Who We Are:
The Hermitage is an historic house museum and National Historic Landmark that encompasses over 250 years of American history. The museum sits on 4.9 acres of property in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ and is part of the original property that once spanned nearly 300 acres. Today, the grounds consist of the Hermitage, the John Rosencrantz House, and our gardens. Visitors to the Hermitage Museum can tour the historic house, view different exhibitions of the collections, and take part in a wide range of educational and public programming. The grounds are open to the public seven days a week.
The museum is maintained by the Friends of the Hermitage Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization* that was founded in 1972. Over the course of its nearly 50 year history, the Friends has grown from a small, fledgling group working to save The Hermitage to a broad-based educational organization working to become a center for history education.
The site was visited by General George Washington and Alexander Hamilton during the Revolutionary War, and The Hermitage has hosted
many other famous members of the American Revolution, including James Monroe and Marquis de Lafayette. It was also the site of the wedding of Theodosia Prevost to Aaron Burr in 1782.
Engaging the public through events, exhibitions, and education, the Friends of the Hermitage Inc. preserves and interprets The Hermitage, its history, and its collections as an educational and cultural resource to enrich the public’s understanding of the past.
Like the Hermitage itself, the property is owned by the State of New Jersey, Division of Parks and Forestry. However, the restoration and preservation of the site, as well as the tours and educational programming are the responsibility of The Friends of the Hermitage. The majority of the funds used to maintain and run the museum comes from grants, fundraising events, rental of our hall and educational programming.
Why We Need Your Help:
Given the duration of the shutdown that began in mid-March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are struggling to survive the loss of revenue from our educational programming, museum tours and exhibitions, events and sponsorships. As a result of the loss of this funding, we were forced to furlough most of our staff in April.
We are now running short on funds to pay our most essential expenses – including remaining staff, utility bills, protection services and maintenance fees. Our survival truly depends on your generosity. We hope to welcome everyone back for many more years to come, but we need your help to make sure that happens and that we survive these unprecedented times. If you can, please help us by making a tax-deductible** donation to keep the Hermitage alive today - and for tomorrow!
We have created a plan to re-engage the public while incorporating COVID-19 health and safety protocols during the pandemic. Our plan includes virtual educational programs and tours to diversify revenue streams, expanding social media and marketing to further grow and engage the community, and socially distanced onsite events that incorporate social media. We’re eager to get started on our plan but we can’t do it without your help.
Learn more at www.thehermitage.org
*The Friends received a General Operating Support Grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of cultural affairs in the Department of State, however has not been invited to reapply for future grants. For more information visit www.thehermitage.org
**Please consult your tax advisor for specific tax advice.