200 Morgan Street eponym, comes from the street address in Jersey City, NJ that was the birthplace of Dr. Arthur Zampella who was a physician that owned and operated Idylease from 1954 until 1992.
For over 35 years Richard Zampella has envisioned an opportunity to celebrate the history and future of Idylease. Consistent with the wishes of his father, Dr. Arthur Zampella, the property along with it’s historic structure has been under the stewardship of his son since 2016, when 200 Morgan Street purchased the 100 acre estate.
Owner and Operator 2016-Present
Richard Zampella is a documentary filmmaker that produced the film, Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen which was chosen by the New York Times as a Critics' Pic. He is currently working on a documentary about the writer Elmore Leonard. Zampella is the current Owner and Operator of Idylease. His ice cream shop was recently voted as the Best Ice Cream Shop on Long Island for 2017 and 2018. In 2018, he opened The Food Mill Market in Point Lookout, NY.
Owner and Operator 1954-1992
Arthur Dante Louis Zampella (May 15, 1917 – January 9, 1992) was a prominent physician, public servant and medical educator. He maintained a private medical practice with a concentration in geriatric care in the State of New Jersey from 1947 to 1992. Zampella settled in Newfoundland, New Jersey in 1954 and purchased the former Idylease Inn where he served as Executive Medical Director of Idylease Nursing and Convalescent Home.
Owner and Operator 1906-1951
When Idylease opened in 1903, Dr.Daniel Drake was appointed president and head of the staff. His appointment first brought him and his wife to Newfoundland from his private practice in Equinonk, Pa. He was associated at the time with the late Dr. Edgar A. Day of Brooklyn who built Idylease in the summer of 1902. Drake graduated from the University of Vermont, where he received his medical degree in 1890.
If we don’t care about our past, we cannot hope for the future… I care desperately about saving old buildings.
The Historic Preservation Commission for the Township of West Milford declared Idylease its first locally designated historic landmark on October 5, 1988. Thomas Edison was a frequent guest at Idylease while working on a magnetic ore extracting device at the Franklin/Ogdensberg Mine. Edison was no stranger to Newfoundland. He had filmed scenes from "The Great Train Robbery" in Echo Lake and would often have his car serviced at the local garage in Newfoundland.
As a preservationist, I am a proponent that the past can also educate. Architecture as an example, is a direct and substantial representation of history and place that can teach us about our collective past. By preserving historic structures, we are able to share the very spaces and environments in which the generations before us lived.
Preserving historic buildings―whether related to someone famous or recognizably dramatic―strangers are able to witness the aesthetic and cultural history of an area. Old buildings maintain a sense of permanency and heritage. There is no chance to renovate or to save a historic site once it’s gone. And we can never be certain what will be valued in the future.
There is something to be said for modernization but there is also something to be said about a structure that has preserved a piece of living history which provides an affordable place to live. Idylease in West Milford Township (the Newfoundland Section) has furnished rooms available for rent.
Living at Idylease offers old world charm harking back to the popular resort hotel era that took place at the turn of the century in the Highland Region of New Jersey. Each room at Idylease is being meticulously restored to reflect the time when Idylease first greeted guests on New Years Day in 1903. Rooms are furnished with period decor and recall a time that celebrates the tradition of gracious hotel living.
Idylease Helistop is one of 260 helicopter landing fields licensed by the Division of Aeronautics in the State of New Jersey. Its FAA Identifier is 1NJ6 with coordinates of: N41°3.26' / W74°25.81. The heliport is utilized by the Emergency Services Departments for West Milford Township and The New Jersey State Police utilize the landing field when critical patients require transport to the nearest trauma center.
The American Tree Farm System was established in 1941. The first Tree Farm nationally was created to demonstrate ‘sustainable forest management’ to local landowners. Thus the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) had its humble beginnings. In 1991 Dr. Arthur Zampella and his tree farm at Idylease was selected as the Outstanding Tree Farm of the Year in the State of New Jersey.
Majestically standing on Union Valley Road since the day she opened her doors to the public on New Year's Day in 1903, Idylease remains one of Newfoundland's most beautiful and impressive structures.