Lilydale: The City Of Light

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Entrance to Lily Dale Assembly, NY. Via Google Image Search.


As we left our lakefront cottage for Lily Dale Assembly, situated in Western NY State, something special happened.   My body began to buzz with the anticipation of what we were about to experience. Lily Dale is a community of enlightened spiritualists who live and practice on these sacred grounds.  Annually around 25,000 people make the pilgrimage to seek out healing and answers to the burning questions. I feel very fortunate that we were able to receive the healing Lily Dale provides during the beautiful autumnal season.   There is such a bright and positive aura surrounding this community!!!


I was looking forward to spending more time on their hallowed grounds and the healing I knew it would provide. I had been there the year before and knew it was a place I would return to to further explore. We turned on the road that Lily Dale is located on and the excitement grew even more powerful.  As we passed through the gates, I was well aware of my ear to ear smile, it was so very great to be back.


Lily Dale is a hamlet located in the Town of Pomfret on the east side of Cassadaga Lake, (c)2017 by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography


The Angel Garden, located within a rain garden, was an excellent place to sit and reflect, (c)2017 by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

Our faithful four-legged companions, Louie and Lexxi, were very excited to be there and were chomping at the bit to get out and explore.  After parking we wandered down to Cassadaga Lake to take in the sights.  The lake was quite peaceful with wildlife floating on it and fish swimming coming to check our presence.   The rolling landscapes were perfectly accented by the falls colors. The trees were gently swaying as cleansing air blew by us.  The lake is beautiful but  I wanted to get a closer look at the angel garden that was glowing in the distance.


Upon entering Leolyn Woods I knew our experience was about to get even more magical, (c)2017 by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography


A dance for light and life.  (c)2017 by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography


This tree my have fallen but it’s purpose is far from being over, (c)2017 by Brent Samuelson,    Mr. B Photography

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Simplicity on sacred grounds, (c)2017 by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography


This tree was struck by lightning (c)2017 by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography


This pattern was a result of the tree being struck by lightning, (c)2017 by Brent Samuelson,        Mr B Photography


Another example of the power of life, (c)2017 by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

We wandered the streets of Lily Dale until we made it to the entrance of Leolyn Woods, also known as the woodland trail.  The woods are full of trees of various species and of various age and is an “Old-Growth Forest”. In Lily Dale the life cycle of the trees is greatly celebrated.  Just because a tree has fallen does not mean it no longer serves a purpose and must be hauled away.  In fact the opposite is true as there are many example of how the trees have repurposed themselves and given new life to its surroundings.  Along the trail there are signs with fun facts about the nature that surrounds them.  It was great to look up and imagine what these trees have seen and experienced.   The wind whipped through and rustled the branches and leaves.  It absolutely looked and sounded like the tree were talking with each other.  A loud siren attempted to break up the serenity of the experience.  As it continued on I thought well if this is the end of this life this is a great place to be.   Eventually the siren came to an end but  as initially jolting as it was I found it fairly easy to not interfere with my concentration.   For those visiting know that it is flat trail that anyone should be able to navigate and traverse.


Inspiration Stump has so much energy and healing power.  It is incredible to be in its presence.     (c)2017 by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography


I can’t wait to experience the healing that occurs while sitting in the pews at Inspiration Stump     (c)2017 by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography


Waiting for healing at Inspiration Stump via Google Image Search

The midway point of the trail features the Inspirational Stump.  In addition to the stump, there are rows of benches as this area is used for gatherings of mediumship and healing, as well as for personal reflection.  During the summer months services are held here twice a day and are free for anyone to attend.   These services have been an on-going practice since 1898. This is an area of extremely potent energy and it is not unusual for people to have an increased connection with themselves and the spirit realm.    My intuition could sense the presence of others even though I could only see us and the dogs. I looked out to the benches and I could see people sitting there in anticipation of an upcoming service with my third eye. It was quite a humble lesson of knowing that we are never truly alone. It was fantastic to take a few moments to sit, take in the surroundings and think about life.  As sat there I peacefully calmed myself and I asked the universe for healing and help in my life.   I was acutely aware of my senses and they were all enhanced.  I was absolutely in an ultimate state of peace.



Just one of the many incredible memorials in the Lily Dale pet cemetery, (c) 2017 by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

We continued walking through Leolyn Woods and eventually came across the community pet cemetery.  Established in 1900, it is the oldest such cemetery in the United States.  It provides a final resting place and memorial space for residents of Lily Dale.  I felt a flood of emotions as I read numerous memorial signs, statues  and gravestones.   As I walked through I felt a brush against my leg, I knew I was not alone and it was very comforting.  I asked for guidance and was led to the memorial of the collar on the rock.  Every summer there is a memorial service dedicated to those animal companions of the community that have passed over.  There is box at the entrance where visitors are encouraged to leave photographs.  Their companions are also celebrated and remembered during this service.


The entrance to the Fairy Village, (c)2017 by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography


For The Communion of Kindred Souls, (c)2017 by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography


Even during the cycle of fall there was signs of life around us, (c)2017 by Brent Samuelson             Mr. B Photography


There were many spaces that were closed due to it being the off-season.  Because many of the residents leave during this time we were not able to get a reading.  The dogs were absolutely attuned to the surroundings as well.  They were on a level of alert and interest that I have never seen before. They were excited to explore but when either one of us would go out of their sight they would desperately try to get to and communicate with us.  When we are able to travel back without them we absolutely look forward to receiving a reading.   It was fantastic to be able to visit this community of free thinkers and a place where material possessions are not held in such high regard.  It was so wonderful to walk around with nothing more than my camera.  Possessions are unimportant all I needed was to be walking, relaxing and just being.  I absolutely believe that it is very important to ground yourself as often as you can.  It was fantastic to be able to share in the joy of Lily Dale with other who appreciated it as much as I did.  Lily Dale is a wonderful place to get in touch with yourself and I greatly look forward to going back during the summer months!!!


Seems so simple, the world would be such a better place to live!!!  (c)2017 by Brent Samuelson Mr. B Photography


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Historic Haunts: Laurel Hill Cemetery


Historic Haunts: Laurel Hill Cemetery

Laurel Hill Cemetery, located in Philadelphia, PA, was the site for the 9th Annual Professional Car Show hosted by the Mohnton Professional Car Club in August 2017.  The show features hearses, ambulances, limousines and flower cars with the focus of the show being the on-going fascination with these types of vehicles.  Attendees were able to view the unique craftsmanship and precision in which they are manufactured. Owners were also able to show off their prized possessions and even have fun with some decorations and props!

Not a single major US car manufacturer produces hearses.  Instead, they are built using parts from existing vehicles and then customized. Popular vehicles include Buick, Cadillac and Mercedes Benz (c)2017 by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

The show is presented by the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1978 by Drayton Smith, Jane Smith and John Francis Marion.  The group is responsible for hosting a number of events including: Halloween Festivities, tours of the grounds and their annual Fundraiser, The Gravediggers Ball.


The Rest In Peace 5k Run is just one of the many fundraisers put on by the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery. Via Google Image Search.

In addition to the Professional Car Show, the diverse crowd was treated to band performances.  With the bands set up near the entrance gate, much of the crowd relaxed next to gravestones to take in the entertainment provided by NYC’s Night Gallery and The Undead.  Night Gallery were given the opportunity to warm up the crowd.  The Undead features former Misfits guitarist Bobby Steele and has been active since 1980 releasing numerous horror punk records.

Cool and Spooky tunes echoed through the rolling hills of the cemetery, (c)2017 by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

Laurel Hill Cemetery was founded in 1836 as a retreat for the living as well the dead.  With the rapidly increasing population of Philadelphians the need for open space and final resting places was in great need.  The grounds are the second major garden cemetery, also known as rural cemetery, constructed in the United States.  A desire for public use was a focal point since its inception as a place where people could come to relax, reflect and also take in beautiful gardens, during a time before museums and parks were developed. Incredibly, this National Historic Landmark predates NYC’s Central Park by more than two decades!  The location was special to its founders, as it was five miles north of Philadelphia overlooking the Schuylkill River.  The city has now grown passed its walls, however, the atmosphere still feels very rural.


(c)2017, William Warner Memorial by Brent Samuelson, Mr B. Photography


Laurel Hill Cemetery contains more than 33,000 monuments and 11,000 family lots sprawling over 74 acres and overlooking the Schuylkill River. (c) 2017 by Brent Samuelson for Mr. B Photography


The cemetery also displays Classic Revival, Gothic Revival and Egyptian Revival art that was previously reserved for the wealthy.  This became the model for future cemeteries.  Notable residents of Laurel Hill include: hundreds of military veterans, including 42 generals, Declaration of Independence signer Thomas McKean, first director of the U.S. Mint David Rittenhouse, as well as other prominent political and business figures.  Arguably, the most famous is the Frick Award-winning announcer for the Philadelphia Phillies, Harry Kalas, who passed away in 2009.


(c)2017, Final Resting Place of Harry Kalas by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

Laurel Hill Cemetery is open every day and is free to take a self guided tour.  So stretch your legs, breath in the air and go on a journey into the regions rich history!


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Historic Ruin: Hinchliffe Stadium, Paterson, NJ

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View of Hinchliffe Stadium just after its opening in 1932. Via Google Image Search.

Something special happens when the calendar reaches October: there is a nip to the air, the leaves begin to change color and the fight begins for Major League Baseball’s World Series.

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(c) 2017 Hinchliffe Stadium Ticketing Booth by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

Hinchcliffe Stadium, located in Paterson, NJ, is a multi-use venue constructed in 1932.  It is located just above the Great Falls of the Passaic River and was placed the State and National Registers of Historic Places in 2004.  Furthermore, it was designated a National Historic Landmark in March 2013.


(c) 2017, Official Souvenier Program for Inaugural Event at Hinchliffe Stadium by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

Hinchcliffe Stadium, also known as “City” Stadium, is a grand concrete oval design.  It was built using public funds at the start of the Great Depression.  The community envisioned the stadium as an outlet for working class kids struggling through decline of the silk industry, for which the City was known for.  The City intended the 10,000 seat stadium with additional bleacher seating, to be a financially productive investment.  Fans from around the region flocked to the stadium to see a wide-range of events, including: auto-racing, baseball, boxing and major track and field meets.  The stadium was also a venue for concerts, musical performances and plays.

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(c) 2017 Hinchliffe Stadium is located in a residential neighborhood by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

Hinchcliffe’s first full baseball season began in 1933.  It was the host of the Colored Championship of the Nation, which was the Negro League equivalent of the World Series.  The following year, the New York Black Yankees made the stadium their home for the 1934-37 seasons and again from 1939-1945.  The New York Cubans also called Hinchcliffe home during the 1935 and 1936 seasons.

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1936 New York Black Yankees home field was Hinchliffe Stadium. Via Google Image Search, credit NPS.Gov

Some notable athletes called Hinchcliffe Stadium home including: Monte Irvin, Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston and “Cool Papa” Bell.  Perhaps the most famous athlete to play in Hinchcliffe was Hall of Famer Larry Doby. He was a local boy who broke the American League color barrier in 1947.

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(c) 2017 Many baseball greats ran these bases by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

Hinchcliffe was an important venue for Diamond Gloves; the precursor to Golden Gloves.  Boxing greats, such as Paterson’s own Lou Duva, fought at the Stadium, in addition to hosting  Jack Dempsey (1943) and Joe Louis (1949) as guest referees.   Celebrities such as Babe Ruth, Pee Wee Reese, Herman Franks, Sugar Ray Robinson, Rocky Graziano, Rocky Marciano and others were often in attendance at events making it the place to be to see your favorite sports heroes!  In 1946, the semi-finals of the Diamond Gloves Championships were fought here and was the first telecast of a sporting event in New Jersey.


Motorcycle and auto-racing were huge at Hinchcliffe until America entered World War II.  Post-war, the sport’s popularity returned with a vengeance and was embraced at the stadium.  In 1945, Midget stars Dutch Schaefer and Rex Records battled in a 75-lap Championship event. Racing was one the most popular events to be held Hinchliffe.


In position for a great view as cars whip around the track. Via Google Image Search. Source unknown.

Throughout its history, Hinchcliffe Stadium was used by the City of Paterson’s two high schools as a venue for their athletic events.  Due to its large capacity, the neighboring City of Clifton also used the stadium for its football program.  Beginning in the 1970’s, the City utilized the stadium to host antique car shows and the fireworks for the Great Falls Festivals.  In 1971, Duke Ellington chose the stadium as the location of one of his last concerts!


One of the last concerts Duke Ellington performed. Via Google Image Search. Source unknown

The Stadium was initially municipally owned; however in 1963, the school system took over full ownership.  They made a number of repairs and upgrades including repositioning the baseball diamond, enlarging the football field and lengthening the track.  Additional improvements such as making temporary stands permanent, adding handicapped access and installation of Astroturf occurred in the early 1980s.  During the following decade a general decline of the school system meant a shift of resources away from maintenance of the stadium and forced its final closure in June 1997.  Since then, the historic venue sits undisturbed, overgrown with brush, littered with garbage and graffiti by local artists.  It looks far different from its golden days as the place to be for local, artistic, musical and sporting events!

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(c) 2017 Also known as City Stadium Paterson’s Public School #5 resides just beyond the walls of the structure by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

The threat of demolition sparked a new movement to restore and revitalize this historic stadium.  At the 70th anniversary of the stadium’s dedication in 2002, a group of local citizens announced the launch of the non-profit, Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium.  Seven years later, the voters of Paterson approved a $15 million ballot initiative to renovate the structure.  It has been named as one the Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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(c) 2017 Hinchliffe Stadium is greatly overgrown and desperately in need of repair by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

The initial phase of the renovation plan kicked off this past Labor Day.  This phase will cost $1.5 million; while the total cost is estimated to be $30 to $35 million.  Through the tenacious work of people like Brian LoPinto, a co-founder of Friends of Hinchcliffe, along with City officials, Hinchcliffe Stadium is likely to once again serve as a field of dreams to a whole new generation!

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(c) 2017 Phase 1 will see the rehab of the stadium’s facade, restore the four ticket booths and replace decorative features such as the terracotta tiles and metal gates by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

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BARK AT THE MOON: 2017 Corn/Barley Full Moon

moonclouds_wm(c) 2017, 2017 Corn & Barley Moon by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

This month represents a unique Full Moon. Traditionally, the full moon of September is called the Harvest Moon but this year, on September 6th, the Corn/Barley Full Moon will rise.  The name Harvest Moon is given to the full moon occurring closest to the autumnal equinox; this year it happens on September 22nd.  October’s full moon occurs on the 5th and is closer to the equinox; therefore, it will take the name of Harvest Full Moon.  October is normally the Hunter’s moon but that will be skipped this year. This time of year marked the beginning of harvest season for the Native Americans.  In years where the full moon occurred in September, they knew it would be too early to harvest all of their crops but corn or barley would indeed be ready.  The next Full Corn Moon will not occur until September 2nd, 2020.


(c) 2017, 2017 Corn & Barley Moon over Philadelphia from Belmont Plateau by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

The monthly Full Moon names were developed a few hundred years ago by Native American tribes living in the northern and eastern part of what is now the United States.  There were some variations as tribes developed to the south and west but names remained similar.  They used the names as a way in which to track the seasons.  Other cultures throughout the world have various names for the Full Moon, but none are as developed as the Native Americans.

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Native American and Farmers Almanac Moon names, via Google Image Search, credit unknown


Ever since the beginning of time, humans have been long-fascinated with the moon.  In Greek mythology, Selene is the goddess of the moon.  The earliest know depiction of Selene was in the early 5th century B.C.  She was believed to have guided a chariot across the night sky guided by two oxen or bulls. It was mentioned by Pliny the Elder that Endymion was the first human to observe the movements of the moon.  This accounts for his role of lover of Selene.  Roman art and mythology depicts a similar goddess of the moon.  She, however, is referred to as Luna and is the divine embodiment of the Moon.

Marble sarcophagus with the myth of Selene and Endymion

Marble sarcophagus with the myth of Selene and Endymion, via Google Image Search, credit


Marble carved Roman Luna

Italian Marble carved statue of the Roman Goddess Luna, via Google Image Search, credit


The Moon is earth’s only natural satellite and is estimated to have formed 4.6 billion years ago.  It is the 5th largest natural satellite in our solar system.  The Moon is on average 239,000 miles away from earth. However, during the Supermoon of 2016, it 17,474 miles closer to earth than normal and will not be closer to the planet again until 2034. The length of time between moon stages, known as a lunar cycle, averages 29.53 days.

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The moon has played an important role in our everyday life.  The moon played a vital role in the formation of our calendar.  The word month come from a root word of moon or month.   The lunar cycle has a tremendous effect on the tides of our bodies of water daily.  This is due to the gravitational pull the moon has over the earth.  The moon provides a stable, axial tilt to the earth and the rotation of it.  This ensures the differences in climatic zones which is essential for healthy life as we know it.

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(c) 2017, 2017 Corn & Barley Moon rising up next to Old Glory by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography


The Lunar Effect is the correlations, be it real or imaginary, on behavior and physiological changes in living beings on Earth.  The words lunacy and lunatic are derived from the Roman Goddess Luna.  It certainly is believed that the Full Moon makes people a bit loony.  Many early civilizations believed that the moon determined when women could become pregnant.  This is likely because of the close proximity of length of cycle times shared between the two.  There is a believed increase of epileptic seizures, emergency room visits, poor surgical outcomes, pet injuries and sleep deprivation.  Many studies have come up inconclusive or even dismissive of these claims but still questions remain.


(c) 2017, 2017 Corn & Barley Moon rising above Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography


(c) 2017, 2017 Corn & Barley Moon rising above Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

One thing is for certain, there is a reason why the Moon has been the subject of art, literature and music throughout history.  Do yourselves a favor and next time you’re outside take a look up and take in all that the moon has to offer because the Power of Moonlight is quite a force.   Stare at the moon for long enough and you’ll dream of taking a trip to the Dark Side of The Moon.  Chances are you may even find yourself wanting to Bark At The Moon too!!!



(c) 2017, 2017 Corn & Barley Moon by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

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CITYSCAPES: A Love Letter to Philadelphia

1.jpg(c) 2017, Photo by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

When I came to this city 15 years ago, I instantly knew that you were home. You welcomed me as you have done to so many others. You are where I met the love of my life and continue to grow this amazing life together. You are where I have met some of the best friends a guy could ask for. You have provided me with many amazing experiences and memories. You are a city that will give the respect it is given. You are welcoming to all with no regard to race, religion, gender or political beliefs. As long as you are a good genuine person, you are welcomed with open arms. You are a city that embraces the culture and history striving to promote it. You provide a wealth of opportunities to expand your mind. You are passionate and that shines through in everything you show to the nation and world. You have a reputation as a tough and uncaring city. I believe that couldn’t be further from the truth! You are a genuine city, there are no false pretenses about you. You will always know where you stand here. There is a reason why people come here: you don’t want to leave and for that I will always love you. Thank you Philadelphia, you are my home!!!

I am fortunate my shift at the local hospital ends at sunset and I am able to capture great shots of the City from the parking garage from Camden, NJ.  What you don’t see is the Delaware River, which separates PA from NJ.

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This a view from Belmont Plateau on a clear summer Saturday.  You can see the Zoo Balloon high up over the Schuylkill River on the other side of the City on the PA side.

3(c) 2017, Photo by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

4(c) 2017, Photo by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

Mother nature always paints a beautiful canvas over the City after she blows through.

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URBAN EXPLORING: Lambert Castle, City of Paterson, NJ

lambertcastle_wm(c) 2017, Lambert Castle, City of Paterson, NJ by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

While on a photo trek in North Jersey this summer, my wife and I made a stop at the Lambert Castle in the City of Paterson to check it out.  Join me for a photo journey of this historic and interesting property!

Fountain_wm(c) 2017, Lambert Castle, City of Paterson, NJ by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

Catholina Lambert, born in 1834 in Yorkshire, England, was a passionate young man who knew that he would be more successful in America.  In 1851, he arrived in Boston a young man and began working for a silk manufacturer. Several years later, Lambert was offered the opportunity to become a partner in the company.

In 1857, Catholina married his bride of 44 years, Isabella Eldridge Shattuck and together, they built a substantial life together and would often give back to the community.  They were members of the Presbyterian Church and supporter of many charitable causes.


(c) 1904, Catholina Lambert, one of the largest mill owners in Paterson, the Silk City of the New World, via Google Image Search, credit unknown

The silk industry was booming and early in the 1860’s a factory was built in Paterson, NJ.  This mill, known as Dexter’s Mill after one of the partners, produced a large amount of contract work during the civil war.  It was at this time the Lambert family moved to Paterson.

Despite being a successful businessman, Mr. Lambert experienced a substantial amount of tragedy in his life.  Seven of their eight children died at an early age.  Mr. Lambert coped with his grief as best that he could.  In his grief and mourning, he memorialized the life and death of his children through various pieces of art which he prominently displayed for all to see on the castle grounds.  As a dad of two children in heaven, I know first-hand the grief he endured and the struggle he must have felt everyday with them missing from his life.  The Lambert’s children were:

  • Florence Dexter Lambert, their oldest daughter, was born in 1859. Florence died of typhoid pneumonia in 1883 leaving a husband and two small children.
  • Frederick Nelson,  born in 1861, died of scarlet fever at age 13 while a student at the Poughkeepsie Military Institute.
  • Walter Stanley was born in 1863.  He joined the firm of Dexter, Lambert & Co. in 1885; and was Catholina’s only heir.
  • Clifford Whitfield, born in 1869, died of cholera in 1870.
  • Percy Russel born the next year died at age 11 of scarlet fever.
  • Chester Nicholas born in 1872,  died 17 days later.
  • Henry (Harry) Wilson born in 1875, died of nephritis in 1885.

stainedglass_wm.jpgA stained glass of  Florence Lambert was installed at the Castle in her memory. (c) 2017, Lambert Castle, City of Paterson, NJ by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

motherhoodstatue_wm.jpg (c) 2017, Lambert Castle, City of Paterson, NJ by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

As loss parents ourselves, we connected immediately with a lot of the art and imagery he incorporated into his home.  Just as any father, he had a large outpouring of love for them and knew this was a way they could forever be remembered not just for himself but beyond his time here on earth.  Mr. Lambert was deeply connected to his children and had a deep appreciation for motherhood.  We found it inspiring and encouraging in our loss journey to know that more than 100 years ago, families suffering from child loss were also striving and yearning for ways to memorialize their babies in meaningful and personal ways, much like my wife and I do through our non-profit, Three Little Birds Perinatal & Palliative Care Advocacy & Support Center.

paintings_WM (c) 2017, Lambert Castle, City of Paterson, NJ by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

In addition, Mr. Lambert continued to collect art to match his eccentric personality. By 1892, their current home in Paterson, Maplewood was no longer large enough for his vast art collection.  It was then that work began on their new home, “Belle Vista,” which is now known as Lambert Castle.   They officially moved into their new residence, named for his wife, in 1893.  They had a large party for the opening which consisted of guest mingling inside as well as out on the spacious grounds.

lambert-1893      (c) 1893, Lambert Castle, City of Paterson, NJ via Google Image Search, credit unknown

SINISTER.jpg(c) 2017, Lambert Castle, City of Paterson, NJ by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

Hair_wm.jpg(c) 2017, Lambert Castle, City of Paterson, NJ by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

Lambert made sure his extensive art collection was prominently displayed throughout the home.  He had an art gallery built that was 100 by 35 feet and included both American and European paintings and sculptures.  One piece of importance was the fire place mantel.  This featured all of his children who had passed.  He was not going to let their impact on his life fade.  He wanted all who entered the home to know how special they are.

childrenfireplace_wm.jpg(c) 2017, Lambert Castle, City of Paterson, NJ by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

Lambert tried to love the life he had as best that he could. He made sure that the home had the finest pieces of furniture for his guests to enjoy.  These pieces of furniture were collected from around the world.

lightingfixture_wm(c) 2017, Lambert Castle, City of Paterson, NJ by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

Lambert’s misfortune continued as his wife, Isabella, passed away in 1901.  He married Isabella’s sister but she too would pass before him.  She died in 1916.


Paintingsoflamberts_wm.jpgThe paintings on the wall are of Catholina & Isabella Lambert (c) 2017, Lambert Castle, City of Paterson, NJ by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

The labor movement of 1913 brought with it some financial hardships and his silk business was liquidated in 1914.  He was forced to sell a vast amount of his art collection at auction that was estimated to have only went for 1/3 of its actual value.  Catholina continued to live in the home until his death on February 15th, 1923.

After his death, his son Walter sold the Castle to the City of Paterson and was utilized as a Tuberculosis Hospital for several years.  It served as a fresh air space for children living in the area.  In 1928, the title was transferred to the Passaic County Park Commission as a part of the 575- acre Garret Mountain Reservation.

It was in 1934 that permission was granted to establish a museum and library in Lambert Castle.  It was granted a Landmark Designation by The New Jersey and National Registers of Historical Places in 1976.

In 1995, a $5 million dollar restoration project was launched. Lambert Castle now serves as a space to display some of the era Lambert appreciated so very much.  It will also provide a location for the preservation and display of items from Passaic County’s history.

Lions_wm.jpg(c) 2017, Lambert Castle, City of Paterson, NJ by Brent Samuelson, Mr. B Photography

Thanks for joining me on a photo tour of this historical museum in the City of Paterson, Passaic County, NJ!  Stay tuned for a blog post of the Historic Paterson Falls soon!


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Welcome to Mr. B Photography’s Blog!

19400599_339519629801220_3037979170313016708_oIt is said, the bumblebee’s language of love is mindful service. Bees are also often associated with community, prosperity, diligence and work ethic, all things Mr. B Photography strives for in our work and daily lives.

While the bee is the inspiration for this logo and venture, it is also the guiding principles of this work….

– Creating a COMMUNITY of beauty, understanding and learning;

– PROSPERITY in finding joy in the world around us every day;

– DILIGENCE in continuing to learn and better our talent in our craft and;

– To use our WORK ETHIC to create the best memories and moments for families in our community.

It also doesn’t hurt that Mr. B has been my nickname since college!

Thank you for all your love and support as I have built my love for art and photography as a hobby. I am hoping, going forward, I can develop this into a passion and career!


The intention of this blog is to have a place I can share longer excerpts of my work with a write up, along with my need to develop a professional portfolio.  Come join me on my photographic journey of the world around me and see the people and love that make this world so beautiful!


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