The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms This 30-acre National Historic Landmark is the former country estate of Gustav Stickley. It is the only home that Gustav Stickley ever designed and built for his own use.

This 30-acre National Historic Landmark is the centerpiece of Gustav Stickley’s early 20th century country estate. The Stickley family’s home, known as the Log House, was built in 1911 and is one of the most significant landmarks of the American Arts and Crafts movement. It has been restored to its 1911 appearance and is operated by the Craftsman Farms Foundation as a historic house museum. Tours of the Log House are available year round, as well as group tours for clubs, churches, special interested groups, schools, scouts, etc. The Museum also offers lectures, workshops, and numerous educational programs, plus two family days each year. Off-site exhibitions are mounted and exhibition catalogues, which include new scholarship, are produced annually. The Museum’s growing collection includes numerous Stickley furnishings, many which are original to the Log House, plus textiles, pottery, metalwork, and archival materials. In addition to these priceless objects on view in the Log House, an original Stickley bungalow has been furnished with touchable Arts and Crafts furnishings. A visit to this bungalow, known as North Cottage, allows visitors the opportunity sit in the chairs and fully experience Arts and Crafts living. Tours of North Cottage must be booked in advance. The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms is committed to assuring that all individuals can participate in our programs. If you require the use of assistive listening devices or other special assistance please call at least two weeks in advance. Five handicapped parking spaces are available opposite the Museum entrance, and the building is equipped with a fully handicapped accessible bathroom. The historic Log House walkways are gravel, but have been graded to make wheel chair access possible. Visitor amenities include the well-stocked Museum Shop, which carries handmade Arts and Crafts style pottery, tiles, jewelry, as well as books, magazines, and Stickley Museum souvenirs. A guidebook to the history of the site has been produced and is available on-line and in the Museum Shop. Beverages and packaged snack food are available for purchase and picnic tables are situated throughout the site. Follow us on Twitter twitter.com/StickleyMuseum Pinterest pinterest.com/craftsmanfarms/ Flickr flickr.com/groups/[email protected]/

06/05/2019
The 'Honesty & Joy' Of An Arts & Crafts Chair

Thank you Antiques and the Arts Weekly for featuring our new exhibition. Check out their coverage—and stop by to see the exhibition for yourself!

We’re open for hourly docent-led tours Thursday to Sunday, 12:15 to 3:15 p.m. Self-guided tours of the exhibition—weekends only!—are available from 12:00 to (last entry at) 3:30 p.m. No reservation necessary.

#AntiquesandtheArts #Stickley #ParsippanyNJ #MorrisCo #NJhistory #gooddesign #ArtsandCrafts #honestyandjoy #usefulandbeautiful #yourlocalnationalhistoriclandmark

Courtesy of Antiques and The Arts Weekly

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. — The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms’ new exhibition will continue through Sunday, January 5. The exhibition will be guest curated by

Our neighborhood peacock paid a visit today—maybe to see our new exhibition about the American Arts and Crafts Chair?!...
06/04/2019

Our neighborhood peacock paid a visit today—maybe to see our new exhibition about the American Arts and Crafts Chair?!?—but we’re closed. :( Hopefully he’ll pay another visit when we open on Thursday. You should visit too! We’re open Thursday to Sunday for hourly tours from 12:15 to 3:15 p.m. On weekends, you can take a self-guided tour of the new exhibition from 12 to (last entry at) 3:30 p.m.

Gustav Stickley’s Log House was packed last evening for the opening of the exhibition The American Arts and Crafts Cha...
06/02/2019

Gustav Stickley’s Log House was packed last evening for the opening of the exhibition The American Arts and Crafts Chair: “A Message of Honesty and Joy.” Thank you to all who joined us! The exhibition, which examines the American Arts and Crafts chair through thirteen different side chairs from early-20th-century handicraft-oriented manufacturers and small craft-oriented workshops, runs through early January 2020. See it on a self-guided tour--weekends only--from 12 to 3:30 p.m. or on one of our regular museum tours, which run hourly 12:15-3:15 p.m., Thursday to Sunday.

Thank you for Barbara Weiskittel for photos.

Preparations are underway for the June 1st opening of our exhibit “The American Arts and Crafts Chair: A Message of Ho...
05/30/2019

Preparations are underway for the June 1st opening of our exhibit “The American Arts and Crafts Chair: A Message of Honesty and Joy,” guest curated by David Cathers. This week has been exciting as we set the exhibition in its place in the Log House and continued training with our docents - we are ready to welcome you from this Saturday, June 1 through January 5, 2020.

The exhibition can be seen on all guided tours (12:15, 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 pm Thursday-Sunday) or visited during gallery hours (12-4 pm Saturday-Sunday).

Guest curator David Cathers shared his thoughts about the upcoming exhibition with Arts & Crafts Collector in a recent Q...
05/24/2019
A Message of Honesty and Joy: a Q&A with David Cathers

Guest curator David Cathers shared his thoughts about the upcoming exhibition with Arts & Crafts Collector in a recent Q&A.

Make your plans to join us this June 2019 through January 2020 to explore "A Message of Honesty and Joy" for yourself! Be our guest at the opening reception June 1, 5 pm. RSVP at [email protected].

https://www.artsandcraftscollector.com/journey-article/a-message-of-honesty-and-joy-a-qa-with-david-cathers/

(Since Bruce is hard at work on Conference matters, we’ve giving the spotlight to David Cathers, guest curator of the upcoming exhibition “The American Arts and Crafts Chair: A Message of Honesty and Joy” to talk about the message of the show.)

Our upcoming exhibition has been getting some terrific coverage in Arts & Crafts Collector! Enjoy this article, which de...
05/23/2019
Exploring “The American Arts and Crafts Chair”

Our upcoming exhibition has been getting some terrific coverage in Arts & Crafts Collector! Enjoy this article, which details the educational mission behind this exciting exhibition.

Tomorrow, we'll share a Q&A with guest curator and Stickley biographer David Cathers!

https://www.artsandcraftscollector.com/news-article/exploring-the-american-arts-and-crafts-chair/

The craftsmanship of the Arts & Crafts Chair will be the subject of a new exhibition coming to Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey.

Reservations are still available! This summer’s Farms Afield, Mohonk Mountain House Retreat, has a few spots remaining...
05/22/2019

Reservations are still available! This summer’s Farms Afield, Mohonk Mountain House Retreat, has a few spots remaining. Join us for a 3-night stay in the beautiful Hudson Valley - we have planned exclusive tours and trips that are not to be missed, including to the historic Byrdcliffe Arts and Crafts colony! Don't miss out!

HMR Architects
05/17/2019

HMR Architects

From the HMR project tour last Friday, here is an up close look at the progress of our two ongoing projects: The New Education Center at Craftsman Farms & The College Hall at Montclair State University!

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms is proud to announce that we are again participating in Blue Star Museums!Blue St...
05/16/2019

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms is proud to announce that we are again participating in Blue Star Museums!

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel. The 2019 program will begin on Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day, and end on Monday, September 2, 2019, Labor Day.

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members.

The architect Will Price wrote that a well-designed, well-made chair “is something more than a good chair. It is also ...
05/13/2019

The architect Will Price wrote that a well-designed, well-made chair “is something more than a good chair. It is also a message of honesty and joy to the possessor, and a cause of growth and joy to the worker.”

Make a plan to visit our latest exhibition, guest curated by David Cathers, this June 1, 2019 through January 5, 2020.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a free in-depth Visitor Guide with an essay by Cathers and commentaries by distinguished writers. It may be viewed on all regular tours of the Log House, which run in the afternoon each week from Thursday to Sunday. On weekends only, the exhibition will be open for self-guided tours.

We wish to thank all those who joined us last weekend at our documentary premiere! About the documentary: "On Demand hos...
05/12/2019

We wish to thank all those who joined us last weekend at our documentary premiere!

About the documentary: "On Demand hosted by Rob Lowe" is an award-winning program highlighting new stories and innovating concepts through short-form and long-form documentary presentation on PBS. Dorothy Guzzo, Executive Director of the New Jersey Historic Trust, was joined by Vonda Givens from the Stickley Museum, and Linda Caldwell Epps from Sankofa Collaborative, in a short-form documentary featuring The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. The segment discusses the role of historic preservation in saving New Jersey's history and the positive influence the Trust's grant programs have made on hundreds of historic sites across the state. Following this May 4th premiere, the documentary will be presented on regional cable channels and PBS stations nationwide.

Photo credits: Julia Murtha

Watch one version of the documentary here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG_9vj7EB7I

We’ve received a fantastic order from the artisans at Ephraim Faience Pottery Studio & Gallery - come pick up somethin...
05/12/2019

We’ve received a fantastic order from the artisans at Ephraim Faience Pottery Studio & Gallery - come pick up something beautiful for you or one you love! The museum gift shop is open Thursday-Sunday, 12-4 pm.

"Dear mother-heart, so often sorely triedDear toiling hands and tireless willing feetWhose every gift to us was sanctifi...
05/12/2019

"Dear mother-heart, so often sorely tried
Dear toiling hands and tireless willing feet
Whose every gift to us was sanctified
By loving toil, and made more truly sweet;

Our mother's love, within our hearts, as then
In happy days of far-off childhood's home, --
Or here, or there, beyond our human ken, --
Lives on to bless us, wheresoe'er we roam."

-- Hannah Warner
The Craftsman Vol. IX, Number 3 (December 1905), p. 376

Happy Mother's Day from all of us at The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms.

"Gee, your shop smells terrific!"We're happy to have two great new local products at the museum gift shop!Garden Goat So...
05/11/2019

"Gee, your shop smells terrific!"

We're happy to have two great new local products at the museum gift shop!

Garden Goat Soap of Madison, NJ handcrafts goat milk soap using the cold process method. Easton Candle Company of Easton, PA hand pours 100% soy candles in glass jars. We love our vendors!

Come pick up your favorite scent Thursday-Sunday 12-4 pm.

05/11/2019
On Demand hosted by Rob Lowe featuring the New Jersey Historic Trust

We're ready for our close-up!

Last November, Craftsman Farms hosted the filming of documentary series "On Demand hosted by Rob Lowe," an award-winning program highlighting news stories and innovative concepts through short- and long-form documentary presentation on PBS.

New Jersey Historic Trust and its 52-year commitment to saving New Jersey history through historic preservation was the focus of the six-minute, short-form documentary episode filmed that day.

Watch for it to begin airing on PBS, with a special introduction by actor, producer, and director Rob Lowe, on May 27, 2019. For Arts and Crafts enthusiasts in our NYC and Philadelphia tri-state area, look for it on prime time television in a 1-minute commercial format between 7:00 am-11:45 am and 6:00 pm-11:45 pm on the following networks: CNN, Headline News, CNBC, MSNBC, The History Channel, The Travel Channel, and The Discovery Channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG_9vj7EB7I

On Demand hosted by Rob Lowe is an award-winning program highlighting new stories and innovative concepts through short-form and long-form documentary presen...

Lights, camera, action!  Thank you Arts & Crafts Collector for sharing news about Craftsman Farms’ star turn in the do...
05/08/2019
Stickley Museum Featured in Upcoming Docu-Series

Lights, camera, action! Thank you Arts & Crafts Collector for sharing news about Craftsman Farms’ star turn in the docu-series “On Demand hosted by Rob Lowe." And thank you to the New Jersey Historic Trust for featuring Gustav Stickley’s beloved property as a preservation success story--and for helping the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms reach its 30th anniversary! #Preservation #History #Stickley #ParsippanyNJ #MorrisCounty #NJHistory #ArtsandCrafts #Craftsman #Design #yourlocalnationalhistoriclandmark #usefulandbeautiful #ThisPlaceMatters #Readyformycloseup

Like Norma Desmond’s in Sunset Boulevard, on a day in early November last year, Craftsman Farms welcomed its close-up. The occasion was the filming of an episode of the documentary series “On Demand with Rob Lowe,” an award-winning program highlighting news stories and innovative concepts thro...

Mother’s Day is coming up! Come pick out something beautiful for the Mom in your life at our gift shop. We’re open t...
05/03/2019

Mother’s Day is coming up! Come pick out something beautiful for the Mom in your life at our gift shop. We’re open today, tomorrow and Sunday from 12-4 pm!

"Like the foam of a mountain torrent,/Falling from height to vale,/So you, Oh, flowering dogwood,/Whiten the hills of Sp...
05/02/2019

"Like the foam of a mountain torrent,/Falling from height to vale,/So you, Oh, flowering dogwood,/Whiten the hills of Spring."

-Henri Fink, "Spring," The Craftsman Vol. XIX, Number 3 (December 1910), p. 272

#stickleymuseum #stickley #gustavstickley #artsandcrafts #craftsmanstyle #parsippanynj #visitnj #morriscountynj #craftsmanfarms #yourlocalnationalhistoriclandmark #neighboorhoodhistory #njhistory #dogwood #nature #njnature

"Like the foam of a mountain torrent,/Falling from height to vale,/So you, Oh, flowering dogwood,/Whiten the hills of Sp...
05/02/2019

"Like the foam of a mountain torrent,/Falling from height to vale,/So you, Oh, flowering dogwood,/Whiten the hills of Spring."

- Henri Fink, "Spring," The Craftsman Vol. XIX, Number 3 (December 1910), p. 272

04/26/2019

Between rainstorms, the lively sounds of spring at the pond this evening. #nature #spring #Stickley #ParsippanyNJ #MorrisCounty #NJHistory

#Parsippany, our hometown, was featured today in the NYTimes. More than 100 years ago, Gustav Stickley selected this lov...
04/24/2019
Parsippany-Troy Hills, N.J.: Away From the City, but Not Far

#Parsippany, our hometown, was featured today in the NYTimes. More than 100 years ago, Gustav Stickley selected this lovely area nestled “…deep in the sunny New Jersey hills…” for his 650-acre “Garden of Eden” called Craftsman Farms. Importantly it was, and still is (as The Times notes), “Away from the city, but not far.” It’s also still a beautiful place to call home. #hometown #NJhistory #MorrisCounty #Stickley #Preservation #yourlocalnationalhistoriclandmark

Morris County’s most populous township is 30 miles from Manhattan, and crisscrossed by highways, which makes driving to work easy. Walking, not so much.

04/19/2019

"Trees are beautiful in the winter when they have given all their leaves for the protection of the little tender growing things at their feet, and the delicate tracery of their branches is revealed. They are beautiful in summer, when in silhouette against the night sky, and when spring bids them announce her return, and in the fall, when they pass to their winter's sleep in sunset colors of summer's day."

- "Our friends the trees," The Craftsman, Vol. XX, Number 3 (June 1911), page 273

Did you know our gift shop has fun and colorful old-fashioned kids toys and games? We’re open 12-4 pm today, Friday an...
04/18/2019

Did you know our gift shop has fun and colorful old-fashioned kids toys and games? We’re open 12-4 pm today, Friday and Saturday for your last-minute Easter basket needs! @ The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

Our education center and administrative office construction project!
04/14/2019

Our education center and administrative office construction project!

The earth's "magic wand" has been waved over Craftsman Farms! Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring on your visit to the...
04/13/2019

The earth's "magic wand" has been waved over Craftsman Farms! Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring on your visit to the museum. Open Thursdays-Sundays 12-4 pm.

"The trees stand bare and black against the sky,
Gaunt silhouettes upon a pallid shield;
The garnered meadow-lands no longer yield
Abundance of sweet sheaves, but passive lie --
For lo, the North Wind's monarchy is nigh!
All trace of plenitude has earth concealed,
Yet well she knows that she has but to wield
Her magic wand, and Spring comes by and by."

- Anne P.L. Field, "Returning wings," The Craftsman, Vol. XXII, Number 2 (May 1912), p. 132

"'It is very grand,' said one visitor, 'but have you no ornament, carving or draperies in your house, Mr. Stickley?''No ...
04/12/2019

"'It is very grand,' said one visitor, 'but have you no ornament, carving or draperies in your house, Mr. Stickley?'

'No draperies, thank you, and as for ornament, - have we not our friends?'''

- Samuel Howe, "A Visit to the House of Mr. Stickley," The Craftsman Vol. III, No. 3 (December 1902), pp. 161-169

As National Volunteer Week draws to a close, the staff and board of The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms want to thank some of the museum's dearest friends, our dedicated volunteers. We appreciate you and your commitment to Mr. Stickley's vision - this week and every week!

Representatives from three Arts & Crafts historic sites joined together at Craftsman Farms today!(L to R): Barbara Weisk...
04/06/2019

Representatives from three Arts & Crafts historic sites joined together at Craftsman Farms today!

(L to R): Barbara Weiskittel (Board President, The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms), Vonda Givens (Executive Director, The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms), Henry T. Ford (Board of Directors, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild) and Ryan Berley (Curator, Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society).

#stickleymuseum #stickley #gustavstickley #artsandcrafts #craftsmanstyle #parsippanynj #visitnj #morriscountynj #craftsmanfarms #yourlocalnationalhistoriclandmark #neighboorhoodhistory #njhistory #nyhistory #byrdcliffe #rosevalley

The Stickley Museum is happy to welcome guest Henry T. Ford from the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild speaking about the histo...
04/06/2019

The Stickley Museum is happy to welcome guest Henry T. Ford from the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild speaking about the historic Byrdcliffe Arts & Crafts Colony.

#stickleymuseum #stickley #gustavstickley #artsandcrafts #craftsmanstyle #parsippanynj #visitnj #morriscountynj #craftsmanfarms #yourlocalnationalhistoriclandmark #neighboorhoodhistory #njhistory #nyhistory #byrdcliffe #byrdcliffeartcolony

Another happy visitor! This is what one family had to say about their recent tour: "If you appreciate the history of the...
04/05/2019

Another happy visitor! This is what one family had to say about their recent tour: "If you appreciate the history of the North East region, you must visit The Stickley Museum. The guide did an excellent job in bringing Gustav Stickley and his family back to life. My kids (9 and 12) enjoyed hearing the family story and seeing the Stickley's historical home and farm."

Join us Thursday-Sunday for guided tours, leaving at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15.

Coming soon!We're busy with preparations for our new exhibition opening June 1! Guest curator David Cathers' exhibition ...
04/04/2019

Coming soon!

We're busy with preparations for our new exhibition opening June 1! Guest curator David Cathers' exhibition will examine the American Arts and Crafts chair through 13 featured side chairs from early 20th century handicraft-oriented manufacturers and small craft-oriented workshops. On view from June to next January. We invite you to make a visit to the Stickley Museum to see it!

The Log House is closed on Tuesdays, but we still had a few visitors show up—just not human ones! We’ll be open agai...
04/02/2019

The Log House is closed on Tuesdays, but we still had a few visitors show up—just not human ones! We’ll be open again on Thursday. Why not stop by yourself and take in our wooded oasis? #Stickley #ParsippanyNJ #MorrisCounty #NJHistory #ArtsandCrafts #yourlocalnationalhistoriclandmark

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2352 State Route 10
Morris Plains, NJ
07950

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Thursday 12:00 - 16:00
Friday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

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