Elias Wade Durand (American 1824-1908) The Birthplace of Asher B. Durand (detail), before 1854, Maplewood Memorial Library, Maplewood New Jersey, Gift of Louis Durand Morris
Note: The Durand-Hedden House, owned by Henry Durand, is the house in the background.


Next Event

December 6, 2015, 1:00 PM

Celebrate the Season

All ages will enjoy the 2015 display of inventive entries to the annual Durand-Hedden Gingerbread House Competition. Interested in being a contestant? Enter by December 3. Catch a photo of your children with our real live “Victorian Santa.” Shop the Country Store to find inexpensive and unique gifts for family, friends and teachers.

Support Us

Membership in the Durand-Hedden House & Garden Association is open to all. Please consider your membership an invitation to join us as a volunteer or docent educator.

The Country Store

Nov 23, 2015

Now open Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5 pm.

Unique gifts for the holidays, local and handmade.

  • Gifts from Maplewood and New Jersey
  • Honey from local bees
  • Gruning’s Hot Fudge

Wide selection of books on New Jersey history:

  • By local authors
  • Coloring books
  • Paper doll books
  • Rare books:
    • Smile! about Olympic Park
    • The Uplands Plantation by Bea Herman about Maplewood’s earliest settlers

The famous 1931 Map of Maplewood, full of whimsical drawings, printed on archival paper, available with or without matting

Gifts you won’t find anywhere else.

We had a wonderful program today with the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. Thanks to them and to everyone who came out to join us.

The Durand-Hedden house invites bakers and confectioners of all ages – individuals, families, food professionals – to take part in its 2015 Gingerbread House Competition. Any structure – real or imaginary – is eligible. Interested in being a contestant? Enter by December 3. Winners will be revealed at the December 6 open house.  Entries will be exhibited at Durand-Hedden from December 6 to 13 and then at the Hilton library branch from December 14 to January 16.

2015-2016 Programs

Sep 29, 2015

We are pleased to launch our 2015-2016 program year, as always an exploration of our rich local and natural history. In October we welcome the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. The highlight of November will be an enlightening introduction to the history and wonders of the City of Newark, which turns 350 next year. In December our Gingerbread House Contest and Meet Santa day, once again are sure to be hits of the holiday season. More details about the Fall Open Houses and events are on the Events page.