Craftsman Farms Grounds Tours

As we continue to recover and rebuild from Tropical Storm Isaias, we are pleased to re-open for Reservation-Only Grounds Tours of Craftsman Farms.

“The lay of the land on which Craftsman Farms rests, deep in the sunny New Jersey hills… gives it an individuality, unique and forceful…To make such a vast undertaking…take shape and gather beauty has required… an imagination able to foresee results far in the distance.”

Craftsman Farms: Its Development and Future,” The Craftsman, October 1913.

Craftsman Farms Grounds Tours:
*Friday, Saturday and Sunday (June – October):

*Advance reservations are required. Some tour times may not be available. Please check calendar for availability.
Each tour will be limited to 10 people. We thank you for practicing social distancing.

Fees:
$10 adult
$7 student or senior (65+)
$4 children under 12

Tour duration: Approximately 45 minutes.

PLEASE NOTE:

Advance reservations are required. Some tour times may not be available. To inquire about same day reservations, call the office at 973-540-0311.
Tours will be held rain or shine. The tour is entirely outdoors and stays on paved surfaces, but there is a steep grade. No seating is available. Moderate to good overall mobility required.
Restrooms are available in the Education Center. A mask or face covering is required to enter the building.
Advance reservations are required for all visits. The property and all buildings remain closed for construction.

Health & Safety:

The Stickley Museum takes the health and safety of visitors, staff and the community seriously and is closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on an ongoing basis.

While on a Craftsman Farms Grounds Tour, wearing a face covering outdoors is optional and not required if you are fully vaccinated or you can maintain a distance of 6 feet from other people when outdoors. If not, we recommend that you wear a face covering to protect yourself and those around you. A mask or face covering is required indoors.

Cancellation Policy:

Customers will receive a full refund or credit with 24 hours notice of cancellation. Customers will also receive a full refund or credit in case of museum cancellation due to extreme weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price.

Take a guided tour of the grounds of Craftsman Farms and experience Gustav Stickley’s country estate and verdant landscape nestled “deep in the sunny New Jersey hills.”

Tour the grounds of Craftsman Farms and experience Gustav Stickley’s country estate and lush landscape nestled “deep in the sunny New Jersey hills” with your guide. Craftsman Farms, developed in the early 20th century, represents the culmination of Stickley’s ideals about simple, practical living, building in harmony with nature, and self-sufficiency. Craftsman Farms was too, the realization of a personal dream to design and build a home “that as completely expressed one’s own taste and individuality as the painting of a picture or writing of a book. In fact,” Stickley continues, “I can think of no creative work that is so absorbingly delightful as this creation of a home to live in for the rest of one’s life.”(1) With its wooded hills, wandering brooks, low-lying meadows and plenty of land for gardens and orchards, Stickley felt the land of Craftsman Farms was planned for him by nature herself, which he embraced with a clarity of vision, lit by enthusiasm, that remains evident today.

The Craftsman Farms Grounds Tour travels along the original Craftsman Farms entry road through the historic core of the property and includes a tour of the landscape as well as the exterior of the Log House, cottages, and rehabilitated garage (now the Education Center). Exterior only. All buildings are closed to visitors at this time.

(1)“A Visit to Craftsman Farms: The Study of an Educational Ideal,” The Craftsman, September 1910.

Craftsman Farms, the former home of noted designer Gustav Stickley, is owned by the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills and is operated by The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Inc., (“SMCF”) (formerly known as The Craftsman Farms Foundation, Inc.). SMCF is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of New Jersey. Restoration of the National Historic Landmark, Craftsman Farms, is made possible, in part, by a Save America’s Treasures Grant administered by the National Parks Service, Department of the Interior, and by support from the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust, The New Jersey Historic Trust, and individual donors. SMCF received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State and a grant from the New Jersey Arts & Culture Recovery Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation. Educational programs are funded, in part, by grants from the Arts & Crafts Research Fund.