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Almost everyone among us has dreams to be something or to do something, but not everyone has the courage nor ability to materialize the dream by turning it into reality. The same thing happened with Mr. Bruce who had a dream that took around a decade to realize. Commitment, devotion and desire to achieve something made him kept working hard over the long period of time. It all began around 35 years ago when Mr. Bruce William first home was being built in 1972.
During the construction work, there were many things that were left there by builders overnight. Mr. Bruce was not able to resist while seeing builders work whole day he would start erecting scenes in his basement with mud, sand and other types of materials. Workers returning the next morning would remove these miniature structures to continue their work, however, they became a great admirer of his talent. With appreciation, they encouraged Bruce to continue his work and make a space for it. This resulted in a fourth addition to the basement of his Flemington area home, impressed by the work, his friends persuaded him to host an annual train show for a local charity. This was a great success that soon leads him to open his exhibits for the general public at the weekends. Thus, it later resulted in the world`s largest railroad miniature wonderland.
The coverage of national as well as international T.V channels including German, Swedish, and Japan, contributed to its growing popularity. Thus was born the idea for a year-round attraction.
Today Northlandz is a 16-acre world-class attraction Along with the art, music and doll displays, outdoors you will find an 1890’s replica narrow gauge steam train. There is also included complex doll museum, La Peep Doll House, a 2,000 pipe theatre pipe organ (which Bruce plays) and art galleries throughout. The building is reflective of the couple’s lifelong commitment to art, expression, and creativity.
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Over the years, Northlandz has become one of the favorite destinations for the people of all ages. Not only it has offered something unique for local tourists but international tourists also like to visit the place when they come to New Jersey.
The efforts of Mr. Bruce were also recognized by many organizations, included Guinness book of the word record who listed it as the world`s largest railroad miniature wonderland. Mr. Williams was bestowed with the highest honor that is given by the Hindu faith, the “Maan Patra”. This honorarium was presented to Mr. Williams in recognition of his years of dedication to the creation of Northlandz. It was awarded by Swami Jagadishswarandandji at the Geeta Temple of Queens, NY in June 1996 with thousands of worshipers of the Hindu faith in attendance.
Mr.Bruce Williams Zaccagnino has a long list of accomplishments. A concert musician, successful entrepreneur, multi-award winning computer software game developer and publisher (Perfect General, Solitaire’s Journey), Mr. Williams has spent a lifetime working at what he loves.
Mr. William says “If you can create your own enthusiasm, you can do anything” and “if you maintain that enthusiasm you can do it well”.
If Ralph Waldo Emerson is correct in that “Nothing great can be achieved without enthusiasm”, than something spectacular has happened in Flemington.
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