Wednesday, August 29, 2012
"Beacon Hill House"
"Beacon Hill House" was built for millionaire Arthur Curtiss James and his wife, Harriet. The James occupied the home for many years and occupied it continually for the summers. Mrs. James hosted a famous party titled Masque of The Blue Garden, held in the estate's Blue Gardens. Also on the property was a large farming complex, called the Swiss Village, which continues to stand today. Harriet died in 1941, followed by her husband three weeks later. The mansion was sold after James's death and sat empty for quite a long time. It was constantly ransacked by vandals, who stole many of the mansion's furnishings and decorative features. It burned down in 1967 and the grounds were subdivided.