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Monday, August 8, 2016

SEPTEMBER NOW AVAILABLE: WASHINGTON XING TOUR, TALKS AND MORE!

SEPTEMBER KICKS OFF FOR THE 300TH WITH A BANG!  WHAT BETTER WAY TO LEARN THE HISTORY OF HUNTERDON DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR THAN TO ACTUALLY WALK IN THE STEPS OF GENERAL WASHINGTON HIMSELF! On SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH, join parks expert Peter Osborne for a walk thru history as we tour both sides of the Delaware River in the two Washington Crossing State Parks.  Peter Osborne is the author of a two volume history of both sides of the river, "Where Washington Once Led: A History of New Jersey's Washington Crossing State Park," and "No Spot in this Far Land is More Immortalized:  A History of Pennsylvania's Washington Crossing State Park." We start, as did our favorite General, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and end in what was Hunterdon (now Mercer) County, New Jersey.  But we're going by foot, not boat; in gorgeous September, not in snowy December; and having a lovely 3 course luncheon -- certainly not in the style of Washington's army!  Here are the details:

If the weather is lovely (as we hope it will be) we recommend you park on the Jersey side along the Delaware River in the park's parking lot and cross the bridge by foot (if you've never driven across this bridge, it's a little hairy to say the least!).  If you wish to limit your walking (or you go to far and start to cross the bridge), park in the Visitor's Center parking lot in Pennsylvania's side.  

We will meet at the Pennsylavania Washington Crossing State Park Visitor Center at 10 am for a full guided tour of the buildings where Washington walked including the McConkey House where Washington slept the night before the famous crossing.

At 11:30, we'll head over to the famous Washington Crossing Inn for a catered 3 course lunch and a talk by Peter Osborne about the history of the two state parks.  After salad, you'll have your choice of 3 entrees (selection must be made at time of reservation):  Salmon Oreganatta (a filet of slamon with oregano seasoned bread crumbs and lemon wine sauce), Stuffed Pork Loin (oven roasted stuffed loin of pork with spinach, roasted peppers and fontina cheese with a port wine mushroom demi-glace), or a vegetarian option (Chef's special yumminess).  Dessert and coffee or tea follows.  A cash bar will be open throughout to make your Saturday festive!

At 1:30, for those of you who have Washington's spirit and his men's drive, we'll continue our tour, walk across the bridge to see what Washington saw (sort of), and then drive our cars (feel free to march on -- it's about a 20 minute walk) and meet at the NJ Visitor Center (drive thru the light, across Route 29, straight up the hill and make a left into the Park and past the main gate.  Second left takes you to the Visitor Center).  We'll take a 5 minute walk to the Johnson Ferry House and spend some time looking at the house, artifacts and kitchen garden.  From there, we'll head back to the Visitors Center, sit thru their excellent 30 minute movie and look at the 500+ artifacts in the collections -- really good stuff!  
LIMITED TO 40 -- BOOK AND PAY EARLY!  WWW.HUNTERDON300TH.ORG OR CALL US AT (908) 788-2030 TO ORDER TICKETS.

$30 PER PERSON -- includes lunch, gratuity and entrance fees to all buildings and exhibits on both sides of the river -- MUST BE RECEIVED WITHIN THREE BUSINESS DAYS OF YOUR RESERVATION.  Checks payable and mailed to The Hunterdon 300TH, 3 Chorister Place, Flemington, NJ 08822.  Please mark event in your check's memo line AND your lunch entree choice.  This is a value that can't be beat!

 ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH, CHARLES "CHIP" RIDDLE WILL TELL THE STORY ABOUT THE POTTERSTOWN SKIRMISH.  Chip taught high school Social Studies for 38 years and took a special interest in Hunterdon County during the American Revolution.  The Potterstown Skirmish took place in September of 1777 -- beginning in the area of what is today Route 22 in Readington Township around where the Spinning Wheel Diner stands.  Three groups of Tories were trying to reach Staten Island and join the New Jersey Volunteers.  They were discovered and chased to Piscataway where they were captured, put on trial and thirty-five were sentenced to hang.  FREE.  RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED. Hunterdon County Library Main Branch.  7 pm Refreshments follow.

HERE'S A BIG TREAT:  

TOUR AND LECTURE, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 AT 10 AM: JUNE 24, 1776: THE LOYALISTS WHO ATTACKED CAPTAIN JONES" & VOUGHT TOUR:  As Hunterdon County celebrates the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, many people do not recognize what Patriots risked to take up arms against a tyrannical Parliament and King. Much of New Jersey, including Hunterdon County, was divided over the War for Independence. Patriots were a distinct minority of the population, outnumbered by those who remained neutral or were loyal British Americans. Before Independence was even declared, on June 24, 1776, Loyalists from Allen & Turner’s iron works and local farmers attacked Patriot militia captain Thomas Jones at his tavern (in Clinton Township). In November 1776, after British and Hessian troops captured New York, they chased Washington’s defeated men across the new state from Fort Lee to Trenton. Captain Jones helped assemble boats used by Washington’s troops to escape across the Delaware. Many of the men who had attacked Jones with clubs in June now joined the New Jersey Volunteers. These were the Loyalist troops with green coats who served alongside British red coats in major battles at Monmouth and Staten Island and in forage raids into New Jersey.
Who were those Hunterdon men who eft their homes to join the Sixth Battalion and what was their fate during and after the war? The Sixth Battalion, New Jersey Volunteers fought under Captain Joseph Lee from the Union Iron Works and Lieutenant John Vought, a prominent local farmer. John Vought’s father built their family house, which stands on Grayrock Road, with its rare ‘wattle and daub’ decorative plaster ceilings and full attic which may have housed the Vought family’s two slaves. This precious artifact from the American Revolution is currently being restored.
In a presentation developed especially for Hunterdon County’s celebration of the Declaration of Independence, noted military historian and author Todd Braisted explores the fate of those Hunterdon County Loyalists who attacked Captain Jones that night in 1776. After Todd’s talk you will have a rare opportunity to tour the Vought House, a Revolutionary War Loyalist homestead (not-yet open to the public). Reimagine history through the lives of individuals, their consequential choices and experiences. Explore the fabric of mid-18thCentury life in this unusual stone home. Come see our unique serpentine ceiling and the progress of restoration! 
This ticketed event is free but requires registration.  Donations gratefully accepted before, during or after the tour to support the restoration of the Vought House.
Talk & Tour Parking:
Clinton Township Middle School
34 Grayrock Rd, Clinton, NJ 08809
Refreshments Follow

TWO CONSECUTIVE SUNDAYS, SEPTEMBER 18TH AND SEPTEMBER 25TH, HUNTERDON HERITAGE DAYS - MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE TOURS
Details to be anounced.  Many Hunterdon Museums will be participating 
1-5pm

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH AT 7 PM, HISTORY MAPPING: "WASHINGTON SLEPT HERE" with Marilyn Cummings.  The telling of 18th-century history using amazing 21st-century technology.  A nutshell chronology of the events of the American Revolution as told from the perspective of the common and not-so-common people directly involved… and highlighting some of the captivating places George Washington actually slept!  With a decidedly non-military slant, this tracing of people, places, and events during the War will appeal to a wide audience, both men and women as well as older students.
Main Branch County Library  7pm FREE; reservations recommended.  Refreshments following.


ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th – THE MOUNT AMWELL PROJECT PRESENTS THE ANNUAL CEMETERY CEMENER, "REST IN PEACE?  NOT IN NEW JERSEY!  PRESERVING AND PROTECTINGAMERICAN HEROES' GRAVES -- A REVOLUTIONARY IDEA!"  Did you know that there is not statewide law that preserves and protects graves in New Jersey?!  Our great heroes from the American Revolution, the Civil War, and even of our most recent battles rest uneasy as there is nothing that prevents a developer or land owner from removing or destroying the final resting places of our ancestors or even ourselves in the future.

Registration opens at 9:15 am the Main Branch of the Hunterdon County Library, Route 12, Flemington, NJ for a provocative two part seminar in which the protection of graves is explored.  The day's sessions begin at 9:30 am and end at 4:30 pm.  After a keynote address by Lance Ashworth, President of the Fishkill Supply Depot preservation project, the morning session is full of informative talks about the lack of legal protections for graveyards or graves.  Real case histories of lost or threatened Revolutionary War graves in Hunterdon County will be discussed.

At 1 pm, after a lunch break, we will explore what constitutes important criteria to legally protect graves and work in both small teams to hone ideas into legislative recommendations to get our historical graves finally protected and our war heroes resting in peace.

A $10 fee covers both morning and afternoon sessions, snacks and lunch.  You are invited to come for either session or stay for both.  Legislators, their aides, elected official and planning board members are strongly encouraged to attend.

To register, please go to the Mount Amwell Project website at www.mtamwell.org.

DON'T FORGET -- THE HUNTERDON 300TH WILL BE AT THE COUNTY'S DEER PATH CONCERT SERIES FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS (WEATHER PERMITTING) WITH SOME OF OUR NEW, UNIQUE MERCHANDISE AND WE'LL BE IN THE COMMUNITY TENT AT THE HUNTERDON AGRICULTURAL AND 4H FAIR FROM AUGUST 24TH THRU AUGUST 28TH!  OUR GREAT, SAGE GREEN T-SHIRT WITH THE MAP OF HUNTERDON COUNTY IN 1776 IS A HUGE HIT -- BUY YOURS NOW WHILE WE STILL HAVE A LARGE SELECTION OF SIZES!





Wednesday, August 3, 2016

300th NEWS: WHAT'S UP THIS SUMMER? PRESERVING AND PROTECTING HUNTERDON'S HERITAGE

WE ARE BUSY WORKING ON UPDATING OUR FALL AND WINTER CALENDAR OF FABULOUS EVENTS, TOURS AND TALKS ABOUT HUNTERDON'S ROLE DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION.  GET READY TO SCORE TOUR TICKETS FOR OUR FABULOUS DAY LONG TREK AND LUNCHEON AT THE WASHINGTON CROSSING INN ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH, BUS TOURS TO WHISK YOU AROUND BOTH SOUTH AND NORTH COUNTY TO VIEW REVOLUTIONARY WAR GRAVES (NOVEMBER 5TH AND 12TH), amazing lectures on both the Potterstown and Geary's Ridge Skirmishes, a hard cider festival with grave yard tours, a British High Tea and more (now there's a combo -- maybe a fiddler as the moonrises!?), the annual Cemetery Cemenar and so much more!  Ticketing for September is going to be out any day and YOU'LL be the first to know!

Meanwhile, if you are looking for any of our fabulous merchandise including our new t-shirt or our beautiful American Flags of the Revolution blank note cards, you can find us at the Hunterdon Agricultural and 4H Fair this month located in the Community Tent.  We are also going to be taking pre-sale orders for our new, 24 month (YES, that's TWO years!) calendar of artist Dan Campanelli's renderings of Hunterdon 18th century tavern signs (companion lecture on November 1st).  100% of the proceeds of all of our sales go to underwrite the Hunterdon 300th's programs and lectures.  

HERITAGE AND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS AROUND THE COUNTY IN AUGUST

DONATIONS BEING SOUGHT AND SAVE THE DATE!  1759 Vought House Second Annual Country Auction Coming October 1st Donations Needed for Fundraiser:  The 1759 Vought House is planning its second annual benefit auction on its grounds—and is hoping YOU will want to participate.  Last year’s auction was a super success, and a repeat on Saturday, October 1st, is planned.  Please check your garage and attic for items you no longer need, but that could be someone else’s treasure on the big day. And plan to come and bid on new items for yourself!

Friends and neighbors of this future Clinton Township Loyalist homestead museum have begun donating quality items from their homes, attics or garages for the “Confiscation” Auction. 

The event is inspired by a real “Confiscation” auction in 1778, when victorious American Patriots confiscated the goods and property of the defeated Vought family, who had remained loyal to the British king during the Revolution.  So anything that could be in a rapidly-abandoned fully-working home (the unhappy Voughts fled and resettled in Nova Scotia) is fair game for this auction.  This includes china, toys, hooked rugs, costume jewelry, lighting, tools, and decorative objects.  This is a wonderful opportunity to clean house—or to find treasures at the October auction!

The October 1st auction will start at 9:30 a.m. (previews) and 10:30 a.m. (auction) at the 1759 Vought House, 34 Grayrock Road, Annandale (next to the Clinton Township Middle School).  If you have auction-ready items you would like to drop off or have picked up, please contact Kerry at 908-447-2006.

All proceeds benefit the 1759 Vought House.  Check their website: www.1759VoughtHouse.org

FREE CONCERTS AT DEER PATH PARK - THURSDAY IN AUGUST UNTIL THE FAIR!  ALL START AT 7 PM.  AUGUST 4:  THE EAGLES TRIBUTE BAND; AUGUST 11TH:  BILLY JOEL TRIBUTE; AUGUST 18TH:  THE AMISH OUTLAWS (WE'VE GOT TO GO JUST CUZ THE NAME IS SO COOL!).... LOOK FOR THE 300TH THERE -- WE MAY SHOW UP HAWKING OUR MERCHANDISE AND UPDATED CALENDAR OF EVENTS!

FREE WALKING TOUR OF HISTORIC MAIN STREET, FLEMINGTON, 10:30 AM -- BEGINNING AT THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE:  There is a proposal before the Flemington Redevelopment Committee and Borough Council to demolish the Union Hotel and three other 19th century major structures that will change the streetscape in Flemington forever.  Flemington's Main and side streets contain one of the highest percentages of original 19th century architecture in the state of NJ.... come and learn about the importance of this architecture from historical experts.  Like the Joni Mitchell song says "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot with a pink hotel, a boutique and a swinging hot spot; don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."  Come and learn what you got before it's gone.....

HUNTERDON COUNTY AGRICULTURAL AND 4-H FAIR -- FROM WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24TH THRU SUNDAY AUGUST 28TH:  South County Park.  Rides, food, attractions, vendors, entertainment, livestock, tractor pulls, and the Hunterdon 300th in the Community Tent!  What else could you want for the end of the summer?!?


Sunday, May 8, 2016

HUNTERDON TAKES BACK TRENTON BUS TOUR AND MORE!

THIS COULD TURN OUT TO BE THE BEST BUS TOUR WE HAVE RUN YET!  

Join us for a unique opportunity to tour Hunterdon County's original County Seat -- Trenton.  This all day bus tour will be guided by two of the best Revolutionary War story tellers around:  our own County Historian and author Stephanie Stevens and the Executive Director of the Old Barracks, Richard Patterson.  
On SATURDAY, JUNE 11TH, Our deluxe coach, equipped with both a restroom and air conditioning, leaves the East Amwell Municipal Building promptly at 9:30 am (please arrive by 9:15 am) and arrives at our morning stop, the Old Barracks.  During the French and Indian War in 1758, the Old Barracks was constructed by the colony of New Jersey in direct response to petitions from local residents complaining about compulsory quartering of soldiers in their homes.  Throughout the Revolutionary War, British prisoners of war were held in the Officers' House, 4 companies of the Second New Jersey Regiment of the Continental Line were raised here, and in 1777, the Barracks became an army hospital.  At the beginning of the month of December, 1776, British and Hessian troops occupied Trenton, and briefly stayed in the Barracks prior to the Battle of Trenton.  Loyalists also arrived, seeking protection from the soldiers and were believed to be staying at the Barracks when Washington marched into Trenton on the morning of December 26th. 
Following both a guided tour and private time to view the exhibits, lunch will be provided in a private room at the Barracks.  You are free to eat outside on the picnic tables or inside.  
The bus will then bring us to the Trent House built on an estate of 300 acres around 1719 by William Trent for whom Trenton was named.  During the American Revolution, Hessian soldiers occupied the houses.  Later, the then owner of the property, Dr. William Bryant, was thrown out of the house because he was a Tory sympathizer.  It became a supply depot for Washington's army.  Tours are timed, so while some of us enjoy dessert, others will enjoy guided tours of the house and vice versa.
Once back on the bus, Richard and Stephanie will guide our bus around Trenton to see the best and most important Revolutionary War sites including the site of the Battle of Trenton and the location where the original Hunterdon Courthouse stood -- notably the site where, on July 8, 1776, the first reading of the Declaration of Independence occurred in New Jersey.  We will visit historic churches, graveyards and the Quaker Meeting House AND more while Richard and Stephanie share some great stories, banter and tales about Trenton, Hunterdon County's Revolutionary War history.  We will begin to head back to OUR Hunterdon County around 4 pm. 
$30 all inclusive day trip includes deluxe coach, two amazing tour guides, all your admissions, lunch, snacks, tip!  

Reservations required -- call us at (908) 788-2030 or reserve at www.hunterdon300th.org. Once you have ordered your ticket(s) from Eventbrite, please send your check to confirm your reservation(s) to The Hunterdon 300th, 3 Chorister Place, Flemington, NJ, 08822. 
 Your payment MUST BE RECEIVED within 3 days of reserving your seats for the tour or your ticket(s) will be released.

Your trip will be enhanced with the free companion lecture which will be given by Richard Patterson, Executive Director of the Old Barracks Museum: 
June 7 Washington's Crossings and Battles in Hunterdon:  Everyone knows about General George Washington crossing the Delaware from Pennsylvania to what is now a New Jersey State Park on Christmas Eve.  And everyone knows about the Battle of Trenton on December 26th.  But most people don't know about the second crossing at Coryell's Ferry in Lambertville nor about the Second Battle of Trenton, Hunterdon County's County Seat in 1776.  Trenton's Old Barracks Museum's Executive Director, Richard Patterson, discusses the crossings and battles and their significance and importance to American history.  Mr. Patterson is not only a recognized expert on the subject, but a terrific storyteller.  This is not a lecture to miss! Main Branch of the County Library; 7 pm; Refreshments follow; Free. 

CELEBRATE 240 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE WITH OUR NEW T-SHIRT!  IN A GREAT NEW COLOR SAGE, THIS HIGH QUALITY AND LOCALLY PRODUCED T-SHIRT SHOWS OFF 1776 HUNTERDON COUNTY WHICH INCLUDED MOST OF WHAT IS NOW MERCER COUNTY, INCLUDING THE AREA WHERE WASHINGTON AND HIS ARMY CROSSED THE DELAWARE AND MARCHED INTO TRENTON, HUNTERDON COUNTY'S BATTLES IN THAT FAMOUS WINTER!  WEAR THE 1776 MAP OF HUNTERDON COUNTY PROUDLY THAT SHOWS THE WORLD THAT WASHINGTON CROSSED THE DELAWARE AND FOUGHT THE BATTLE OF TRENTON IN HUNTERDON COUNTY!  SIZES SMALL THRU EXTRA LARGE, $15; SIZES 2XL AND 3 XL, $17.  AVAILABLE AT ALL OF OUR LECTURES; TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR A PICKUP AT ONE OF THE COUNTY LIBRARIES OR AT THE FLEMINGTON CHOIR SCHOOL, PLEASE CALL US AT (908) 788 2030.  100% OF ALL PROCEEDS GO TO UNDERWRITE OUR HERITAGE LECTURES AND EVENTS.




OUR HERITAGE CALENDAR FOR MAY AND JUNE:

REMINDER:  SATURDAY, MAY 21ST WASHINGTON'S CROSSING TOUR AND LUNCHEON POSTPONED TO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH.  WE HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US THEN!

MAY 17TH: THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR IN PITTSTOWN:  What really happened in this small hamlet known as Pittstown during the American Revolution?  County Historian Stephanie Stevens knows.  Drawn from recently uncovered documents, Ms. Stevens will share its importance that for hundreds of years was forgotten.  Main Branch of the County Library.  7 pm. Refreshments follow.  Free.  

JUNE 14TH - FLAG DAY!!  THE FLAGS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION:
Celebrate Flag Day with the 300th!  Flag historian and expert, Richard Pierce, presents new research with a terrific lecture and powerpoint show.  We remember "Don't Tread on Me" and Betsy Ross' flag, but there was no single recognized flag in 1776 -- every colony and militia seemed to have their own. This is the place to be for all loyal patriots on Flag Day!  Main Branch of the County Library; 7 pm; Refreshments follow; Free.  


MAY AND JUNE HERITAGE PARTNER EVENTS:

SUNDAY, MAY 15TH TEWKSBURY’S HISTORIC SITES & LANDMARKS LECTURE The Tewksbury Historical Society will host a lecture on Tewksbury’s Historic Sites & Landmarks by Tewksbury Historian Shaun C. Van Doren on Sunday, May 15th at 1:00 p.m. at Society Headquarters in the Mountainville Meeting Hall, 60 Water Street, Mountainville.  The talk is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.  The talk will illustrate Tewksbury’s officially designated historic sites and landmarks in the Township’s Master Plan and Development Regulations Ordinance. Ever wondered where Farley’s vault was or who was buried there? Cold Spring Cottage? Cokesbury Hotel? James Melick Homestead? Dr. Oliver Barnet Homestead? Come hear about these sites, Tewksbury’s churches and more. We’ll look at old photos as well as what they look like today. And what does it mean to be an historic site or landmark. Have old photos? Bring them to share. 

SATURDAY, MAY 21: TRADITIONAL AFTERNOON TEA EVENT AT THE JOSEPH TURNER HOUSE Please join the Union Forge Heritage Association for a Traditional Afternoon Tea at the historic 1760 Joseph Turner House. Enjoy a perfect cup of tea along with a variety of scones, tea sandwiches, sweet treats and jam. Special Door Prizes and Raffles will be offered with admission. Our meticulously restored museum provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy a “common gathering” with noted orator Lady Ellen and the Oldwick Community Players in period costume. In addition to her presentationentitled “A Day In My Life in the 18th Century,” Lady Ellen will also discuss homestead life along with a show and tell of actual 18th Century home wares and fashion from this bygone era.  $30 per person.  Seating is limited and payment by check is required before the event.
Contact the UFHA by phone at 908-638-8170 to reserve your seat soon!

June 11 LEAGUE OF HISTORICAL SOCIEITES CENTRAL NJ MEETING
Hosted by the Tewskbury Historical Society, Zion Lutheran Christian Education Building, 18 Miller Avenue, Oldwick, NJ 08858. The day includes continental breakfast, a talk by the Tewksbury Historical Society about the History of the Township, lunch, a guided walking tour of Oldwick, a guided tour of the Zion Lutheran Church & Cemetery, a guided tour of the grave of General Washington's spy, John Honeyman, and a self-guided auto tour of Tewksbury. $25 per person; For further information call 908 832 6734.


  

Thursday, April 14, 2016

300TH CALENDAR CHANGES AND ADDITIONS FOR APRIL AND MAY


OUR CALENDAR FOR APRIL AND MAY FEELS LIKE THIS SPRING:  ONE DAY HOT, ONE DAY COLD.... A LITTLE FROST, AND AN 80 DEGREE DAY THROWN IN.... IN OTHER WORDS, WE'RE ALL OVER THE PLACE WITH CHANGES AND ADDITIONS....  RESERVING FOR APRIL AND MAY:

POSTPONED: APRIL 19TH:  DAILY LIFE IN 1776. WHAT WAS 18TH CENTURY CHARMIN? AND MORE ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS YOU NEVER ASKED!  We hope to have an announcement about a new date in the near future.

CALENDAR ADDITION:  SATURDAY, APRIL 23RD:  WASHINGTON'S SECOND IN COMMAND, MAJOR CHARLES LEE:  PATRIOT, SCAPEGOAT OR TRAITOR.  Author and Historian Dominick Mazzagetti presents an engaging account of the life of Charles Lee, the forgotten man of the American Revolution. History has not been kind to Lee – for good reason. In this compelling biography, Mazzagetti compares Lee's life and attributes to those of George Washington and offers significant observations omitted from previous Lee biographies, including extensive correspondence with British officers in 1777 that reflects Lee's abandonment of the Patriots' cause.  Lee, a British officer, a veteran of the French and Indian War, and a critic of King George III, arrived in New York City in 1773 with an ego that knew no bounds and tolerated no rivals. A highly visible and newsworthy personality, he quickly took up the American cause and encouraged rebellion.  $5 donation requested for the continuing restoration of the Vought House.  11:00am; Clinton Township Middle School Library.

APRIL 26TH:  HUNTERDON'S REVOLUTIONARY WAR HISTORY THRU ART:  THE TERCENTENNIAL MURAL PANEL 1:  Join Hunterdon County Historian Stephanie Stevens for an in-depth look at some of Hunterdon's most important icons and persons from the American Revolution as we look at Panel 1 of the mural tryptich painted by local artist Paul Jennis and commissioned by the Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee and Hunterdon Culture & Heritage Commission in celebration of Hunterdon's 300th anniversary in 2014.  Images that Ms. Stevens will discuss include Daniel Bray, John Hart, Daniel Morgan, the Trenton Barracks and the Battle of Trenton, the Flintlock musket and pistol, and much more.
7 pm; Main Branch of the County Library.  Meet in the meeting room; we will view the mural at the Circulation Desk.  Refreshments follow.
Free. Reservations required. 

APRIL 30TH:  CHILDREN'S CHAT AND PLAY:  A CHILD'S LIFE IN THE DAYS OF GEORGE WASHING AND GAMES OF THE 18TH CENTURY:  Karen Larsen, the Executive Director of the Samuel Fleming Museum, will travel back with your children to the 1700s where they will learn about what children did in the Colonies WHEN they had time to play.  Attendees will have the opportunity to play with the kinds of toys and games that were commonly used
300 years ago.  Main Branch of the County Library; 9:30 am to 11:30 am.
Limited to 20 children ages 6 to 11.
Healthy snacks available.
Free.  Registration required for children only.  Parents are welcomed to attend and do not have to register.

NOW AVAILABLE:  MAY 17TH: THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR IN PITTSTOWN:  What really happened in this small hamlet known as Pittstown during the American Revolution?  County Historian Stephanie Stevens knows.  Drawn from recently uncovered documents, Ms. Stevens will share its importance that for hundreds of years was forgotten.  Main Branch of the County Library.  7 pm. Refreshments follow.  Free.  Reservations required.

SATURDAY, MAY 21ST WASHINGTON'S CROSSING TOUR AND LUNCHEON POSTPONED TO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH.  WE HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US THEN!

APRIL AND MAY HERITAGE PARTNER EVENTS:

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, APRIL 16TH  AND 17TH: Clawson House Update and Open House Planned:  Work at the Clawson House is on hold for the winter. The Township and Historical Society are hoping to raise $150,000 this year to put on a new front porch, finish the rear of the building with an addition and new entrance, and repair the flooring on the first floor.  Work is anticipated to start in the summer. In the fall of 2015 we completed Phase II which was rebuilding and securing the basement. CONTACT THE EAST AMWELL HISTORICAL COMMITTEE AT JDAVID4194@AOL.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

SUNDAY, APRIL 17TH:  Taste of the Past’ with an Open Hearth Cooking Class 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Open Hearth Cook, Connie Unangst, who has been involved in the Domestic Arts of the Colonial Era for twenty-five years, will be instructing the class. Participants will learn to cook a basic 18th century meal using the original open hearth at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead. During the class, instruction will be given on basic open hearth technique, including fire safety, translating recipes, proper fire maintenance and cooking skills. After preparing a variety of foods, participants will have a chance to sample all the dishes prepared during the class. There is a $45 donation to take the class. Class is limited to six participants, and advanced registration is required. Contact the Readington Museums at: 908-236-2327 or via email at READINGTONMUSEUMS@GMAIL.COM for more information.

SUNDAY, MAY 1st Spinning Wheel Demonstration at the Eversole-Hall House:  Viola Prevete will be demonstrating the process and skills for eighteenth century spinning on Sunday, May 1 from 1:00- 4:00 p.m. at the Readington Museums’ Eversole-Hall House. Prevete has been actively pursuing her passion for the Colonial period crafts of spinning and weaving for over ten years. She takes great pleasure in demonstrating these skills and educating students and adults alike at school programs and historical events in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Contact the Readington Museums at: 908-236-2327 or via email READINGTONMUSEUMS@GMAIL.COMfor additional information.

THURSDAY, APRIL 28TH, MEET ABIGAIL ADAMS as Portrayed by Kim Hanley:  Hosted by the Friends of the Red Mill  Abigail Smith Adams was an educated upper class woman whose well-articulated opinions on government, politics and life in general were sought by at least two American presidents: her husband President John Adams, and her son President John Quincy Adams.
She is probably best remembered for her letter asking her husband to “remember the ladies” when enacting new laws. She asked him to limit the power of husbands over their wives by asking husbands to become friends of their wives to protect them, rather than empowering husbands to act as masters over their wives, and thereby continuing to abuse them.
Kim Hanley began interpreting Abigail with American Historical Theater in 1997. She has appeared at the White House Visitors Center, National Archives, National Portrait Gallery, and many institutions. Cost is $55 per person by April 14th.  Send a check to "Friends of the Red Mill" at: https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gifThe Red Mill, 56 Main Street, Clinton New Jersey 08809.  For information call Marie 908-735-4101 ext. 100 or visit the Friends of the Red Mill Website

SUNDAY, MAY 15TH TEWKSBURY’S HISTORIC SITES & LANDMARKS LECTURE The Tewksbury Historical Society will host a lecture on Tewksbury’s Historic Sites & Landmarks by Tewksbury Historian Shaun C. Van Doren on Sunday, May 15th at 1:00 p.m. at Society Headquarters in the Mountainville Meeting Hall, 60 Water Street, Mountainville.  The talk is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.  The talk will illustrate Tewksbury’s officially designated historic sites and landmarks in the Township’s Master Plan and Development Regulations Ordinance. Ever wondered where Farley’s vault was or who was buried there? Cold Spring Cottage? Cokesbury Hotel? James Melick Homestead? Dr. Oliver Barnet Homestead? Come hear about these sites, Tewksbury’s churches and more. We’ll look at old photos as well as what they look like today. And what does it mean to be an historic site or landmark. Have old photos? Bring them to share. 

SATURDAY, MAY 21: TRADITIONAL AFTERNOON TEA EVENT AT THE JOSEPH TURNER HOUSE Please join the Union Forge Heritage Association for a Traditional Afternoon Tea at the historic 1760 Joseph Turner House. Enjoy a perfect cup of tea along with a variety of scones, tea sandwiches, sweet treats and jam. Special Door Prizes and Raffles will be offered with admission. Our meticulously restored museum provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy a “common gathering” with noted orator Lady Ellen and the Oldwick Community Players in period costume. In addition to her presentationentitled “A Day In My Life in the 18th Century,” Lady Ellen will also discuss homestead life along with a show and tell of actual 18th Century home wares and fashion from this bygone era.  $30 per person.  Seating is limited and payment by check is required before the event.
Contact the UFHA by phone at 908-638-8170 to reserve your seat soon!

Monday, March 7, 2016

MARCH AND APRIL HERITAGE EVENTS IN HUNTERDON

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE HUNTERDON 300TH IS NOW RUNNING ONE OF, IF NOT THE LARGEST HERITAGE LECTURE SERIES IN NEW JERSEY!  THAT'S THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO INSPIRE OUR VOLUNTEERS TO BRING HISTORY TO HUNTERDON ALL YEAR LONG AND LONG PAST THE TERCENTENNIAL OF 2014!

COME CELEBRATE SPRING AND HUNTERDON COUNTY BY ATTENDING ONE OR MORE OF THE EXCITING AND INTERESTING EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTY:

FROM THE HUNTERDON 300TH:  OUR CELEBRATION OF HUNTERDON DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION CONTINUES -- MARCH AND APRIL EVENTS NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS:

MARCH 8TH: HISTORY MAPPING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION IN NJ:   David Munn’s bicentennial publication “Battles and Skirmishes of The American Revolution in New Jersey” was “history mapped” using Google Earth, a free geographic software. Each entry has been located (to the extent possible), and links provided to external websites so the user can access additional content explaining key events, locating monumented and marked sites, and understanding troop movement. The presentation with Historian John Allen provides an historical perspective on the ebb and flow of military events in the 1774 - 1783 time frame in both Hunterdon County and Statewide, demonstrating how to download and use the software, and how to “get the most” from the files that have been created. 7 pm, Main Branch of the Hunterdon Library. Refreshments.  Free.  Reservations Required.


MARCH 12TH  CHILDREN'S CRAFT PROJECT: CORN HUSK TOYS, LENAPE MEDICINE POUCH AND MORE!  Join historian and retired educator, Janice Armstrong and friends for this wonderful hands on morning of making 18th century toys.  These craft projects replicate how toys were made for children during the Revolutionary War and will go home with your child.  Create a toy out of corn husks just like children would have more than 200 years ago!  Make your own Lenape Medicine Pouch to fill with tiny treasures!  All supplies are included.  Children should bring their sense of wonder and creative spirit!  
Limited to 20 children ages 6 to 12 years old.  Free. Kid-friendly, healthy snacks will be available.  Reservations are required for children only; parents are welcomed to stay and do not need a reservation.  Main Branch of the County Library.  10:30 am to 12 noon


MARCH 29TH  MILITARY UNIFORMS AND ARMAMENTS OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR IN HUNTERDON:  Kingwood Township Historian and member of the Daniel Morgan and Hunterdon Militias, Sal DeSapio brings his expertise to a fun "show and tell" of weapons and uniforms that our brave soldiers from Hunterdon County wore.  Historically accurate details and interesting fun facts about the clothing, Sal will model his personal collection of uniforms as well as the muskets he personally uses.   Main Branch of the County Library.  7 pm.
Refreshments follow
(*SORRY, SEARCHING THE SEARCH ROOM IS SOLD OUT!)

APRIL 9TH 18TH CENTURY WALK-IN FIREPLACE COOKING DEMONSTRATION AND LUNCHEON:    After our popular Tavern Tour series of 2014, join us for the "real deal" -- an authentic meal cooked in an authentic 18th century walk-in fireplace and in which guests get to eat in an authentic 1758 cellar kitchen.  Hearth Chef Margaret Quinn will cook the feast right before your eyes and provide a lesson on early American cooking.  Headquarters Farm owner Roger Byrom will provide a discussion about the history and restoration of his beautiful home.  As we lunch, colonial entertainment will be provided by Anne and Ridley Enslow.  Chef Quinn's menu includes stewed beef and root vegetables, homemade bread and a sweet ending.  
Two seatings (11 am to 12:45 pm; and 1:30 to 3:30) limited to 30 guests per serving.  $30 per person
Reservations Required. Headquarters Farm, 51 Sandbrook Headquarters Road, Stockton, (Delaware Township), NJ 08559. Snow/Bad Weather Date:  Saturday, April 16
Payment due upon making reservation; checks payable to the Hunterdon 300th and mailed c/o the Flemington Choir School, 3 Chorister Place, Flemington, NJ 08822 or checks/cash may be dropped through the mail slot.  Please indicate which seating you booked.


APRIL 19TH:  DAILY LIFE IN 1776. WHAT WAS 18TH CENTURY CHARMIN? AND MORE ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS YOU NEVER ASKED!  After launching her own Colonial Sutlery that follows the Colonial military encampments on the East Coast in season since 2007, our speaker, Lady Ellen, has become quite an expert on how life was really lived in 1776.  Lady Ellen appears in her own, hand made fine wear, and embodies the phrase "living history."  She will answer all the questions you were afraid to ask or haven't even thought of.  
Main Branch of the County Library;  7 pm.  Refreshments follow.
Free. Reservations required.

APRIL 26TH:  HUNTERDON'S REVOLUTIONARY WAR HISTORY THRU ART:  THE TERCENTENNIAL MURAL PANEL 1:  Join Hunterdon County Historian Stephanie Stevens for an in-depth look at some of Hunterdon's most important icons and persons from the American Revolution as we look at Panel 1 of the mural tryptich painted by local artist Paul Jennis and commissioned by the Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee and Hunterdon Culture & Heritage Commission in celebration of Hunterdon's 300th anniversary in 2014.  Images that Ms. Stevens will discuss include Daniel Bray, John Hart, Daniel Morgan, the Trenton Barracks and the Battle of Trenton, the Flintlock musket and pistol, and much more.
7 pm; Main Branch of the County Library.  Meet in the meeting room; we will view the mural at the Circulation Desk.  Refreshments follow.
Free. Reservations required. 

APRIL 30TH:  CHILDREN'S CHAT AND PLAY:  A CHILD'S LIFE IN THE DAYS OF GEROGE WASHING AND GAMES OF THE 18TH CENTURY:  Karen Larsen, the Executive Director of the Samuel Fleming Museum, will travel back with your children to the 1700s where they will learn about what children did in the Colonies WHEN they had time to play.  Attendees will have the opportunity to play with the kinds of toys and games that were commonly used
300 years ago.  Main Branch of the County Library; 9:30 am to 11:30 am.
Limited to 20 children ages 6 to 11.
Healthy snacks available.
Free.  Registration required for children only.  Parents are welcomed to attend and do not have to register.


FROM OUR WONDERFUL PARTNERS AROUND HUNTERDON COUNTY:

MARCH 11TH History Mapping the American Revolution in New Jersey presented by John Allen, Historical Preservationist and EAHS Committee Member David Munn’s bicentennial publication “Battles and Skirmishes of The American Revolution in New Jersey” was “history mapped” using Google Earth, a free geographic software program. Each conflict event has been located (to the extent possible). The program then provides links to external websites which provide the user with access to additional content explaining key events, locating sites which include markers and/or monuments, and an understanding of troop movement. John Allen's presentation brings a fresh historical perspective on the ebb and flow of military events in the 1774 - 1783 timeframe in Hunterdon County and Statewide. The demonstration includes ‘how to’ download and use the software, and getting the most from the files that have been created.East Amwell Township Municipal Building, Rt 202 South, Ringoes, NJ
Doors open at 6:45pm, Presentation starts at 7:00pm 
Contact the East Amwell Township Historical Society for registration and additional information

APRIL 3:  Colonial Beer Brewing at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead
Historic Brewer, Rich Wagner, will be on hand to demonstrate Colonial Beer Brewing, at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Throughout the afternoon, Mr. Wagner will show the step-by-step process of turning water and grain into beer. For hundreds of years, folks in Europe knew better than to drink the water, as everyone knew water could make you deathly ill. Instead, they brewed and drank beer, including children. So, it was a natural jump for immigrants arriving in the New World to bring their tradition of brewing and drinking beer here. Much of the beer was brewed at home, until breweries could be established in larger towns and cities. Today, there is a resurgence in interest in home brewing. Though today you will find exotic flavors or seasonal brews, the basic method of beer production has not change. Contact the Readington Museumsat: 908-236-2327 orvia email for additional information

APRIL 16 AND 17:  Clawson House Update and Open House Planned
Work at the Clawson House is on hold for the winter. The Township and Historical Society are hoping to raise $150,000 this year to put on a new front porch, finish the rear of the building with an addition and new entrance, and repair the flooring on the first floor.  Work is anticipated to start in the summer. In the fall of 2015 we completed Phase II which was rebuilding and securing the basement. The house again will be open to the public to see the progress we have made on Saturday and Sunday, April 16th and 17th.  More information is forthcoming.
Contact the East Amwell Township Historical Committee

April 28:  MEET ABIGAIL ADAMS as Portrayed by Kim Hanley
Hosted by the Friends of the Red Mill  Abigail Smith Adams was an educated upper class woman whose well-articulated opinions on government, politics and life in general were sought by at least two American presidents: her husband President John Adams, and her son President John Quincy Adams.
She is probably best remembered for her letter asking her husband to “remember the ladies” when enacting new laws. She asked him to limit the power of husbands over their wives by asking husbands to become friends of their wives to protect them, rather than empowering husbands to act as masters over their wives, and thereby continuing to abuse them.
Kim Hanley began interpreting Abigail with American Historical Theater in 1997. She has appeared at the White House Visitors Center, National Archives, National Portrait Gallery, and many institutions.
Cost is $55 per person by April 14th.
Send a check to "Friends of the Red Mill" at: https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gifThe Red Mill, 56 Main Street, Clinton New Jersey 08809.  For information call Marie 908-735-4101 ext. 100 or visit the Friends of the Red Mill Website


Monday, February 1, 2016

300th FEBRUARY AND MARCH EVENTS: REVOLUTIONARY TALKS AND CHILDREN'S CRAFT ALL FREE!

The winter of 1776 was supposed to far worse than the snow fall we had two weekends ago.... Hard to imagine trudging through snow and ice from the Delaware River to Trenton in clothing and shoes that didn't include micro fibers and space aged fabrics.  How hungry the soldiers must have been for freedom from the Crown to do what they did.  Would we have the intestinal fortitude to do that today?   

The 300th is now ticketing events in February and March which are all free!  Head over to our website at www.hunterdon300th.org for reservations or call 908 788 2030.

THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION 
IN HUNTERDON COUNTY

RESERVATIONS NOW BEING TAKEN:

IN CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH!  
February 16:  "Black Slaves and Soldiers in the American Revolution" with Fred Minus, Main Branch of the County Library, 314 Route 12, Flemington, 7 pm.  Did you know that 22 slaves and 12 free men of color aided General George Washington as he crossed the Delaware from Pennsylvania into Hunterdon County, New Jersey that fateful Christmas of 1776?  How did General Washington, a Virginia plantation owner, feel about having black soldiers in his army?  An important topic during Black History Month, join Fred Minus, a volunteer and re-enactor at the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton for a provocative, informative and generally unknown side of the history of the American Revolution.  Refreshments.  Free.  Reservations Required.  (Snow Date, 2/23)

March 8:  "History Mapping the American Revolution in New Jersey" with John Allen, Main Branch of the County Library, 314 Route 12, Flemington, 7 pm .  David Munn’s bicentennial publication “Battles and Skirmishes of The American Revolution in New Jersey” was “history mapped” using Google Earth, a free geographic software. Each entry has been located (to the extent possible), and links provided to external websites so the user can access additional content explaining key events, locating monumented and marked sites, and understanding troop movement. John Allen's presentation provides an historical perspective on the ebb and flow of military events in the 1774 - 1783 time frame in both Hunterdon County and Statewide, demonstrating how to download and use the software, and how to “get the most” from the files that have been created. Refreshments.  Free.  Reservations Required.  (Snow Date 3/15)

March 12:  Children's Historical Craft Project: Corn Husk Toys, Lenape Medicine Pouch, and More! with Janice Armstrong and Friends, Main Branch of the County Library, 10:30 am to noon (will be rescheduled if the Library is closed due to snow).  Join historian and retired educator, Janice Armstrong and friends for this wonderful hands on morning of making 18th century toys.  These craft projects replicate how toys were made for children during the Revolutionary War and will go home with your child.  Create a toy out of corn husks just like children would have more than 200 years ago!  Make your own Lenape Medicine Pouch to fill with tiny treasures!  All supplies are included.  Children should bring their sense of wonder and creative spirit!  

This event is limited to 20 children ages 6 to 12 years old.  Free. Kid-friendly, healthy snacks will be available.

Reservations are required for children only; parents are welcomed to stay and do not need a reservation.  (IN CASE LIBRARY IS CLOSED DUE TO SNOW, THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED).

March 19:  "Searching the Search Room" at the Hunterdon County Hall of Records, 71 Main Street, Flemington, 9 am to 1 pm.  Does your Hunterdon Family or House History have roots to the Revolutionary War?  This Saturday workshop will satisfy the curiosity of any individual who has an interest in tracing their property ownership or has an interest in Common Pleas and old marriage records to help with their genealogy.  Under the direction of County Clerk Mary H. Melfi, her talented and knowledgeable staff will offer an in-depth tour of the Search Room and personalized instruction and guidance on what resources are available and how YOU can find them.   There is no fee but registration is required.

Limited to 40 participants.
March 29:  "Military Uniforms and Armaments of the Revolutionary War in Hunterdon" with Sal DeSapio, Main Branch of the County Library, 413 Route 12, Flemington, 7 pm.  Kingwood Township Historian and member of the Daniel Morgan and Hunterdon Militias, Sal DeSapio brings his expertise to a fun "show and tell" of weapons and uniforms that our brave soldiers from Hunterdon County wore.  Historically accurate details and interesting fun facts about the clothing, Sal will model his personal collection of uniforms as well as the muskets he personally uses.  Refreshements follow.  Free. Reservations required.  (SNOW DATE, MAY 10TH)


UPCOMING EVENTS:

April 9:  Hearth Cooking Demonstration, Luncheon and live Colonial music with Chef Margaret Quinn, Host Roger Byrom, and the Enslows, Headquarters Farm, Delaware Township, 1:30 am, fee to be determined (Snow Date, April 16).

April 19:  "Daily Life in 1776: What was 18th Century’s Charmin? and More Answers to Questions You Never Asked!"  with Lady Ellen, Main Branch of the County Library, 7 pm.

April 26:  "History Thru Art: 1700s Mural Panel Revolutionary War Icons in Detail­" with Stephanie Stevens, Main Branch of the County Library, 7 pm.

April 30:  Children’s Chat and Play:  A Child's Life in the Days of George Washington and Games of the 18th Century, with Karen Larsen, Main Branch of the County Library, 10 am.

May 17:  "Pittstown During the American Revolution" with Stephanie Stevens, Main Branch of the County Library, 7 pm.

May 21:  Tour and Luncheon at Washington Crossing State Parks, with Peter Osborne; details forthcoming.

June 7:  "Washington’s Crossings and Battles in Hunterdon" with Richard Patterson, Main Branch of the County Library, 7 pm.

June 11:  "Hunterdon Takes Back Trenton" Bus Tour with Stephanie Stevens and Richard Patterson, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, fee and details to be announced.

June 14:  "Flags of the American Revolution" with Richard Pierce, Main Branch of the County Library, 7 pm.

July 23:  Children’s Colonial Activity Day at the Red Mill for Children Ages 6 to 12, noon to 4 pm, $5 per child.

September 6:  History Mapping:  “Washington Slept Here” with Marilyn Cummings, Main Branch of the County Library, 7 pm.

September 10:  Cemetery Ceminar: "Preserving and Protecting Revolutionary War Graves thru Legislation", Main Branch of the County Library, 10 am to 4 pm.

September 13:  "The Potterstown Skirmish" with Chip Riddle, Main Branch of the County Library, 7 pm. 

September 17:  "The Fate of Hunterdon Loyalists" with Todd Braisted, Clinton Township Middle School, 10 am; a tour of the 1759 Vought House follows (donation requested).

October 8:  "The Lowery's Town & Country:  A Talk and Graveyard Tour in the Country" with Sal DeSapio, Details to be announced.

October 16:  "The Lowery’s Town & Country:  A British High Tea in Town" with Susan Peterson and the Enslows, Teaberry's Tea Room, 6 pm, details and fee to be announced.

October 18:  “Layers of History”:  An 18th Century Women’s Fashion Show with Lady Ellen, Main Branch of the County Library, 7 pm.

October 23:  "Love, Death and Desertion:  Hunterdon’s Revolutionary War Soldiers’ Pension Records Revealed” with Marfy Goodspeed, Main Branch of the County Library, 2 pm.

November 1:  “Signs of the Times:  Hunterdon Taverns & the Placards that Attracted Patrons" with Dan and Marty Campanelli, Main Branch of the County Library, 2 pm.

November 5:  Revolutionary War Cemetery Tour South with Dave Harding, details forthcoming.

November 12:  Revolutionary War Cemetery Tour North with John Allen, details forthcoming.

November 29:  "The Architectural and Industrial History of 18th Century 'Clinton Township'" with Michael Margulies and Paul Muir, Main Branch of the County Library, 7 pm (tentative).

December 3:  "The Skirmish of Geary’s Ridge" with Chip Riddle, Main Branch of the County Library, 7 pm.

December 4 (tentative):  Re-Enactment of the Skirmish of Geary's Ridge at Geary's Ridge, Raritan Township.