To give you a taste of some of the fun in store when we take a bus tour of Hunterdon County's 1776 county seat, Trenton, we present the following invitation from the Old Barracks Museum for their annual Tavern Night -- how jolly!
For $50 per person, on Saturday, October 3rd from 7 to 10 pm, you will be treated to what life was like in an 18th century tavern - Leave your 21st Century cares behind and get whisked away to an evening of 18th Century revelry and delights! The Board of Trustees of The Old Barracks Association requests the pleasure of your company for a night at Ye Olde Barracks Tavern.
Play colonial board and card games with the people who would have played them! Listen to colonial music, and learn the accompanying dances from an expert dance master! Be sure to explore the Petty's Run archaeological site just beyond our fence! Heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks included in ticket price.
We are planning an extensive visit to the Old Barracks and more next year when we take our deluxe coach bus to Trenton -- so why not take a peak at the past this year and come and join the fun on October 3rd..... No, this is NOT a Hunterdon County historical event, BUT it IS part of Hunterdon County's history! Originally built in 1758 during the French and Indian War, the Old Barracks were used by American soldiers when the Revolutionary War first started. In 1776, British and Hessian soldiers (hisssss) troops occupied Trenton and some were housed there along with some Loyalists. When General Washington and his army made his surprise attack (yay!) after crossing the Delaware River the Americans took back the Barracks and used it until 1781.
FYI: WE HOPE TO HAVE OUR ENTIRE 2016 CALENDAR OF REVOLUTIONARY WAR IN HUNTERDON COUNTY LECTURE AND EVENT SERIES SET BY LATE OCTOBER AND OUT TO YOU SO YOU CAN INK IN YOUR CALENDARS AND NOT MISS ANY OF THE FUN AND EXCITEMENT!
OCTOBER HAPPENINGS AT THE READINGTON MUSEUMS:
OCTOBER 4TH: With roots dating as far back as the late 15th century, the technique of taking a bunch of strings, whether they are linen, silk, spun gold and silver, or cotton, and turning them into exquisite pieces of handmade lace is becoming a lost art form. There are artisans today who are helping to keep this time consuming and beautiful art form alive. On Sunday, October 4, 2015 Mary Roth Davies from the Cranberry Lacers Guild of Franklin Township will demonstrate the craft between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. at the Readington Museums. Mary says about the craft, “Bobbin lacemaking is considered a slow art but one that I find rewarding and challenging. “ The program is located at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead. The program is family friendly and free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Groups of six or more please call 908-236-2327 for a reservation.
OCTOBER 17TH: Put on your dancing shoes for a night of family fun as the Readington Museums hosts its bi-annual Barn Dance on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. The dance will be held inside the eighteenth century Wade-Wyckoff Barn at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead located at 114 Dreahook Road in the Stanton section of Readington Township. This family friendly event is a wonderful way to have fun with the entire family. No experience is necessary. Caller Betsy Gotta will give easy to follow instructions before each dance so even a beginner will be able to dance the night away. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 per adult and $2.00 per child. Groups of six or more please call for a reservation, 908-236-2327.
You can check these events and more out at the Readington Museums website www.readingtonmuseums.org.
BUT BEFORE YOU PUT YOUR BARN DANCING SHOES ON, STOP BY THE HUNTERDON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S ANNUAL BOOK SALE FROM 9 AM TO 2 PM ON OCTOBER 17TH: The Hunterdon County Historical Society is gearing up for the annual unique and rare book sale fundraising event at the Society’s archive building at 67 River Road in Raritan Township. This year’s sale is remarkable with a number of exciting finds of books and pamphlets. Sale items are duplicates from the Society’s collections and library, along with gifts to the Society earmarked for the annual sale. This year’s sale includes some original editions and several rare books such as: Pamphlets from the Office of Indian Affairs, 1927; A Treatise of Bridge Architecture, 1811; Fitz Randolph Traditions, A Story of 1,000 Years, 1907; the story of a Mayflower family reported in excellent condition. Also included in the sale are many genealogies, several rare slave biographies, travel pamphlets including one from 1824 to Niagara Falls; advertising cards, regional postcards, school books, almanacs, including Kate Greenway’s 1888 almanac and song books.
For more information about the Society and the annual book sale, visit the website: Hunterdonhistory.org or call the Society @ 908-782-1091. Cash and personal checks only are accepted at the sale.
OCTOBER HAPPENINGS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE EAST AMWELL HISTORICAL SOCIETY:
The Charles Lindbergh Series - Presented by Historian and Author, EAHS President Jim Davidson
Friday, October 2, 7:00pm at the Hopewell Train Station, Railroad Place, Hopewell, NJ
For Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping enthusiasts, East Amwell Historical Society President and Lindbergh author Jim Davidson will be presenting his fascinating “12 Theories of Who Kidnapped the Lindbergh Baby”. The Sourland Conservancy is sponsoring this riveting program. Doors open at 6:40. There is limited seating. The suggested donation is $5.00.
Clawson House: Open House!
All are Welcome to Walk Through to View the Phase One Restoration Completion
Saturday and Sunday, October 24 and 25 from 12:00 noon-3:00pm. Historic Clawson House at Clawson Park, Ringoes, NJ. Ample parking is available and refreshments will be provided.
The Historical Society is sponsoring a two day Open House at the Historic Clawson House. The Clawson House was built circa 1800 (at least) and at one time was the architectural center piece of Ringoes. Acquired by the Township in the year 2000 – when the Township purchased the Clawson Farm for a park – it has sat boarded up ever since. With grants from the County and funding provided by the Township, work has begun to restore the property. Full restoration is expected to take several years and this will be the first opportunity for the public to see the house in its “rough” state. Enjoy the fall weather and spend a few minutes walking back into history. Volunteers work at the Clawson House almost every Sunday from 10-12pm. If you are interested in being on the volunteer list, please sign up when you visit.
SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO SUPPORT THE LOYALISTS..... On Saturday, October 24th, the 1759 Vought House is having a fundraising auction... The event is inspired by a real auction in 1778 when victorious American Patriots confiscated the goods sand property of the defeated Vought family, who had remained loyal to the British king during the Revolution. the auction will start at 9:30 am (previews) and 10:30 am (auction) at the 1759 Vought House, 34 Grayrock road Annandale (next to the Clinton Township Middle School). Auctioneer Michael J. Stasak, Jr., owner of Antiques and Auction Service in Carpentersville, NJ, will preside. Special items are already on the auction list which can be viewed at www.stasakauctions.com. All proceeds benefit the 1759 Vought House. For further information see their website at www.1759VoughtHouse.org. DONATIONS TO THIS AUCTION ARE GRATEFULLY WELCOMED -- PLEASE VISIT THEIR WEBSITE FOR CONTACT INFORMATION.
AND THE 300TH STILL HAS ROOM FOR YOU TO JOIN US: OCTOBER 3RD AT HOLCOMBE-JIMISON FARMSTEAD, OCTOBER 6TH AT THE MAIN BRANCH OF THE COUNTY LIBRARY FOR A TALK ON THE HISTORY OF 4 H IN HUNTERDON COUNTY, AND FOR OUR BARN TOUR ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17TH. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO MAKE RESERVATIONS FOR ANY OF THESE EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.HUNTERDON300TH.ORG.