The Hermitage, a National Historic Landmark, is located on five acres of lawn shaded by centuries-old trees. The site is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The fourteen-room Gothic Revival home was built in 1847-48 from designs by William H. Ranlett for Elijah Rosencrantz Jr. The house incorporates portions of a historic 18th-century house.
The Hermitage is owned by the State of New Jersey and operated by the Friends of the Hermitage, Inc. The Friends of the Hermitage, Inc., a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, was founded in 1972 to restore, maintain, and interpret the site.
Hours: The Hermitage Museum (historic house, exhibition galleries, and gift shop) is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. We are closed to the public on Monday and Tuesday. Scout & After-School Programs
Become a history detective with our hands-on programs for Scouts and other after-school groups!
Using historical objects and inquiry-based learning strategies, students will delve into the past and learn about events and people of history in a meaningful context.
Local Lore: Learn about New Jersey’s participation in the American Revolution or the Civil War and what life was like at The Hermitage during the selected period.
Listening to the Past: Explore the life and customs of a young boy and his family during Victorian times.
Architecture: Uncover the secrets of the Gothic Revival Hermitage.
Programs are one hour and fifteen minutes long and are available on weekdays beginning at 3:30 p.m. or 3:45 p.m., September through June. Other times may be arranged as scheduling permits. All programs are held at the Hermitage Education & Conference Center and include a guided tour of the historic house museum.
Age-appropriate guided tours of The Hermitage historic house museum are available for Scout troops and other after-school groups.
Please call Emily Schultz of the Hermitage Education Department at (201) 445-8311, ext. 21, for current rates and available dates.
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Celebrate in Historical Style! The Hermitage offers birthday parties for young historians, recommended for children ages 6-10.
The Hermitage 335 North Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423-1035 Telephone: (201) 445-8311 Fax: (201) 445-0437