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Kip's Castle, Essex County Houses Decked Out For Holiday Tour

Tour expanded to 17 historic homes, including Kip’s Castle in Verona and Crane House in Montclair.

Essex County Historic Holiday House Tour will feature 17 sites this year. File photo
Essex County Historic Holiday House Tour will feature 17 sites this year. File photo

The Essex County Historic Holiday House Tour has been expanded to include 17 historic sites around the county. 

The public is invited to take a self-guided tour of the homes and grounds decorated for the holidays. 

The tour includes perennial favorites, such as Essex County Kip’s Castle in Verona and the Walther House at the Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Montclair. 

Newcomers include the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills, Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center in Bloomfield and The Salvatorian Fathers Catholic Church in Verona. 

“The Holiday House Tour is a great example of organizations throughout the County pooling their resources to create a wonderful event for families to enjoy and to provide insight into how past holidays were celebrated,” Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo said. 

The tours will be held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8., at the following locations:

Essex County Kip’s Castle Park

22 Crestmont Road, Verona

973-239-2485; www.essexcountynj.org

Admission is free. Open 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Walther House at the Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair

973-783-5974; www.presbyirisgardens.org

Admission is free. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Ballantine House at Newark Museum

49 Washington Street, Newark

973-596-6550; www.newarkmuseum.org

Suggested admission is $10 for adults, $6 for children, seniors and students, and free for Newark Museum members. Open 12 Noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Canfield-Morgan House and Museum

903 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove

973-239-5414; www.cedargrovehistoricalsociety.org

Admission is free. Donations are accepted. Open 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart

89 Ridge Street, Newark

973-484-4600; www.cathedralbasilica.org

Admission is free. Donations are accepted. Open year round from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

 

Force Homestead and Museum

366 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston

973-533-0211; www.livingstonnj.org/historicalsociety.htm

Admission is free. Open 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

 

Glenmont at Thomas Edison National Historical Park

211 Main Street, West Orange

973-736-0550, Ext. 11; www.nps.gov/edis

Admission is $7 per person and free for children under 16. Tickets can be purchased at the Park’s Visitor Center and include access to the Laboratory Complex. Glenmont is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday by tour only. The Laboratory Complex is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Greenwood Gardens

274 Old Short Hills Road, Short Hills

973-258-4026; www.greenwoodgardens.org

Admission is $5 and free for children under 12. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Grover Cleveland Birthplace

207 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell

973-226-0001; www.clevelandbirthplace.org

Admission is free but donations will be accepted. Open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

 

Kingsland Manor

3 Kingsland Street, Nutley

973-235-1549; www.nutleynj.org

Admission by donation. Open 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Montclair Historical Society Properties

973-744-1796; www.montclairhistorical.org

Admission is $5 per person, $10 per family for all properties and free for members of the Montclair Historical Society. Open 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Israel and Nathaniel Crane Houses

108 and 110 Orange Road, Montclair

 

The Charles Shultz House-Evergreens, Montclair

30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair

 

Nutley Museum

65 Church Street, Nutley

973-235-0773; www.nutleyhistoricalsociety.org/

Admission is free. Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Oakside Bloomfield Cultural Center

240 Belleville Avenue, Bloomfield

973-429-0960; www.oakeside.org

Admission is free. Open 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

 

The Salvatorian Fathers

23 Crestmont Road, Verona

973-746-8770

Admission by donation. Open 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Zenas Crane Homestead

289 Westville Avenue, West Caldwell

973-226-8976

Admission is free. Open 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 

The public can visit each site at their own pace. The houses will be exquisitely decorated for the holidays and be open for public viewing. Each site will offer something unique, including musical entertainment, refreshments or educational programs. There may be an admission fee at some locations. For more information, please call 973-239-2485 or visitwww.essexcountynj.org.

 


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