- Grounds open daily from 9am to 5pm
- Guided tours offered on Saturday and Sunday at 1:15pm, 2:15pm, and 3:15pm
- Private tours can be arranged during the week upon request
- Museum office is open Tuesday-Friday from 10am to 4pm and on weekends from 12pm to 4pm
- Special events throughout the year include Christmas candlelight tours, Civil War encampment, plays, lectures, special exhibitions, car shows, garden teas, concerts, craft shows, and ghostly gatherings
- Banquet hall available for private rentals
- Gift shop
- ADA accessible
- Picnic areas
- Donations accepted
The Hermitage Museum
335 North Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423
Built around 1760 and renovated in 1847, The Hermitage Museum is a fourteen-room Gothic Revival house museum. The home was occupied by Major James Marcus Prevost, his wife Theodosia, and their children during the Revolutionary War.
The Hermitage played a major role as a resting place for General George Washington and various key figures from history. During this period, Bergen County was at the center of the American Revolution, with troops from both sides regularly passing through the area. In July of 1778, while her husband was away fighting for the British, Theodosia invited George Washington and his troops to stay for four days as they passed through Ho-Ho-Kus. Among the invited guests were James Monroe, William Paterson, the Marquis de Lafayette, Alexander Hamilton, Lord Sterling, and Aaron Burr. Following the war, after the death of her husband, Theodosia and Aaron Burr married at The Hermitage in 1782.
The Rosencrantz family owned The Hermitage from 1807 to 1970. Their legacy is well preserved by the museum’s archives that document their contributions to local history as mill owners and members of the developing upper middle-class. Exhibitions at the site feature clothing, personal items, and memorabilia from the restored home. The Hermitage Museum provides a view into the history of this site and all those who helped contribute to its development and posterity.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
- Learn about The Hermitage’s place in history and role during the American Revolution
- Discover the history of the home’s famous occupants
- Explore exhibitions or attend lectures and special events on site
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