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Homes in Livingston, West Orange and West Essex Participating in Essex County Holiday House Tour on Sunday

Force Homestead Museum of Governor William Livingston to hold Holiday Tea and Open House Tour on Sun.
Enjoying the homemade goodies at the Livingston Historical Society Annual Tea Credits: Russ Jones
A traditional Christmas tree with hand-made trimmings of cranberries and popcorn. Credits: Russ Jones
Portrait above the mantel at the Force Homestead Museum of Governor William Livingston, painted by Bertha Swain. Credits: Russ Jones

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Livingston Historical Society will celebrate this holiday season at its annual Holiday Tea and Open House Tour on Sun., Dec. 7, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Force Homestead Museum, which is located at 366 South Livingston Avenue.

Once again, guests will be able to decorate the traditional Christmas tree with hand-made trimmings of cranberries and popcorn and adorn the historical house with Colonial-style decorations using fresh-picked garden materials. Historical Society members will be the hosts for the festivities and will serve home-made fingerothers foods and desserts along with the traditional hot-mulled cider.

Members, guests, friends and local residents are invited to attend. The Force Home will remain decorated for the entire month of December.

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Essex County Holiday House Tour

In addition, the Livingston community is invited to attend open houses at any one of the 17 historic homes and sites throughout Essex County that will open their doors for the weekend and offer similar holiday displays. Most will be open Sunday, Dec. 7. The Livingston Historical Society is proud to have its own Force Homestead included on this tour.

Participating sites include the Ballantine House. Any family or small group is welcome to take a private tour. Arrangements may be made by calling Lorraine Palmer at (973) 992-6896. In addition, Fees and times vary by location, more information about the tours can be found at

Other locations include:

  • Newark Museum;
  • Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark;
  • The Canfield Morgan House and Museum in Cedar Grove;
  • Kip’s Castle and the Salvatorian Fathers in Verona;
  • Glenmont at Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange;
  • Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills; Grover Cleveland’s Birthplace in Caldwell;
  • Kingsland Manor in Nutley;
  • The Montclair Historical Society properties: Charles Shultz House (Evergreens), Israel Crane House and Nathaniel Crane House and Historic YWCA in Montclair;
  • Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center in Bloomfield;
  • The Walther House at Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Upper Montclair; and
  • The Zenas Crane Homestead in West Caldwell. 

The Essex County Historic Holiday House Tour is organized by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs and is supported by an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State. For more information, call 973 239-2465.

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