Durand-Hedden House

Family Fun in the Garden at Durand-Hedden House

September 19, 2021, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

A fun-filled afternoon awaits at the Durand-Hedden House. Come and learn about the many plants grown in the Herb Garden and wander the sloping meadow of Grasmere Park. Children’s activities, from old-fashioned games to crafts, will keep young ones entertained. And be sure to visit The Country Store to find a growing array of unique gifts and books for everyone.

Join Durand-Hedden House & Garden for a beloved annual tradition: Gingerbread Houses Now virtual! EXTENDED until January 2, 2021

2020 has been a difficult year, but Durand-Hedden’s Gingerbread House exhibit will go on!

There will be no in-person showings and no contest. Participants will simply email a photo of their gingerbread creation and its title, as well as their name(s) and ages, to Durand-Hedden at info@durandhedden.org by Sunday, December 20.

Photos will be displayed online in these categories: Little Ones (under 8), Youth (9-12), Teen (13-17), Adult (over 18), Professional

Submissions will be available for viewing on Durand-Hedden’s Facebook page in our 2020 Gingerbread House Gallery as it grows. Email info@durandhedden.org with any questions. Have fun!


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Statement from Durand-Hedden House Board of Trustees

The Durand-Hedden House, Maplewood’s historical society, stands with and supports our African American community and the Black Lives Matter movement in the quest for a society that treats all people fairly. We must all work together to right the grave injustices that have made it impossible for Black people to benefit equally from all our nation has to offer.

Last June, Durand-Hedden, in collaboration with the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, presented our research exhibit, The Troubled History of Slavery in New Jersey. The history presented surprised and alarmed many viewers, who had believed that New Jersey, in the North, was a relatively safe and benevolent place for Black people. Tragically, this was not true in the 1800s and, for reasons that are in some ways different and in others the same, it is not true today.

We believe that it is critical, in the diverse communities of Maplewood and South Orange, for Durand-Hedden to continue to work with others to explore and educate the public about the rich history and culture of African Americans, and the often-unheralded role that Black people have played in making our world a better place.

Sincerely,

The Durand-Hedden House Board of Trustees

Durand-Hedden Program Plans

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we have postponed our May 17th event honoring the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, as well as our Juneteenth Celebration, which was scheduled for June 7th. Programs on the Battle of Springfield and the Evolution of the American Flag also will be rescheduled. We hope to be back in action in September, so check in with us here in a couple of months as our 2020-2021 plans take shape.

In the meantime, we thought you might be interested in information about the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic, part of our World War I exhibit in 2017-2018. At that time, troop movements helped to spread the disease. That pandemic killed more than 50 million people around the world, including 675,000 in the United States and 22,000 in New Jersey.

Gingerbread House Contest, ‘Jolly Old St. Nick’ & Holiday Shopping

December 15, 2019, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Come one, come all to the Durand-Hedden House’s holiday event. View a merry medley of gingerbread houses, make a paper ornament, enjoy treats and shop at the Country Store. Kids, teens, families, scouts, adults and professionals are welcome. Interested in being a contestant? Enter by December 14. Children can also visit with our Victorian Santa on the 15th – be sure to have your camera ready.

Celebrate the Season - Gingerbread Houses, ‘Jolly Old St. Nick’ and Holiday Shopping

December 9, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Mark your calendars to register to enter your gingerbread house for the annual contest by December 8!

6th Annual Durand-Hedden Gingerbread House Competition

The Durand-Hedden House is inviting bakers and confectioners of all ages to take part in their 6th annual Gingerbread House Competition. Individuals, families, and food professionals are invited to enter. Any structure – real or imaginary – is eligible. Entries will be exhibited at Durand-Hedden from December 9 and 15 - 16 and then at the Hilton library branch from December 18 to January 17.

Open Hearth Cooking: A Taste of History

January 21, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Durand-Hedden welcomes a new cook skilled in 18th century foodways to our annual historic cooking program honoring late longtime trustee, Irene Kosinski. Margaret Quinn, the spirited shearer who trimmed the wool from visiting sheep at our From Fleece to Cloth event last April, will bring the same energy and skill to our fireplace in January.

Celebrate the Season - Gingerbread Houses, ‘Jolly Old St.Nick’ and Holiday Shopping

December 10, 2017, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

All ages will enjoy the 2017 display of inventive entries to the annual Durand-Hedden Gingerbread House Competition. Interested in being a contestant? Enter by December 8. Don’t forget to bring a camera to 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, while benefitting the Durand-Hedden House.

5th Annual Durand-Hedden Gingerbread House Competition

The Durand-Hedden House is inviting bakers and confectioners of all ages to take part in their 2nd annual Gingerbread House Competition. Individuals, families, and food professionals are invited to enter. Any structure – real or imaginary – is eligible. Entries will be exhibited at Durand-Hedden from December 10 and 16 - 17 and then at the Hilton library branch from December 19 to January 18.

From Parlor to Attic

October 29, 2017, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Have you ever wondered how Durand-Hedden House became Maplewood’s historic house museum? When it was built? Who lived there? Join us for an informal afternoon of exploring Durand-Hedden’s nooks, crannies, and collections. Find answers to these questions and others such as: Did famous artist Asher B. Durand have anything to do with the house? What were the rooms used for? How did that implement work?  Was the house restored and, if so, how did it look before?  Who runs Durand-Hedden and can I be a part of it?

Durand-Hedden House From Parlor to Attic

May 7, 2017, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

An informal afternoon during which visitors can explore many of Durand-Hedden’s nooks, crannies and collections and seek answers to questions like: When was the house built? Who lived here?, Did famous artist Asher B. Durand have anything to do with it? What was this room used for? What was that used for? Was the house restored and if so, how did it look before? Who runs Durand-Hedden and can I be a part of it?

4th Annual Durand-Hedden Gingerbread House Competition

The Durand-Hedden House is inviting bakers and confectioners of all ages to take part in their 4th annual Gingerbread House Competition. Individuals, families, and food professionals are invited to enter. Any structure – real or imaginary – is eligible. Entries will be exhibited at Durand-Hedden from December 11 and 17 - 18 and then at the Hilton library branch from December 19 to January 17.

Celebrate the Season

December 6, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

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.

The 3rd Annual Durand-Hedden House Gingerbread House Competition

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

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.

An Afternoon in the Gardens of Grasmere Park

April 12, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Need advice on how to tackle your garden beds, plants or shrubs this spring as they awaken from their long winter dormancy? Join Durand-Hedden for a ‘hands-on’ day in the gardens on the grounds of Grasmere Park. Experienced gardeners Helen Kensinger and Judy Halesky, and arborist Todd Lamm will explain how to plan, maintain and prune your spring garden.

A Taste of History: Cooking at the Open Hearth

January 25, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Durand-Hedden welcomes a new cook skilled in 18th and 19th century foodways to our annual historic cooking program honoring late longtime trustee, Irene Kosinski. For over 20 years Carlotta Defillo has demonstrated open hearth cooking with flair and dedication at Historic Richmondtown in Staten Island. On the menu this year will be a chicken roasted in a tin reflector oven, crumpets fried on a griddle, tasty “cobblestones” and preserved foods from the fall harvest. Children will be able to try their hand at old-fashioned cooking chores like kneading dough and making butter.

Gingerbread House Entries on Display at Hilton Library

Durand-Hedden hosted its 2nd annual Gingerbread House Competition on Sunday, December 7. All houses, including two versions of Durand-Hedden in gingerbread, will be on display at the Hilton Library through January 10.

Celebrate the Season

December 7, 2014, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

All ages will enjoy exploring the captivating display of inventive entries to the 2014 Durand-Hedden Gingerbread House Competition. Interested in being a contestant? Don’t forget to bring a camera to 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, while benefitting the Durand-Hedden House.

In Living Color: A History of House Paints in America

November 23, 2014, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Calling all house-proud Maplewood residents! Need some ideas for paint colors? This profusely illustrated talk at 2:00 p.m. by preservation consultant and Columbia University Professor Janet W. Foster provides a fascinating look at the materials and colors of historic American architecture. Learn how the paint history on this particular house provides a great starting point for examining the trends that made architecture in the past both beautiful and fashionable.

2nd Annual Durand-Hedden Gingerbread House Competition

The Durand-Hedden House is inviting bakers and confectioners of all ages to take part in their 2nd annual Gingerbread House Competition. Individuals, families, and food professionals are invited to enter. Any structure – real or imaginary – is eligible. Entries will be exhibited at Durand-Hedden from December 7 and 12 - 14 and then at the Hilton library branch from December 15 to January 10.

Everything Old is New Again

September 21, 2014, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Rediscover Durand-Hedden House, Maplewood’s historic house museum, which was freshly painted over the summer and transformed. It is now wearing a new “old” color scheme of straw, dark green and maroon, which represents the era 1865-1880. Find out about the work that was done and the techniques used for this startling change.

Repainting the Durand-Hedden House

The Durand-Hedden House is currently being repainted. Thanks to The Village Green and Mary Mann for this wonderful article about the project.

Durand-Hedden Honors Arbor Day 2014

Each April, through the influence of arborist Todd Lamm, Durand-Hedden has celebrated Arbor Day by planting trees in Grasmere Park. Arbor Day was founded 135 years ago in Nebraska by Sterling Morton and is now a major national and international event. In 2013, through the help of the NJ Tree Foundation we placed native White Pine and Red Oak saplings throughout the grounds and are eagerly watching their growth. This spring we planted two pink flowering dogwoods along the drive.

A Taste of History at the Open Hearth

January 26, 2014, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Skilled 18th century cook Mercy Ingraham returns to the kitchen fire at the Durand-Hedden House this year as we remember our late longtime trustee Irene Kosinski.

What’s the Buzz?: An Update on the Busy Beehives at Durand-Hedden

September 29, 2013, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Join Durand-Hedden’s beekeepers in Grasmere Park Sunday, September 29 as they report on theprogress of their two thriving honeybee hives. Bees are vitally important to our world, but many are disappearing due to the mysterious malady of colony-collapse disorder.

Arbor Day Tree Planting Volunteers Needed

To celebrate Arbor Day 2013 on April 26, the Durand-Hedden House, Maplewood’s Historic House Museum, is looking for volunteers to help with planting dozens of young trees throughout historic Grasmere Park. J. Todd Lamm, the New Jersey Certified Tree Expert who cares for the trees and shrubs on the grounds, said that the saplings, red oaks and white pines, will be donated by the New Jersey Tree Foundation, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to developing community forestry activities and providing trees to public lands in New Jersey.

Catching the Spirit

A group called Free Spirit Paranormal Investigators (FSPI) came to Durand-Hedden one hot night in August, when the moon was waxing gibbous and 93% full (according to their report), and set up cameras and sensors for a three-hour session of observation and sensation.

Acquisitions: Recent Additions to the Collection

Generous donations enabled Durand-Hedden to purchase a 19th century folk-art portrait of Durand painted by an untrained artist, based on an 1845 daguerreotype portrait. It will be hung in the parlor along with works by Durand.

Grants For the Gardens

The New Jersey Committee of the Garden Club of America made a $5,000 donation to the Durand-Hedden House in 2008, enabling us to make a number of changes on the grounds seen and unseen.

Flooring by the Numbers

Restoration of an old house is an ongoing process. In 2000, as Island Housewrights restoration experts worked to finish stripping the floorboards on the second floor of the Durand-Hedden House, Don DeFillo noticed some odd markings -- invisible when covered with paint -- on the ends of several boards.

A Brief History of The Durand-Hedden House

The Durand-Hedden House, whose original structure was built in about 1790, sits on two acres of the original plantation that was part of a 72-acre tract of land acquired by Ebenezer Hedden before 1740.

Archeology in New Jersey: Why, How, Who

October 19, 2008, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Principal Archaeologist of Hunter Research, Ian C. Burrow, Ph.D., is currently excavating sites in Trenton and recently one in nearby Madison. His talk will enlighten us about who archeologists are and how they work and will illustrate recent discoveries at these NJ digs through both with slides and artifacts.

Old Home Day at Durand-Hedden

January 13, 2008, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Become a history detective: Come explore our community's own

Haunted History

October 17, 2010, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Next Event

October 17, 2021, 1:00 PM

The Forgotten Victory: The Battle of Springfield of 1780

Come to the Durand-Hedden House on Sunday, Oct. 17 to learn about the critical Revolutionary War battle of 1780 that was fought just down the road from here, in Vauxhall, the Short Hills, Springfield and Connecticut Farms (Union).

Historian John Kieser will bring to life this often-overlooked conflict, in which the New Jersey militia held off the British and prevented them from getting to Washington’s troops in Morristown.

House and Country Store open 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Presentation at 2:00 pm

Proof of vaccination and masks required.


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