The Former Vanderbilt Mansion in Madison New Jersey
Heiress Florence Vanderbilt, granddaughter of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, renowned as the richest man in America, and her husband, financier Hamilton McKown Twombly, wanted a country estate. In 1887 they came to the quiet Morris County countryside, where over 100 other millionaires owned sprawling country retreats. The area's exclusive atmosphere and rural charm appealed to the Twomblys. As one of America's first families, the couple had regal ideas. They fancied an English-style country mansion in a stately park setting. "Florham," one of America's finest Gilded Age homes, was the result.