What To Do With Kip’s Castle?


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Kip's Castle, December 2009 (Photo courtesy of Fred Goode)

Kip’s Castle is a turn-of-the mansion on Verona’s eastern ridge. It’s been many things over the years, not all of which have been an asset to Verona. Now Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. is inviting the public to attend two meetings to share their ideas about what to do with Kip’s, from property improvements to activities. The input will be used to create a new master plan for Kip’s.

The first meeting will be Tuesday, March 15 at the Israel Crane House, 110 Orange Road in Montclair, at 7 p.m. The second meeting will be Tuesday, March 22 at the Verona Park Boathouse, also at 7 p.m. Both meeting locations are handicap accessible.

The county bought Kip’s in 2007 for $5.6 million, using a $2.8 million grant from New Jersey’s Green Acres program and a $2.8 million grant from the Essex County Recreation and Open Space Trust Fund, and added it to the county parks system. It invested $517,000 in the property that year for signage, paving, lighting and drainage. In addition to the 30-room medieval-style castle, there is also a large carriage house and 11 acres of property, nine of which are in Verona. A variety of county events have been held at Kip’s since, including house tours, concerts, weddings and small group meetings.

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For more information about the meetings, please call 973-239-7072.

Kip’s Castle photo by Fred Goode.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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