The Hermitage, a National Historic Landmark and house museum, incorporates a stone house that was visited during the Revolutionary War by General George Washington. It was also the site of the marriage of Aaron Burr and Theodosia Prevost. Its picturesque Gothic Revival design dates to the 1847–48 renovation by the architect William H. Ranlett.
Guided Tours: Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 pm.
For group tours of six or more, please contact Diane Knispel at 201.445.8311 x103.
Group Tours are $7 per person.
19th Annual Gala
A benefit fund-raiser for
The Hermitage Museum
The 19th Annual Friends of the Hermitage Gala will take place on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 6 to 11 pm at The Ridgewood Country Club, 96 West Midland Avenue in Paramus.
Enjoy live music by Ian Gallagher, silent and live auctions, dinner, and dancing.
To purchase Gala tickets, click here.
This year's Gala honors long-time volunteers Peggy Norris and Joseph Suplicki.
Peggy recently retired after 22 years at The Ridgewood Public Library, and as the Librarian for the Bolger Heritage Center. Peggy has also been a Trustee for the Bergen County Historical Society since 2009 and is on the Hermitage Advisory Committee. She is currently writing a biography of William L. Bulkley, the first African American principal of a white school in New York City.
Peggy's husband, Joe, is an early member of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County. He is currently on the board of the Ridgewood Historical Society and chair of the Elmwood Park Public Library Board and was a Friends of the Hermitage trustee for several years, retiring in 2014. Both Peggy and Joe have been historians for the Village of Ridgewood since 1999, are active in preservation issues, and members of several historical societies in Bergen and Passaic counties. Peggy and Joe have coordinated the Roundtable programs at The Hermitage for ten years and will retire from this volunteer effort in May 2015.
The Friends are delighted to honor Peggy and Joe for their many years of dedicated volunteerism at The Hermitage and throughout our local communities.
The gala also celebrates Mary Elizabeth Rosencrantz' 130th birthday who dedicated the last decades of her life to preserve The Hermitage for future generations. The gala theme coincides with the museum's latest exhibition, "A Real American Girl; Mary Elizabeth's Legacy to Preserve The Hermitage" which runs through Sunday, September 13, 2015 at the Henry Bischoff Galleries at The Hermitage Museum.
Summer Kitchen Project
Blues Night, a fund-raisier for The Hermitage Museum was held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 to help fund the restoration of the 1888 summer kitchen (pictured at right), located just behind The Hermitage.
Thank you to the 85-plus attendees who helped make this fund-raiser a great success! Thanks also to the band, Black Lace Blues who performed throughout the evening and got everyone in a dancing, happy mood! A welcome relief from the winter blues!
Thank you also to Chuck Russo from Wine & Spirit World of Ho-Ho-Kus for the fine beverages and Chuck Adams from Sterling Affair for the great food!
Because of all the support, we are preparing to begin Phase II of the restoration project.
Stay tuned for updates!
A detached two-story stone structure, the summer kitchen's interior first floor was modernized in the 1980s with a bathroom and track lighting. A wall-to-wall carpet was installed, covering the wide wood-planked floor. During the last 30 years, both storeys were used as storage rooms. In July 2014, Phase I of the restoration began. The first floor contents were relocated by summer's end, and the heat was restored in March 2015. Phase II plans are underway to repair plumbing, replace the lighting fixtures and electrical outlets. Phase III goals include exposing the wood floors and brick hearth.
2015 QuickStart Appeal
We preserve The Hermitage, its stories, and its collections as an educational resource to engage and encourage people of all ages and backgrounds in the exploration and understanding of their past.
To fulfill this mission and to continue our community and school programs, events, and exhibitions, we ask for your support to help reach our goal of $35,000 through our 2015 Quick Start Appeal.
You can mail your donation to: Friends of the Hermitage; QuickStart Appeal, 335 North Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423 or click on the DONATE button on the top of this page.
Your Quick Start contribution will help us achieve our fund-raising goals through 2015 which includes financing two exciting exhibitions. “A Real American Girl: Celebrating Mary Elizabeth Rosencrantz’ 130th birthday and her legacy to preserve The Hermitage” will open in April in the Henry Bischoff Galleries. “Saving our Historic Stone Houses: The Legacy of Claire K. Tholl” will open in May in the Hermitage summer kitchen building. Coincidentally, restoration efforts will be underway soon for the Hermitage summer kitchen with a plan to utilize it for special events. Our exhibitions and Mary Elizabeth’s vision to preserve her home as a museum lives on four decades later thanks, in part, to you, our individual supporters.
Your Quick Start contribution will help us build upon our 43-year foundation for future generations. Thank you again for your past generous support and for your continued support through 2015 and beyond.
The Friends of the Hermitage offer tours of The Hermitage, exhibitions of the collections, and diverse educational programming at the Hermitage Education & Conference Center. The Friends received a General Operating Support Grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of cultural affairs in the Department of State.
The Friends of the Hermitage Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
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