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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.


Summer Kitchen Project

The Hermitage MuseumBlues 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

Our Mission
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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Roundtable Calendar
April 29, 2015
at 7:30 pm.
Carol and Dick Greene
Fred Wehran:
High Flying Pioneer
& Entrepreneur

Save the Date for
History Day
Sat., May 30

Artists' Showcase
Feb. 22 - April 27

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