About

Welcome to the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms!  
 


This 30-acre National Historic Landmark is the centerpiece of Gustav Stickley’s early 20th century country estate.  The Stickley family’s home, known as the Log House, was built in 1911 and is one of the most significant landmarks of the American Arts and Crafts movement.  It has been restored to its 1911 appearance and is operated by the Craftsman Farms Foundation as a historic house museum.  Tours of the Log House are available year round, as well as group tours for clubs, churches, special interested groups, schools, scouts, etc.  

The Museum also offers lectures, workshops, and numerous educational programs, plus two family days each year.   Off-site exhibitions are mounted and exhibition catalogues, which include new scholarship, are produced annually.   

The Museum’s growing collection includes numerous Stickley furnishings, many which are original to the Log House, plus textiles, pottery, metalwork, and archival materials.  In addition to these priceless objects on view in the Log House, an original Stickley bungalow has been furnished with touchable Arts and Crafts furnishings.  A visit to this bungalow, known as North Cottage, allows visitors the opportunity sit in the chairs and fully experience Arts and Crafts living.  Tours of North Cottage must be books in advance. 

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms is committed to assuring that all individuals can participate in our programs. If you require the use of assistive listening devices or other special assistance please call at least two weeks in advance.   Five handicapped parking spaces are available opposite the Museum entrance, and the building is equipped with a fully handicapped accessible bathroom.  The historic Log House walkways are gravel, but have been graded to make wheel chair access possible.

Visitor amenities include the well-stocked Museum Shop, which carries handmade Arts and Crafts style pottery, tiles, jewelry, as well as books, magazines, and Stickley Museum souvenirs.  A guidebook to the history of the site has been produced and is available on-line and in the Museum Shop.  Beverages and packaged snack food are available for purchase and picnic tables are situated throughout the site.

4 Responses to About

  1. Eron S. Pearce says:

    I have just finished Gustav Stickley’s book “Craftman Homes, Architure and Furnishings of the American Arts and Crafts Movement”. What a great and inspiring book. I have always been a fan of Craftsman Style of house. As a draftsman, I enjoy drawing that style the most. I hope to one day visit the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms.

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  3. John Crosby Freeman says:

    I was trolling this morning for information about Hodgson’s Portable Houses (1916) and discovered Winterthur’s copy is available via Internet Archive. The title page reveals the following factoid: Hodgon’s New York showroom was located in the Craftsman Building.

  4. John Crosby Freeman says:

    Judy and I were privileged to be the guests of Charter Members Joan and Dane Wells at Saturday’s 25th Anniversary Gala. No historic preservation event has made a stronger impression on me that most, of not all, successful salvation and revival of America’s architectural heritage is akin to that truism about politics: “All politics is local.” Likewise, “All historic preservation is local politics.” I learned this was absolutely the case with Craftsman Farms. Although many individuals, both local and national, have generously given their time and talent, it was the yearly political allocations of local funds by elected officials that greatly aided the transformation of Craftsman Farms into what it is today. Thank you Parsipanny and Troy Hills, New Jersey!

    No doubt I will offend some delicate sensibilities when I say there was nothing about Craftsman Farms as an architectural artifact 25 years ago, its exterior neglected, its interior soaked in white white paint, denuded of its furnishings, that might attract national and international attention sufficient for its preservation. The chief value of Crafts Farms was its surviving landscape, and as such it was able to justify the yearly allocation of local public funding. It was this feature that enabled local residents to adopt and regularly use Craftsman Farms as their possession. In the cold calculations of the tourist trade, Craftsman Farms has become a destination site, with the usual ancillary benefits, that belongs to the people of Parsippany and Troy Hills, New Jersey.

    Also, a big thank you to those local and national individuals who have donated the return of so many of Craftsman Farm’s original furnishings, whose increasing value over 25 years significantly improved their tax benefits. We can thank Barbra Streisand for initially kickstarting the skyrocketing value of Craftsman furniture with her auction purchase, for over $600,000, of Gustav Stickley’s great sideboard.

    Finally, our guided tour of the house by a young scholar was excellent. Her enthusiasm as well as her knowledge was excellent. If any reader of this has never visited Craftsman Farms or not done so recently, add it to your travel plans and reserve your guided tour. There are plenty of food establishments on Route 10 where you could gather a picnic basket to linger in the Craftsman Farms landscape. The best time to visit the landscape is during a local event, because nothing enlivens an American landscape better than being festively filled with families.

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