The Durrand-Hedden House is a historical house owned and maintained by the township. The house and its grounds,…More called Grasmere Park, occasionally play host to events and lectures. The herb garden, maintained by Maplewood Garden Club, reportedly boasts one of the largest herb collections in the northeast.
The house itself was built in 1790 on a 72-acre property bought by Ebenezer Hedden before the Revolutionary War. In the 18th century, the house was built by his son, Obadiah Hedden. The house was purchased by Henry Durand, the brother of Hudson River School painter and fellow Maplewood resident Asher Durand.
Eventually, the house fell into disrepair, and was bought by the township of Maplewood in 1977, and named the Durand-Hedden House. It is open to the public.
Mothers and More, which has members from South Orange and Maplewood, is part of a national non-profit organization…More that seeks to improve the lives of mothers. Since it was founded in 1996, its members have been women who have left the workplace, split their time between work and their children, and women who work fulltime.
The group offers a range of activities, from daytime children's activities like play groups to evening "mom only" activities. They hold monthly meetings with discussions on topics like health, education and finances. Other events on a different schedule include a knitting circle, moms' night out and a book club. Dues are $45. The national group has 5,500 members and the local chapter has 472 members. Its monthly meetings are at Winchester Gardens, but other events usually take place in a member's home.