The historic Taylor-Butler House in Middletown isn’t normally open to the public, but you can take advantage of a special exhibit to visit it this weekend. Entitled Unexcelled Portraits: Monmouth County Families Captured by Monroe Edelstein, the exhibit features numerous black and white photographs taken by the renowned photographer. Edelstein was one of the premier portrait artists in the New York metropolitan area from about 1960 to 1990, and moved to Fair Haven in 1967. He photographed numerous families in Rumson, Fair Haven, and the surrounding Monmouth County towns. Edelstein died in 2011 at the age of 90.
Fair Haven Councilwoman Aimee Humphreys, who is Edelstein’s daughter, provided many of the over 100 photographs that are on display at the Taylor-Butler House. Other Edelstein photographs were loaned to the Monmouth County Historical Association, which includes the c. 1853 Victorian mansion in its group of historic houses.
We visited the exhibit today and if you don’t already have plans for tomorrow afternoon I urge you to go see it yourself. Tomorrow is the last day of the exhibit; it’s open from 1:00 to 5:00 pm and is located at 127 Kings Highway (next to the better known Marlpit Hall). There is no charge to attend the exhibit, but the historical association appreciates any donation you’d like to give. In addition to the many photos on display, there’s a room full of photographs of families who are not yet identified. Councilwoman Humphreys and the historical association would appreciate your help in identifying any of the people in those photos, or the location(s) where they were taken.
All of the Edelstein photographs are on the ground floor, but the second floor of the mansion is also open and you should walk up the beautiful flight of steps to see it.
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