St. Catherine of Bologna
Ringwood Manor
Ringwood Book Launch


Award-winning photographer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Ken Carroll teamed with former Ringwood, New Jersey historian Elbertus Prol to create an elegant, 140-page coffee table style book entitled, Great Estates of Ringwood.

Large images and historical facts offer a fascinating explanation of life in Ringwood’s grand manors. Readers will be surprised to find out that there are four stately historic homes in their own backyard. Two are widely known: Skylands Manor and Ringwood Manor, but two have been hidden from the public eye—until now.

 Mount Saint Francis and Table Rock are also included in Great Estates of Ringwood. Mt. Saint Francis will never be able to be seen in any other way than through the pages of Great Estates of Ringwood. The property has been sold and is undergoing a modernization. Table Rock does not grant tours.

The book contains insights, photographs, and facts well beyond any available tours of the homes, offering a true-to-life glimpse of yesteryear. Mr. Prol details the history and artifacts of the mansions, whose grounds featured the prominent landscape designers of their time and whose walls were adorned with art, photography and collectibles.

The first printing was limited to 1,500 copies and is available for $40 per book. Great Estates of Ringwood will be available for purchase online October 15 at

One hundred percent (100%) of the proceeds will be donated to Center for Food Action in Ringwood, Connect for Community, North Jersey (supporting over 40 food pantries, shelters, and homeless agencies), and Ringwood Historical Society to help them with their work in maintaining the town’s historical sites.

Co-author and photographer Ken Carroll described Great Estates of Ringwood as allowing readers to “bring the manors to life in their own home. They were built by people of great wealth, and now their homes will help support the food insecure and those who need help in our town.”

Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts

Chartered by the State of New Jersey in 1966, Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts(RMAA) is a non-profit, non-political organization with over 250 members. Membership categories are designed to give all members a chance to participate in the organization, which is dedicated to providing visual arts opportunities for interested persons of all ages. RMAA has an international membership, with the majority of our members coming from Northern New Jersey and neighboring New York state. All officers and directors are volunteers who donate their time and energy to further the Association, as do many of our members. With its home in historic Ringwood State Park, RMAA an Officially Recognized Friends Organization (O.R.F.O.) of the NJ State Park System. The Barn Gallery is located in Ringwood Manor’s Carriage House and offers a showcase for artists of all media. Presenting six exhibitions in 2015, RMAA always welcomes new members and artists.  

The RMAA’s 52nd Annual Fall Juries Exhibition runs September 27 – October 25.

On Saturday, October 7, 2017 – 11:30am – 2:30pm at Ringwood Manor, Phyllis Shenny will be presenting “Your Personal Lens” a hands-on iPhone/iPad Photography and Art workshop. The workshop location will be the coffee house at Ringwood Manor State Park (across from the park office). The workshop fee is $50 for RMAA members and $60 for non-members, prepaid. $60 for members and $70 for non-members at the door.

West Milford Camera Club

The West Milford Camera Club was founded 1987. Thier purpose is to bring together photographers from West Milford and surrounding communities for a mutual sharing of information and inspiration. They are also happy to respond to requests from our town and participate in its endeavors. During the year they hold meetings at 8:00 PM on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at The West Milford Presbyterian Church at 1452 Union Valley Road in the center of town. A wide range of photographic interests are shared by the members and we keep an open mind toward the various means of creative expression. Exhibitions, workshops, speakers and field trips are some of the ways we keep ourselves involved in the craft.



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