On Sunday, December 8, 2019, the Sparta Historical Society will decorate the Van Kirk Homestead Museum in a vintage holiday style.  We invite the community and families to stop by.   This will be the last opportunity to visit the Van Kirk Homestead this year. The Holiday opening will be held from 1-4 pm..


As part of the Holiday Open House, all permanent gallery rooms, both main floor, downstairs and upstairs will be in operation.  The permanent main floor Sparta Gallery room displays Sparta’s diverse economic, historical and cultural heritage featuring Sparta’s Native American artifacts, Robert Ogden letters, exhibits on agriculture and early industries, Lake Mohawk and tourism.  The permanent main floor Farm Gallery room displays vintage farming tools as well as a farm model display.  As you enter, the Van Kirk Homestead, the Victorian parlor with its period furnishings greet you.  We are pleased to announce, that this year, music will be provided by Sparta High School Chamber Club, enabling all to enjoy a perfect pre-holiday afternoon with music and refreshments.


Most important of all, this will be the final day to see the Fall 2019 exhibit, “NJ Glass:  Earth, Wind and Fire” on loan from Museum of American Glass located in Millville, NJ. Our changing gallery will be reopening in April 2020 with a brand new spring exhibit regarding Thomas Edison.  Stay tuned for more on our 2020 event plans!




The Van Kirk Homestead Museum is located at 336 Main Street (Rte. 517, use Middle School Driveway), Sparta.  Further details or group reservations, call 973-726-0883 or Email: spartahistoricalsocnj@gmail.com.  The museum will be closed from January through March 2020 preparing for the new year.   “2019 Funding has been made available in part by the NJ Historical Commission and NJ Council of the Arts through the County History Partnership Program, as administered by the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council.”