WEST ORANGE, NJ -  Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites the public to celebrate the holiday season and participate in the Fourth Annual Essex County Historic Holiday House Tour. Thirteen Essex County historic sites will be decorated for the holidays and open to the public for a weekend tour. The tour includes Essex County Kip’s Castle and the Walther House at the Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, and participating for the first time this year is the Nutley Museum. The self-guided house tour will be held Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th at the following locations:

Essex County Kip’s Castle Park

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22 Crestmont Road, Verona

973-239-2485www.essexcountynj.org

Admission is free. Open 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Walther House at the Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair

973-783-5974www.essexcountynj.org

Admission is free. Open 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Ballantine House at Newark Museum

49 Washington Street, Newark

973-596-6550www.newarkmuseum.org

Suggested admission is $10 for adults, $6 for children, seniors and students, and free for Newark Museum members. Open 12 Noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Canfield-Morgan House and Museum

903 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove

973-239-5414www.cedargrovehistoricalsociety.org

Admission is free. Open 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Force Homestead and Museum

366 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston

973-533-0211www.livingstonnj.org/historicalsociety.htm

Admission is free. Open 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Glenmont at Thomas Edison National Historical Park

211 Main Street, West Orange

973-736-0550, Ext. 11; www.nps.gov/edis

Admission is $7 per person and free for children under 16. Tickets can be purchased at the Park’s Visitor Center and include access to the Laboratory. Open 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday by tour only.

Grover Cleveland Birthplace

207 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell

973-226-0001www.clevelandbirthplace.org

Admission is free but donations will be accepted. Open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Kingsland Manor

3 Kingsland Street, Nutley

www.nutleynj.org

Admission by donation. Open 1 to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Montclair Historical Properties

973-744-1796www.montclairhistorical.org

Admission is $5 per person with a maximum of $25 charged per family, and free for children and members of the Montclair Historical Society. Open 1 to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Israel and Nathaniel Crane Houses

108 and 110 Orange Road, Montclair

The Charles Shultz House-Evergreens, Montclair

30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair

Nutley Museum

65 Church Street, Nutley

973-235-0773www.nutleyhistoricalsociety.org/

Admission is free. Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Zenas Crane Homestead

289 Westville Avenue, West Caldwell

973-226-8976

Admission is free. Open 1:30 to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

“The Holiday House Tour is a great example of organizations throughout the County pooling their resources to create a wonderful event for families to enjoy and to shed insight into how the holidays were celebrated in the past,” DiVincenzo said. “Take a break from the hustle and bustle this December and visit 13 local homes that will have decked the halls in holiday extravagance for one spectacular weekend. Tour historic Essex County with your friends and delight in the spirit of the season.” 

The public can visit each site at their own pace. The houses will be exquisitely decorated for the holidays and be open for public viewing. Each site will offer something unique, including musical entertainment, refreshments or educational programs. There may be an admission fee at some locations. For more information, please call 973-239-2485or visit www.essexcountynj.org.