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Triumph Association“Touch of England” Vintage British Automobile & Motorcycle Show

Saturday, June 11, 2016
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

(Rain date: Sunday, June 12)

Admission:
• $6 adults
• $4 for children 6-12
• FREE for children under 6

• Classic Triumph, MG, Austin-Healey, Jaguar, Lotus, Morgan, tvr, Mini, Sunbeam, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and other British automobiles

• Day trip destination for families to walk the shaded grounds of  The Hermitage to view classic autos and talk to the owners

• Hot dogs, soda and water will be available for sale throughout the day

All proceeds benefit children’s educational programs, exhibits, and restorations projects at The Hermitage.

Community Garage Sale at The Hermitage

The Hermitage Garage SaleJune 4, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Rain Date: June 5

Private sellers: $25
outside grounds, 10’ x 10'
$15
table rental (optional)
Click here to download exhibitor application

$1.00 admission fee

DONATIONS FOR GARAGE SALE:

Clear-out your unwanted items. The Hermitage will accept donations of items that are clean and in good shape—no heavy or very large items. Donated items will be sold at the sale and all proceeds will go towards the maintenance of the historic Hermitage.

Tea InvitationNorthwest Bergen History Coalition—6th Annual History Day

Tour 10 Northwest Bergen Museums
with ONE ticket!

Saturday, May 14, 2016
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Tickets:
• $15—day of event
• Children 12 and under—FREE
(children receive a special fun ticket!)
• $10—purchased in advance from: The Schoolhouse Museum, The Mahwah Museum, or The Hermitage Museum

"SPREADING THE NEWS: Rail, Mail & the Press in Days Gone By"

Come discover how we communicated when letters were left at the local inn, when postcards were our "twitter feed" and the operator listened to all our calls on the party line. See how mail was delivered by train and buggy and what our local newspapers were like in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Museums:
The Hermitage, Ho-Ho-Kus
Waldwick Signal Tower
Van Allen House, Oakland
The Mahwah Museum & the Old Station Museum, Mahwah
The John Fell House, Allendale
The Old Stone House, Ramsey
The Zabriskie House, Wyckoff
The Schoolhouse Museum, Ridgewood
The Museum at the Station, Glen Rock
Hopper-Goetschius House Museum, Upper Saddle River

For more information email: info@thehermitage.org or see nwbergenhistory.org

Tea InvitationBlues Night II at The Hermitage

Featuring the 5-Piece Band 
BLACK LACE BLUES

Saturday, March 12, 2016
7:30-10:00 PM (doors open at 7:00 PM)

Tickets: $55 members • $60 non-members

Includes:
• Wine • Beer • Light Fare

BLACK LACE BLUES, the popular 5-piece band, is a cross genre, cross generation Blues Rock and Reggae band, incorporating original material with contributions from everyone, as well as select quality covers that span a range of musical styles.

A Special 3-Course Afternoon Tea at The Hermitage

Tea InvitationSaturday, February 27 from 2:00-4:00 PM
Sunday, February 28 from 2:00-4:00 PM

Tickets: $45 per person

Includes:
• 3 specialty teas
• Scones
• Tea Sandwiches
• Dessert

Click here to register.

Tea History at The Hermitage:
Mary Elizabeth Rosencrantz was the last mistress of The Hermitage. She operated a Tea Room there from 1917-1930. Relive historywith us at this very special event inside the Hermitage House. The Gothic Revival home is rarely opened for a unique opportunity CHA•MA•GU•DAO of Montclairlike this one. Seating will be limited. Reserve your place now!

A Specialty Tea Shop will be open for the purchase of beautiful Tea Cozies, Jewelry, Candles, Loose & Bagged Tea, Tea Service ware and more! We hope you will join us for a wonderful afternoon of tea and socializing.

Many thanks to our friends at CHA•MA•GU•DAO of Montclair who have graciously selected & donated 3 specialty teas for us to enjoy.

CHA•MA•GU•DAO of Montclair
17 Church St, Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 744-3076 • www.southsilkroad.com

The Hermitage Museum Civil War Encampment WeekendLiving History—Civil War Encampment Weekend
at the Hermitage

Saturday, January 30 &
Sunday, January 31, 2016

1:00 to 4:00 PM
Admission: $7 per person
(Members & children under 6 free)

Candlelight Camp Tour
Saturday, Ja
nuary 30
6:00 to 7:00 PM

Admission: $5 per person (Members & children under 6 free)

Civil War Encampment
• Outdoor living history encampment on the grounds
• Soldier’s tents and fire pits
• Live firing demonstrations of military rifles from the period
• Live firing demonstration of a mortar from the period
• Visitors encouraged to interact with the historical re-enactors
• Education Center will feature indoor displays of Civil War artifacts
• Hands-on activities for children to learn more
• Conducted by Company B, 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers, Clifton, NJ
• Includes guided tour of the inside of The Hermitage historic house museum

Candlelight Camp Tour
• Receive camp passes to get a glimpse of soldiers’ lives during evening camp
• See card playing, letter-writing, music sessions, and medical scenarios re-enacted

The Hermitage Museum St. NickA Visit from St. Nick— Holiday Display
at The Hermitage

Beginning late November–January, 2016
Tours: Wednesday–Sunday
1:15, 2:15, 3:15

This holiday season, The Hermitage Museum is decorated for a magical Victorian Christmas Eve which re-enacts Clement Clark Moore’s famous poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” also known as “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Featured, along with authentic Victorian décor, are antique toys, dolls, ornaments, and a few surprises! The display will remain up through January of 2016.

In conjunction with the holiday display and its theme, an event will be held for families in the Hermitage Visitor Center on
Sunday, Dec. 20, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm –
“Santa’s Workshop”

The Hermitage Museum Santa's WorkshopSanta’s Workshop

Sunday, December 20, 2015
1:00 to 3:00 pm

$6.00 Adults
$4.00 Children 6-12
5 & under FREE

Children can visit Santa while he prepares for his big night! There will be crafts and photo-ops. Includes a house tour of The Hermitage! Children are invited to send a letter to Santa in care of The Hermitage.
Letters received by December 15th will be displayed at the workshop.

The Hermitage Museum Crafts ShowChampagne & Candlelight at The Hermitage

Friday, Dec. 11, 2015
7:00 to 9:00 pm

$75 per person (purchased by Dec. 4th)
$85 per person (purchased after Dec. 4th)

• Champagne from 7:00 to 7:30 pm
• Hors d’oeuvres
• Wine & Punch
• Music
• Silent Auction from 7:30-9:00 pm

Friends of the Hermitage will host a festive “Champagne and Candlelight” evening on Friday, December 11th, 2015, 7 to 9 PM. Make merry, meet old friends and new ones, while sipping Champagne. Retrace the steps of some of America's most celebrated (and little known) Revolutionary War players, including General George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette, Aaron Burr and Theodosia Prevost, one of the past mistresses of The Hermitage.

36th Annual Classic Creations Holiday Boutique

The Hermitage Museum Crafts ShowOctober 24 - November 29, 2015
Preview night on October 23rd

$8.00 per person
(admitted 2 more times with orginal ticket)
Children under 12 are free

$15.00 Preview Night Tickets (admitted 2 more times with orginal ticket)

Welcome in the 2015 holiday season with the 36th annual Classic Creations Holiday Boutique at the Hermitage Museum in Ho-Ho-Kus, which opens on Saturday, October 24, and runs through Sunday, November 29. The Boutique is held five days a week inside the museum’s education building. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and Thanksgiving Day. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm every day except Thursdays, when it is open until 8 pm.

The Friends of the Hermitage will host a Special Preview of the Boutique on Friday, October 23, 2015, from 5 to 9 pm. Reservations are requested; tickets will be available at the door for $15 per person (entitling the original purchaser to two additional visits). To reserve Preview Sales Night tickets, you can call the Hermitage at 201-445-8311 x102

The Classic Creations Holiday Boutique is the longest-running arts and crafts show of its kind in New Jersey. Every year, hundreds of artisans and crafters from around the country offer unique holiday decorations and unusual gifts items for sale. Many of these are one of a kind and cannot be found elsewhere. Seasonal and holiday items include Halloween, autumn, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Chanukah, and are available at all price points.

Many thousands of holiday items and gifts are for sale at the Boutique, including handmade holiday wreaths, custom made Santa Clauses, unique Christmas tree ornaments, original jewelry and art pieces, children’s items, clothing, and a variety of food items. Many items may be customized to your specifications with personal inscriptions or initials.

Admission to the Classic Creations Boutique benefits the children’s educational programs at the Hermitage Museum, a nonprofit educational institution.

The Hermitage Museum Ghostly EventsGhost Tours at the historic Hermitage October 2015 with Craig McManus

Last year, my Halloween-week ghost tours at the historic Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus were so popular that tickets sold out almost immediately. This October, I am returning to the Hermitage for three nights of special ghostly events featuring: A Ghostly Evening at the Hermitage and Midnight at the Hermitage. What better setting to spend an evening on Halloween week than the Hermitage? I hope you can join me at these hauntingly entertaining evening events at the historic Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus.

A GHOSTLY EVENING at the HERMITAGE
Tickets $40 per person (limited to 18 people per tour)

Join me for a spine-tingling tour of the old Hermitage homestead as I explain the step-by-step process of modern-day ghost hunting as experienced from the perspective of a psychic-medium. During the tour, I will let us know if I sense anyone (or anything) in the old house and will attempt to communicate with those very spirits. For many years there have been reports of ghostly inhabitants at the Hermitage, will the ghosts join us during YOUR tour?

Each tour lasts approximately one hour and is limited to 18 people. The tour is not recommended for children under the age of 13. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

The Hermitage Museum Ghostly EventsMIDNIGHT at the HERMITAGE
Tickets $50 per person (limited to 18 people per tour)


Ever wanted to spend midnight in a dark, old mansion in search of ghosts? Here's your chance! As the large front door of the Hermitage swings slowly open at 11 PM, I will be waiting inside to greet you and take you and your friends on a spooky walking tour of the old home. Room by room, floor by floor, I will tell you what paranormal presences I sense. Right before midnight, we will all gather and be seated in the enchanted parlor at which time I will use my psychic abilities to attempt to communicate with the spirits I feel reside in the old house. Are YOU brave enough to join me at Midnight in an old, dark house for a séance with the dead?

The Midnight at the Hermitage tour lasts approximately one hour and is not recommended for children under the age of 13. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the Hermitage.

PLEASE NOTE: Cameras and other recording equipment are not permitted during these tours. Tours are sponsored by The Friends of the Hermitage

Hermitage Art Workshop

with Tina Stonefield Ishihara, 7-week course, September 16 through October 28, 2015, 7 to 8:30 am at The Hermitage Education & Conference Center, Jaqua Hall
335 North Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ

Cost: $160; Classes limited to 10 students

Fundamentals of landscape painting - weekly short demonstrations on the basics of painting landscapes in oil (light, dark, basic shapes, color, etc.) followed by personal painting time. This workshop was open to teens and adults, beginners and more advanced students. Personalized instruction was given to the more experienced student.

For more information, please contact Tina Stonefield Ishihara at tina@consultant.com or call 973-304-4635.

The Bergen County Wellness Festival

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 10 am – 4 pm
Admission - $5

Bergen CountyWellness LogoMore than 70 Health & Wellness Vendors!
• Free Health Assessments  
• Fitness
• Holistic Health
• Healing
• Nutrition/Weight Loss
• Essential Oils
• Kids Wellness
• Retail Vendors
• Massage
• Healthy Food
• Farmers Market/Pumpkin Patch
• Music and MORE!!
For More Information, go to www.zenlivingevents.com.

Cadillac Club of North Jersey
North Jersey Region of the CLC
2015 Fabulous Fall Show

Sunday, October 11, 2015
9 am to 3 pm - Awards at 2:30 pm

$5.00 per person for spectators that were not in show cars

Fees for SHOW CARS:
Pre-Registered Fee:
$15.00/one car
$25.00/two cars
DAY OF SHOW FEE: $20.00 per car

Open to all Cadillac & LaSalle vehicles. Cars less than 15 years old are for display only. Cars 15 years old (2000) or older will be judged by “People’s Choice.” All Pre-WWII Cadillac’s & LaSalle’s entered FREE!

TheHermitageMuseumGermanFet Vintage Auto Show

Sunday, September 27, 2015
10 am to 4 pm

Admission: $10 (food not included)
Children 12 and under were admitted free.
Historic house tours were included in admission.

A celebration of German Automotive Engineering

Enjoyed an afternoon of history and German Automotive Engineering
on the grounds of The Hermitage Museum. German Food - Music - Refreshments

Real American DollNew Exhibition: “A Real American Girl” - Mary Elizabeth's Legacy to Preserve The Hermitage

The new exhibit opened on Sunday, April 26, 2015 and ran through Sunday, September 13, 2015.

Mary Elizabeth dedicated the last decades of her life to preserve The Hermitage for future generations to discover the stories of her 1847 Gothic Revival home woven through the threads of Bergen County, New Jersey history.

"A Real American Girl" celebrated the life of this spunky, courageous, and dedicated woman, whose memory is ingrained in the physical landscape of the Hermitage and enigmatic character captured the imagination of the local community.

The exhibition was a story that follows her life from childhood through her young adult life to her struggles during The Great Depression and finally to her later years and her vision to preserve The Hermitage as a museum.

Many artifacts, photographs of Mary Elizabeth as well as images of the early restoration days by the Friends of The Hermitage were on display.

Activities to commemorate Mary Elizabeth's 130th birthday were scheduled throughout the summer months including an Open House on September 13.

Hermitage Art Workshop

TheHermitageMuseumwith Tina Stonefield Ishihara, 8-week course, July 1 through August 19, 2015,
10 to 11:30 am at The Hermitage Education & Conference Center, Jaqua Hall

335 North Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ

Cost: $160; Classes limited to 10 students

For more information, please contact Tina Stonefield Ishihara at tina@consultant.com or call 973-304-4635.

PJs Promotions Annual Outdoor Craft Show

Saturday, August 15, 2015; 10 am to 5 pm

The Outdoor Craft show once again returned to the picturesque Hermitage grounds on Saturday, August 15, 2015. The Friends of the Hermitage hosted this annual show, organized and produced by P.J.’s Promotions.

More than seventy exhibitors set up on the tree-shaded front lawn with a variety of hand-crafted items, art and a great selection of fine photography. Items included stained glass; hand-thrown pottery; apparel and hair accessories; pet and garden items; hand-crafted silver, bead, stone, and crystal jewelry; turned wood; vintage linens; soft sculpture; decoupage, handmade soap and candles..

Admission was $4 per person. Children under 12 were admitted free. The admission benefited educational programs for children and adults at the Hermitage Museum, a nonprofit educational institution. Tours of the historic Hermitage were also available from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.

3rd Annual Play Day at The Hermitage

Sunday, July 26, 2015; 1 to 5 PM - Rain or Shine!
Admission was $7 per person 13 and up; $3 for children 12 and under.
There was Live Blue Grass music from 2 to 4 pm!

A sampling of activities: Badminton, volleyball, miniature golf, croquet, sack and spoon races. There was a variety of new crafts, outdoor games, and a new scavenger hunt. This year marked the 130th birthday of Mary Elizabeth Rosencrantz so what better way to celebrate than with a birthday cake! Children made Mary Elizabeth a birthday card and learned about her life growing up at The Hermitage.

Master Gardeners were on hand to show kids how to make red ladybugs from rocks. They were able to take home their creations. Rachel Vazquez, the Girl Scout Gold Award recipient from New Milford conducted a scavenger hunt in the children's sensory herb garden. Hot dogs and refreshments were available throughout the day.

Artists’ Showcase

Sunday, May 2 - July 13, 2015, 1 to 4 pm

Participating artists:
Judith Adel, T. Stonefield, Valerie Lewis Mankoff, Vin Ramundo, Thomas Parkes, and Sandra Spincola. Hermitage Education & Conference Center; Jaqua Hall.
Art and photography was for sale.

A Masked Ball

Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 7:00 PM
Jaqua Hall at the Hermitage Education and Conference Center

Tickets: $25 per person

The Friends of the Hermitage presented its 2nd Annual "Masked Ball" - an 18th century patriotic assembly in honor of Washington and Lafayette. Guests will enjoy 18th century dancing and live period music in the Hermitage Education and Conference Center.

North River Colonial Dancers provided 18th century dancing and instruction with 18th century live period ballroom music by Ridley & Anne Enslow.

TheHermitage MuseumCivil War Summer Encampment

Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28
1 - 4 pm

Admission was $7 per person; children 5 and under were admitted free.

The members of Company B, 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers, again pitched their tents early Saturday morning on June 27 to stage their summer encampment on the grounds of The Hermitage. The Civil War re-enactor group, based in Clifton, New Jersey, also hosts an encampment at The Hermitage each January.

Demonstrations of military rifles as well as mortar from the period were fired several times during the day. Visitors asked questions of the historical re-enactors to learn about soldiers' lives and the hardships they endured during the Civil War (including the difficulties during rainy weather!). Indoor displays of Civil War artifacts, as well as engaging hands-on activities for families with children were viewed in the museum's Education and Conference Center.

TheHermitageMuseum“Touch of England” Vintage British Automobile & Motorcycle Show

Saturday, June 13, 2015, 9 am–4 pm
Admission was $6 per adult; $4 children 6-12; children 5 and underweree admitted free.

British automobile and motorcycle enthusiasts were again had a special treat as the New Jersey Triumph Association once again hosted the “Touch of England” Vintage British Automobile & Motorcycle Show at the Hermitage Museum. The show featured classic Triumph, MG, Austin-Healey, Jaguar, Lotus, Morgan, tvr, Mini, Sunbeam, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and other British automobiles.

This event was a great day trip destination for families to walk the grounds of The Hermitage to view classic autos and talk to the owners.

Hot dogs, soda and water were also available for sale throughout the day.

19th Annual Gala

A benefit fund-raiser for The Hermitage Museum

The 19th Annual Friends of the Hermitage Gala took place on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 6 to 11 pm at The Ridgewood Country Club, 96 West Midland Avenue in Paramus. Guests enjoyed live music by Ian Gallagher, silent and live auctions, dinner, and dancing.

This year's Gala honored 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 were delighted to honor Peggy and Joe for their many years of dedicated volunteerism at The Hermitage and throughout our local communities.

The gala also celebrated Mary Elizabeth Rosencrantz' 130th birthday who dedicated the last decades of her life to preserve The Hermitage for future generations. The gala theme coincided 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 in the Henry Bischoff Galleries at The Hermitage Museum.

NW Bergen 5th Annual History Day: Getting Around in NWBergen

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 10 am to 4 pm

TOUR 10 NW Bergen Museums with one ticket. Tickets were $10 purchased in advance or $15 day of event. All proceeds benefited the 10 participating sites.
Special exhibits at each museum; antique cars were at some sites

The 10 participating museums were:
The Hermitage, Ho-Ho-Kus
Waldwick Signal Tower, Waldwick
Van Allen House, Oakland
The John Fell House, Allendale
The Old Stone House, Ramsey
The Zabriskie House, Wyckoff
The Schoolhouse Museum, Ridgewood
The Museum at the Station, Glen Rock
Hopper-Goetschius House Museum, Upper Saddle River
For information: 201-652-7354 or email info@ridgewoodhistoricalsociety.org

Girl Scout and Boy Scout Honored at Ceremony
Sunday, May 17 at 2 pm

Two scouts who created outdoor classrooms at The Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus were honored by the Friends of the Hermitage at a ceremony on May 17 at 2 p.m. on the grounds of the National Historic Landmark. Light refreshments were served.

Eric Dworkin of Allendale created a seating area from recycled slate for his Eagle Scout project and Rachel Vazquez of New Milford (pictured above), planted a children's sensory herb garden to earn her Gold Award from the Girl Scout Council of Northern New Jersey.

The slate patio overlooks a brick and stone wall that is all that remains of an 18th century horse barn on the property.  Dworkin also built two benches from tree stumps and cleared a truckload of concrete blocks from the site and recycled them. 
Vazquez dug a sunny area at the rear of The Hermitage and planted 10 herbs that were used for cleaning, dyeing, pest-control and cooking in the 19th century when the Rosencrantz family lived there. The garden is a figure-eight shape and visitors are encouraged to touch, smell and taste the herbs.

A video Vazquez made guiding two young girls though the garden is posted on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwhJbU2mpUI.  She also created a treasure map to help children identify the plants.

Dworkin's project was supervised by Bergen County master gardener Monica Buesser of Ridgewood. Kathleen Sullivan of Allendale, another master gardener, supervised the children's garden project.

The master gardeners, volunteers trained by Rutgers University, restored and maintain a Victorian herb garden on The Hermitage grounds as part of an ongoing effort to clean and beautify the five-acre site in keeping with its Victorian history.  Mary Elizabeth Rosencrantz envisioned the property as a park when she deeded it to New Jersey on her death in 1970.

For more information about the master gardener program, go to mgofbc.org.

Blues Night at The Hermitage

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 7:30 to 10:00 pm

The Hermitage Museum presented "Black Lace Blues" a five-piece band from Montclair/Bloomfield, NJ. Attendees enjoyed and evening of blues music and great food! The event was held in Jaqua Hall, 335 North Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus.

Admission was : $50 per person (FOH Members: $45) and included beer, wine and light fare.

TheHermitageMuseumThe Joy of Toys

Visitors to the Museum had the opportunity to view the special display of antique doll and toys in the Henry Bischoff Galleries. Pictured is just one of the three display cases where a variety of 19th and 20th century dolls and toys were on display. Items were on loan or part of the Hermitage collection and were on view through March 15, 2015.

Grant Workshop

Wednesday, February 18, 2015; 10:00 am to Noon
The Hermitage Museum, Jaqua Hall
The New Jersey Historical Commission offered a grant workshop to present guidelines for the FY 2016 round of New Jersey Cultural Trust grants for Institutional and Financial Stabilization for History and Humanities Organizations. The workshop attracted twenty-five attendees.

Please note that guidelines for this grant program were available at the Historical Commission's website nj.gov/state/historical. Guidelines for the Cultural Trust program were also available at the Cultural Trust website nj.gov/state/culturaltrust.

Civil War Winter Encampment

Saturday and Sunday, January 24 and 25, 2015 from 1– 4 pm

The members of Company B, 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers, again pitched their tents early Saturday morning on January 24 to stage their winter encampment on the grounds of The Hermitage. The Civil War re-enactor group, based in Clifton, New Jersey, also hosts an encampment at The Hermitage each June.

Demonstrations of military rifles as well as mortar from the period were fired several times during the day. Visitors were encouraged to ask questions of the historical re-enactors to learn about soldiers' lives and the hardships they endured during the Civil War. Indoor displays of Civil War artifacts, as well as engaging hands-on activities for families with children were also available in the museum's Education and Conference Center.

This year the Company also held a Candlelight Camp Tour on Saturday evening from 6 to 7 pm. A small crowd of about 25 visitors ventured out in the snowy and cold weather and were given camp passes for a glimpse of soldiers’ lives during evening camp at the time of the Civil War. Card playing, letter-writing to loved ones, music sessions, and medical scenarios were presented, in character, by the re-enactors. Admission to the encampment was $7 per person, regardless of age. Admission to the Candlelight Tour was $5. Museum members and children under 6 were admitted free. Admission also included guided tours of the inside of The Hermitage historic house museum.

Admission for daytime activities can be paid at the door. Reservations for the evening camp tour can be made by calling the museum office at 201.445.8311, x 101, or pay at the door.

Antiques and Estate Auction at The Hermitage

Sunday, December 14, 1 to 4 pm | Preview at noon

Granny’s Attic Antiques of Ho-Ho-Kus conducted a public auction of antiques and a variety of items from tri-state area estates on Sunday, December 14 from 1 to 5 pm, with a preview at noon.  The auction was held at The Hermitage Museum Education and Conference Center, 335 North Franklin Turnpike.

Among the many items were art, décor, mid to late 18th century cut glass, vases, cobalt, pressed glass, decanters, an 1880s Tantalus carry style decanter , dressing screens, china, silver, and pottery. Furniture items included dressers, sideboards, desks, side tables, and a signed Stickley drop-leaf table. A variety of clocks, pitchers and bowls, scales, bowls, crocks, mirrors, lamps, porcelains, figurines, oil paintings, a 1930s chess set, Lladros and Hummels were also auctioned. Victorian, Persian and other estate rugs and throws were also on the auction block.

For more information, contact Maury Lubmann at Granny’s Attic Antiques, 201-632-0102, or visit: www.grannysatticnj.com.

Candlelight & Champagne Evening

Friday, December 12 from 7 to 9:30 pm, Tickets: $75 each | $85 at the door

The Friends of the Hermitage hosted the annual Champagne and Candlelight evening on Friday, December 12. The evening began inside the historic Hermitage house museum with a champagne toast from 7 to 7:45 pm. Guests enjoyed live music by Bill Thoman Jazz Trio, wine, hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction in Jaqua Hall from 7:30 to 9:30 pm.

Tickets for this rare opportunity to enjoy the museum during the evening were available by advance reservation. Proceeds from this event benefitted children's educational programs at The Hermitage.

A Magical Afternoon at The Hermitage

Sunday, December 7 -- Noon to 5 pm
Tickets: $7 per adult | $3 kids 6 years of age and up | 5 and under FREE
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Guided House Tours
This year's holiday theme, "A Victorian Child's Christmas" captured the magical time of year when children dream of sugar plums, reindeer on the roof, and long winter naps. Each room visually followed the story of Clement Clark Moore's 1837 poem, "Twas the Night Before Christmas". Dolls, toys, and trains brought the Victorian era to life for children and adults of all ages. Several "candle-lit" evergreen trees completed the decor.

Movies
Also on this magical afternoon, two enchanting holiday movies were playing in Jaqua Hall "Theatre". "The Muppets Christmas Carol" and "The Polar Express" Refreshments, cookies and free popcorn were available for all movie-goers. Proceeds benenfit children's educational programs at The Hermitage.

Classic Creations Boutiques

35th Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Boutique at The Hermitage Museum began on Saturday, October 25 and ran through Sunday, November 30. Hours were 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays until 8 pm. A special preview night was held on Friday, October 24 from 5 to 9 pm. Admission to the preview was $15 per person (and entitling the original purchaser to two additional visits). The Boutique was closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thanksgiving Day. Tickets were $8.00 and includes 3 visits. Children under 12 years of age are admitted free. Admission proceeds benefit Hermitage Museum Education programs. Thanks to everyone who visited the show!

Ghostly Events at The Hermitage with Craig McManus

A GHOSTLY EVENING AT THE HERMITAGE
Tickets were $40 per person. Limited to 18 people per tour.
Tuesday, October 28 at 7 pm and 9 pm
Wednesday, October 29 at 7 pm
Thursday, October 30 at 7 pm

MIDNIGHT AT THE HERMITAGE
Tickets were $50 per person. Limited to 18 people per tour.
Wednesday, October 29 at 11 pm
Thursday, OCtober 30 at 11 pm

Visitors joined the Friends of the Hermitage for a spine-tingling tour of the historic Hermitage with one of the tri-state area's best-known psychic mediums, Craig McManus. Author of five books on ghosts and hauntings, Craig took small groups through the Hermitage and explained the step-by-step process of modern-day ghost hunting as experienced from the perspective of a psychic medium.

During the tour, Craig let visitors know if he sensed anything (or anyone) in the 254 year-old house and attempted to communicate with those spirits.

The Midnight Tour took attendees on a room by room tour with Craig as he shared any paranormal presences he sensed. At the stroke of midnight, Craig guided attendees to the front parlor - where many family gatherings, afternoon teas, and funerals took place. Craig then attempted to communicate with the spirits he felt still linger in the historic house.

Light refreshments followed each tour.
Fifty per cent of the ticket sales benefit children's educational programs at The Hermitage Museum.

The Hermitage Gets Gamey with Reebel Wellness

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Two sessions: 1 to 2:30 and 2:30 to 4 pm

On your mark...get set...Games! The Hermitage Museum’s Education Center partnered with Reebel Wellness, 160 Hopper Ave. in Waldwick for a one-day event on October 25th at their studio. Families enjoyed a day of fun and games from the past mixed together with modern day activities, including pumpkin decorating on the front lawn. Two sessions were scheduled from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m. 

Cost was $7 per person 13 and up; $3 children 12 and under.
AARP members were $5 per person. Refreshments will also be available. 
Fifty percent of the proceeds benefited children’s educational programs at The Hermitage.

“There is no age limit when it comes to being fit, sharp and stress-free,” said Reebel Wellness director Reena Chawla. “Families will participate hands-on in entertaining “brain games” that will get both the body and brain moving.” Trivia games from the past, music-filled mindbenders and brief meditations for kids and families will be the highlight of the program. A limited selection of pumpkins will be available for picking.”

About Reebel Wellness: Formerly The Brain Studio, this social enterprise has been a pioneer in designing and delivering brain training programs in Bergen and Rockland counties since 2005. Its mission is ‘making the world a healthier place, one brain at a time’. From pre-schoolers to nursing home residents, a wide variety of workshops have benefitted a diverse group of participants. Over the years, more than 2,500 people have participated and benefitted from their programs. Reebel’s founder Reena Chawla - herself a brain injury survivor - is personally committed to spreading the message and benefits of brain fitness. From its humble beginnings of offering workshops at client sites, Chawla opened the doors of her studio in April 2014.

TheHermitageMuseumDr. Henry C. Bischoff Visitors Center and Galleries Dedication

Sunday, October 5, 2014
2 to 3 pm

The Friends of the Hermitage dedicated The Hermitage Visitors Center and Galleries in honor of Dr. Henry C. Bischoff (1928-2014).

A celebration of his life and legacy took place at The Hermitage Education and Conference Center. Dr. Henry Bischoff, beloved Hermitage historian from 1996 to 2014, penned "Victorian Gothic" and "A Revolutionary Relationship", must-reads today for Hermitage docents, educators, and history enthusiasts. He pioneered Hermitage roundtable discussions and lectured regularly, bringing audiences multi-dimensional insight to The Hermitage and those who lived there.

GermanFest Vintage Auto Show

Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm.
"A Celebration of German Automotive Engineering"

The Friends of the Hermitage introduced a GermanFest Vintage Auto Show on the grounds of The Hermitage Museum where area automobile enthusiasts viewed a variety of vintage German-engineered autos including BMW, Mercedes Benz and Porsche. Also featured were "The Vintage Cars of Ho-Ho-Kus" provided by town residents. German food and refreshments were also available for sale and German music and live accordion music was played throughout the day. Admission is $10 per adult and free for children 12 and under. This event supports Hermitage Educational programs for children and adults. Food provided by Take Away Gourmet/Sterling Affair Catering.

Flagpole Dedication & Ceremony

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 1 to 2 pm

The Hermitage Museum was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1970. The historic house, surrounded by five acres of land, is also a New Jersey State Park. Luke Edwards, Boy Scout Troop 54, Ho-Ho-Kus, installed the museum's first flagpole in July as his Eagle Scout project. He and members of his troop rasied the flag on September 7.

Troop 54, The Friends of the Hermitage, and museum staff celebrated this long-awaited dedication. Light refreshments were served.

A special thank you to Knights of Columbus St. Gabriel's Council #11889 of Saddle River and Barbara Eaton of Ridgewood, for their kind donations toward the purchase of the flagpole.

Footprints: 350 Years at The Hermitage

New Jersey's 350th anniversary was celebrated through an exhibition at The Hermitage, “Footprints, 350 Years at The Hermitage” which ran from February 1 through September 15, 2014. The exhibition explored the people who lived at the now historic house and also those who and visited the site, including General George Washington. 

A Midsummer Night's Masked Ball

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 7:00 PM

The Friends of the Hermitage presented "A Midsummer Night's Masked Ball" - in honor of His Excellency, George Washington. Guests enjoyed 18th century dancing and live period music in the Hermitage Education and Conference Center.

North River Colonial Dancers provided 18th century dancing and instruction with 18th century live period ballroom music by Ridley & Anne Enslow.

$25 per person; $20 per person for those in 18th century costume.
Light refreshments were served.

Civil War Summer Encampment

Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22, 2014 1– 4 pm

The members of Company B, 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers, again pitched their tents early Saturday morning on June 21 to stage their summer encampment on the grounds of The Hermitage. The Civil War re-enactor group, based in Clifton, New Jersey, also hosts an encampment at The Hermitage each January.

Demonstrations of military rifles as well as mortar from the period were fired several times during the day. Visitors were encouraged to ask questions of the historical re-enactors to learn about soldiers' lives and the hardships they endured during the Civil War. Indoor displays of Civil War artifacts, as well as engaging hands-on activities for families with children were available in the museum's Education and Conference Center.

Touch of England Vintage British Automobile and Motorcycle Show

Saturday, June 7, 2014

British automobile and motorcycle enthusiasts rolled into the Hermitage grounds as the New Jersey Triumph Association once again hosted the “Touch of England” Vintage British Automobile & Motorcycle Show at the Hermitage Museum. The show featured classic Triumph, MG, Austin-Healey, Jaguar, Lotus, Morgan, tvr, Mini, Sunbeam, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and other British automobiles.

"The weather was perfect," commented FOH Board President Richard Brahs. "Vintage car enthusiasts and historic house admirerers made for a successful conbination for the Hermitage and the Triumph Association."

Admission was $6 per adult, $4 for children 6-12, and free for children under the age of 6.
Refreshments were also be available. The Hermitage Museum was open for tours where nearly 200 visitors walked through the historic home and listened as docents told about the lives of both the families who lived there.
Proceeds benefit children's educational programs at The Hermitage.

18th Annual Hermitage Gala

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 6 PM
Ridgewood Country Club, Paramus, NJ

The 18th Annual Hermitage Gala - our primary fund-raising event of the year - took place at The Ridgewood Country Club, Paramus, NJ. The Friends of the Hermitage presenedt this year's Humanitarian Award to author Harlan Coben. A resident of Ridgewood, Mr. Coben is the first mystery writer to receive three prestigious honors: the Edgar Award, A Shamus Award, and an Anthony Award. His books all rank on the New York Times Best Seller List, including his just-released novel, Missing You.

The evenings also celebrated two other honorees for their volunteer activities on behalf of The Hermitage. Patricia Ricci and Jennifer Edelson who eachreceived the Volunteer of the Year Award.

Guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, dancing a silent auction, and live music by Ian Gallagher.

4th Annual History Day
Celebrating New Jersey's 350th Anniversary
Liberty | Diversity | Innovation

Saturday, April 26, 2014
11 AM to 4 PM

Sponsored byNorthwest Bergen History Coalition
Tour nine NW Bergen museums with one ticket!
The Hermitage Museum,
Ho-Ho-Kus
The John Fell House,
Allendale
Mahwah Museum,
Mahwah
Van Allen House,
Oakland
The Schoolhouse Museum,
Ridgewood
Hopper-Goetschius House,
Upper Saddle River
The Old Stone House,
Ramsey
The Zabriskie House,
Wyckoff
The Museum at the Station,
Glen Rock

Tickets were $10 in advance and $15 day of event.
Children 12 and under were FREE and received a special fun ticket.
Children also participated in an activity at each museum.
All proceeds benefit the 9 historic sites.

 

Civil War Weekend with the 2nd Rhode Island

Saturday and Sunday, January 18 and 19, 2014, 1–4 pm

The members of Company B, 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers, again braved the cold and early Saturday morning snow to stage their winter encampment on the grounds of The Hermitage. The Civil War re-enactor group, based in Clifton, New Jersey, also hosts an encampment at The Hermitage each spring.

The unit set up the outdoor Winter Encampment in the presence of snow. In fact, the re-enactors hoped for snow and pitched their tents as a few inches fell Saturday morning, adding to the realism of their living history portrayal of the hardships encountered by soldiers in the Civil War. In addition, there were indoor displays of Civil War artifacts, as well as engaging hands-on activities for families with children to learn more about this important era in American history.

It was a great weekend destination for the children and adults. We experienced nearly a fifty percent increase in visitors on both days compared to our previous Civil War events.

Champagne & Candlelight

December 13, 2013 6-9 PM A benefit for The Hermitage Museum

The Friends of the Hermitage hosted their annual Champagne & Candlelight evening at The Hermitage Museum to welcome the holiday season.

Tickets were $60 per person ($70 after December 6). Proceeds from this fundraiser benefited children's educational programs at The Hermitage.

The program for the evening included:

6:30 to 7:30 pm - The choir of St. Luke's Church of Ho-Ho-Kus welcomed attendees by singing carols on the porch of The Hermitage.

6:30 to 8:00 pm - Champagne toast inside the historic home with decorations by the museum's curatorial committee.

7:00 to 9 pm - Reception in Jaqua Hall (Education Center) for wine, punch, and hors d'ouevres was catered by Take Away Gourmet of Waldwick. Live music by Bill Thoman Jazz Trio, with display of original Rosencrantz family Christmas ornaments, and a silent auction rounded out the evening.

The holiday decor in the Hermitage can be viewed during guided tours through January 31, 2014..

Special Holiday Tours

Sunday, December 8 and Saturday, December 14, 2013, 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 PM

A benefit for The Hermitage Museum

Two special tours were scheduled at The Hermitage Museum on December 8 and 14 for visitors to view the holiday décor and items from the Rosencrantz and Hermitage collections. The December 14 tour was canceled due to snow. The December 8 tour took place at The Hermitage Museum, 335 North Franklin Tpke., Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ.

To view video: http://youtu.be/y5Uc8NgvJGQ


The tour, entitled “Song & Verse: Christmas with the Rosencrantzes” named for the three generations who lived in the Gothic Revival home from 1847 until 1970, began in the Education Center’s Orientation Room where original Rosencrantz family ornaments were on display along with an early 20th century red silk dress. Carolers from the Ho-Ho-Kus public school greeted visitors at the front door of the Hermitage where docents began the tour. Mannequins dressed in period costumes dating from 1880 through 1900, Victorian-era Christmas cards, sheet music and ornaments from the Hermitage collections as well as decorated trees, wreaths, and mantles were also on display. The special historic house tour included two parlors, a dining room and three bedrooms, all decorated by the Hermitage Curatorial Committee. Visitors received a postcard of one of the decorated rooms as a souvenir.

Admissions was $7 per person. The holiday décor can be viewed through regular guided tours through January 31, 2014.

Classic Creations Boutiques

Thank you to everyone who came out to shop and support The Hermitage Museum! We were always busy and happy to see so many repeat visitors. The Holiday Boutiques was open October 25 through December 1, 2013. Hours were 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays until 8 pm. The Boutique was closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thanksgiving Day. Tickets were $8.00 and included 3 visits. Children under 12 years of age were admitted free. Admission proceeds benefit Hermitage Museum Education programs.

 

Collecting Christmas: Vintage Ornaments, Lights and Decorations

with Craig McManus - November 13, 2013 from 7 to 9:30 PM

The Hermitage presented a lecture on vintage and antique Christmas ornaments with guest speaker Craig McManus. Craig is an expert in the field of antique Christmas ornaments, lights and decorations.

Craig gave a 60-minute lecture featuring a slide presentation of parts of his collection and the collections of Golden Glow of Christmas Past members of which Craig is currently Chairman. The focus was on ornaments made before 1966. Craig discussed different categories of collecting, the value of some items and the proper way to store your Christmas treasures. Following the lecture, Craig invited members of the audience to bring one of their favorite Christmas collectables (pre-1966) to "show and tell". Craig did his best to identify the item for the group. This was a fun and entertaining evening and the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit!

A lifelong resident of Bergen County and long-time holiday collector. His collection has been featured on the cover of Martha Stewart Living, New Jersey Life, (201) Magazine and last December's Christmas issue of Early American Life.

Classic Creations Boutiques

Special Preview Night - Friday, October 25, 2013 from 5 to 9 pm

Our exclusive Classic Creations Preview Night offered attendees a first look at this year’s unique crafts. Artisans from all over the country prepared for this show all year to present their 2013 season offerings.

The Holiday Boutique officially opened on Saturday, October 26 and runs through Sunday, December 1. Admission proceeds benefit Hermitage Museum Education programs.

Two Ghostly Evenings at the Hermitage

with Craig McManus
October 29 and 30, 2013 at 7 PM & 9 PM

For the first time in many years, the Hermitage opened its doors for a truly paranormal event. It was the perfect setting to spend an evening on Halloween week! Author and medium Craig McManus presented a hauntingly entertaining evening at the historic Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus.

The author of five books on ghosts and hauntings, Craig took small groups through the Hermitage as he explained the step-by-step process of modern-day ghost hunting as experienced from the perspective of a psychic medium.

During the tour, Craig shared if he sensed anything in the old house and attempted to communicate with spirits of the house. For many years there have been reports of ghostly inhabitants at the Hermitage.

Special Exhibition: "The Human Spirit: The Evolution of Medicine and Medical Care, 1807-Present"

Through September 30, 2013

The Hermitage Museum presented a new exhibition, from April through September 2013, that explored the commitment to  medical care in Bergen County from 1807 to today. The museum developed the exhibition, “The Human Spirit: The Evolution of the Practice of Medicine and Medical Care, 1807–Present,” in collaboration with several local health organizations, including BD, Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, Hackensack University Medical Center, the Henry P. Becton School of Nursing at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Valley Health System. Admission to “The Human Spirit: The Evolution of the Practice of Medicine and Medical Care, 1807–Present,” was free. The exhibition was open during the museum’s regular hours of operation, Wednesdays-Sundays, 1–4 pm. To learn more about "The Human Spirit," download a brochure here. 

PJs Promotions Annual Outdoor Craft Show

Saturday, August 17, 2013
10 am to 5 pm

The Outdoor Craft show once again returned to the picturesque Hermitage grounds on Saturday, August 17, 2013. The Friends of the Hermitage hosted this annual show, which was organized and produced by P.J.’s Promotions.

More than seventy exhibitors set up on the tree-shaded front lawn with a variety of hand-crafted items, art and a great selection of fine photography. Just some of the items were stained glass; hand-thrown pottery; apparel and hair accessories; pet and garden items; hand-crafted silver, bead, stone, and crystal jewelry; turned wood; vintage linens; soft sculpture; decoupage, handmade soap and candles; and much more.

Admission to the Annual Outdoor Craft Show was $4 per person. Children under 12 were admitted free. The admission benefits educational programs for children and adults at the Hermitage Museum, a nonprofit educational institution.

The show was held rain or shine. The gates opened to the public at 10 am. The Friends of the Hermitage also sold refreshments at the event.

Indoor Health Fair

Saturday, August 17, 2013, 10 am to 5 pm

Valley Health System and Hackensack UMC joined for a one-day Health Fair at The Hermitage Education and Conference Center. Visitors met and spoke to staff from Valley Hospital Centers for Sleep Medicine and Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery, the Spirit of Women Program, and Community Health Department. Hackensack UMC provided blood pressure screening, information on diabetes and sun safety education, including DermaScan screening which reveal facial sun damage. Admission was $4. which included entry to both the Outdoor Craft Fair and Indoor Health Fair. Hours were 10 am to 5 pm. Guided tours of The Hermitage were $3.

Play Day: A Summer Program for Children

Sunday, July 28, 2013, 1–5 pm

Children’s Play Day was designed to provide young museum visitors with opportunities to socialize with other children while having fun and learning about children from the past. Play Day took place both inside the museum's Education Center and on the park's five acres of grounds. This low-tech, hands-on event featured a variety of old- fashioned indoor and outdoor games and pastimes, including rounders (an early form of baseball), croquet, badminton, hopscotch, marbles, jump rope, chess, checkers, jacks, sack races, and spoon races. Arts and crafts activities was also be available, with creations that children took home, along with sing-alongs and scavenger hunts.

Games and activities were supervised by the museum’s education staff, who are experienced with bringing the past to life for museum visitors, especially children. Admission to Children’s Play Day at The Hermitage was $3 for children age 12 and under and $7 per person age 13 and up. Admission included a guided tour of the historic Hermitage and entrance to the special exhibition The Human Spirit: The Evolution of the Practice of Medicine and Medical Care, 1800-Today.

Second Annual Revolutionary Social Day

Saturday, July 20, 2013, 1–4 pm

The second annual Revolutionary Social Day celebrated the acquisition of Theodosia's letter to George Washington and featured colonial dancing, musicians, and activities.

“Touch of England” Vintage British Automobile & Motorcycle Show

Sunday, June 9, 2013, 9 am–3 pm

British automobile and motorcycle enthusiasts had a special treat as the New Jersey Triumph Association once again hosted the “Touch of England” Vintage British Automobile & Motorcycle Show at the Hermitage Museum. The show featured classic Triumph, MG, Austin-Healey, Jaguar, Lotus, Morgan, tvr, Mini, Sunbeam, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and other British automobiles.

Annual Benefit Gala: A Masked Ball

Friday, June 14, 2013, 6 pm

At this year's Hermitage Gala: A Masked Ball. Rohsler's Allendale Nursery & Florist received the Hermitage Humanitarian Award to a Local Business, and Catherine and Herbert Cooke received the  Outstanding Volunteer Award. The ball, which will be held at the Woodcliff Lake Hilton, features dinner, dancing, and an outstanding Silent Auction—all benefiting the Hermitage Museum. To view Gala photos, click here and then "View and Order".

Civil War Weekend with the 2nd Rhode Island

Saturday and Sunday,
June 15–16, 2013, 1–4
pm

The members of Company B, 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers, staged their annual Civil War encampment on the grounds of the Hermitage National Historic Landmark on the weekend of June 15–16, 2013. Special activities for  children were featured at the museum's Education Center.

Ringing in Spring at The Hermitage
When Spring arrived in 2013, and The Hermitage was decorated for the season. In addition to enjoying the exterior gardens as they began to bloom, visitors to the National Historic Landmark viewed the displays to learn about springtime hobbies of the Victorian era. The women who lived at The Hermitage enjoyed gardening and brought magnolia and lilac blossoms from their gardens indoors as cut arrangements. In the late 1800s, Bess and Bessie (Tyler) Rosencrantz kept up The Hermitage and sewed and cooked for the family. They spent time outdoors gardening; collecting, labeling, and pressing wildflowers and ferns. Several of Bess's pressed flowers were displayed in the back parlor. Another annual activity for women of the Rosencrantz family was preparing their hats for the new season. In the bedrooms, visitors viewed a hat being trimmed with springtime flowers and ribbons; other hats were also on display, including children's straw hats. In the dining room, the table was set with Limoges china with a centerpiece of lilacs and hydrangeas.

Homespun History: Annual History Day

May 18, 2013, 10 am–4 pm

The third annual History Tour presented by the Northwest Bergen History Coalition featured special exhibits of quilts, coverlets, samplers, and other handmade items from the participating sites' collections.

Tickets were $10 per person (children 12 and under were free); all proceeds benefit the eight sites: The Hermitage, Ho-Ho-Kus; John Fell House, Allendale; Mahwah Museum; Van Allen House, Oakland; Schoolhouse Museum, Ridgewood; Old Stone House, Ramsey; Zabriskie House, Wyckoff; Hopper-Goetschius House, Upper Saddle River. The sites could be visited in any sequence on May 18.

Special Exhibit: Valentines and Victorians

Month of February 2013

In 1847, Esther Howland of Worchester, Massachusetts, designed the first American handmade Valentine. Coincidently, the first U.S. postage stamp was issued on July 1, 1847—perfect timing to mail Valentine's Day cards!

Also in 1847, Elijah Rosencrantz hired the architect William Ranlett to renovate his 1760s farmhouse as a prestigious family home. Today, the romantic Gothic Revival-style Hermitage is a National Historic Landmark and a historic house museum that showcases the Victorian era of the mid-to-late nineteenth century. Rose-motif wallpaper gives a romantic feeling to the front parlor of The Hermitage, a room where the Rosencrantz family entertained during the nineteenth century. Hand-painted vases and vintage Valentines—and of course, red roses—adorn several of the rooms to celebrate Valentine's Day at The Hermitage. Valentines exchanged by members of the Rosencrantz family from the Hermitage Archives were also on display.

Civil War Winter Camp

Saturday-Sunday, January 26-27, 2013

The members of Company B, 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers, staged a special winter encampment on the grounds of The Hermitage on the weekend of January 26-27, 2013, during regular museum hours (1-4 p.m.). The Civil War re-enactor group, based in Clifton, New Jersey, also hosts an encampment at The Hermitage each spring.

The unit set up the outdoor Winter Encampment in the presence of snow. In fact, the re-enactors hoped for snow to add to the realism of their living history portrayal of the hardships encountered by soldiers in the Civil War. In addition, there were indoor displays of Civil War artifacts, as well as engaging hands-on activities for families with children to learn more about this important era in American history.

Entry to the Winter Encampment is $7, regardless of age. The cost of admission includes all Civil War programs, as well as access to the inside of The Hermitage. Museum members and children under 6 are admitted free. Hours were 1-4 p.m. both days

“Christmas Tea”: Holiday Decorations at The Hermitage

Closed Saturday, January 19, 2013

For the sixth year in a row, the Ho-Ho-Kus Garden Club decorated The Hermitage for the holiday season. This year’s theme was "Christmas Tea." The decorations also featured period costumes from the Hermitage Collection. The decorated house was open for viewing through the holiday season during regular museum hours (Wednesday through Sunday, 1-4 pm). Viewing of the decorations was included with regular admission to the museum: $7 for adults; $5 for seniors; and $4 for children age 6-12. Museum members and children under 5 are admitted free of charge. The decorations remained on display through Sunday, January 19, 2013. The Museum is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

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