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"Gems of South Orange" House Tour - October 14, 2017

"Gems of South Orange" House Tour
Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Village of South Orange has long been known for its diverse stock of attractive residences lining peaceful, leafy streets. From 11:00 am - 4:00 pm on October 14, 2017, an estimated 600 visitors will view the interiors and exteriors, collections, and landscaping of eight astounding private homes that they could previously admire only from afar.

Known as one of New Jersey's premier house tours, this year's biennial "Gems of South Orange," presented by The South Orange Historical and Preservation Society, will feature a wide variety of distinctive homes built in four different centuries in years from 1787 to 2007.

Purchasing an admission ticket will permit visitors docent-guided close-up views of the décor, exteriors, furnishings, and gardens of eight special houses ranging from a post- Revolutionary expanded farmhouse to a neo-classic hybrid built in smartphone times.
The tour begins at the South Orange Performing Arts Center where each attendee will pick up a Guidebook/map. SOPAC is just off South Orange Avenue at the train station. 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Classic autos matching the vintage of appropriate homes will be parked at the properties.

Free parking is available in the NJTransit/SOPAC parking lot.

For those who prefer not to drive, free jitneys will stop at SOPAC and at every Tour house, running in a continuous loop.

Children under the age of 12 will not be admitted.

SOHPS is dedicated to preserving and promoting the distinctive attractions, architecture, and features of South Orange Village. The group places historic plaques around town, organizes symposiums, provides college scholarships for essays on historic topics, and participates in grant-writing for historical and civic ventures, among other activities. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 day of tour. To purchase discounted advance tickets for the House Tour, go to For more information, e-mail

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