Women's Heritage Trail

Women's Heritage Trail (HM1LEW)

Location: Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423 Bergen County
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N 41° 0.393', W 74° 7.063'

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Theodosia Bartow Prevost

The Hermitage was home to Theodosia Bartow Prevost during the Revolutionary War, when she was married to British officer James Marcus Prevost. During the war, Theodosia was left to run the farm in the middle of a heavily contested area, and through her resourcefulness was able to protect her home when many others in the area were confiscated. Prevost used contacts in Trenton to open up her home to American officers, while still maintaining a good relationship with British troops. After the death of her husband, James Marcus, in 1781, Prevost married future Vice President Aaron Burr, whom she met while advocating for the protection of her home. The present Gothic Revival design of The Hermitage, which is owned by the State of New Jersey, dates from an extensive renovation undertaken in 1847.
"Mrs. Prevost presents her best respects to his Excellency Gen'l Washington. Requests the Honour of His Company as she flatters herself the accommodations will be more Commodious than those procured in the Neighborhood. Mrs. Prevost will be particularly happy to make her House Agreeable to His Excellency, and family - Hermitage Friday Morning, eleven o'clock"
The invitation to Washington ... - Dorothy V. Smith, "Mrs. Prevost requests the Honour of His Company," Manuscripts, XI, No. 3, Fall 1959, 27-31.
Theodosia Bartow Prevost's life is represented at The Hermitage as that of a well respected, independent woman managing hearth and home. Because of her integral role defining Women and Domestic Life, Theodosia is on the New Jersey Women's Heritage Trail.
The New Jersey Women's Heritage Trail highlights a collection of historic sites located around the state that represent the significant contributions women made to the history of our state. The Heritage Trail brings to life the vital role of women in New Jersey's past and present.
"It was a knowledge of your mind which first inspired me with respect for that of your sex."
- Aaron Burr to Theodosia Prevost Burr, February 15, 1793. Matthew Davis, Memoirs of Aaron Burr (1836), Volume I.
Placed ByDepartment of Community Affairs, New Jersey Historic Trust, Department of Environmental Protection, Historic Preservation Office
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Date Added Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at 6:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 574194 N 4539859
Decimal Degrees41.00655000, -74.11771667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 0.393', W 74° 7.063'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 0' 23.58" N, 74° 7' 3.78" W
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Area Code(s)201
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 335 Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus NJ 07423, US
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