For Immediate Release

Contact: Deborah Gilleran

Celebrate Spring with a Tour of the Gilded Age Grandeur of GCU

Georgian Court Campus Tours Available to Public on Select Tuesdays

Lakewood, N.J., Apr. 17, 2008—Experience local history and beauty this spring with a Tuesday morning tour of the Georgian Court University campus in Lakewood. Guided tours include the historic Mansion, Casino, and McAuley Heritage Chapel, as well as the unique, lush gardens on the campus grounds.

Georgian Court University's 156-acre Lakewood campus is a National Historic Landmark. Among the historic buildings being toured are the Mansion, the Georgian-style winter home of millionaire George Jay Gould and his family. Dating from the late 1800s, the Mansion and many of the other estate buildings and gardens were designed by Bruce Price, the famous New York architect. The campus is also an arboretum, filled with many exotic tree species as well as some of the largest pine, oak, and fir trees in Ocean County. Visitors may even glimpse the “Carlton,” “Queen of the North,” and “Thalia” daffodils that sprang up in mid-April from the 1,000 heritage daffodil bulbs planted in the fall by GCU students in honor of the university’s Centennial celebration. The bulbs are the type that were popular in 1908, the year of the university’s founding.

Tours are available on the following Tuesdays: May 6, 13, 20, and 27, and June 3 and 10. All tours begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Mansion. Tickets are $10 per person, which includes light refreshments after the tour, and reservations are required. The excursion takes about 1.5 hours and includes approximately 45 minutes of outdoor walking on partially uphill paths. The walking tour is not wheelchair accessible. In the event of inclement weather, the walking tour will be abbreviated and a video program will be substituted.

For more information and reservations, please contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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