History of Natirar – 3 Part Lecture Series – May 5, June 2 and June 30

Nestled in the rolling hills of Somerset County is the stately historic estate of Natirar. Established in 1905, the 1000+ acre property was founded by Walter Graeme Ladd and Kate Macy Ladd to be their homestead, an escape from the bustle of New York City.  The estate was named “Natirar” by the Ladds; an anagram for Raritan as the property stretches from what is now Route 206 to across the North Branch of the Raritan River.  The mansion has recently reopened in 2017 after being lovingly restored. With its expansive lawns, rolling hills, and historic architecture, Natirar serves as the beautiful setting for this impressive lecture series.
The storied history of Natirar and local estate homes will be told by two local historians, Meryl Carmel author of Finding Kate, and Barry Thomson co-author of the two volume series New Jersey Country Houses – The Somerset Hills. Mark your calendars for this special three part series
Program 1: Inside Look at the Life of Kate Macy Ladd   
Sunday, May 5th 
3:00 – 4:30pm
$40 per person plus tax
A unique opportunity to relax and enjoy the ambiance of the Natirar mansion house, as Meryl Carmel, author of Finding Kate the Unlikely Journey of the 20th Century Healthcare Advocate Kate Macy Ladd, reveals the unique story of the woman who called the estate “home” for 40 years. Register Here for Program 1
Program 2: Behind the Scenes of Natirar –
 A Walking Tour
Sunday, June 2nd 
3:00 – 4:30pm

$40 per person plus tax

A walking tour and inside peek at Natirar presented by Meryl Carmel and Barry Thomson, local historians and authors, who will share insights about the Ladds, Natirar and the significance of their property. Register Here for Program 2

Program 3: Somerset Hills Great Country Estates
Sunday, June 30th
3:00 – 4:30pm
$40 per person plus tax

Historian and author W. Barry Thomson will present an illustrated talk about the great country estates – including Natirar and Blairsden – that were established in the Somerset Hills during the “Country House Era”, the decades from the 1870s to the start of World War II. Thomson will discuss the families of the famous financiers and industrialists who developed these estates and the prominent architects and landscape architects who designed them.  Register Here for Program 3. 

$100 per person plus tax for all three program package
Register Here for the 3 Part Package.

Individual program registration links are above.

Join us afterwards for a Ninety Acres dinner reservation. Dinner immediately follows the lectures. Two seatings of 4:30 and 5:00pm are available. If you are in the later seating, grab a drink at the bar or Cognac Lounge prior to your dinner reservation.
Please call the Host Desk at Ninety Acres at 908.901.4701 and be sure to mention your attendance to the Natirar Lecture Series.
2 Main Street Peapack & Gladstone, NJ 07977-0331