FAMILY KEEPS A BIRDS-EYE VIEW ON THE PAST

windmill4The windmill, a Rumson landmark, outside the home at 37 Ward Avenue. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

By now, the Taylor family is used to random knocks on the door and gawkers in the front yard.

After all, there’s this four-story thing jutting out of the Taylors’ lawn that gets passersby wondering: what is that?

“Everybody knows it as a Rumson landmark,” said the home’s owner, Kathryn Taylor. But not many people actually know for sure. “We always have these kids knocking on our door asking, what is that? People always stop and take pictures. We’ve lived here (in Rumson) for 23 years, and people are still asking us about it.”

These days it’s a place for small — and very intimate — cocktail parties and a hangout for Taylor’s children that beats just about any tree house around.

And it happens to be one of the last vestiges of Rumson’s past that hasn’t fallen to development and progress in technology.

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