Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Morison, Mrs. Nathaniel H. (Fanny C. Lemmon) '16

1910 Address (1910 Social Register) 90 Mercer Avenue, Plainfield

1919 Address: 7 Rockview Terrace, North Plainfield

1922 Address: 7 Rockview Terrace, North Plainfield

1929 Treasurer Book Active $5.00 (Not listed in the 1928 Treasurer Book)
1930 Treasurer Book Active Name then scratched out with a penciled note "Res"

1932 Directory*: Not Listed
* = This directory is not dated but presumed to be from the year 1932.

1910 Social Register

Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel H. (Fanny C. Lemmon) Morison, 90 Mercer Avenue, Plainfield

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel B. Morison, (Anita H. Haggerty) Madison, NJ


Nathaniel Holmes Morison

Nathaniel Holmes Morison
531. NATHANIEL HOLMES MORISON. "My life has been "uneventful, six years at Marston's School in Baltimore, one year at Boston Tech., two years at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, then three years as an office boy, after which I bought a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, in 1896. Moved to New York in 1898 and failed in business in 1904 or 1905. Then bought a membership on the New York Cotton Exchange in 1906 and continued that business until I transferred the seat to my son Holmes and moved to Welbourne in 1935. We operated it as a guest house until 1945."
Welbourne, near Middleburg, Virginia, is a delightful old Virginia plantation home which has been in his wife's family for many generations, He and his wife and their daughter Frances are now maintaining Welbourne, where Frances is interested in books, music and does some real estate business.

Children of Nathaniel H.
5311. Southgate L. Morison, b. New York City Nov. 16, 1903, m. Oatlands, Va. Oct. 15, 1932,
Anne B. Tennant, b. Oatlands, Va. Aug. 9, 1903; shed. Oatlands, Va. June 3, 1950.
5312. Frances Delaney, b. Plainfield, N.J. April 4, 1907, m J. P. Tyler; divorced 1948.
5313. Nathaniel Holmes Jr., b. Plainfield, N.J. July 16, 1908, m. Aldie, Va. Aug. 29, 1931, Sarah Truax Harris,
b. Aldie, April 16, 1909.

Trip Advisor reviews on the Wellbourne

Wellbourne Bed and Breakfast

Welbourne was the home of Col. Richard Henry Dulany, C.S.A., the
great-great-grandfather of the current innkeeper. Col. Dulany founded the nation's oldest foxhunting club, The Piedmont Hunt, in 1840, and the oldest horse show, the Upperville Colt and Horse Show, in 1853. Visitors during the Civil War included Jeb Stuart and John S. Mosby. In the 1930's F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe stayed at Welbourne. Both writers published stories using the house as the setting.

2010 Innkeepers


Nat & Sherry Morison

22314 Welbourne Farm Lane
Middleburg, VA 20117

Phone: 540-687-3201

Colonel Richard Henry Dulany

Colonel Richard Henry Dulany (August 10, 1820 - October 31, 1906) was born in Loudoun County, Virginia and was the son of John Peyton Dulany and Mary Ann DeButts. The Dulany family descend from the O'Dulaneys of Queen's County, Ireland, and reached America when Daniel Dulany the Elder arrived in Port Tobacco, Maryland, in 1703.

Richard Dulany married his cousin Rebecca Anne Dulany and they had five children: Mary, Fanny, Johnnie, Hal and Richard ("Dick"). The Dulanys resided first at Old Welbourne until it burned down in a fire in the 1800s. They then moved to the present Welbourne, where the descendants, now in the eighth generation, still live today.

Colonel Dulany founded the Upperville Colt & Horse Show in 1853. It is the oldest horse show in America. He also founded the Piedmont Hunt in 1840, one of the oldest foxhunting organizations in the country.

During the American Civil War, Dulany was first a captain, and then colonel of the 7th Virginia Cavalry.

He died in Upperville, Virginia in 1906.

Name Dulany, Richard Henry, Colonel
Alternative names
Short description
Date of birth August 10, 1820
Place of birth Loudoun County, Virginia
Date of death October 31, 1906
Place of death Upperville, Virginia

Washington Park Historic District North Plainfield


Saturday, December 10, 4:00 - 9:00 PM. Tour starts at Church of the Holy Cross, corner of Washington and Mercer Avenues.

Founded in 1988, North Plainfield's only historic district will be featured in a Holiday house tour titled 'Architectural Treasures of North Plainfield'. Nine of the District's homes – mostly Victorians – will be featured, all dressed up for the Christmas holidays.

Tickets are $25 the day of the tour and may be purchased the Holy Cross Church, the tour's starting point, where maps will also be available.

Dear Washington Park Association:

Please link our website to your website. We
will do the same.

Plainfield Garden Club was established in 1915 and many of our early
members were residents of North Plainfield. You can read about the 250+
ladies on the website under "History"

Probably most notable was founding member Mrs. Charles Walter (Mary
Isabella Simpson)McCutchen '15

Other North Plainfield-Plainfield Garden Club Residents include:

Campbell Mabel C. Raper Mrs. William Hall 1928
Eaton Mary Winifred Parlin Mrs. Charles Aubrey 1915
Fleming Helen Hyde Mrs. Austin Lloyd 1919
Foster Fannie C. Groendyke Mrs. John Gray 1915
Hackman Elizabeth or "Betty" Reppert Mrs. Robert K. 1970
Howell Romaine Ray Mrs. Josephus H. 1922
Hyde Helen Miss 1917
Hyde Elilzabeth Kepler Mrs. Charles L. 1917
Hyde Carolyn Knowland Mrs. Frank de Lacey 1919
McGee Emma Louise Whiting Mrs. Henry Augustus 1922
McGee Sarah M. Howell Mrs. Henry Livingston "Harry" 1918
McGee Mary Alice Yerkes Mrs. Walter Miller 1922
Middledith Sarah Augusta Flanders Mrs. James F. 1920
Morison Fanny C. Lemmon Mrs. Nathaniel H. 1916
Murray Mrs. J. Everett 1920
Tingley Miss Dorothea 1932
Trewin Annette Mrs. C. Sidney 1945
Wells Mrs. Henry C. 1920
Wells Nancy G. Mrs. John R., Jr. 1957

We have just begun to post our archival information on line. If
interested, we could send you the addresses of these members. We are
always interested in learning more about them and welcome photographs of
their homes and gardens.

Enjoy the season -

The Ladies of the Plainfield Garden Club

1974 Junior League Designer Showcase: The Martine House

Listed in the program is a possible relation: Mr. and Mrs. David J. Morrison

1974 Designer Showcase Martine House Cover to Page 25

1974 Designer Showcase Martine House Page 26 to End

In addition to saving the 1988 Program for the Designers Showhouse of Cedar Brook Farm (aka The Martine House) which was organized by the Muhlenberg Auxiliary, PGC Member Anne Shepherd also kept the 1974 Designers Showcase of the very same home, organized by the Junior League.

Within the program pages, you will find mentioned many PGC members. They include: Clawson, MacLeod, Kroll, Davis, Wyckoff, Stevens, Loizeaux, Swain, Hunziker, Connell, Foster, Dunbar, Elliott, Fitzpatrick, Gaston, Hackman, Holman, Lockwood, Morrison, Royes, Rushmore, Sanders, Williams, Barnhart, Bellows, Burger, Burner, Carter, Clendenin, DeHart, Detwiller, Eaton, Eckert, Fort, Frost, Gonder, Keating, Laidlaw, Loosli, Madsen, Mann, Marshall, Miller, Moody, Moon, Morse, Murray, Mygatt, Barrett, Peek, Perkins, Pfefferkorn, Pomeroy, Pond, Royes, Samek, Sandford, Sheble, Stevens, Shepherd, Stewart, Stout, Trewin, Vivian, Zeller, Cochran, Mooney and Hall.

William Maxwell Evarts Perkins

Maxwell E. Perkins, famed editor of such literary luminaries as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Thomas Wolfe, was a man whose personal and professional lives often intersected. Nowhere is this more evident than in his correspondence with Elizabeth Lemmon, the Virginia socialite who became his long-distance confidante. Despite the platonic nature of their relationship, others realized the intensity of their connection. The letters contained in As Ever Yours, published here for the first time, reveal an epistolary love story–and they provide fresh insights into Perkins the man and Perkins the editor. Max first met Elizabeth in 1922 at the Perkins home in Plainfield, New Jersey. Immediately drawn to her stark beauty and southern charm, he struck up a correspondence with her that lasted until his death in 1947. As Ever Yours contains 121 of Perkins's letters to Lemmon as well as the 20 extant letters from Lemmon to Perkins; the rest are presumed lost or destroyed. Letters from Fitzgerald and Wolfe also shed light on the pair's dynamic relationship. The letters make for compelling reading as Perkins details his personal life in New Jersey and Connecticut and his professional life in the New York publishing world. The writers he discovered, edited, and encouraged at Charles Scribner's Sons emerge as endearing and believable characters, brought to life in Perkins's vivid narrative voice. He is witty, self-deprecating, and painterly in his descriptions of people and locales together with the social milieu of his day. Protected by distance, Max used his letter-writing relationship to unburden himself in a way he could not with hiscoworkers, his authors, or even his wife–and these letters simultaneously highlight his editorial judgment and disclose his private feelings. Expertly edited by Rodger L. Tarr, As Ever Yours will be important to students and scholars of the history of publishing. The Perkins-Lemmon letters illuminate the thoughts and experiences of the greatest literary editor of the twentieth century. Rodger L. Tarr is University Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Illinois State University. He is the editor of a number of books on Thomas Carlyle and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, most recently Max and Marjorie: The Correspondence of Maxwell E. Perkins and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1999) and Thomas Carlyle: Sartor Resartus (2000).

See Plainfield GC Member profiles for Mrs. Perkins and for Mrs. Archibald Cox

Elizabeth Lemmon

F. Scott Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Lemmon. Welbourne Farm. Middleburg, VA. 1938
for "The Oxford American" (Winter 2006 issue)
16"× 20"
india ink & watercolor

Among the commissions I've had from the Oxford American Magazine, this was the most pure-fun. It accompanied an article which detailed Fitzgerald's two (maybe three?) visits to Welbourne, in Loudon County, Va. Basically?...Elizabeth Lemmon was (in addition to being the great-aunt of Welbourne's current owner, Nat Morison) a very smart, very kind, and very lovely woman who, for many years, was a close friend of the famous editor, Maxwell Perkins (google the book "As Ever Yours: the Letters of Max Perkins & Elizabeth Lemmon"). At one point during Fitzgerald's careening & declining Final Days o' Dypsomania, Perkins prevailed on Lemmon to take Fitzgerald in for a couple of visits....hoping that some good air in some pleasant, gentle surroundings might help the man to actually cough up a finished manuscript.

Each of the visits was, to put it bluntly, a fete worse than death. In a word?....disastrous. As Sebastian Flyte would say?..."too-too wince-making...."

Perkins (perhaps overly presuming on Lemmon's kindness) also tried to have bigass Thomas Wolfe sent down to Middleburg during one of Wolfe's difficult periods. To his credit, Wolfe visited once, didn't stay the night, and later excused himself from further visits with an extremely thoughtful, gracious, and sort of genuinely-sad note to Elizabeth Lemmon.

The house is practically a character in the film…

I'd always understood that films are so complex to make that it was prudent to make your first one about something you knew very well. I've rented an old sharecropper's cottage at Welbourne for 25 years, and its owner, Nat Morison–a famous local character–is a friend of mine. Goose Creek runs through the back of the property, where I've spent many hours swimming and canoeing over the years. The birth of the story came from wondering what a character like Nat would do if he ever lost a place like Welbourne, which plays such a huge role in his life, as well as a fairly significant role in the life of his country. Many of the details in the film are true: George Washington really was a friend of Benjamin Dulaney, the builder of Welbourne, and really did ride Dulaney's horse throughout the Revolution. The Yankees really did burn the barns in 1862, but spared the house. When the war was over and all the local plantations fell into ruin, Colonel Dulaney, who'd ridden in J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry, sailed to England, married an heiress, and brought her back to Virginia to fix the place up again.

Both Thomas Wolfe and F. Scott Fitzgerald were friends of the Morison-Dulaney family, both were frequent house-guests, and both wrote stories about Welbourne. Fitzgerald's story, "Her Last Case", was published in the Saturday Evening Post and republished in his final collection of stories. Wolfe spent three weeks at Welbourne on orders from his editor, Max Perkins, to work on a book manuscript that he promptly locked in a trunk on arrival. He wrote a still unpublished story about Welbourne instead, and later wrote to family member Elizabeth Lemmon, "Your America is not not my America and for that reason I have always loved it even more–there is an enormous age and sadness in Virginia–a grand kind of death..."

Houses like Welbourne, which have remained in the same family hands for hundreds of years, through many significant men and events, have an obvious life to them that cannot be found in history books or in the unfortunate family-houses-turned-into-museums that seem to be the ruling trend with living history these days.

Elizabeth Lemmon dies January 31, 1994

Elizabeth Lemmon had kennel, ran baseball team
January 31, 1994|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer
Elizabeth H. Lemmon, who operated a kennel, managed a semipro baseball team and counted some of the nation's most famous literary figures as close friends, died Dec. 30 at Heritage Nursing Home in Leesburg, Va., of complications from a broken hip. She was 100.

She was a member of a distinguished Maryland and Virginia family. One of her ancestors, Richard Lemmon, was captain of a Baltimore clipper that sailed from Baltimore around Cape Horn and to Nanking, China, on a voyage that lasted from 1843 to 1845.

1920 Muhlenberg Hospital Womens Auxiliary

Mrs. N. H. Morison
7 Rockview Avenue

1925 Meeting Minutes

1918 Meeting Minutes

Max Perkins and Elizabeth Lemmon

When Max married Louise Saunders, her wealthy father William Saunders bought them a house at 95 Mercer in North Plainfield, next to Fanny C. Lemmon Morison. Her niece, Elizabeth Lemmon, became Max's close personal friend, but Elizabeth Lemmon denied a physical romantic relationship with Max. However, Louise felt her husband Max was in love with Elizabeth.