Gates at Airliewood
The estate on which Will Henry Coxe built his mansion covered
15 acres. A cast-iron fence with a massive gate encircled the property. The
gate was manufactured by Wood and Perrot of Boston and was built identical
to the one at the U. S. Military Academy at West Point. Here is an orginal
drawing of the same gate that stands today at the entrance to Airliewood.
The gate and fence have been restored just as Coxe had installed. In
1862, four years after the mansion was built, Union forces camping on the lawn
used the fence's
finiels for target practice (below).The fence stood as it was for the next
130 years before it was replace with one recast from the old fence.