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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.

Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25. We will re-open for tours on Wednesday, May 27 at 1 pm.


The Hermitage Museum19th 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

The Hermitage MuseumBecause of the success of Blues Night, our
fund-raiser for the summer kitchen restoration project, we are preparing to begin Phase II of this 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.


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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Roundtable Calendar
May 27, 2015
at 7:30 pm.
Ree Hopper presents:
Bergen County Diaries and the Women Who Wrote Them

Save the Date for
History Day
Sat., May 30

Civil War Summer Encampment
Sat., June 27 and
Sun. June 28
1 to 4 pm

"A Real American Girl"

April 26 to Sept. 13, 2015

Artists' Showcase
May 1 - July 13
Artists' Reception
Sun., May 31; 2-4 pm

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