The Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage Museum The Hermitage is a National Historic Landmark and historic house museum celebrating over 250 years of local and national history. Since 1972, The Friends of The Hermitage - a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation - has been preserving The Hermitage, its stories, and its collections as a regional educational resource for adults and children.
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Through historical educational programs, talks, lectures, exhibitions, children's programming, and re-enactments. we engage and encourage people of all ages and backgrounds in the exploration and understanding of their past. We also celebrate the particular importance of The Hermitage, the part it has played throughout our country's birth, the industrial revolution and the evolving history of Bergen County.

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.

Temporarily closed

08/18/2020

It’s black walnut season at The Hermitage. The delicious green nuts are the size of golf balls and new enough to cut into quarters. Our volunteers bake them into sweets and even make a black walnut liqueur called noncino. Noncino takes about a year to brew. It’s delicious as an aperitif or over vanilla ice cream. There are many recipes online. Here’s one that we used. Link here.
There are four mature black walnut trees at The Hermitage, two dating to 1879. They’ve witnessed a lot of history.
🌳30 quarter pieces (about 8 walnuts) of green English walnuts, early enough in the season so that they are easily cut with a knife
🌳2 cinnamon sticks
🌳5 whole cloves
🌳1-inch piece of vanilla bean
🌳Zest of one lemon, cut into strips using a vegetable peeler
🌳2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
🌳1 liter vodka
Once you have your green walnuts, you’ll want to take care with them as you work with them for this (or any) recipe. Walnuts STAIN like a sharpie permanent marker.

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“Hooper drives the boat, Chief.”Happy @sharkweek Tag us in your visit photos, we have a shark proof boat!Our grounds are...
08/12/2020

“Hooper drives the boat, Chief.”
Happy @sharkweek
Tag us in your visit photos, we have a shark proof boat!
Our grounds are open but our museum doors are closed as a part of COVID-19 protocol. We welcome visitors to the grounds and remind everyone to observe social distancing protocols. We miss you too!
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Be well and see you soon!
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The hurricane took out our beloved 1771 sugar maple.  Known by teachers and volunteers at The Hermitage as the George Wa...
08/11/2020

The hurricane took out our beloved 1771 sugar maple. Known by teachers and volunteers at The Hermitage as the George Washington tree because it was a sapling when Washington, Alexander Hamilton, the Marquis de Lafayette and future president James Monroe stopped to recuperate at The Hermitage following the Battle of Monmouth in the Revolutionary War. In modern times, the tree produced sap for The Hermitage annual maple sugaring event in winter. (See previous post)
The museum remains closed with our grounds open observing social distancing practices. We invite you to check out our website or switch your amazon smile program to help support our future providing educational programs for all ages. Be well, we miss you too!

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Over the years we have welcomed many guests at The Hermitage and look forward to reopening our doors again soon. The gro...
07/14/2020

Over the years we have welcomed many guests at The Hermitage and look forward to reopening our doors again soon. The grounds are open with social distancing rules in effect.
Today we remember a great party Theodosia had and one of our beloved Sugar Maples was in attendance.
Be safe and be well.
July 11 to 14, 1778.
“Theodosia’s invitation read:
“Mrs. Prevost Presents her best respects to his Excellency Gen’l George Washington. Requests the Honour of his Company as she flatters herself the accommodations will be more Commodious than those to be procured in the Neighborhood. Mrs. Prevost will be particularly happy to make her House Agreeable to His Excellency and family- Hermitage Friday Morning eleven o’clock”

A Revolutionary Relationship Theodosia Prevost and Aaron Burr at The Hermitage By Henry Bischoff.

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Bring your lunch over to The Hermitage in the shade of our magnificent bottlebrush buckeye.  Carry in, carry out and soc...
07/07/2020

Bring your lunch over to The Hermitage in the shade of our magnificent bottlebrush buckeye. Carry in, carry out and social distancing rules apply.
📸: @kathleen.sullivan.714

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Lucky to have some model 💅🏻citizens stop by the property with Chloe, Connor, Will of Ridgewood. Thanks for taking the ti...
07/01/2020

Lucky to have some model 💅🏻citizens stop by the property with Chloe, Connor, Will of Ridgewood. Thanks for taking the time to visit and giving us your best blue steel!

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If you find yourself at The Hermitage Museum take yourself and your family on a scavenger hunt through our gardens! We w...
06/19/2020

If you find yourself at The Hermitage Museum take yourself and your family on a scavenger hunt through our gardens! We welcome you to explore the grounds on your next adventure! 🕵🏻‍♀️🔎🍃
Tag us on Instagram and Facebook with all your findings! 🌿🌺
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“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, a...
06/18/2020

“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.”- William Shakespeare🌿
Peaceful reflection in The Hermitage gardens thanks to Noah L. of Ho-Ho-Kus, a student at Northern Highlands High School, who built the new benches as part of his Eagle Scout project. While we are not open for public tours at the moment we welcome you to tour the grounds and enjoy the blooms.🌻🌼🌺
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Elizabeth Cantu of Waldwick and her children Annabeth and Michael enjoyed the 🌿Children’s Herb Garden🌻at The Hermitage t...
06/17/2020

Elizabeth Cantu of Waldwick and her children Annabeth and Michael enjoyed the 🌿Children’s Herb Garden🌻at The Hermitage today.
Our grounds are open! Make our grounds a part of your day as our gardens are all in bloom! 🌳🌼🌺
If you order from amazon you can switch your @amazon @amazonsmile to The Friends of The Hermitage and we can forge into the future to create new history as amazon donates a portion of its proceeds to us via its smile program. We appreciate you and hope to see you again soon!
In Health,
The Friends of The Hermitage
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Our doors are closed but our grounds are open! Social distancing rules are in effect, come outside and make us apart of ...
05/26/2020

Our doors are closed but our grounds are open! Social distancing rules are in effect, come outside and make us apart of your quarantine walk or your homeschool history lesson using the information plaques on our property!
We have updated our link in bio to make supporting local history even easier! We look forward to opening up again and welcoming you in person.
Reminder: Be kind and leave nothing behind. Clean up after yourself and fur-children.
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Did you know May is #NationalHistoricPreservationMonth? The journey to preserve the Hermitage is an integral part of the...
05/05/2020

Did you know May is #NationalHistoricPreservationMonth? The journey to preserve the Hermitage is an integral part of the museum's history.The initial effort to preserve the Hermitage spanned nearly 20 years. While the house is now restored, the Friends of the Hermitage continue to preserve the Hermitage and it's history. All month long we'll take a look back at the amazing journey to preserve the Hermitage. Photograph of the Hermitage, c. 1965 #ThisPlaceMatters

County Commissioner Steve Tanelli
05/01/2020

County Commissioner Steve Tanelli

Bergen County is rich in history. In our survey for the first-ever Bergen County Parks Master Plan, we learned that Bergen County residents hold their heritage and the area's history in high regard.

Preservationists have always advocated for the importance of "place" - whether they are parks or historic buildings. In our fast paced world, we tend to forget about the importance of places in our lives. They serve as an outlet for worship, engagement, education, and play.

In many ways, the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing has highlighted the importance places have in our lives from senior activity centers to museums to churches to the public parks both in our county and state. Without them, there is a certain emptiness.

It is for this reason that for the month of May, I have partnered with the Department of Parks, Division of Cultural Affairs & Historic Affairs (DCHA) led by Cynthia Forester to honor Historic Preservation Month.

Collaboratively, we will be posting every Friday afternoon to highlight the work being done by the DCHA and our dedicated Bergen County non-profits & historical organizations (Teaneck Creek Conservancy, Bergen County Historical Society, The Fort Lee Historical Society, The Hermitage Museum, Garretson Forge & Farm Restoration, Palisades Amusement Park Historical Society, Glen Rock Historical & Preservation Society, Harrington Park Historical Society, and the many others that do not have social media accounts) to advocate and preserve places that define Bergen County's history and our values.

As we rebuild and slowly return to our favorite museum, coffee shop, or any of the places that are important to us, let us not forget the people and organizations who sustain them. They will need our help to recover.

I have no doubt that we will continue to band together the way that we have during this crisis to continue to help those in need. #bergenstrong

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The History Girl
04/16/2020

The History Girl

Today in #NJhistory: #OTD, April 16, 1780, the British burn Garret Hopper's houses and mills in the Ho-Ho-Kus, #NewJersey area during the #RevolutionaryWar. #SpreadTheHistory

Today was a hard one. We’ve been closed to the public for two weeks. But as things around us have come to a halt it’s gi...
03/29/2020

Today was a hard one. We’ve been closed to the public for two weeks. But as things around us have come to a halt it’s given us time to reflect on the magnitude of the moment we’re currently in. Like so many other businesses and organizations, the Hermitage has been hit hard by COVID-19. Thankfully none of our employees or volunteers are sick, but the financial toll on the organization is crippling. As a cultural institution we rely on the public for critical financial support that allows us to keep our doors open and carry out our mission. With the public ordered to stay home for the health and safety of our society, the Hermitage too has shut its doors, for hopefully no longer than the health crisis itself.

Our annual afternoon tea, one of our biggest fundraisers, was scheduled for this weekend. The house should be bustling with visitors enjoying an afternoon of laughter and friendship. Instead, I walk through the house alone, quietly boxing up bed linens and shuttering windows.

I’ve never believed the Hermitage is haunted, but there is something unmistakably alive about this house. Whenever I walk into the house I always say hello. Today, I had full conversations with whomever might be listening. I don’t know who I was reassuring: myself or the history that dwells in these walls. Today, I felt Mary Elizabeth’s heartache those final years of her life when she decided to board up most of her home in order to survive. Today, I felt Theodosia’s fear and uncertainty during the long years of the American Revolution.

If history has taught us anything it’s this: humanity is resilient. We survive, we adapt, we innovate, and we thrive. Today, amidst so much uncertainty, I draw my strength from the Hermitage. This house has stood for more than 250 years and has witnessed war and hunger, heartbreak and disease, hardship and death. But it’s also experienced remarkable love and friendship, laughter and kindness, the warmth of family and incredible perseverance. These walls remind me what the house has withstood, but also the promise of the future.

We look forward to opening our doors again. Until then stay healthy and do good. - Victoria Harty, Executive Director

Mary Elizabeth "Bess" Rosencrantz was a unique and independent woman who left one of the biggest marks on her historic h...
03/27/2020

Mary Elizabeth "Bess" Rosencrantz was a unique and independent woman who left one of the biggest marks on her historic home. The only daughter of Elijah Rosencrantz and Cornelia Livingston Dayton, Bess was born at the Hermitage in 1855. After her mother died, the twelve year old Bess began taking a more active role in managing the Hermitage household. As a young woman, Bess moved to Philadelphia where she lived with her Uncle John. Though her Uncle John never lived at the Hermitage as an adult, he owned the house, property, and mill. And when he died in 1885, Bess inherited the Hermitage, as well as the property and a majority of the mill, despite her four brothers and father still alive. When she returned to the Hermitage, Bess helped raise her nephew Dayton and niece Mary Elizabeth. A remarkably independent woman, Bess traveled, including a memorable trip to Europe in 1914, attended plays, concerts, and sporting events in Ho-Ho-Kus, Ridgewood, Paterson, New York City, and Philadelphia, and often visited with friends and family. She was also involved in the local women’s suffrage chapter. By 1915, just Bess and Mary Elizabeth remained at the Hermitage. Bess opened her home as a tea room and entertained her guests with stories of the Hermitage's past and the ghosts that remained. Bess passed away on January 27, 1943 at the age of 88. Her funeral was held at the Hermitage and she was buried in Valleau Cemetery. #WomensHistoryMonth @ The Hermitage Museum

Cornelia Livingston Dayton, known as Killie to her friends and family, helped usher the Rosencrantz family into the uppe...
03/24/2020

Cornelia Livingston Dayton, known as Killie to her friends and family, helped usher the Rosencrantz family into the upper middle class and shaped life at the Hermitage in the mid-19th century. The granddaughter of Captain Samuel Dayton, one of the first land developers in Ridgewood, Killie first met Elijah Rosencrantz when she was seventeen while summering in the Ridgewood/New Prospect area. Despite a nearly 16 year age difference and a difficult engagement marred by family deaths, depression, and financial hardships, Killie and Elijah married at Trinity Church in Manhattan on June 3, 1851. Moving from the bustling streets of New York to the remote Hermitage estate was something of a culture shock for the young woman who struggled to adapt to life on a farm and often came into conflict with her mother-in-law, Cornelia Suffern. At the Hermitage, Killie had four children with Elijah - William Dayton (1852), John (1853), Mary Elizabeth "Bess" (1855), and George (1865). In the midst of the American Civil War, as the family dealt with crippling financial obstacles, Killie began suffering from frequent bouts of illness that often saw her departure from her family at the Hermitage. Killie died of tuberculosis on April 27, 1867 at 33 years old. Her funeral was held at Christ Church in Ridgewood, a congregation she helped establish. #WomensHistoryMonth

Bergen County Historical Society
03/21/2020

Bergen County Historical Society

Hello once again Bergen County! While our government and health officials can give you the latest on the serious crisis around us presently, we in the Bergen County Historical Society can perhaps provide you with some less critical but no less fascinating information.

Anyone driving along Route 17 in Ridgewood recognizes Old Paramus Church on the west side of the highway, just above Paramus Road. This iconic structure is one of a number of stone churches scattered throughout the county, the buildings today being just post-Revolutionary, but having their roots earlier than the present buildings. Old Paramus Church that stands today was built in 1800, but its history and founding go back three quarters of a century before that. Did you know that the church and environs were used as a post of one sort or another by militia and continental troops off and on between 1776 and 1780?

As many as 250 Continental Army troops at a time garrisoned the post in the first half of 1780, drawn in monthly rotations from the main army at Morristown. While the post was withdrawn after June 1780, there was a plan to fortify the church and surrounding buildings with earthworks, making it a strong fort. Using churches for military purposes was nothing new for either side and Paramus Church itself may have even held stores or served as a hospital to Fort Lee in 1776. While there is no evidence the plan below (shown in the illustration) was ever acted upon, it is nonetheless another fascinating peak at Bergen County’s Revolutionary history, nestled amid today’s highways and malls. The church would be at the center of the star-like image to the right, while "covered way" extends around the houses to the left.

“The church being the strongest building & on the most commanding ground, the surrounding it with a redout appeared to me most proper, for being compact it would serve the soldiers as a retreat from the other works upon necessity. The above contains about 60 fathoms interior parapet, & will be tiered two deep with 225 men: The other houses I would surround with a covert way, the glacis of which being only picketed would be sufficient against any sudden assault, & have this advantage, that should the enemy drive the besieged from behind it, they will not leave the cover of a parapet to protect them in keeping up a constant fire on the redout, & because surrounding the houses & church with one continued work, by making it more extensive, would require too many men to defend it, but could the convenience of the houses as barracks be dispensed with work might be made more secure & compleat by taking them down.”

[John W. Watkins to Brigadier General Anthony Wayne, 10 November 1780.]

Source: Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 4, General Correspondence, 1697-1799, MSS 44693, Reel 072.

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335 N Franklin Tpke
Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ
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~*Museum Office Hours*~ Wed-Fri: 10am-3pm Sat-Sun: 1pm-4pm Visit The Hermitage and learn about it's exciting history! Take one of our guided tours. Schedule educational programs for your school or Scout group. Attend one of our history-themed events and hands-on activities for families. Experience our fabulous history lectures and local history roundtable discussions for adults. Check out our latest special exhibitions highlighting regional history and the museum's collections. For History Teachers - Sign up for one or more of our professional development seminars - developed for history teachers at the middle- and high-school levels. For information about all our event, lectures, programs and tours, visit: http://thehermitage.org

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Wednesday 13:00 - 15:00
Thursday 13:00 - 16:00
Friday 13:00 - 16:00
Saturday 13:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

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(201) 445-8311

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