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Green Mountain Gardeners Honoring Diana Olcott and Her Legacy

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family developed a friendship with the Hardy family , who had four children of similar age to Diana and her siblings . At the time , Birchbrook did not yet have a pond , so instead , the young Diana swam at the pond at Glebelands .
It was certainly serendipity that half a century later , Diana would buy Glebelands from her childhood friends .
Diana Morgan becomes Mrs . A . V . S . Olcott
After graduating from the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr , Pennsylvania in 1946 , Diana Morgan began a long career of volunteerism , starting with an adventurous stint with the Frontier Nursing Service in Kentucky . She served as a horse-courier for their midwife program . Braving the elements , she traveled the untamed wilderness to deliver fresh horses for the midwives ’ long excursions in the most remote areas of southeastern Appalachia . Diana was an expert rider and excellent marksman .
After returning from Kentucky to New Jersey , Mrs . Olcott met her future husband , Alfred Van Santvoord Olcott , Jr . ( known to all as “ Van ”) at a party at Princeton University in the late 1940s . Born in Riverdale , New York , Van was also from a distinguished family which owned and operated “ The Hudson River Day Line ”, known for decades as a luxurious mode of transportation throughout the greater Upstate New York region .
Van Olcott married Diana Morgan on April 21st , 1951 . They raised their three children ( Townsend , Richard , and Leslie ) in an 18th century farmhouse in Hopewell , New Jersey . As Diana grew older , it became clear that her father ’ s passion for architecture and her mother ’ s passion for horticulture had strongly influenced her life trajectory .
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