The Kearney House

The Kearney House The Kearney House is a living history museum in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey.

We bring a 19th-century family-run Hudson River tavern back to life, a place where the crews of sloops and the local folks gather to swap tales and jokes, eat and drink, maybe sing a song or two. We are open to tour weekend and holiday afternoons, 12-5, from May through October (admission is free), and we host special evening events as well, such as our classic "Punch & Pie" nights. Our little staff also leads guided "history hikes" in the park and other activities throughout the year. Stop by the tavern for a visit!

Our 2018 holiday card from the Kearney House.
12/27/2018

Our 2018 holiday card from the Kearney House.

A spring tide brings the river closer to the Kearney House for a few hours. (The term “spring tide” does not refer t...
11/26/2018

A spring tide brings the river closer to the Kearney House for a few hours. (The term “spring tide” does not refer to the time of year — some of the most dramatic spring tides, like this one, happen in autumn — but instead to the unusually high tides that occur a day or two after any full or new moon. Within an hour of when these photos were taken, the water had again receded to almost “normal” high tide levels, and the Kearney House once more had a picnic lawn in front of it — just in time for our “Thanksgiving Time” program at the historic house…)

Photos: Eric Nelsen.

We've been very happy to welcome Zack & Kyle as volunteer docents this summer! Stop by this holiday weekend and let the ...
09/01/2018

We've been very happy to welcome Zack & Kyle as volunteer docents this summer! Stop by this holiday weekend and let the boys give you a tour of the house and grounds!

New to the tavern room this season: Our homemade backgammon set. Stop by and play a round or two!
09/01/2018

New to the tavern room this season: Our homemade backgammon set. Stop by and play a round or two!

Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey
08/14/2018

Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey

Enjoying some unexpected sunshine for our "Rachel's Rangers" hike for children (and grown ups … and dogs) this morning, at the waterfall on Dyckman Hill.

A big thank you to the members of the Englewood Garden Club who braved the heat yesterday to donate time, talent — and...
06/19/2018

A big thank you to the members of the Englewood Garden Club who braved the heat yesterday to donate time, talent — and plants! — to help set up a kitchen herb garden!

We were saddened to learn of the passing of our friend Gerry Blackstone from “across the street” in Yonkers. Gerry w...
06/13/2018

We were saddened to learn of the passing of our friend Gerry Blackstone from “across the street” in Yonkers. Gerry was a true original, and we’ll miss having him drop in on us from off the river. He was seventy-nine years young. Photo by Anthony Taranto.

Thank you to everyone who came down to the river for our spring "Eventide" programs — and who helped get our 2018 seas...
04/29/2018

Thank you to everyone who came down to the river for our spring "Eventide" programs — and who helped get our 2018 season off to such a great start!
Photo by Elio Mena.

The Kearney House's cover photo
04/16/2018

The Kearney House's cover photo

A camera catches some bird’s-eye views of the Kearney House from a drone that Chad Hill, an archaeologist and federall...
04/16/2018

A camera catches some bird’s-eye views of the Kearney House from a drone that Chad Hill, an archaeologist and federally licensed drone pilot, is using to help us make improved maps of the park — and, in the process, helping us to see the historic house in its proper context as a Hudson River homestead. Photos © 2018 by Austin “Chad” Hill.

Our 2017 holiday card from the Kearney House.
12/28/2017

Our 2017 holiday card from the Kearney House.

Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey
12/05/2017

Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey

Here are some more shots from our end-of-the-season “Thanksgiving Time” event at the historic Kearney House. These were sent to us by Anthony La Pira, who wrote, “I recently took my daughter Mallory to The Kearney House last Sunday. We both loved the event and we felt like we were in a time-machine as we became immersed in the world of candlelight, fireside stories/music, and the overall atmosphere. … It was educational and fun. The best of both worlds!” These shots show visitors playing “graces” (a ring-toss game), exploring the upstairs of the house, listening to music before the fireside – and of course our own Mr. MacGregor, feeling the Thanksgiving spirit...! Thank you, Anthony, for the shots and the lovely thoughts. We wish all our friends and visitors a happy holiday season and many happy, healthy, and safe adventures for the New Year! #timetravel #njpalisades #njhistory #hudsonvalley @ The Kearney House

Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey
11/28/2017

Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey

If you know who took our set of McGuffey Readers from our mantel at the Kearney House this Sunday... Could you ask them to return them? They were a gift from a friend, and we use them with children at the house. No questions asked, we'd just be really happy to get them back. Thank you!

The hearth at the Kearney House.  Photo by Anthony Taranto.
10/03/2017

The hearth at the Kearney House. Photo by Anthony Taranto.

Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey
08/27/2017

Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey

Enjoying a late summer afternoon at the Kearney House. The riverfront historic house is open most weekend afternoons through the end of October. #njpalisades #njhistory #checkers

Photo taken during our summer "Behind the Times" programs. Courtesy of Kitty Kitik & Robert Hepperle.
07/21/2017

Photo taken during our summer "Behind the Times" programs. Courtesy of Kitty Kitik & Robert Hepperle.

Photo taken during our summer "Behind the Times" programs. Courtesy of Kitty Kitik & Robert Hepperle.
07/21/2017

Photo taken during our summer "Behind the Times" programs. Courtesy of Kitty Kitik & Robert Hepperle.

"Behind the Times" at Mrs. Kearney's tavern. Photo by Anthony Taranto.
06/30/2017

"Behind the Times" at Mrs. Kearney's tavern. Photo by Anthony Taranto.

The Kearney House
06/30/2017

The Kearney House

"Behind the Times" at Mrs. Kearney's tavern. Photo by Anthony Taranto.
06/30/2017

"Behind the Times" at Mrs. Kearney's tavern. Photo by Anthony Taranto.

This photo was recently donated to us by Barrie Collins, the widow of Stephen Collins, one of the first naturalists at G...
06/04/2017

This photo was recently donated to us by Barrie Collins, the widow of Stephen Collins, one of the first naturalists at Greenbrook. Collins got the photo from Arthur D. Chapman of Bogota, NJ in 1951. From Chapman's letter to Collins:

Dear Mr. Collins:--
I do not know whether or not the old Cornwallis Headquarters under the Alpine cliffs are under your jurisdiction, but I think you might like to have a picture of it as it looked some forty years ago [c. 1911].
I made it from a canoe with a Brownie camera, and the film, I regret to say, has begun to go a bit sour in the high lights. However, the photograph shows the shore-line as it was before it was prettied up, and the house when it was occupied by shad-fishermen. …

The Kearney House's cover photo
04/27/2017

The Kearney House's cover photo

A line of "tidewrack" – leaves and other waterborne debris – shows the high water mark from yesterday's Nor'easter. ...
01/25/2017

A line of "tidewrack" – leaves and other waterborne debris – shows the high water mark from yesterday's Nor'easter. (Happy to report that all is safe and dry inside the house. :) )

Checking on the house after the first snowfall of the season. Photo: Anthony Taranto.
01/10/2017

Checking on the house after the first snowfall of the season. Photo: Anthony Taranto.

Profile Pictures
01/10/2017

Profile Pictures

The first snowfall of the new year dusted the Kearney House. Photo by Anthony Taranto.
01/09/2017

The first snowfall of the new year dusted the Kearney House. Photo by Anthony Taranto.

Here's our holiday card for 2016. Wishing all our friends and visitors a healthy and happy New Year!
12/31/2016

Here's our holiday card for 2016. Wishing all our friends and visitors a healthy and happy New Year!

Here's a nice article about our "Thanksgiving Time" program this past weekend.
11/28/2016
Historic Alpine tavern takes patrons back in time

Here's a nice article about our "Thanksgiving Time" program this past weekend.

Bundled against a chill wind coming off the Hudson River, one by one they filed into The Kearney House for a post-Thanksgiving gathering.

Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey
11/17/2016

Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey

If you missed our fall "Punch & Pie" tavern nights at the Kearney House, fear not! There are still some spaces open for this great event with our friends at the Fort Lee Historical Society tomorrow night (Fri., Nov. 18). Give them a call at 201-693-2763 to reserve your space!

We still have a few more programs coming up this month – including our "Thanksgiving Time" open-house programs on Sat....
11/12/2016

We still have a few more programs coming up this month – including our "Thanksgiving Time" open-house programs on Sat. & Sun. afternoons, Nov. 26 & 27 – but the house is starting to get that buttoned-up-for-the-winter look to it…

Photo by Anthony Taranto.

Dedication of the Palisades Interstate Park, 27 Sept. 1909, in front of the "Old Cornwallis Headquarters" - today known ...
09/27/2016

Dedication of the Palisades Interstate Park, 27 Sept. 1909, in front of the "Old Cornwallis Headquarters" - today known as the Kearney House.

Dedication of the Palisades Interstate Park on 27 Sept. 1909.
09/27/2016

Dedication of the Palisades Interstate Park on 27 Sept. 1909.

Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey
08/29/2016
Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey

Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey

This week's email blast, including important information if you're coming to the park for Labor Day weekend...

The Kearney House's cover photo
08/22/2016

The Kearney House's cover photo

At "Punch & Pie at Mrs. Kearney's tavern" – photo courtesy of Dennis Cernosia.
08/22/2016

At "Punch & Pie at Mrs. Kearney's tavern" – photo courtesy of Dennis Cernosia.

Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey
07/21/2016
Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey

Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey

Come down to the river for some cool evening breezes at our last official evening "tavern" event until the fall! Stop by the Kearney House at Alpine Boat Basin any time from 7 to 9 tonight (Thurs., July 21) for some tunes with Mr. MacGregor, some watermelon and lemonade, some games, and a little story telling and reading aloud. All free, open to all!

The Kearney House's cover photo
07/04/2016

The Kearney House's cover photo

Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey
06/30/2016
Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey

Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey

It looks like it will be a beautiful evening along the Hudson tonight – hope you can take a trip back in time with us!

The Kearney House has been featured on the History Author Show! Give it a listen... :)
04/18/2016
Eric Nelsen - The Kearney House | History Author Show

The Kearney House has been featured on the History Author Show! Give it a listen... :)

April 18, 2016 - Today, we're traveling back in time by rappelling down the steep face of New Jersey's Palisades Cliffs, and down to the Alpine Boat Basin,

Come down to river and party like it's 1849!There are still spaces open for our first "Punch & Pie" tavern night for 201...
04/17/2016
Upcoming “Tavern” Programs at the Kearney House | Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey

Come down to river and party like it's 1849!

There are still spaces open for our first "Punch & Pie" tavern night for 2016, next Saturday evening, April 23 – but don't wait too long to book, these programs tend to fill up all of a sudden...!

(Follow the link for more information and to reserve with PayPal – just $16 if you buy your ticket in advance!)

Upcoming “tavern” events at the historic Kearney House in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey.

We're happy to announce our spring tavern nights have been scheduled, Sat. evenings, April 23 & 30.NEW this year: you ca...
02/26/2016

We're happy to announce our spring tavern nights have been scheduled, Sat. evenings, April 23 & 30.

NEW this year: you can reserve your spaces through PayPal (and save a few bucks by reserving in advance)! For details: http://www.njpalisades.org/tavern

02/22/2016
Bkhouse1 by chad - 3D model

Take a look at this rough draft of a 3-D model of the Kearney House that Chad Hill was able to create from his drone flight last week. We hope to enlist his help in building a more complete model in the future, but for now all we can say is, Wow!

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Here's a wider-angle shot from the drone flight. What we love about this photo is how it places the house in its context...
02/22/2016

Here's a wider-angle shot from the drone flight. What we love about this photo is how it places the house in its context as part of the Palisades riverfront – something that's easy to lose sight of when the house is viewed from ground level (especially since the shoreline was pushed out further into the river by fill and construction of the boat basin around a hundred years ago).

Photo © 2016 by Austin “Chad” Hill.

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