Onsen for All is located in the Jedediah Higgins House, the oldest standing building in Franklin Township, NJ. According to legend, Jedediah Higgins purchased a large tract of several thousand acres around 1709, including the two acre property on which the house stands, from the Lenape Indians. The price paid was a sow and her eight piglets.
After years of neglect, the Jedediah Higgins House was purchased by Maple Town Associates, LLC in 2006. With support from the citizens of Franklin Township, the building has undergone more than three years of extensive renovation by skilled master craftsmen and artisans. Restoration efforts have painstakingly preserved the original charm and beauty of this historic structure, while enhancing it with subtle, tasteful, state-of-the art updating. The Jedediah Higgins House is listed on the National Historic Register.
The house's original 300 year-old New Jersey pine floors have been beautifully preserved, along with original ceiling beams and many other interesting features and details. Walking through the house gives the visitor an opportunity to experience the craftsmanship of Colonial workmen by observing, for example, the axe marks in the hand-hewn beams, the charming variety in floorboard width, and the preserved example of hand-crafted faux painting wall decoration that survived through the centuries.
The rich history of the house and the skillful work of past and present craftsmen help create a unique setting for the many wellness services offered by Onsen for All.
Tribute to Dale B. Krieger
Dale Krieger founded Onsen for All based on his commitment to healthy living and a desire to provide an affordable opportunity for people from all walks of life to do the same. For more than 35 years, he managed the finances of wealthy families through money management firms that he founded. Dale was born in 1950 and earned a B.A from Syracuse University. He lived in Princeton, New Jersey for more than 20 years, with his wife Veronica and their family before his untimely death in 2009.