Allie and Albert met while attending Monmouth University. So it only made sense to use it’s most impressive building, Wilson Hall, as a backdrop to their engagement session.
Woodrow Wilson Hall was built in 1929 at a cost of $10.5 million as the private residence of former F.W. Woolworth Co. president Hubert Templeton Parson and his wife Maysie. During the campaign of 1916 the mansion was loaned to President Woodrow Wilson as the presidential summer home. It has been known as the Summer White House since.
While the building encompasses some 130 rooms on three main floors, we focused our attention on the Great Hall and gardens. That was fine with us because while difficut to tell from the photos, we spent most of the afternoon dodging the rain drops. The mansion was the setting for the 1982 film version of Annie, but we couldn’t get Allie to wear the red wig.