Boonton Historical Society and Museum

Lathrop Mansion (New Jersey Firemen’s Home)

The Blue & Red Tours

Saturday, May 4, 2024
Sunday, May 5, 2024
12pm to 5pm

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Boonton Historical Society and Museum

Lathrop Mansion (New Jersey Firemen’s Home)

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William Gerard Lathrop (1812-1882) was a prominent citizen of Boonton. He came to Boonton in 1850 at the request of his uncle, William Green, general manager of the Boonton Iron Works. Assuming his uncle’s position when he retired, William took on the demands of managing the largest iron works in the country. Under his management the company flourished sending its products to Japan, China and South America.

Mr. Lathrop married Charlotte Bracket Jennings (1818-1886) in 1837. They had two surviving children: William Gerard (1841-1896) and Anna Catherine (1843-1914), Their portraits are part of a collection of five oil on canvas paintings of the Lathrop family bequeathed to the Boonton Historical Society in 2023 by Mr. Lathrop’s great-great- granddaughter, Patricia Marie Tuttle. The collection is now on permanent loan to the New Jersey Firemen’s Home at the Lathrop Mansion where they will be permanently exhibited at the Mansion and for the 2024 Pathways of History.

In 1872 erection of the Lathrop Mansion was completed. Mr. Lathrop had insisted that workers on his mansion were residents of Boonton, thereby alleviating unemployment in the town. Mr. Lathrop died in 1882. Six years later his 88-acre home was purchased to house the first retirement institution for firemen in the state. Mr. Lathrop would have been pleased to know that portrait restoration and repair was completed by Scott Broadfoot of Boonton and that the sign at the entrance to the property was made by a Boonton ironworker, Orlin Van Duyne.

This year's Pathways tour features topics of discussion established annually by the New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC).