His­toric Bris­tol Day 106

The Advance of Bucks County - - BRISTOL AREA -

BRIS­TOL BOROUdH - W. Averell Har­ri­man and his Mer­chant Ship­build­ing Cor­po­ra­tion with the hous­ing, the stores, a school, a 40-bed hospi­tal, the 500-room Vic­tory Ho­tel and a vast Mer­chant Res­tau­rant put the town of Har­ri­man in Bris­tol on the aelaware on the his­toric map! Pa­tri­arch E.H. Har­ri­man fam­ily’s life­long in­ter­est in phi­lan­thropy be­came a pro­fes­sion, as they do­nated their per­sonal and pri­vate re­sources.

Monies were con­trib­uted to The Boys’ Club of New York that E.H. loved and sup­ported, to the Amer­i­can Red Cross, to gohn Muir to help save the Yosemite Val­ley and to Yale Univer­sity for an en­dowed chair of Forestry. The E. H. Har­ri­man Award rec­og­nizes out­stand­ing achieve­ments in rail­way safety and the award is still pre­sented on an an­nual ba­sis to­day.

The elder of Averell Har­ri­man’s two daugh­ters, Mary Averell Har­ri­man Fisk and her hus­band, ar. Shirley Carter Fisk, had two sons, the late Army vet­eran Robert Carter Fisk and Averell Har­ri­man Fisk; and a daugh­ter, hath­leen F. “hitty” and seven grand­chil­dren.

Averell Har­ri­man Fisk is the youngest and he and his wife, hirsten Schroder Fisk and their daugh­ter, Alexan­dra “Alex” re­side in Har­ri­man, N.Y.

Rail­road mag­nate Ed­ward Henry Har­ri­man and Mary Averell Har­ri­man’s Ar­den house, the first and premier con­fer­ence cen­ter prop­erty in the United States, is sur­rounded by 110,000 acres of heav­ily forested park and preser­va­tion lands. It is an el­e­gant se­cluded 100,000-square­foot man­sion set on the top of the 1,300-foot Mount Orama in Har­ri­man, N.Y, lo­cated on a 50- acre plateau in a per­ma­nently pro­tected 450-acre state park­land. This moun­tain­top his­toric and ar­chi­tec­tural gem es­tate of the Hudson River Val­ley in­cludes the pri­vate 125-acre Cran­berry Lake.

W. Averell Har­ri­man’s fa­ther first ac­quired the ini­tial 9,300-acre Orange County par­cel, just 40 miles north of Man­hat­tan, in 1886 for $52,500 for use as his week­end es­tate. The project started in 1904 and was con­structed solely with Amer­i­can prod­ucts and Amer­i­can work­men. E.H. lived in it for only a few months be­fore his death in 1909.

Har­ri­man com­mis­sioned a num­ber of Amer­i­can artists to dec­o­rate the house. Sculp­tor games Earle Fraser cre­ated a bas-re­lief por­trait of Har­ri­man over one of the fire­places and Malv­ina Hoffman sculpted a bust of Mrs. Har­ri­man.

Har­ri­man’s widow gave the house to her son W. Averell Har­ri­man upon his wed­ding in 1915, al­though she con­tin­ued to live in the west wing of the build­ing un­til her death in 1932.

Af­ter the U.S. en­tered World War II, the fam­ily of­fered the house to the U.S. Navy, which turned it into the first of the Navy’s con­va­les­cent hos­pi­tals, mod­eled on those that Eng­land and Rus­sia had al­ready suc­cess­fully cre­ated.

In 1950, Averell Har­ri­man and his brother, Roland, deeded the prop­erty to Columbia Univer­sity, as “home of The Amer­i­can Assem­bly,” a pres­ti­gious do­mes­tic and for­eign pol­icy study group, founded by aw­ight a. Eisen­hower the same year. It was used pri­mar­ily as a cen­ter for ex­ec­u­tive man­age­ment pro­grams and it be­came a Na­tional His­toric Land­mark in 1966 but is not open to the pub­lic.

From this es­tate, Har­ri­man’s widow do­nated 10,000 acres and $1 mil­lion to New York State to start Har­ri­man State Park in 1910. The Har­ri­man fam­ily cre­ated a last­ing con­ser­va­tion legacy in the early 20th cen­tury by ac­quir­ing nearly 70,000 ad­di­tional Hudson Val­ley acres — lands that OSI (Open Space In­sti­tute) and other or­ga­ni­za­tions later helped per­ma­nently pro­tect as Bear Moun­tain, Har­ri­man and Sterling For­est State Parks.

Averell Har­ri­man Fisk cam­paigned for his grand­fa­ther, W. Averell Har­ri­man when he ran for his po­si­tion as the 48th dover­nor of New York. “I re­mem­ber my grand­fa­ther was a gen­tle­man, he al­ways stood when a lady en­tered the room. He was a world class polo and cro­quet player…Pol­i­tics was his life and he was al­ways in­volved with the pres­i­dents.” Averell Fisk has “a lot of sto­ries to tell.”

Averell worked as a pri­vate in­vestor on Wall Street. “I am not a politi­cian and I have not been thrown into the po­lit­i­cal fray.” He grad­u­ated with an MBA from Columbia Busi­ness School. While at­tend­ing aen­ver Univer­sity, he played ice hockey as one of the only two Amer­i­cans on the Cana­dian Na­tional Cham­pi­onship Team. “We played the Rus­sians in the pre-Olympic games.”

His wife, hirsten is an in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tor and their mu­si­cian daugh­ter, Alex, plays the drums and gui­tar in her group, the “Lust Cats.”

Averell Har­ri­man Fisk has agreed to sched­ule a fu­ture visit to his­toric Bris­tol on the aelaware and share some of his mem­o­ries of W. Averell Har­ri­man. “I have some draw­ings of the ship­yard that I will try to lo­cate.”

He and his late brother, Robert, re­stored their grand­fa­ther’s 1929 black Ford with a jump seat.

Bring your fam­ily and en­joy the an­nual His­toric Bris­tol aay cel­e­bra­tion cen­tered on the Har­ri­man aistrict.

Anne Walp, pro­pri­etor of dreat

I.a.’s by Anne has ac­cu­mu­lated an amaz­ing list of dif­fer­ent and ex­cit­ing ven­dors for the event. A few of the ven­dors are listed.

Ci­ty2Shore dourmet car­ries a wide range of top qual­ity bal­samic vine­gar and blends, in­fused olive and dip­ping oils. Try the vanilla fig- the rich­est and most deca­dent of all their bal­samic blends. Use it on a cheese plat­ter or baked brie with chopped walnuts.

The fam­ily-owned and op­er­ated Peace of Con­crete prod­ucts, in­clud­ing con­crete benches, con­crete stat­ues and con­crete lawn and gar­den or­na­ments are made to or­der, dyed, stained and sealed. Mike L. Parker will hand paint and cus­tom­ize prod­ucts per your re­quest.

aaisy Blue Nat­u­rals and Marie’s Soaps are “nat­u­ral” skin care prod­ucts with no added petro­chem­i­cals, parabens, phos­phates or sul­fates.

dig­gling doat aairy Farm­stead will present their fla­vored fresh goat cheese.

Rite Aid is of­fer­ing a free flu shot clinic and blood pres­sure and di­a­betes health screen­ings. Phar­ma­cist goon gung will be avail­able from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. He re­quested, “Please bring health in­sur­ance in­for­ma­tion with your­self.”

BCHF Pres­i­dent derry McCarry will be avail­able throughout the day, af­ter he de­liv­ers the tables and chairs and the signs an­nounc­ing the 36th An­nual His­toric Bris­tol aay on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

His­toric Bris­tol aay 106 is the fi­nal seg­ment of the se­ries in­tro­duc­ing the 36th An­nual His­toric Bris­tol aay to be held on Oct. 20.

Rec­om­mend a “Spot­light.” Email vjm­run@ya­hoo.com.

Averell Har­ri­man Fisk and his wife, Kirsten Schroder Fisk

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