Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Barrett, Mrs. William R. (Penny Kroll) '67

1341 Prospect (1970 - 1975)
1700 Magnolia, Bellair, FL (1976)

Daughter of PGC Member Member: Kroll, Mrs. Alexander (Nancy Dwinnell or Mrs. Prince H. Gordon) '60
Sister to Priscilla Kroll Farnum '80
Sister-in-law to Mrs. Sally Kroll '80

1974 Junior League Designer Showcase: The Martine House

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.

1973-1974 PGC Directory

New York Times Obituary February 1, 2009

Published: February 1, 2009

GORDON–Nancy Kroll, of Plainfield, NJ and Williamstown, MA. Beloved wife of the late Alexander Kroll. Survived by her husband Prince Gordon and her five children and two stepchildren: Peter Kroll, Penny Barrett, Priscilla Farnum, Steven Kroll, Cindy Dwyer, Nan Conner, Lavinia Gordon, ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was gracious, resilient, enthusiastic and kind, an exceptional mother and grandmother and special friend to all who knew her. Donations may be made to the Andrew K. Dwyer Foundation, 756 Guard Hill Road, Bedford, NY 10506.

1973-1974 Second Vice-President, Ways and Means Chairman

1974-1975 Directory

1975-1976 The Junior League of Plainfield

Education, Asst Chairman: Penny Barrett

1975-1976 The Junior League of Plainfield

1942-1954: Mrs. William R. Barrett

Inducted into the Wardlaw Hartridge Athletic Hall of Fame

Penny Kroll Barrett '61, who enjoyed reconnecting with family and friends at this year's Homecoming festivities, makes her acceptance speech.

Penny Kroll Barrett '61, Roger Wood '86 Inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame

Penny Kroll Barrett '61 and Roger Wood '86 were inducted into the W-H Athletic Hall of Fame during the Alumni Awards Ceremony and Reception on October 13.

November 1, 2012

The award winners proudly display their silver engraved plates, from left: Adam Levin, Class of 1967 (Distinguished Alumnus), Jane Brown (Distinguished Faculty), Mary McCormack, Class of 1987 (Distinguished Alumna), Roger Wood, Class of 1986 (Athletic Hall of Fame) and Penny Kroll Barrett, Class of 1961 (Athletic Hall of Fame). (Photo by Anthony Collins)

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Distinguished Alumni Return to Highlight Wardlaw-Hartridge Awards Ceremony

EDISON – The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison hosted its annual Alumni Awards Ceremony and Reception at Fall Fair and Homecoming Day on Oct. 13. This year's event featured celebrity flair with the return of Mary McCormack and Adam Levin, two graduates from the Central Jersey independent school.

McCormack and Levin received Distinguished Alumni Awards. McCormack, who celebrated her 25th reunion, is a star of the stage and screen with multiple appearances in movies, television series and Broadway productions. She has starred most recently on The West Wing and In Plain Sight.

"It's great to be back today," said McCormack, who delivered witty remarks about her high school days during her acceptance speech. "Wardlaw-Hartridge is an excellent school. It's a place that cares about fostering individuality and is a school to be celebrated."

Levin, who was honored at his 45th reunion, has enjoyed great success in business and finance. He is the founder and owner of and chairman of Identity Theft 911 LLC. Levin has appeared on numerous television and radio programs.

"I am honored to be in the company of such stellar individuals," said Levin, who reminisced about his favorite high school teachers and those who made an impact on his young life. "I went to the original Wardlaw (in Plainfield) and many of those teachers made so much of a difference in my life."

Jane Brown, who taught instrumental music to students in grades 4-12 for the past 25 years before retiring at the end of the 2011-2012 school year, received the Distinguished Faculty Award. Former W-H colleagues Sharon Byrne and Shannon Caldwell delivered a presentation that included a vocal performance from the school's MadJazz group.

In addition, Penny Kroll Barrett (Class of 1961) and Roger Wood (Class of 1986) were inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame. Barrett was a three-sport athlete who excelled in tennis. Wood starred on the football field but also was a standout in basketball and track and field.


Grew up at Giggleswick

Plainfield Library Bio Card

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

December 12, 2015 Email

In our Inbox today was this lovely email:

While doing genealogy research I have come across your PGC website. My grandfather, John Kilgannon, was caretaker for the Mellick/Kroll estate. He and my grandmother and their children lived in the cottage down the driveway from the big house. I can remember bringing the newspapers down to the big house accompanied by the Kroll's large Irish Setter, "Big Red" each Sunday morning. There is a picture of me, my Dad and Grandfather in front of a huge lilac bush in the apple orchard on my first Holy Communion Day in 1956. My grandfather passed in 1959 and my grandmother moved in with us in Edison. I have many, many wonderful memories as a child of playing in the rock pools, the apple orchard and on the bridal path. My grandfather used to drive an old "woody" which was parked in the very large barn of a garage. There was a clock that was in the garage which froze that my brother has with a pencil written history on the back. I can remember the huge hydrangea bushes that were right outside my grandparents front door although that was never the door we entered. We always went around the back of the cottage up one step and into the house. That whole property was a kid's dream of a place to spend time. I have some pictures of the estate - one of my grandfather with a cow in a field with the big house behind him. Great memories!

Learn more about "Giggleswick" here:
Mellick, Mrs. George P. (Ella Hartley) '15
Mellick, Mrs. Roger Drew (Catherine Whiting Ginna) '28
Kroll, Mrs. Alexander (Nancy Dwinnell or Mrs. Prince H. Gordon) '60
Barrett, Mrs. William R. (Penny Kroll) '67
Farnum, Mrs. Henry W. (Priscilla Kroll) '80
Kroll, Mrs. Steven (Sally Lindsay) '80

November 21, 2018 Plainfield Holiday House Tour

It pays to have friends in high places! Brenda has once again used her might to secure for us advanced notice of the list of homes on the Saturday, December 1st Plainfield Holiday House tour:

* 1030 Central, Georgian Revival (1896), currently the Ducret School, former home of Mrs. Howard (Agnes Fales Strong) Huntington '19. The house is also affiliated with Mrs. Walter Miller (Mary Alice Yerkes) McGree '22 and Miss Bertha Virginia Zerega '23.
* 1023 Central Avenue, Georgian Revival Colonial (1926)
* 308 W. 8th Street, Queen Anne Victorian (1893)
* 1341 Prospect, French Normandy Tudor (1916), First the home of Mrs. Homer P. (Elisabeth Nash) Cochran '52 (who's descendant is the husband of Somerset Hills GC Tabby Cochran); and then the home of Mrs. William R. (Peggy) Barrett '67, daughter of beloved member Nancy Dwinnell Kroll (later Gordon) '60 and sister-in-law to Sally Kroll '80 and sister to Priscilla Kroll Farnum '80.
* 1420 Evergreen, Tudor (1926)
* 1112 Watchung Avenue, Georgian Revival (1921), Founding PGC Member Mrs. Frederick Washburn (Bertha Kedzie Cornwell) Yates '15 home with her sunken garden in the side yard!
* 750 Belvedere, Tudor Revival (1904)
* 1275 Denmark Road, Dutch Colonial (1935), the former home of our much beloved Mrs. Webster (Barbara Tracy) Sandford '50

Brenda adds, "If anyone wants to be a docent, the tour committee discount docents so we pay $15 instead of $35. Shifts are 10:00 to 12:30 and from 12:30 to 3:00, followed by a party at the historic art school DuCret. It's also where the boutique is held."


We have a long list of all the Plainfield homes & Gardens (in street alphabetical order) here. If you are going on the tour, be sure to check out the neighboring houses – they may have once hosted at PGC meeting!