Lambert Castle

Trip Start May 16, 2003
Trip End May 16, 2010

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Flag of United States  , New Jersey
Monday, June 30, 2008

It has been a while since we went on our daytrips; buying a new house and having a new baby our weekends were full with renovations & dirty diapers.  However, now things have relaxed a bit, or more honestly, we stopped running around like rats in a maze and concisely decided to continue and enjoy ourselves. 

We wanted to go to Lambert Castle for a while, but never got the chance.  Every time we wanted to go it was either raining, or we found it some other reason not to go - however it was always on the back of our minds.

We actually wanted to drive to Brooklyn to see the New York waterfalls, but since the afternoon weather was forecasted as harsh thunderstorms so we decided to go somewhere closer, Lambert Castle.

The decision was made on the spot, and our friends with two more children joined us, so we packed up the family, got the directions, the GPS and soon (around 12:30) were on our way.  The only quirk was that we got around the castle area we hit construction, and low and behold, the turn we were suppose to take was blocked.  We quickly tracked back (our friends were already waiting for us at the castle) and thanks to our trusty GPS we shortly found a way around the construction.

The castle is very impressive when you drive up to it, we had to go around the castle to the parking area which about half was dedicated to the local sheriff's department.  There weren't many people and parking was easy.  When we stepped out of the car we saw the beautiful New York City skyline, and closer, a wonderful marble fountain in a large grassy knoll which was an instant draw for the kids.

Across from the fountain we found a faux entrance with two lions guarding it, the gate actually leads to a terrace and stairs to the main door (it's easier to go around the other side).  The beautiful and heavy ornate door leads into a small entry way (and a gift show which has no Lambert Castle memorabilia) where adults have to pay a $5 to get in, but all four of the kids with us came in for free.  We got a brochure which tells us what we look at in each room, and every artifact has a sign next to it which explains what we are looking at.

The kids were quite bored and we only got about five warnings ("no running", "please be quite" etc.) over the loud speaker, but the museum's staff and visitors were more then understanding and generous.  Of course I had to threaten the girls that if they "don't act like big girls we're never taking you to anymore castles", I could barely say that with a straight face - but somehow managed even though everyone around me were cracking up.  The girls did ask where the King & princess were - however they soon came to the conclusion that they went out for lunch at the diner.

Even though the kids were board, we found the whole experience very interesting.  The art was wonderful as well as artifacts.  We also read about the castle's history before we went, and we highly recommend to do so because then everything takes a whole new perspective (as is in most cases).

The castle was built on land Mrs. Isabella Lambert gave her husband Catholina - a self made millionaire in the silk industry and an English immigrant.  Even though Mr. Lambert was very rich his life was full of tragedy as he outlived his brother and several of his children.

Due to faulty planning on my part (and fear of the nasty weather predictions - which by the way came true) we did not visit the Paterson Falls & went out to eat at a local restaurant - maybe next time.
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India Franceschi on

what beautiful them...all my years living in paterson and passaic i have visited this place once and got the most outrages feeling like dajavu...and to tell you when i was a lil girl i was always telling my parents and friends that many many years ago i lived in this castle...;)...(laughs)...but till this day that always been my dream home...everytime i pass by it i go in deep daydream....I SOOO LOVE THIS PLACE..AM VERY HAPPY YA ENJOY IT IT TAKE WONDERFUL PICTURES...;)

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