Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., announced that Essex County Kip’s Castle will be opened during the evenings this spring for guided tours. The public is invited to experience the breathtaking views, beautiful grounds and amazing architecture of the 11-acre estate. The tours will be held on April 24, April 26, May 1, May 3, May 8 and May 10 at 7 p.m.
“Kip’s Castle is a unique landmark that gives us a rare glimpse into Essex County’s past,” said DiVencenzo. “It offers spectacular views of the County and of New York City. We welcome everyone to visit the castle, learn about its history and experience the grounds in a new way through these guided evening tours.”
Light refreshments will be available. Admission is $8. Space is limited. For information,call 973-433-7469. Registration is required.
Kip’s Castle is a 9,000 square foot mansion that replicates a medieval Norman castle. The estate spans 11 acres of land on the ridge of First Mountain, resting in both Montclair and Verona townships, and provides spectacular views of New York City. The exteriors of both the castle and the 6,000 square foot, two story carriage house are constructed of local trap rock trimmed with sandstone. The interior of the castle consists of thirty distinguished rooms of varying shapes which include vaulted ceilings and six ornate fireplaces.
The castle was originally known as “Kypsburg.” It was constructed over a three-year period from 1902 through 1905 by Frederic Ellsworth Kip and his wife, Charlotte Bishop Williams Kip. Frederic Kip was a wealthy textile inventor and industrialist who also published several books related to United States tariff laws.