Harding Township Historical Society

Tunis-Ellicks House and New Vernon Historic District

The Red Tour

Sunday, May 5, 2024
12pm to 5pm

Tunis-Ellicks House

Harding Township Historical Society

Tunis-Ellicks House and New Vernon Historic District

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The Tunis-Ellicks House, outbuildings, historic gardens, museum and archives welcome visitors with a sense of daily life in a New Jersey farming community of the early 19th century. The house was built in 1795 by George Mitchell on land that became a substantial farm. The exterior appears as it would have in the early 19th century and is a typical example of an East Jersey Cottage. The kitchen wing has been restored as closely as possible to its original appearance. As volunteers worked on the restoration, they discovered an authentic federal mantel and fireplace on the outside wall. Further investigation revealed part of the curve of the original beehive oven. Other features uncovered were the original wide board
floor, plaster walls and the original well room. The fireplace was restored, and the beehive oven was rebuilt.

On the grounds is an original Tramp House, moved in 1988 from the farm of Joseph Hilbert, overseer of the poor in Passaic Township. Built c.1876 to provide a night’s temporary lodging for the many homeless wanderers of the post-Civil War depression years, it is one of the few remaining structures of its type in NJ. In addition, an authentic early-19th century parlor garden containing a variety of herbs and perennials was re-created and is maintained by the New Vernon Garden Club. The Tunis-Ellicks House is on the NJ and National Registers of Historic Places and is part of the New Vernon Historic District.

This year's Pathways tour features topics of discussion established annually by the New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC).