NJ: Ringwood Manor closed for cleaning following furnace misfire

TRENTON – Ringwood Manor, the historic country house at the
heart of Ringwood State Park, will be closed for the remainder of
the winter to allow for cleanup of soot released by a
malfunctioning furnace.

The DEP’s State Park Service will be working with historical
conservators to ensure careful and thorough cleaning of the
interior of the Manor House and its artifacts. A forced-air furnace
misfired last month, spreading soot through parts of the first and
second floors of the historic house.

“This was a most unfortunate event at one of our premier and
most popular historic sites,” said Amy Cradic, Assistant
Commissioner for Natural and Historic Resources. “The State Park
Service will take every precaution necessary to ensure the
protection of artifacts and the home’s interior surfaces during the
removal of soot.”

Park Service personnel have been meeting with museum emergency
response experts to discuss cleanup priorities and will work with
qualified conservators during the cleanup process.

Ringwood and the Manor House were at the center of American
Revolution iron-making.

The Manor House, owned in the middle 19th century by ironmaster
Abram S. Hewitt, displays an extensive collection of art, furniture
and other period artifacts.

Ringwood State Park and other buildings continue to maintain
normal operating hours. Tours of the Manor House have been
suspended pending completion of the cleanup. Most scheduled
programs are taking place in other buildings around the Manor

The Manor House furnace system is being evaluated for repairs
and/or replacement.

For more information on Ringwood Manor and Ringwood State Park,

Media notes: Due to the presence of soot and the possibility of
further damage, media visits inside the Manor House are not
permitted. Photos of damage are available to news outlets by
contacting the DEP press office at the numbers listed above.


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