Cook Sanborn, Artist.
Point Pleasant Historical Society
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Cook Sanborn, late nineteenth century Quaker artist, was head of
the Cedars Art Colony, Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. In
1831, the Cook family decided to supplement their income from
farming by turning their homestead into a boarding house. Summer
guests paid between $12 and $15 a week. They could swim and fish
in the Manasquan River, Cooks Pond (now Lake Louise) and the
Atlantic Ocean, and enjoy picnics in the Cedars, a grove of trees
in the center of the property.
Carrie Cook Sanborn presided over
an art colony based in the homestead and gave lessons in the
Cedars. Many prominent artists and writers came to the Cedars,
including the author Robert Louis Stevenson. Today the G. Harold
Antrim School is on the site of the homestead and the Point
Pleasant Beach High School athletic field is on the site of the
Cedars. Sanborn depicted herself in a painting (left) and is
shown teaching a class (far right).