Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites the public to celebrate the holiday season and participate in the Annual Essex County Historic Holiday House Tour. This year, the tour includes 15 Essex County historic sites, which will be decorated for the holidays and open to the public for a weekend tour. The tour includes Essex County Kip’s Castle and the Walther House at the Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. The self-guided house tour is set to be held Sat., Dec. 3 and Sun., Dec. 4 at the following locations:
Essex County Kip’s Castle Park
22 Crestmont Road, Verona
Admission is free. Open noon to 4 p.m. on Sat. and Sun..
Walther House at the Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens
474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair
Admission is free. Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat. and Sun. Groups over 10, please call to make a reservation.
Ballantine House at Newark Museum
49 Washington Street, Newark
Suggested admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children, seniors and students, and free for Newark Museum members. Open Noon to 5 p.m. on Sat. and Sun.
Canfield-Morgan House and Museum
903 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove
Admission is free. Donations are accepted. Open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat. and Sun.
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
89 Ridge Street, Newark
Admission is free. Donations are accepted. Open year round.
289 Westville Avenue, West Caldwell
Admission is free. Open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat. and Sun.
Glenmont at Thomas Edison National Historical Park
211 Main Street, West Orange
Admission is $10 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 Sat. and Sun. by tour only.
274 Old Short Hills Road, Short Hills
Admission is $5 per person and free for children under 12. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat. and Sun.
Grover Cleveland Birthplace
207 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell
Admission is free. Donations are accepted. Open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun. from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
3 Kingsland Street, Nutley
Admission by donation. Open 1 to 4 p.m. on Sat. and Sun.
Montclair Historical Society Properties
Suggested donation of $8 per adult, $5 per seniors and children, free for Montclair Historical Society members. Open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat. and Sun.
Israel and Nathanial Crane Houses
108 and 110 Orange Road, Montclair
Charles Shultz House-Evergreens
30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair
Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center
240 Belleville Avenue, Bloomfield
Admission is free. Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat.
23 Crestmont Road, Verona
Admission by donation. Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sun.
“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,” DiVincenzo said. “Take a break from the hustle and bustle this Dec. and visit local homes and landmarks that will have decked the halls in holiday extravagance for one spectacular weekend. Tour historic Essex County with your friends and delight in the spirit of the season,” DiVincenzo said.
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 973-433-7469 or visit www.essexcountynj.org.
The Essex County Park System was created in 1895 and is the first county park system established in the United States. The Park System consists of more than 6,000 acres and has 22 parks, five reservations, an environmental center, a zoo, Treetop Adventure Course, ice skating rink, roller skating rink, three public golf courses, golf driving range, two miniature golf courses, three off-leash dog facilities, a castle and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens.