Blackledge-Kearney House, NJ
Historic Site Information
Listed on the National and State Registries of Historic Places as the "Blackledge-Kearney House" but known more familiarly as the "Kearney House" or "Cornwallis Headquarters", this humble structure is the oldest building in the New Jersey Section of the Palisades Interstate Park. The southern half of the house, made of native stone and timbers, dates to before 1802. The northern, wood-frame section was added in the 1840s, the large porch in the early 1900s. Through its long life, the house has served as a Hudson River homestead, a tavern, a park police station, a caretaker's residence, and finally a museum. Today, it helps bring to life two centuries in the story of the Hudson River and those who have depended upon it for their lives and livelihoods.

The Kearney House is closed for the season. The site will reopen regular hours in May.

For more information, please call (201) 768-1360.
Things To Do & See
Barn Dance
Rachel's Rangers
Special Events
Hooked on the Hudson
The Kearney House sponsors this event at Alpine Pavilion, with a live band and dance caller Dave Harvey. Check the calendar to see when our next Barn Dance will be held!
These summertime hiking adventures for children, led by the Kearney House staff, are held on weekday mornings in August. Each hike meets at 10 AM at a different place in the park and covers about 3 miles in 2 hours over relatively easy trails. For children ages five and up. Check our calendar for meeting places.
Special events are held each year at the Kearney House during which participants are invited to help re-create a nineteenth-century Hudson River tavern. Some of these programs are “open-house” type affairs, appropriate for children as well as adults, with no reservations required. Other “tavern” programs are for adults and require reservations.
Sponsored by the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association and held in early spring at Ross Dock Picnic Area, this annual event features a fishing contest, fun and activities for children, exhibitions by environmental groups, and more. Admission is free (parking fee may be in effect).
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