For information about past events at The Hermitage Museum, contact Susan Deeks, Assistant Director, at (201) 445-8311, ext. 36, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
***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.
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.
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.
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.
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 are also on display.
The Hermitage will celebrate Valentine's Day from January 25 through February 28, 2013. The museum is open for guided tours Wednesdays through Sundays. Tours begin at 1:15, 2:15, and 3:15 pm. Please call ahead to be sure a volunteer docent is scheduled to conduct tours and to check for closings in case of inclement weather.
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
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.
Friday, December 14, 2012, 6-10 pm
The Friends of the Hermitage hosted a festive Champagne and Candlelight evening to welcome the holiday season and celebrate the Friends' 40th year of stewardship of the Hermitage Museum. The evening began with a champagne reception inside the historic Victorian home, decorated by the Ho-Ho-Kus Garden Club in the "Christmas Tea" theme. After viewing the decorations in The Hermitage, guests walked to Jaqua Hall to enjoy the melodic guitar of musician Jim Campanella, with wine and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets for this rare opportunity to see the museum sparkle during the evening were available by advance reservation with the Museum Office ($60 per person). Proceeds benefit the museum's education programs for children.
October 27-December 2, 2012
Welcome in the 2012 holiday season with the 33rd annual Classic Creations Holiday Boutique at the Hermitage Museum, which opens on Saturday, October 27, and runs through Sunday, December 2. The Boutique is open seven days a week inside the Hermitage Education & Conference Center, and is closed only on Thanksgiving Day. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Thursdays, when the Boutique is open until 8 p.m. Admission to the Boutique is $8 per person; children under age 12 are admitted free of charge. Ticket purchasers may return to shop at the Boutique two additional times with their original admission ticket. View a video clip by clicking here.
Saturday, September 29, 2012, 8 pm
This spine-tingling, wine-mingling fall fundraiser returns to The Hermitage for the second year. Craig McManus, who has more than 30 years of experience in the wine business and has written a number of popular books on New Jersey's "haunted history," will feature a new lineup of delicious red and white wines to taste while entertaining about some of his favorite haunts. Tickets are $60 per person and must be purchased in advance from the Hermitage Museum Office, 335 North Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, (201) 445-8311, x36. Seats are limited; a selection of bread and cheeses will be served, but we strongly suggested eating dinner before you come. Must be 21 to attend.
Exhibition: Victorian Gothic: The Rosencrantz Family at The Hermitage
Closed September 30, 2012
The inspiration behind this exhibit, guest-curated by Pamela Deitrich and Victoria Harty, is Dr. Henry Bischoff’s book Victorian Gothic: The Rosencrantz Family at The Hermitage, 1807–1970. Artifacts, costumes, and objects bring to life the story of the Rosencrantzes who lived at The Hermitage from its initial purchase by Elijah Rosencrantz in 1807 to its inception as a historic landmark by the State of New Jersey and its preservation by the Friends of the Hermitage. Victorian Gothic is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 1-4 pm, until September 30, 2012. Click here for a brief video tour of the exhibit, or here to download an exhibition brochure (PDF format).
Thursday, September 20, 2012
A Golf Outing to benefit the Hermitage Museum was held on Thursday, September 20, 2012, at the High Mountain Golf Club in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. We especially thank our title sponsor, Peter C. Marron Jr. of Marron Gildea Realtors, for supporting the outing, whose proceeds benefit the museum's educatoin programs.
We thank our additional sponsors:
- Atlantic Stewardship Bank
- Richard Brahs
- Virginia C. Bryan, in memory of Thomas Bryan
- Harry Edelson
- Healy Corporate Communications
- Ivy League Cleaners
- JT Wine & Spirits
- Mortgage Network Solutions
- Pascack Community Bank
- Prestige Lexus of Ramsey
- Joseph S. Suplicki
Outdoor Craft Fair
Saturday, August 18, 2012
The Outdoor Craft show will once again return to the picturesque Hermitage grounds at 355 North Franklin Turnpike in Hohokus on Saturday, August 18, 2012. The Friends of the Hermitage hosts this annual show, which is organized and produced by P.J.’s Promotions.
More than seventy exhibitors will set up on the tree-shaded front lawn of The Hermitage with a variety of hand-crafted items and art and a great selection of fine photography. Just some of the items to be seen are stained glass; hand-thrown pottery; apparel and hair accessories; florals; 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 is $4 per person. Admission to the Annual Outdoor Craft Show benefits educational programs for children and adults at the Hermitage Museum, a nonprofit educational institution.
The show will be held rain or shine. The gates will open to the public at 10 am. The Friends of the Hermitage will also sell refreshments at the event. For directions to The Hermitage, go to the P.J. Promotions website at www.pjspromotions.com.
Revolutionary Social Day
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Revolutionary Social Day celebrated the acquisition of Theodosia Prevost's invitation to George Washington on July 10, 1778, to spend time with his troops at the Hermitage. We will be celebrating with colonial dancing, musicians, and activities. Refreshments will be available. Click here for a video clip of this event.
Annual Rose Ball Gala
Friday, June 8, 2012
The 2012 Rose Ball celebrated the 40th anniversary of the founding of the
Friends of the Hermitage. The 2012 gala honored
Patricia and Michael Kraynak of Ridgewood with Hermitage Humanitarian Awards;
Jeffrey Steccato of Haviland Studio in Ho-Ho-Kus with the Humanitarian Award
to a Local Business; and Carol W. Greene with an Outstanding Volunteer Award.
Civil War Encampment
Saturday and Sunday,
June 2–3, 2012
The members of Company B, 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers, staged a Civil War
encampment on the grounds of the Hermitage National Historic Landmark on the weekend
of June 2–3, 2012. Special activities in which children participated
were also available at the
museum's Education Center.
“Touch of England”
Vintage British Automobile & Motorcycle Show
Saturday, June 9, 2012
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