Durand-Hedden House

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Next Event

February 24, 2019, 1:00 PM

The Story of Golf Island


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