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!

Operating as usual

We had a wonderful conclusion to our "Behind the Times" Summer programs! Cold lemonade, sing-alongs, and Herman Melville...
07/30/2021

We had a wonderful conclusion to our "Behind the Times" Summer programs! Cold lemonade, sing-alongs, and Herman Melville are all you need to have an unforgettable night at Mrs Kearney's Tavern. 🏡

Next in the Palisades
07/06/2021
Next in the Palisades

Next in the Palisades

Upcoming programs in the New Jersey Palisades + important information for park visitors!

Next in the Palisades
06/14/2021
Next in the Palisades

Next in the Palisades

Upcoming programs and events at the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey and other useful information for park visitors!

Even when the Kearney House is closed for the season, we keep ourselves busy learning about and presenting the history o...
03/25/2021

Even when the Kearney House is closed for the season, we keep ourselves busy learning about and presenting the history of the park! This winter we redid the three big interpretive signs at our main riverfront areas (like everything else, these signs don't last forever), and the park's Maintenance Department just installed the new ones this week!

If you know us, you know there's nothing we like more than sharing the history of this incredible place - but when we can't be there to do it in person, these signs are the next best thing!

We're excited to present a brand-new illustrated talk this afternoon for Tappan Library, via Zoom! It's free and open to...
03/24/2021

We're excited to present a brand-new illustrated talk this afternoon for Tappan Library, via Zoom! It's free and open to all - click here to sign up: https://taplib.evanced.info/signup/eventdetails?eventid=7457&lib=0&return=

Join us on Wednesday, March 24th at 2pm for Miss Bugbee and the Palisaders with Eric Nelson and Francesca Costa of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. It’s June 1920: Come “Palisading” at the brand-new Interstate Park! You’ll meet some of the thousands of park visitors and learn some of the tricks of the trade from the more experienced “Palisaders.” Based on an article and accompanying comic illustrations from the New-York Tribune, this illustrated talk will introduce you to the author of the piece, Emma Bugbee, a pioneering journalist and suffragist. Click here to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_p6XaZS5HSBShgStf3ghEiw

Here's something to warm up by on another snowy day: Mr. Thaddeus MacGregor, Mrs. Kearney's favorite "tavern musician," ...
02/18/2021
Thaddeus MacGregor in Concert - George Washington's Birthday Celebration 2021

Here's something to warm up by on another snowy day: Mr. Thaddeus MacGregor, Mrs. Kearney's favorite "tavern musician," performing at the Hasbrouck House, our sister site at Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh, New York!

Join us to hear balladeer Thaddeus MacGregor offer musical entertainment including fan-favorite, Limberjack Jim.

We were happy to see the release of this video, which we helped work on last fall!
02/03/2021
Women's Federation Monument

We were happy to see the release of this video, which we helped work on last fall!

A brief history and some context about the Women's Federation Monument in NJ's Palisades Interstate Park.This video was made possible through support from NJ...

A huge shoutout to our amazing volunteers Kyle and Zack (aka the Mighty Mitchells) for filling our woodshed for whatever...
12/13/2020

A huge shoutout to our amazing volunteers Kyle and Zack (aka the Mighty Mitchells) for filling our woodshed for whatever programs we do next year! Thanks, boys!

Like old times — almost! In the spirit of the season, guests enjoyed a night of "Tales of the Macabre" at the historic K...
11/01/2020

Like old times — almost! In the spirit of the season, guests enjoyed a night of "Tales of the Macabre" at the historic Kearney House. Photos by Donna Brennan.

New to the tavern room this season: Our homemade backgammon set. Stop by and play a round or two!
10/19/2020

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

The Kearney House's cover photo
10/19/2020

The Kearney House's cover photo

Doing some household chores outside the Kearney House on a blustery fall day. Though we can't open our doors to the publ...
10/19/2020

Doing some household chores outside the Kearney House on a blustery fall day. Though we can't open our doors to the public like in a normal year, visitors still enjoy learning a little history along the riverfront.

(We're at the house on weekend afternoons for the next few weeks, weather permitting.)

As we make our way into fall, the weather has been cool and perfect for seasoning our pots down by the Kearney House!  W...
10/02/2020

As we make our way into fall, the weather has been cool and perfect for seasoning our pots down by the Kearney House! We are proud of our antique cookware that looks like new. Rachel Kearney would approve :D

Like old times – almost!Though we've had to keep the historic Kearney House closed during the public health emergency, o...
05/30/2020

Like old times – almost!
Though we've had to keep the historic Kearney House closed during the public health emergency, our staff has been on hand on weekend afternoons to allow park visitors to take a peek into the windows and to ask questions about the history of the house and the Palisades - or to get some hiking advice. Last weekend we enjoyed a surprise visit from Mr. Thaddeus MacGregor, our "tavern musician," and one of his limberjacks!

We had so much fun with this last week, we're doing it again this afternoon, too (Sat., 11/16) - stop by the Kearney Hou...
11/16/2019

We had so much fun with this last week, we're doing it again this afternoon, too (Sat., 11/16) - stop by the Kearney House to warm up by the fire and have some hot cocoa with us!

The plan this afternoon (Sat.) is to make some hot cocoa at the Kearney House - stop by if you're out for a hike and have a cup with us as you warm up by the fireside!

The plan this afternoon (Sat.) is to make some hot cocoa at the Kearney House - stop by if you're out for a hike and hav...
11/09/2019

The plan this afternoon (Sat.) is to make some hot cocoa at the Kearney House - stop by if you're out for a hike and have a cup with us as you warm up by the fireside!

Some photos of our "Behind the Times" summer evening open-house events, courtesy of Robert Hepperle and Kitty Kitik.
08/03/2019

Some photos of our "Behind the Times" summer evening open-house events, courtesy of Robert Hepperle and Kitty Kitik.

Taking the tiny house movement to a whole new level, Fort Lee model-maker Pete Baillis brought us an incredible 1:24 min...
07/28/2019

Taking the tiny house movement to a whole new level, Fort Lee model-maker Pete Baillis brought us an incredible 1:24 miniature of the Kearney House to share. Seven months in the making, Pete’s model is accurate down to the upstairs door-knocker!

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 to th...
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 p...
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 was a...
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 season...
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 federally ...
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.

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Alpine Boat Basin In Palisades Interstate Park
Alpine, NJ
07620

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