Mount Tabor House Tour

Saturday, September 30, 2023
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Rain or Shine

Experience the unique qualities of this historic community, exuberant Victorian gingerbread houses, and charming cottage gardens.

Note Deadlines:
ADVANCE ONLINE orders will close at noon on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023.
Advance orders by MAIL must be received by noon on Monday, Sept. 25, 2023.

Tickets may be purchased on the day of the tour for $35 at the check-in table located in the Old Firehouse on Simpson Avenue. The parking shuttle will drop you off at this location.

Note on Box Lunches:
Box lunches must be ordered in advance. Box Lunches are from Subway and include your choice of Turkey Sub or Veggie Sub, a bag of chips, a cookie, and a bottle of water. Please make your sandwich selection when ordering your ticket via online button (Paypal or credit card).

Note on tickets:
You will not receive an electronic ticket or a ticket by mail.
Please bring your receipt to the check-in table.

To order tickets by MAIL, send your check along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Mount Tabor Historical Society – House Tour, P.O. Box 271, Mount Tabor, NJ 07878

Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the tour for $35 at the check-in table located in the Old Firehouse on Simpson Avenue. The parking shuttle will drop you off at this location.

This walkable, self-guided tour of the Mount Tabor Historic District tour highlights some of Mount Tabor’s most delightful Victorian Houses and unique “hidden gardens.”

Houses and gardens can be visited in any order, at any time, during the event window, allowing guests to go at their own pace. All tours begin at the check-in table located at the Old Firehouse on Simpson Avenue where printed tour booklets with the self-guided map can be picked up or purchased on the day of the tour. Box lunches are only available by ordering in advance with your ticket online.

Encounter the rich heritage of the community by stepping inside a furnished replica Camp Meeting Tent and visiting the remarkable period interior of the Richardson History House, a camp meeting cottage museum. Inside the historic Tabernacle, you will find displayed a large and diverse quilt show.

Founded in 1869, the Mount Tabor Historic District embodies the distinctive characteristics of a permanent Methodist Camp Meeting Ground that evolved into a summer residential community. Particularly notable is the architecture of the early camp meeting Stick-Style and Gothic Revival-influenced cottages with their prominent steep gables, open porches, and elaborate gingerbread embellishments.

Mount Tabor is located in Morris County along Route 53 between Denville and Morris Plains. Mount Tabor is also a stop on the NJ Transit Morris & Essex line. Click if you need detailed driving directions or a map of the Mount Tabor historic section for House Tour day.

Parking is very limited in Mount Tabor! We have arranged for easy parking and free shuttle service at the Mount Tabor Elementary School on Park Road, located a half-mile south off of Route 53. (Use this address for online maps or GPS: 864 Park Rd Morris Plains NJ). The shuttle will run continuously to and from Mount Tabor from 10:30-4:30.

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For additional information call 973-975-0001, or email us at [email protected]

This event is the largest fundraiser for the Mount Tabor Historical Society. The non-profit organization puts all event proceeds back into the community through beautification, educational, and preservation projects, including the restoration of the Richardson History House.

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The Mount Tabor Historical Society is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose purpose is to preserve and restore the Victorian heritage of Mount Tabor, NJ, to increase community awareness and participation in planning for the future, in harmony with its past. Formed in 1990, the all-volunteer organization is active in the community hosting educational activities, speakers, and programs for the public. The MTHS is a proud steward of the Richardson History House, a camp meeting cottage museum that is open to the public on the second Sunday of every month from 12 to 4 pm and also by appointment. Funding for the restoration of the Richardson History House has been received from the Morris County Historic Preservation Fund, an operating expenses grant has been provided by the Morris County Heritage Commission, and proceeds from MTHS fundraisers such as our annual historic house tour and many individual donors.

Mount Tabor was founded in 1869 as a Methodist camp meeting ground – the site where a camp meeting was held for ten days each summer and evolved to become a summer resort community. Eventually, the summer tents and cottages became year-round houses, still within the dimensions of the original 25-foot-by-16-foot tent lots. The close proximity and tiny lots created an environment that fostered the diminutive gingerbread cottages so prominent in camp meeting communities.

Today, Mount Tabor is a year-round neighborhood within Parsippany-Troy Hills Township and still enjoys the strong sense of community its original founders intended. It has a historic heritage that is being proudly preserved.

Mount Tabor was listed on the New Jersey State Register of Historic Places in January 2015 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in March 2015.