities, including appearances by professional historic re-enactors in local schools each year. Tickets are $30 per person, $25 for senior citizens. They can be purchased in advance at Colts Neck Realty, 30 Route 537; Mulberry Market in the Colts Neck Shopping Center on Route 34; and Folio Art Glass, 273 Route 34. Tickets will also be available on the tour day at Town Hall only. Tour hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. “We are delighted that the owners of Abbey Farm, along with the other generous community-minded homeowners, have agreed to open their gracious homes to tour-goers to help support the activities of the Colts Neck Historic Preservation Committee,” Mrs. Burry said. “This year’s tour will be a special one, indeed. The committee is happy and proud to bring back this popular tour this year.”