Alpine New Jersey is well known as one of the world’s most affluent communities where magnificent estate residences are hidden in heavily wooded settings only 15 minutes from New York City. While Alpine NJ is certainly one of the most exclusive and highly prized locations, it also has a rich history dating back to before the American Revolutionary War.
New Alpine residents soon discover a spectacular nature preserve that hosts a boat basin and a 1700’s pub – The Kearney House.. This 18th century establishment has a colorful past and is the scene of many dining and other events. Open to the public from May through October, there are also special events during the colder months. In fact, November is a busy time at the Kearney House with “Short Stories for Long Nights” on the 21st and Thanksgiving Time on the 27th and 28th.
Kearney House activities are so popular that they are often sold out; it’s a good idea to plan early. Located along the Hudson River by the Alpine Boat Basin, you are transported into another world the moment you drive down to the river. Imagine taking your children out to a candle light dinner in this historic tavern only 10 minutes from your Alpine. home. It’s a wonderful way to teach them about how people lived during the past. General Cornwallis is said to have stayed there in 1776.
Listed on the National and New Jersey Historic Registers as the Blackledge-Kearney House, you can keep on top of what’s happening at Mrs. Kearney’s house through a calendar of events or by calling the Palisades Interstate Park at 201-768-1360.