Christmas At Kips Castle

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 / 34 comments
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Several months ago I wrote about Kip's Castle, which is located in parts of both Verona (8 acres) and Montclair, New Jersey (2 acres).

Frederic Ellsworth Kip was a wealthy man who had his home constructed to look like a Norman castle. In the 1980's it was inhabited by a weird religious cult.

The property is now part of the New Jersey Green Acres program and is an Essex County Park. Anyone can stroll around the grounds from dawn until dusk, although the interiors are usually prohibited. Occasionally the castle is open for special events, especially during the holiday season. 

The castle is beautifully decorated with TWO Christmas trees and is obviously lovingly maintained. When you walk around the balcony and look out the windows and also walk around the grounds, you do feel as if you're in a castle.
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I originally wrote about Kips Castle here.

You can read more about Kips Castle:


Discover A Landmark Treasure (.pdf)

The New York Times (written when the cult was in the castle)

Dumont Castle/Kips Castle

The Kips Castle Parks Conservancy

Lost In New Jersey (written before the castle was restored -- photos are missing in the interesting article)

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  1. Wow, what lovely decorations. Those trees are just beautiful. I have to say I love the outside shot (the last shot)
    Would love for you to stop by and share

  2. Thanks for sharing such lovely photos. This is definitely a site I would visit when I am in Jersey!
    Have a wonderful week!


  3. Wow, this is beautiful!
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  5. Absolutely stunning!!!

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  6. LOVE the stained glass and the fireplace surround.  Great photo set.

  7. Annie @ButteryBooksDecember 14, 2011 at 7:55 AM

    Those cut glass windows are spectacular!  What a beautiful place.  If I'm ever up that way, I will definitely visit.
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  8. I really really love your photos! I feel like I'm actually there! Thanks so much for sharing! ;-)
    Greeting from the Philippines! Merry Christmas!

  9. Caite@a lovely shore breezeDecember 14, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    very, very nice.
    once again, how do I know nothing about this place?

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  11. Great decorating ideas!  Love these pics!!

  12. Wow, what gorgeous windows , woodwork and mantles in the castle.

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  14. That castle looks very beautiful inside and out. Kips Castle seems like a wonderful place for these kinds of celebrations. I love it.

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