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Get A Guided Tour Of Kip’s Castle


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If you always wanted to get a better look inside Kip’s Castle, you’ll get your chance this spring: Essex County, which owns the property, is going to hold guided tours of Kip’s Castle twice a week during the evening.

The tours will be held on Tuesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 26; Tuesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 3; and Tuesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 10, all at 7 p.m. Kip’s Castle Park is located at 22 Crestmont Road.

“Kip’s Castle is a unique landmark that gives us a rare glimpse into Essex County’s past. It offers spectacular views of the County and of New York City,” DiVincenzo said. “We welcome everyone to visit the Castle, learn about its history and experience the grounds in a new way through these guided evening tours,” he added.

Light refreshments will be available. Admission is $8. Space is limited. For information, please call 973-433-7469. Registration is required.

Kip’s Castle is a magnificent 9,000 square foot mansion that replicates a medieval Norman castle. The estate spans 11 acres of land on the ridge of First Mountain, resting in both Montclair and Verona, and provides spectacular views of New York City. The exteriors of both the castle and the 6,000 square foot, two-story carriage house are constructed of local trap rock trimmed with sandstone. The interior of the castle consists of 30 distinguished rooms of varying shapes which include vaulted ceilings and six ornate fireplaces.

The Castle was originally known as “Kypsburg.” It was constructed over a three-year period from 1902 through 1905 by Frederic Ellsworth Kip and his wife, Charlotte Bishop Williams Kip. Frederic was a wealthy textile inventor and industrialist who also published several books related to United States tariff laws. Charlotte is credited for the design of the “Kypsburg” building and grounds, cultivating a renowned octagonal rose garden in the southwest corner of the property. After Charlotte’s passing in 1926, the estate was sold and went through several owners. The building and grounds fell into state of dilapidation until the law firm of Schwartz, Tobia & Stanziale purchased the property in 1985. In the past two decades, a considerable amount of work was done to revitalize the Castle to its original grandeur.

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