The Hermitage, a National Historic Landmark,

We wanted to let you know of a great stop on Route 17 in New Jersey, The Hermitage. This is a National Historic Landmark that is located on five acres of lawn shaded by centuries-old trees. The fourteen-room Gothic Revival home was built in 1847 from designs by William H. Ranlett for Elijah Rosencrantz Jr. The Hermitage is now owned by the State of New Jersey and operated by the Friends of the Hermitage, Inc. The site is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The Hermitage Museum which consist of the historic house, exhibition galleries, and gift shop is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. There are guided tours for $7.00 for adults; $5.00 for seniors; $4.00 for children if you have children six they are admitted free of charge. We found the best part to be that General Washington Is Invited to Make His Headquarters at The Hermitage in July 1778 as the Continental Army, after the important Battle of Monmouth, had marched from New Brunswick and the Great Falls of the Passaic toward the Hudson Highlands with plans to encamp for a rest at Paramus.
Washington’s secretary said after leaving the falls of the Passaic, we passed through fertile country to a place called Paramus. We stopped at a Mrs. Watkins’, whose house was marked for headquarters. But the General, receiving a note of invitation from a Mrs. Provost to make her hermitage, as it was called, the seat of his stay while at Paramus. This is just one of the nuggets in the storied history of this house.








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