McGinnity Speakeasy

Prohibition Party celebrates restoration

of McGinnity Speakeasy to 100-year ago grandeur

Katheriine and Bernard 'Bus' McGinnity wth boxing gloves worn by Bob Fitzsimmons  at Kingsland Manor, Nutley, NJRestoration of the McGinnity Speakeasy was completed December 2019, just one month ahead of the 100th anniversary of Prohibition.

From Colonial Manor to Speakeasy

Katherine and Bernard 'Bus' McGinnity wth boxing gloves worn by Bob Fitzsimmons at Kingsland Manor, Nutley, N. J. The building kept up with the times.

In 1909, the McGinnity family purchased the home. Daniel McGinnity, a famous fight promoter and entertainment entrepreneur, used Nutley as a training camp for his prize fighters.

Prohibition officially began on January 17, 1920, when the Volstead Act went into effect.

It was Bernard “Bus” McGinnity, Daniel’s son, who ran a speak-easy in the basement of the Kingsland Manor during Prohibition.

On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, ending the increasingly unpopular nationwide 133-year prohibition of alcohol.

After Prohibition was repealed, Bus and his mother, Katherine, ran it as the Colonial Club until their liquor license was revoked. Then the Manor became known as the Nutley Private Hospital, as the McGinnitys operated a convalescent home.

 On June 6, 1938, Assemblywoman Olive Sanford, suggested that Nutley purchase the house at a Sheriff’s sale for roughly $4,000 in back taxes and liens. The idea that it be made into a local museum was rejected by the Town Commission.

Here are some before and after images of the McGinnity Speakeasy


Bus McGinnity Speakeasy Renovations, Kingsland Manor, Nutley, NJ

Bus McGinnity Speakeasy Restoration, Kingsland Manor, Nutley, NJ

Bus McGinnity Speakeasy Restoration, Kingsland Manor, Nutley, NJ

Bus McGinnity Speakeasy Restoration, Kingsland Manor, Nutley, NJ

Bus McGinnity Speakeasy Restoration, Kingsland Manor, Nutley, NJ

Bus McGinnity Speakeasy Restoration, Kingsland Manor, Nutley, NJ

Bus McGinnity Speakeasy Restoration, Kingsland Manor, Nutley, NJ

Bus McGinnity Speakeasy Restoration, Kingsland Manor, Nutley, NJ

Bus McGinnity Speakeasy Restoration, Kingsland Manor, Nutley, NJ

 

Bus McGinnity Speakeasy Restoration, Kingsland Manor, Nutley, NJ

Bus McGinnity Speakeasy Restoration, Kingsland Manor, Nutley, NJ

Bus McGinnity Speakeasy Restoration, Kingsland Manor, Nutley, NJ


In June 1938, Nutley commissioners rejected the idea of buying the manor and converting it into a local museum. At that time, Ralph Smith rescued the house at the Sheriff’s sale, refurbishing the building, adding another dormer and indoor plumbing.

Nutley resident retired Rear Admiral Ellery Wheeler Stone, chief commissioner of the Allied military government in Italy during and after World War II and former vice president and director of International Telephone and Telegraphy Corp., lived at separate times in the Van Riper House and Kingsland Manor. The house was then owned by L. John Denney, an ITT vice president. He in turn sold the house to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Schepps of Passaic. During their residence, the remaining modernization took place. When they moved in 1973, the future of Kingsland Manor was in jeopardy.

Created in 1973, the Historic Restoration Trust of Nutley is a group of actively interested citizens whose continuing task is to move Kingsland Manor toward the broad goal of landmark, museum and local activity resource.


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Restoration photos by Leon Kish.

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