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12 April 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sarah Kiefer, Local History Librarian
201-670-5600 ext. 135

A Home Divided: The Hermitage during the American Civil War with Victoria Harty
Monday, 12 April @ 7pm
Virtual Event

While the battlefields of the American Civil War never reached Northern New Jersey, it was a grim and turbulent time for the Rosencrantz family at the Hermitage. As Northern "peace" Democrats with a deep entanglement with enslavement, the Rosencrantz family was caught between both sides of the Civil War. It was a time marked by deep family division, economic hardship, and personal reckoning. Drawing from the personal accounts of the Rosencrantz family spread between Virginia, Philadelphia, and Bergen County, this presentation explores the varied experiences of a local New Jersey family during an era that defined not only the nation, but the Hermitage as well.

Co-sponsored by the Bolger Heritage Center at the Ridgewood Public Library and The Hermitage.

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