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Civil War Weekend & Presidents Ball

Civil WarCivil War Summer Encampment

Saturday, July 23, 2016
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Admission: (includes guided tour of The Hermitage Museum)
• $7
• FREE for children 5 and under

The members of Company B, 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers, based in Clifton, New Jersey, regularly hosts re-enactments at The Hermitage.

Members of the unit will set up their outdoor living history encampment, complete with soldier tents and fire pits. There will be live firing demonstration of military rifles as well as a mortar firing from the period.

Museum visitors will be encouraged to interact with the historical re-enactors, ask questions and learn about military life during the Civil War. The museum’s Education Center will feature 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.

President's Ball“The Four Score and Seven Presidential Ball” American Civil War Period Ball—honoring Washington & Lincoln

Saturday, June 25, 2016
7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Admission: $25
Click here for tickets
, or call Leslie Naghshineh at 201-445-8311 X102, or email: You may also pay at the door.

The Hermitage Museum, in conjunction with the 2nd Rhode Island Company B Volunteers Civil War reenactment group and the North River Historical Dancers, a local historic dance troupe, is proud to present “The Four Score and Seven Presidential Ball" as part of its Civil War Encampment weekend. The Ball will honor Presidents Washington and Lincoln and will be held on site at Jaqua Hall.

Gotham GalsBe transported to another time or to your favorite historic film…. Dance with a Union soldier… Enjoy live period music by The Gotham Gals—Julia Hartman (violin), Norma Castle (flute and percussion) and Robin Russell (piano)—and engage in lively social dances straight out of a 19th Century ballroom. Your dance mistress for the evening will be NRHD troupe member Janice Wolk.
North River Historical DancersThe event is open to the public. All dances will be instructed—no experience necessary.  Come alone, or bring a friend—or two—or three! 
(There are no young children’s activities planned for this evening.) 

Attire is period/period-inspired from Colonial to Victorian, or modern festive. 

For more information about the 2nd Rhode Island Company B Volunteers, visit

For more information about North River Historical Dancers, visit our website: and our YouTube channel

For more information about the Gotham Gals, visit

The Hermitage Craft ShowPJ’s Promotions Annual Outdoor Craft Show

Saturday, August 13, 2016
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

• $4 adults
FREE for children 12 and under

Come and enjoy the more than 70 exhibitors that will set up on the tree-shaded lawn surrounding the historic Hermitage Museum.

Items include stained glass, hand-thrown pottery, apparel, garden and pet items, jewelry, vintage linens, and hand-made soaps and candles and much more.

The historic Hermitage will be open for complimentary tours.

Ongoing Exhibition: Saving Our Historic Stone Houses: The Legacy of Claire K. Tholl

This exhibition is in the 1888 Hermitage Summer Kitchen.
There has never been a greater champion to preserve our local history than Claire Tholl (1926-1995). Architectural historian, cartographer, researcher, writer, draftsman, illustrator, photographer, Claire employed her many skills and talents in her quest to uncover the stories of our oldest Dutch sandstone houses and other structures, to document them and ensure their survival for future generations.

For the Bergen County Historic Sites Advisory Board, on which she served, Claire was commissioned to survey, under a grant, all of the early stone houses remaining in the county. The project ran for nearly two years beginning in 1978.  Eventually, over 200 of the houses she surveyed and nominated were accepted on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and nearly as many were accepted on the National Register of Historic Places – the largest thematic nomination ever submitted.

Today, we have the gifts of the many maps she drew of towns in Bergen and Rockland County from a historical perspective, marking the location of early landmarks both extant and no longer standing. Most importantly, we have the countless houses and structures themselves – those she fought to have and succeeded in having recognized on a state and national level.

Saving Our Historic Stone Houses honors the monumental achievements of Claire K. Tholl in historic preservation while reminding all of us that the struggle continues. It is only through our concern and joined efforts that our historic landmarks can survive.

Saving Our Stone Houses features several of Tholl's detailed maps of Ho-Ho-Kus and surrounding towns in Bergen County. Also on display is a large map of Rockland County. The exhibition, curated by Phyllis Wickham also highlights several of Tholl's original illustrations, drawing tools, family photographs, as well as a three-dimensional replica of The Hermitage.

Thank you to our sponsors:
Michael and Kathy Orbe, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ

Blueline Architecture, Wyckoff, NJ

Jeffrey and Piper Pope
Mahwah, NJ

Regular exhibition hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm and weekends 1 to 4 pm.

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