Durand-Hedden House and Garden is an historic house museum that finds interesting ways to explore our community's fascinating past - through nature, architecture, music, food, social life, local history, reenactments and participatory activities - and to spotlight the "treasures" in our own backyards. Our aim is to make history exciting and relevant for all ages.
The Durand-Hedden House is an historic house museum owned by the Township of Maplewood and managed by a non-profit association of citizen trustees. Its purpose is to preserve, restore and interpret the historic Durand-Hedden House and grounds and related collections.
It is dedicated to providing diverse educational exhibits and programs that foster the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the heritage and development of the Maplewood area and surrounding towns from the time of its original settlement in the late 17th century to the late 20th century.
By creating an environment in which history can come alive, the Durand-Hedden House has attracted the interest and participation of a wide variety of individuals and groups over the years. They have made donations and loans of antique furniture, textiles and other objects, have volunteered their services as educators and workers, and have contributed the funds to present compelling programs.
And most important, they have come to participate and learn. Highlights of programs have included demonstrations on the 18th century loom by a local teacher, carving of oars and a rake from an ash tree that fell on the property; concerts by local and regional artists,; a visit from a highly respected actor playing George Washington, and an annual Muster by re-enactors of Revolutionary and Civil War brigades.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.
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