Historical Society Open House

A&E. The Sparta Historical Society will hold an Open House at 1 p.m. on Dec. 8. It's the last opportunity to visit the Van Kirk Homestead this year.

01 Dec 2019 | 01:39

On Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, the Sparta Historical Society will decorate the Van Kirk Homestead Museum in a vintage holiday style and the public is invited. This will be the last opportunity to visit the Van Kirk Homestead in 2019. The Holiday opening will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m..

All permanent gallery rooms, both main floor, downstairs and upstairs will be in operation. The permanent main floor Sparta Gallery room displays Sparta’s diverse economic, historical and cultural heritage featuring Sparta’s Native American artifacts, Robert Ogden letters, exhibits on agriculture and early industries, Lake Mohawk and tourism. The permanent main floor Farm Gallery room displays vintage farming tools as well as a farm model display. As you enter, the Van Kirk Homestead, the Victorian parlor with its period furnishings greet you. This year, music will be provided by Sparta High School Chamber Club.

This will be the final day to see the Fall 2019 exhibit, “NJ Glass: Earth, Wind and Fire” on loan from Museum of American Glass located in Millville, NJ. The changing gallery will reopen in April 2020 with a brand new spring exhibit regarding Thomas Edison. Stay tuned for more on the Historical Society's 2020 event plans.

The Van Kirk Homestead Museum is located at 336 Main Street (Rte. 517, use Middle School Driveway), Sparta. Further details or group reservations, call 973-726-0883 or send email to spartahistoricalsocnj@gmail.com. The museum will be closed from January through March 2020 preparing for the new year.