Message from the GCBMA President


Dear Friend of GCBMA:

It is the year of New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary.  New Jersey is home to many nationally important historic places yet can claim only one Presidential birthplace – the Grover Cleveland Birthplace.  In this special year, we hope you will join us in supporting the Carriage House Visitor Center project, the pinnacle of our efforts to date to deepen and enhance the visitor experience at this unique site.

Dedicated to the interpretation of President Cleveland’s life, the house museum at the Grover Cleveland Birthplace in Caldwell is the nation’s leading repository of Cleveland artifacts and political memorabilia.  Although the museum attracts thousands of visitors from across the globe each year, it can hold no more than 20 visitors at a time and lacks crucial visitor services such as public restrooms and a lecture hall.

The Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association (GCBMA), is excited to lead the effort to bring the visitor experience to the next level.  The restoration and expansion of the carriage house from a storage area to a welcoming and vibrant visitor center will provide much-needed space and amenities to accommodate larger group tours, host historical seminars, and serve as a community resource.   The project is estimated to cost over $1,000,000.  New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks and Forestry is supporting the GCBMA as a cooperative project partner.

To continue the momentum generated by enthusiastic community support for the project, the GCBMA is hosting a Presidential Wedding Gala on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 6:00 to 10:30pm at the Essex Fells Country Club.   The event will feature an elegant reenactment of the wedding ceremony of President Cleveland and Frances Folsom, a wedding reception including a champagne toast, buffet and wedding cake, silent and live auctions, and a special display of Cleveland memorabilia. Roland Mesnier, former White House chef, will entertain the guests with his memories of past glamorous White House galas.  You can help by sponsoring the event, advertising in the souvenir ad journal, or donating an event item or service. 

We greatly appreciate your consideration!  Your contribution will enhance a New Jersey historic treasure for the pride of all New Jerseyans and greater enjoyment by the public.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about the event by emailing us at

With gratitude,

David A. Cowell, President

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