Friday, September 3, 2021

RESERVATIONS NOW FOR OUTDOOR HISTORICAL WALKS IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER!

We hope you are okay; 2021 continues to make history, now with unprecedented flooding.  We hope your homes are dry and safe.  Taking care of yourselves in times of stress is so important; our fall line up provides good times, fresh air outdoors and some good mental cobweb cleaning.  We hope you can join us!

THE FIRST DAY OF AUTUMN IS SEPTEMBER 22 AND OUR FIRST EVENT IN 21 MONTHS IS SEPTEMBER 25TH! 

WELCOME TO OUR FALL LINE UP OF WALKING TOURS OF SOME OF OUR FAVORITE HISTORIC HOMETOWNS AND HAMLETS.  WE ARE TAKING RESERVATIONS TO THE FIRST GROUP OF WALKS AND YOU'LL FIND THE LINKS WITH THE DESCRIPTIONS OF EACH EVENT.

WE'RE STILL MONITORING THE COVID SITUATION AS TO WHETHER WE WILL BE ABLE TO RUN OUR BUS TOUR THIS YEAR -- WE UNDERWRITE THIS EVENT AND WE NEED TO HAVE A FULL BUS TO MAKE IT WORK WITH OUR BUDGET.  THERE'S ALWAYS NEXT YEAR, RIGHT?

IN MID SEPTEMBER WE'LL BE TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR THE REST OF THE WALKING TOURS INCLUDING OUR NEW GHOST TOUR IN DOWNTOWN FLEMINGTON.  WE ARE SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS AND WE HAVE HAD HUGE INTEREST.  BE ASSURED, AS SOMEONE WHO RECEIVES OUR NEWSLETTER OR SUBSCRIBES TO OUR BLOG, YOU GET FIRST DIBS ON MAKING RESERVATIONS TO THE GHOST TOUR AND EVERY OTHER EVENT WE OFFER.

WE ARE HOPING TO HAVE A FEW TALKS STILL THIS YEAR; ALTHOUGH THE COUNTY LIBRARY IS STILL NOT ALLOWING THEIR SPACE TO BE BOOKED, WE DO HAVE OFFERS FROM SOME OF OUR OTHER PARTNERS TO USE THEIR SPACE.  THANK YOU RED MILL MUSEUM AND RINGOES GRANGE!  WE HOPE TO SEE YOU BOTH IN 2021!  AND REMEMBER, CHECK OUT OUR OTHER HISTORICAL PARTNERS' GOINGS-ON AT THE END OF OUR EVENTS LIST.  

NOW TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING AUTUMN EVENTS:

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH:  WALKING TOUR OF MOUNTAINVILLE, 2 PM with Tewksbury Township Historian Shawn Van Doren: Come hear the history of what was originally known as Bulls Head, where the confluence of 3 streams allowed Mountainville in Tewksbury Township to take advantage of the power of water and where the Potter family became an influential family. We’ll see the former one-room school, the local general store and post office, the hotel, the former Kitchen Caboodle cooking school and the site of a former tannery.

FOR RESERVATIONS GO TO:

 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-of-mountainville-tickets-169110563247

Tour length: 90 minutes

Free but Reservations Required.

Meeting locations will be disclosed to people with reservations only.

Walk limited to 30 people.

There is no rain date for this event. Should it rain, the talk will be moved indoors for a Virtual Tour.

If you are closed out of this event and wish to be on our Waiting List, please email us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call (908) 788-2030 and leave a message.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2ND:  WALKING TOUR OF FRENCHTOWN, 2 PM: BAD LUCK AND POOR CHOICES TOUR WITH RICK EPSTEIN: Rick's got a dozen true stories to tell you about Old Frenchtown. Well, 11 are true. The 12th one is a tall tale that George Washington Hummer told his grandson. But it's a good one. IF YOU'VE EVER SHOT A PHARMACIST, Tried to conquer Mexico, Or been knocked off a bar stool at 9:30 a.m., you'll relate to the true stories you'll hear on Rick's Bad Luck & Poor Choices Tour of downtown Frenchtown.

If you want to hear those stories, told right where they happened, sign up for Saturday's Bad Luck & Poor Choices Tour. You'll also learn about Aaron Burr and Tippoo the Killer Elephant. (They never came to Frenchtown, but Vice President Burr wanted to.)

Registration is important. If no one registers, Rick will just stay home and sulk on his porch.

Free but are Reservations Required.

FOR RESERVATIONS GO TO:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-of-frenchtown-bad-luck-and-poor-choices-tour-tickets-169114601325


Meeting locations will be disclosed to people with reservations only.

Walk limited to 20 people.

There is no rain date for this event.  In case of cancellation, you will receive notification thru Eventbrite.


If you are closed out of this event and wish to be on our Waiting List, please email us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call (908) 788-2030 and leave a message.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9TH:  WALKING TOUR OF SERGEANTSVILLE, 10:30 AM:  Delaware Township's Historical Society's Marilyn Cummings and native of Sergeantsville Lois Stewart will lead the tour around this charming hamlet.  This village was established at a crossroads and had a tavern by 1780. It went by a rather unattractive but descriptive name during its early history! Come find out what it was and why it was called that. It has since grown into the charming place it is today… and boasts one of the finest inns in the area -- stay after the walk and enjoy a great lunch there!

The tour starts at 10:30 am and will run approximately 60 minutes.

FOR RESERVATIONS GO TO:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-of-sergeantsville-tickets-169117865087

Free but reservations are required.

Limited to 20 people. Meeting location to be disclosed to those holding reservations only.


There is no rain date for this event.  In case of cancellation, you will receive notification thru Eventbrite.

If you are closed out of this event and wish to be on our Waiting List, please email us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call (908) 788-2030 and leave a message.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16TH:  WALKING TOUR OF FLEMINGTON, 10:30 am:  Let’s take a walk in Historic Downtown Flemington. Hear the stories of the buildings, the people that built them and how the downtown has changed and adapted over three hundred years of settlement.

Janice Armstrong, President of the Hunterdon County Historical Society, a life-long resident of Hunterdon County and a lover of local history, will be your guide. One of her favorite things is to take adults and kids walking and looking at downtowns including Milford, Flemington, Clinton, as well as Bethlehem, Easton, and Nazareth PA.  

The tour starts at 10:30 am and will run approximately 60 minutes.

Free but reservations are required.

FOR RESERVATIONS GO TO:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-of-flemington-tickets-169118486947

Limited to 20 people. Meeting location to be disclosed to those holding reservations only.

There is no rain date for this event.  In case of cancellation, you will receive notification thru Eventbrite.

If you are closed out of this event and wish to be on our Waiting List, please email us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call (908) 788-2030 and leave a message.


RESERVATIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING EVENTS WILL BEGIN IN MID SEPTEMBER:


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23RD:  26 MUNICIPALITIES IN ONE DAY BUS TOUR -- TENTATIVE; 9 AM TO 5 PM.  PLEASE WATCH FOR FURTHER DETAILS.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23RD:  GHOST TOUR OF DOWNTOWN FLEMINGTON: 👻 JOIN US FOR A BONE-CHILLING WALK IN OUR HISTORIC COUNTY SEAT. 👀 STORIES OF MURDER AND MAYHEM, VOICES HEARD FROM THE PAST, APPARITIONS, AND THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT.  ALL OF OUR STORIES ARE DOCUMENTED -- AFTER ALL, WE ARE A HISTORICAL ORGANIZATION.  TOURS LEAVE AT 6:30 PM, 7 PM, and 7:30 PM AND LAST 90 MINUTES.  $10 PER PERSON; CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER, $5; NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 8. RESERVATIONS AND PRE-PAYMENT REQUIRED.  REFRESHMENTS FOLLOWING THE WALK ARE INCLUDED WITH YOUR TICKET.


If you are closed out of this event and wish to be on our Waiting List, please email us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call (908) 788-2030 and leave a message.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29TH:  GHOST TOUR OF DOWNTOWN FLEMINGTON:  JOIN US FOR A BONE-CHILLING WALK IN OUR HISTORIC COUNTY SEAT.  STORIES OF MURDER AND MAYHEM, VOICES HEARD FROM THE PAST, APPARITIONS, AND THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT. 👻 ALL OF OUR STORIES ARE DOCUMENTED -- AFTER ALL, WE ARE A HISTORICAL ORGANIZATION.  TOURS LEAVE AT 6:30 PM, 7 PM, AND 7:30 PM AND LAST 90 MINUTES.  $10 PER PERSON; CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER, $5; NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 8. RESERVATIONS AND PRE-PAYMENT REQUIRED.  REFRESHMENTS FOLLOWING THE WALK ARE INCLUDED WITH YOUR TICKET. 👀


If you are closed out of this event and wish to be on our Waiting List, please email us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call (908) 788-2030 and leave a message.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30TH: 👀 GHOST TOUR OF DOWNTOWN FLEMINGTON:  JOIN US FOR A BONE-CHILLING WALK IN OUR HISTORIC COUNTY SEAT. 👻  STORIES OF MURDER AND MAYHEM, VOICES HEARD FROM THE PAST, APPARITIONS, AND THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT.  ALL OF OUR STORIES ARE DOCUMENTED -- AFTER ALL, WE ARE A HISTORICAL ORGANIZATION.  TOURS LEAVE AT 6:30 PM, 7 PM, AND 7:30 PM AND LAST 90 MINUTES.  $10 PER PERSON; CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER, $5; NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 8. RESERVATIONS AND PRE-PAYMENT REQUIRED.  REFRESHMENTS FOLLOWING THE WALK ARE INCLUDED WITH YOUR TICKET.


If you are closed out of this event and wish to be on our Waiting List, please email us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call (908) 788-2030 and leave a message.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH: WALKING TOUR OF RINGOES, 10 AM:  Take a walking tour of downtown Ringoes and discover its rich history. Our tour guide is Dave Harding, former Hunterdon County Historical Society trustee, founding member of the East Amwell Historical Society, and author of a self-guided walking tour of Ringoes. Dave will tell us about John Ringo’s arrival in the early 1700s where he became a reluctant tavern owner, and discuss the legend of his buried treasure. We'll learn about the Sons of Liberty meeting at the tavern of “the second” John Ringo, an ardent patriot who hung a portrait of George Washington outside his establishment (unless the British were passing through!). We’ll swing past the Henry Landis House where the Marquis de LaFayette convalesced after falling ill, and we’ll talk about the local doctor who rushed to his aid. Speaking of doctors, we’ll also tell you all about Dr. Mary Tidd Bennett, the town’s rare 1800s female physician, and we’ll stand beside the home and publishing house of Dr. Cornelius Larison, and discuss this physician, teacher, publisher, author, interviewer of ex-slave Sylvia DuBois and advocate of phonetic spelling. We’ll also learn about the impact of the railroad on the community and what the village looked like a century ago. Join us to learn about the fascinating, historic hamlet.

Reservations are required.  Approximately 90 minutes.

Meeting location to be disclosed to those holding

reservations only EAST AMWELL TOWNSHIP, NJ 08551

Walk limited to 20 people.

There is no rain date for this event.  In case of cancellation, you will receive notification thru Eventbrite.

If you are closed out of this event and wish to be on our Waiting List, please email us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call (908) 788-2030 and leave a message.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH:  WALKING TOUR OF THREE BRIDGES 10 AM:  Join County Historian and Three Bridges native John Kuhl for a walking tour of historic Three Bridges. John knows every nook and cranny of this special hamlet. Wear comfortable shoes!

Walk limited to 30 people.

The walk is free but reservations are required.

Meeting location will be disclosed to people with reservations only.

There is no rain date for this event.  In case of cancellation, you will receive notification thru Eventbrite.

If you are closed out of this event and wish to be on our Waiting List, please email us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call (908) 788-2030 and leave a message.


STAY TUNED FOR ADDITIONS TO OUR CALENDAR SOON!


EVENTS FROM OUR HISTORICAL PARTNERS AROUND HUNTERDON COUNTY!


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH:  REOPENING OF THE EAST AMWELL MUSEUM:   The East Amwell Museum will re-open to visitors on September 11, 2021, and will be open on the 2nd and 4th weekend of each month thereafter from 1 to 4 pm.  The Museum is located at 1053 Old York Road in Ringoes at the entrance to Clawson Park.

The Museum commemorates and celebrates the Township of East Amwell and its notable history over three centuries.  The collections include artifacts, photographs, documents, and other materials unique to the Township. Since the COVID closure, the Museum has added several new acquisitions and the East Amwell Historical Society, which operates the Museum, is anxiously looking forward to the re-opening and display of its collections.

The Museum is open to all, free of charge. It is entirely supported by generous tax-deductible donations to the Historical Society.  The Historical Society extends an invitation and encourages all to join as Members to help support the Museum and Society events.  Memberships are usually on an annual basis, however, this year, membership will include the remainder of 2021 and all of 2022.  Membership levels are $25 for an individual, $50 for a family, and $10 for a student. Patron memberships at $100 and Lifetime memberships at $1,000 are very much appreciated.  All members will receive discounts and early registration for Historical Society events, be the first to receive the annual calendar as well as acknowledgement in the calendar, and an invitation to the annual Membership Dinner.

If you wish to become a member, please go to our website at eastamwellhistory.org and click on the red "Become a Member" button to download the Membership Form and return it with your check to the address indicated.  The Historical Society will also gratefully accept in kind donations of items of historical significance to the Township. Please contact Maryellen Costello at the Historical Society if you are interested in donating any items of personal property.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH:  THE HISTORY OF EARLY MEDICINE IN NEW JERSEY, 6:30 PM:  At one time, swallowing ground glass was a suggested treatment for curing gastro-intestinal disorders . . . and cayenne pepper enemas were used to treat lung diseases! Join the Lebanon Township Museum for a lecture on the History of Early Medicine in New Jersey with Dr. Gary Grover on Thursday September 16th at 7pm.

Dr. Grover will share his research into early medical treatments and drug discoveries in New Jersey in this hour-long lecture. He is a professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, a professor of cell biology at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, a cardiovascular pharmacologist and a pro-bono mentor to medical students. His research in drug development has resulted in twenty patents, ten book chapters and more than two hundred peer-reviewed publications. 


Lebanon Township Museum, 57 Musconetcong River Road, Hampton NJ 08827.  For further information call
(908) 638-8523 extension 405.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 AND SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH: READINGTON MUSEUMS, BOWMAN STICKNEY FARMSTEAD PRESENT: LIFE WITH FATHER, 3:00 pm. The Readington Community Theater will present staged scenes from the play Life with Father written by Lindsay and Crouse. FREE; Donations appreciated.  Reservations required. Reserve your spot at the link on their website or call the museum. The performance will be held in the historic Wade-Wycoff barn at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead located at 114 Dreahook Road in Readington.

FRIDAYS, SEPTEMBER 10, 17, AND 24TH:  THE RED MILL MUSEUM PRESENTS: FRIDAY NIGHT HORROR FILMS:    At sundown in the parking lot in front of the Red Mill, come by to enjoy the screening of a scary film. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Each week we will up the intensity of the horror from creepy, to scary, to absolutely terrifying! At what level will you tap out? For the last week, we will be joined by Glenbrook Brewery of Morristown, NJ.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2ND:  HISTORIC MARKER DEDICATION AT NIXON CEMETERY IN QUAKERTOWN, 2PM:  Quakertown Friends Meeting will hold a dedication ceremony for an historic marker that honors the Nixon Cemetery, a burial site for non-Quakers that the Meeting offered to the community in the mid-1700s. The sign also acknowledges the now forgotten site, across the road, of a former cemetery for enslaved Africans, also founded in the mid-1700s, but destroyed before the 1880s. The dedication ceremony will include several speakers. Talks will encompass the history of the two cemetery sites, the importance of preserving cemeteries, and remembrances of the deceased.

The Nixon Cemetery has no exact address and is located on Croton Road (Route 579), a half mile south of the village of Quakertown. Please use 1159 or 1161 Croton Road, Pittstown NJ for GPS directions. Parking will be available.

Join Quakertown Friends for refreshments afterwards a half mile away at the First Day School, next from the Meetinghouse at 290 White Bridge Rd (at the intersection of Quakertown Rd/County Route 579). The Meetinghouse will be open for tours.

Any CDC Covid restrictions in effect at the time will apply, such as wearing masks, standing a distance apart, etc. Refreshments at the First Day School may be outdoors if necessary.

ABOUT THE MEETING:  The Quakertown Friends Meeting, founded in 1729, is a faith community welcoming all ages, religious backgrounds, races, education, sexual orientations, gender identities, and classes. Meeting for Worship is held every Sunday at 10:30 AM.  All are welcome. The buildings are wheelchair accessible. For GPS purposes use 290 White Bridge Rd, Pittstown, NJ 08867.  For further information, contact Marty Campanelli, Recording Clerk, Quakertown Monthly Meeting. PO Box 520, Quakertown, NJ 08868, quakertownfriends@gmail.com, https://www.pym.org/directory/meeting/quakertown-friends-meeting, 908-735-0353.

SUNDAY, October 3RD:  READINGTON MUSEUMS PRESENTS LENAPE LIFEWAYS:  FOODWAYS, GARDENING, AND FORAGING, 1:00-4:00 p.m.:  Susan McLellan Plaisted, proprietress of Heart to Hearth Cookery, a food history business based in Bucks County, PA, will be presenting a program on Lenape lifeways focusing on foodways, gardening and foraging. This program will be outside on the grounds of the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead. Plaisted grows Lenape corn, beans and squash from original seed and processes Puhwem (Lenape white flour corn) into hominy. She will be discussing the use, processing and preservation of grown, hunted and foraged foods. Plaisted was a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Speaker on Lenape Foodways for many years and has been interpreting Lenape foodways since 1988. She has a BS in Food and Nutrition and an MS in Health Education.

OCTOBER 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29TH, THE RED MILL MUSEUM PRESENTS 30 YEARS OF FEARS, 5-10 PM: Experience over 50 live (or are they?) terrifying performers, 10 acres of frights, 3 petrifying structures, 1 haunted hayride.....it all adds up to the most spine-chilling experience of your life! The entry line starts at 5 p.m. the attraction opens at dark and runs until all attendees have made it through. There are general admission tickets or if you want to skip the long wait express tickets are available. This year there are 8 nights available!


OCTOBER 9, 16, 23, 30TH, THE RED MILL MUSEUM PRESENTS HAPPY HAUNTS: 10-1 PM:  
Explore a small portion of the Haunted Red Mill with a friendly ghoul, then go for a fun hayride, return for cider and donuts! Rain date will be the Sunday after the date of ticket purchase.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10TH:  READINGTON MUSEUMS, BOWMAN STICKNEY FARMSTEAD PRESENT  THE HUNTERDON HARMONIZERS, 3 PM: The Hunterdon Harmonizers will share their unique a cappella vocal talents in a medley of songs from the golden years of Broadway, including selections from the Lindsay/Crouse musicals The Sound of Music and Anything Goes. Reserve your spot at the link on our website  or call the museum.  FREE but donations are appreciated.  The performance will be held in the historic Wade-Wycoff barn at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead located at 114 Dreahook Road in Readington.

OCTOBER 14, 21, 28TH, THE RED MILL MUSEUM PRESENTS LIGHTS ON! 7:30-9:30 PM:   
Experience a guided tour with the creators of the Haunted Red Mill! Learn what it takes to build this world-renown haunted attraction.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30TH:  THE RED MILL MUSEUM PRESENTS A HAUNTED RED MILL HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA, 7-11 PM:  Celebrate 30 Years of Fears with a party in the middle of the haunt with food, beer, and wine included! Mingle the creators and cast members of the event!

VISIT THE HUNTERDON 300TH AT
http://www.hunterdon300th.org/2021/events.html.  WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU SOON!

Saturday, August 28, 2021

RECOVERING! RE-EMERGING!! RETURNING!!!

THE 300TH IS HERE!  WE'RE BACK! WE'VE REORGANIZED, UPDATING OUT WEBSITE, HISTORICAL EVENT COUNTY-WIDE CALENDAR AND WE ARE OFFERING AN OUTDOOR SET OF PROGRAMS!

WE HOPE ALL OF YOU, OUR PATRONS, FRIENDS AND HISTORICAL PARTNERS, HAVE BEEN WELL!  WE ALL HAVE LIVED THRU ONE OF THE MOST HORRIFIC HISTORICAL EVENTS IN OUR HISTORY - A DEADLY PANDEMIC.  IN 2018, WE WERE HOSTING TALKS ON THE 1918 FLU PANDEMIC... WHO WOULD HAVE EVER PREDICTED WE WOULD BE LIVING THRU ONE!

FOR NOW, THINGS ARE OPENED UP A BIT AND WE WANT TO GIVE YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET OUT AND ABOUT.  HERE IS OUR CURRENT CALENDAR, WITH MORE BEING ADDED WEEKLY (CHECK OUT OUR CALENDAR ON OUR WEBSITE:  http://www.hunterdon300th.org/2021/events.html), FOLLOWED BY WHAT SOME OF OUR HISTORICAL PARTNERS ARE UP TO.

WE'RE BRINGING BACK OUR WALKING TOURS OF SOME OF OUR SMALL TOWNS AND HAMLETS!  A NICE HALF DOZEN ON AUTUMN SATURDAYS... A FEW ARE REPEATS OF SOME OF OUR MOST POPULAR WALKING TOURS, A FEW ARE NEW.  ALL ARE LIMITED IN HOW MANY WE CAN ACCOMMODATE SO MAKE SURE YOU SIGN UP AS SOON AS WE OPEN UP RESERVATIONS STARTING DURING FAIR WEEK IN LATE AUGUST.

👀WE ARE ALSO TENTATIVELY PLANNING 3 NIGHTS OF GHOST WALKING TOURS IN DOWNTOWN FLEMINGTON.  FLEMINGTON HAS AN INTERESTING REPUTATION FOR HAUNTED BUILDINGS AND WE HAVE SOME TRULY BONE-CHILLING STORIES TO SHARE. 👻 THESE TOURS WILL HAVE A SMALL FEE PER PERSON AND SPACE WILL BE VERY LIMITED.  WE ARE PLANNING ON 3 TOURS PER NIGHT SO YOU HAVE 9 CHANCES TO SECURE SPACE.👀 RESERVATIONS WILL OPEN UP AROUND MID-SEPTEMBER.  

FINALLY, COVID DEPENDENT, WE ARE HOPING TO BRING BACK OUR BUS TOUR OF ALL 26 MUNICIPALITIES IN ONE DAY.  WE SOLD OUT IN 2019 AND HAD TO CANCEL THE TRIP IN 2020.  WE'RE WATCHING COVID NUMBERS CAREFULLY TO SEE IF WE CAN RUN THIS TRIP.  WE HAVE TO HAVE A FULL BUS IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS TRIP A BARGAIN FOR OUR PATRONS AS WE UNDERWRITE EVERY SEAT.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH:  WALKING TOUR OF MOUNTAINVILLE, 2 PM with Tewksbury Township Historian Shawn Van Doren: Come hear the history of what was originally known as Bulls Head, where the confluence of 3 streams allowed Mountainville in Tewksbury Township to take advantage of the power of water and where the Potter family became an influential family. We’ll see the former one-room school, the local general store and post office, the hotel, the former Kitchen Caboodle cooking school and the site of a former tannery.

Tour length: 90 minutes

Free but Reservations Required.

Meeting locations will be disclosed to people with reservations only.

Walk limited to 30 people.

There is no rain date for this event. Should it rain, the talk will be moved indoors for a Virtual Tour.

If you are closed out of this event and wish to be on our Waiting List, please email us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call (908) 788-2030 and leave a message.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2ND:  WALKING TOUR OF FRENCHTOWN, 2 PM: BAD LUCK AND POOR CHOICES TOUR WITH RICK EPSTEIN: Rick's got a dozen true stories to tell you about Old Frenchtown. Well, 11 are true. The 12th one is a tall tale that George Washington Hummer told his grandson. But it's a good one. IF YOU'VE EVER SHOT A PHARMACIST, Tried to conquer Mexico, Or been knocked off a bar stool at 9:30 a.m., you'll relate to the true stories you'll hear on Rick's Bad Luck & Poor Choices Tour of downtown Frenchtown.

If you want to hear those stories, told right where they happened, sign up for Saturday's Bad Luck & Poor Choices Tour. You'll also learn about Aaron Burr and Tippoo the Killer Elephant. (They never came to Frenchtown, but Vice President Burr wanted to.)

Registration is important. If no one registers, Rick will just stay home and sulk on his porch.

Free but are Reservations Required.

Meeting locations will be disclosed to people with reservations only.

Walk limited to 20 people.

There is no rain date for this event.  In case of cancellation, you will receive notification thru Eventbrite.


If you are closed out of this event and wish to be on our Waiting List, please email us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call (908) 788-2030 and leave a message.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9TH:  WALKING TOUR OF SERGEANTSVILLE, 10:30 AM:  Delaware Township's Historical Society's Marilyn Cummings and native of Sergeantsville Lois Stewart will lead the tour around this charming hamlet.  This village was established at a crossroads and had a tavern by 1780. It went by a rather unattractive but descriptive name during its early history! Come find out what it was and why it was called that. It has since grown into the charming place it is today… and boasts one of the finest inns in the area -- stay after the walk and enjoy a great lunch there!

The tour starts at 10:30 am and will run approximately 60 minutes.

Free but reservations are required.

Limited to 20 people. Meeting location to be disclosed to those holding reservations only.


There is no rain date for this event.  In case of cancellation, you will receive notification thru Eventbrite.

If you are closed out of this event and wish to be on our Waiting List, please email us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call (908) 788-2030 and leave a message.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16TH:  WALKING TOUR OF FLEMINGTON, 10:30 am:  Let’s take a walk in Historic Downtown Flemington. Hear the stories of the buildings, the people that built them and how the downtown has changed and adapted over three hundred years of settlement.

Janice Armstrong, President of the Hunterdon County Historical Society, a life-long resident of Hunterdon County and a lover of local history, will be your guide. One of her favorite things is to take adults and kids walking and looking at downtowns including Milford, Flemington, Clinton, as well as Bethlehem, Easton, and Nazareth PA.  

The tour starts at 10:30 am and will run approximately 60 minutes.

Free but reservations are required.

Limited to 20 people. Meeting location to be disclosed to those holding reservations only.

There is no rain date for this event.  In case of cancellation, you will receive notification thru Eventbrite.

If you are closed out of this event and wish to be on our Waiting List, please email us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call (908) 788-2030 and leave a message.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23RD:  26 MUNICIPALITIES IN ONE DAY BUS TOUR -- TENTATIVE; 9 AM TO 5 PM.  PLEASE WATCH FOR FURTHER DETAILS.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23RD:  GHOST TOUR OF DOWNTOWN FLEMINGTON: 👻 JOIN US FOR A BONE-CHILLING WALK IN OUR HISTORIC COUNTY SEAT. 👀 STORIES OF MURDER AND MAYHEM, VOICES HEARD FROM THE PAST, APPARITIONS, AND THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT.  ALL OF OUR STORIES ARE DOCUMENTED -- AFTER ALL, WE ARE A HISTORICAL ORGANIZATION.  TOURS LEAVE AT 6:30 PM, 7 PM, and 7:30 PM AND LAST 90 MINUTES.  $10 PER PERSON; CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER, $5; NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 8. RESERVATIONS AND PRE-PAYMENT REQUIRED.  REFRESHMENTS FOLLOWING THE WALK ARE INCLUDED WITH YOUR TICKET.


If you are closed out of this event and wish to be on our Waiting List, please email us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call (908) 788-2030 and leave a message.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29TH:  GHOST TOUR OF DOWNTOWN FLEMINGTON:  JOIN US FOR A BONE-CHILLING WALK IN OUR HISTORIC COUNTY SEAT.  STORIES OF MURDER AND MAYHEM, VOICES HEARD FROM THE PAST, APPARITIONS, AND THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT. 👻 ALL OF OUR STORIES ARE DOCUMENTED -- AFTER ALL, WE ARE A HISTORICAL ORGANIZATION.  TOURS LEAVE AT 6:30 PM, 7 PM, AND 7:30 PM AND LAST 90 MINUTES.  $10 PER PERSON; CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER, $5; NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 8. RESERVATIONS AND PRE-PAYMENT REQUIRED.  REFRESHMENTS FOLLOWING THE WALK ARE INCLUDED WITH YOUR TICKET. 👀


If you are closed out of this event and wish to be on our Waiting List, please email us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call (908) 788-2030 and leave a message.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30TH: 👀 GHOST TOUR OF DOWNTOWN FLEMINGTON:  JOIN US FOR A BONE-CHILLING WALK IN OUR HISTORIC COUNTY SEAT. 👻  STORIES OF MURDER AND MAYHEM, VOICES HEARD FROM THE PAST, APPARITIONS, AND THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT.  ALL OF OUR STORIES ARE DOCUMENTED -- AFTER ALL, WE ARE A HISTORICAL ORGANIZATION.  TOURS LEAVE AT 6:30 PM, 7 PM, AND 7:30 PM AND LAST 90 MINUTES.  $10 PER PERSON; CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER, $5; NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 8. RESERVATIONS AND PRE-PAYMENT REQUIRED.  REFRESHMENTS FOLLOWING THE WALK ARE INCLUDED WITH YOUR TICKET.


If you are closed out of this event and wish to be on our Waiting List, please email us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call (908) 788-2030 and leave a message.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH: WALKING TOUR OF RINGOES, 10 AM:  Take a walking tour of downtown Ringoes and discover its rich history. Our tour guide is Dave Harding, former Hunterdon County Historical Society trustee, founding member of the East Amwell Historical Society, and author of a self-guided walking tour of Ringoes. Dave will tell us about John Ringo’s arrival in the early 1700s where he became a reluctant tavern owner, and discuss the legend of his buried treasure. We'll learn about the Sons of Liberty meeting at the tavern of “the second” John Ringo, an ardent patriot who hung a portrait of George Washington outside his establishment (unless the British were passing through!). We’ll swing past the Henry Landis House where the Marquis de LaFayette convalesced after falling ill, and we’ll talk about the local doctor who rushed to his aid. Speaking of doctors, we’ll also tell you all about Dr. Mary Tidd Bennett, the town’s rare 1800s female physician, and we’ll stand beside the home and publishing house of Dr. Cornelius Larison, and discuss this physician, teacher, publisher, author, interviewer of ex-slave Sylvia DuBois and advocate of phonetic spelling. We’ll also learn about the impact of the railroad on the community and what the village looked like a century ago. Join us to learn about the fascinating, historic hamlet.

Reservations are required.  Approximately 90 minutes.


Meeting location to be disclosed to those holding

reservations only EAST AMWELL TOWNSHIP, NJ 08551

Walk limited to 20 people.

There is no rain date for this event.  In case of cancellation, you will receive notification thru Eventbrite.

If you are closed out of this event and wish to be on our Waiting List, please email us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call (908) 788-2030 and leave a message.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH:  WALKING TOUR OF THREE BRIDGES 10 AM:  Join County Historian and Three Bridges native John Kuhl for a walking tour of historic Three Bridges. John knows every nook and cranny of this special hamlet. Wear comfortable shoes!

Walk limited to 30 people.

The walk is free but reservations are required.

Meeting location will be disclosed to people with reservations only.

There is no rain date for this event.  In case of cancellation, you will receive notification thru Eventbrite.

If you are closed out of this event and wish to be on our Waiting List, please email us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or call (908) 788-2030 and leave a message.


STAY TUNED FOR ADDITIONS TO OUR CALEDAR SOON!

AUGUST 25TH THRU AUGUST 29TH:  HUNTERDON 4-H AND AGRICULTURAL FAIR! WE'LL BE THERE IN THE COMMUNITY BOOTH ALONG WITH SOME OF OUR WONDERFUL HISTORICAL PARTNERS INCLUDING THE HUNTERDON HISTORICAL SOCIETY!  AS ALWAYS, WE'LL HAVE FAIR SPECIALS AT OUR TABLE OF UNIQUE HUNTERON COUNTY BOOKS AND MERCHANDISE!  PLEASE STOP BY AND SAY HI! WE MISS YOU!

EVENTS FROM OUR HISTORICAL PARTNERS AROUND HUNTERDON COUNTY!

AUGUST 15TH:  CORN FEST! AT HOLCOMBE JIMISON FARMSTEAD MUSEUM:  NOON TO 4 PM:  1605 DANIEL BRAY HIGHWAY, LAMBERTVILLE: FOOD, MUSIC, FUN!  CORN HUSKING CONTEST AT 1 PM; FUN GAMES INCLUDING CORN HOLE AND HOOPS; LIVE MUSIC ON THE LAWN FROM 2 TO 4 PM FEATURING MOSS HENRY AND THE BRYOPHYTES; GRIND CORN AND FEED THE CHICKENS; THE BLACKSMITH SHOP AND THE MUSEUM WILL BE OPEN.$5 PER PERSON, CHILDREN 5 AND UNDER ARE FREE; FAMILY MEMBERSHIPS $25. LEARN MORE AT www.holcombe-jimison.org

SATURDAY, AUGUST 28TH:  LEBANON TOWNSHIP MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATING THE OPENING OF THEIR CARRIAGE SHED ANNEX!  11 AM TO 3 PM :The lockdown was a time of tremendous growth at the Lebanon Township Museum. This included the construction of the Carriage Shed Museum Annex (adding 400 square feet of exhibit space!) as well as the:


* Acquisition of artifacts from the Tuberculosis Sanatorium
* Acceptance of a collection of artwork by local legend Don Ross
* Development of interpretative signage throughout the museum (including QR links to historic photos, articles & videos!)
* Installation of new exhibits including the new Pandemic Art & Artifact display
* Creation of hands-on educatio
nal fun for kids (scavenger hunt, Dr. Knox's feature profile test puzzle, archaeologist dig station & more!)
 
Come discover & enjoy all of the features of our revitalized museum at our Open House on Saturday August 28th from 11-3! 
 
All are welcome, admission is always free.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH:  REOPENING OF THE EAST AMWELL MUSEUM:   The East Amwell Museum will re-open to visitors on September 11, 2021, and will be open on the 2nd and 4th weekend of each month thereafter from 1 to 4 pm.  The Museum is located at 1053 Old York Road in Ringoes at the entrance to Clawson Park.

The Museum commemorates and celebrates the Township of East Amwell and its notable history over three centuries.  The collections include artifacts, photographs, documents, and other materials unique to the Township. Since the COVID closure, the Museum has added several new acquisitions and the East Amwell Historical Society, which operates the Museum, is anxiously looking forward to the re-opening and display of its collections.

The Museum is open to all, free of charge. It is entirely supported by generous tax-deductible donations to the Historical Society.  The Historical Society extends an invitation and encourages all to join as Members to help support the Museum and Society events.  Memberships are usually on an annual basis, however, this year, membership will include the remainder of 2021 and all of 2022.  Membership levels are $25 for an individual, $50 for a family, and $10 for a student. Patron memberships at $100 and Lifetime memberships at $1,000 are very much appreciated.  All members will receive discounts and early registration for Historical Society events, be the first to receive the annual calendar as well as acknowledgement in the calendar, and an invitation to the annual Membership Dinner.

If you wish to become a member, please go to our website at eastamwellhistory.org and click on the red "Become a Member" button to download the Membership Form and return it with your check to the address indicated.  The Historical Society will also gratefully accept in kind donations of items of historical significance to the Township. Please contact Maryellen Costello at the Historical Society if you are interested in donating any items of personal property.

VISIT THE HUNTERDON 300TH AT
http://www.hunterdon300th.org/2021/events.html.  WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU SOON!



Wednesday, September 23, 2020

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU! HERITAGE EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTY

THE HUNTERDON 300TH MISSES ALL OF YOU!  As our history and heritage partners are slowly starting to offer events, we are back to help promote them.

Meanwhile, our 2020 theme "Hunterdon's Unique Historic Treasures" has been postponed until 2021.  However, we are working on some special on-line history treats which will, hopefully, be ready soon and throughout the rest of 2020.

STAY TUNED!

EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTY OFFERED BY OUR SOME OF OUR COUNTY'S WONDERFUL HISTORICAL AND HERITAGE ORGANIZATIONS:

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4TH:  THE RED MILL MUSEUM VILLAGE is planning a “Quilt Airing” on Oct. 4 from 12-4.  We hope you can attend the event. It will be held outdoors with quilts hanging on clotheslines and fence rails with protection under the quilts. 

There is an admission fee and a senior citizen rate.

Also, they would love to have more quilts on view that day.  You can bring them the morning of the event from 8:30-11:30 or better, you can bring them a few days before. Red Mill staff will hang them.  If you would like to bring in a quilt please contact Lynn at 908-735-4101 or ecole@theredmill.org

READINGTON MUSEUMS VIRTUAL TOURS:  Since the museums’ buildings are closed to visitors, they have been busy developing virtual tours for the public. Links to each tour can be found on the museum website at https://www.readingtontwpnj.gov/community/readington-museum.  Each tour is two to four minutes long and showcases the Readington Museums, including the rooms of the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead. In addition, virtual tours of the Eversole-Hall House, Cold Brook School, and exhibits of the museums’ collections are planned for the future. 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11TH:  The Oldest Grange in Hunterdon County, Ringoes Grange, is holding its 40th annual Pumpkin Festival from 10 am to 2 pm at the Grange, 1101 Old York Road.  Due to Covid, all treats must be pre-ordered; there will be contact-free pick up thru the next door bank's drive thru.  Orders must be placed by October 4th. This fundraiser helps maintain the historic Grange Hall in downtown Ringoes. Homemade pies, cookies, cheesecakes, muffins, soup and bread can be ordered by calling (908) 788-5398 or emailing ringoesgrange@gmail.com.  

The Menu includes:
3 types of Pumpkin pies, a 8" for $9; 6" for $6 and a 6' Sugar-free for $7
Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies 3 for $2.00.
Pumpkin cheesecakes, 10" for 28.00 & a 4 pack of 2" cupcake size =$8.00.
Pumpkin-Nut Bread, 5" for $4.00.

Pumpkin Muffins, 4 Pack = $6.00.
Pumpkin soup- Cream of Pumpkin, our regular soup made with Chicken stock, 1 quart = $7.00
Vegan Stew - Vegan - Gluten-free stew with Roasted Squash and corn & other surprises - 1 pint = $ 8.00@

Orders will be tallied, and made to order, then boxed and delivered to your car at one of the times you select. 10- 11;11-Noon; Noon -1 & 1-2, Just let them know what time you would like to pick up, and they will have your order ready. Payment is by EXACT cash only - NO change will be given, or by check. You can also pay pre-pay by sending a check for the total to Ringoes Grange, P.O. Box 53, Ringoes, NJ 08551


LAMBERTVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY is offering a self-guided tour of Lambertville Then and Now thru November 8, 2020.  Walk thru Lambertville and view 20 poster-sized historic images from the mid 1800s to the early 1900s at the sites where they were taken.  For more information, and to download map, QR Code or visit lambertvillehistoricalsociety.org/thenandnow 

Check out LEBANON MUSEUM'S WEBSITE for its "boredom busters" and virtual tours... lots of interesting historical facts and fun.  http://www.lebanontownship.net/services/museum.aspx

ENJOY OUR HISTORY AND HERITAGE EVEN DURING COVID! YOU CAN ENJOY OUR MUSEUMS VIRTUALLY OR OUR HISTORY OUTDOORS!


Saturday, April 4, 2020

A HUNTERDON HISTORY QUIZ FOR YOUR AMUSEMENT AND OUR CURRENT, HOPEFUL CALENDAR!

News about the health crisis is everywhere and is, correctly, the main topic of conversation. 

We hope you are staying safe and healthy at home with your loved ones.  Perhaps you are a little bored with all of this physical distancing and no where to go.

Musicians all over the world are posting YouTube videos; authors are reading books, and aquariums and zoos are posting live.  But,

YOU CAN ONLY WATCH SO MUCH YouTube;
YOU CAN ONLY DO SO MANY PUZZLES;
YOU CAN ONLY BINGE WATCH SO MUCH TV;
YOU CAN ONLY READ SO MANY BOOKS.....

SO..... the Hunterdon 300th, the State of New Jersey's largest producer of historical lectures and events (all about Hunterdon all of the time!), gives you.... Hunterdon History at Home!  TaDa!

We thought we'd provide you with a quiz to test your Hunterdon historical knowledge and give you a bit of a diversion. Even if you think it's a little hard, we promise you will find it educational (after all, we are a 501c3 Educational Not-for-Profit!)....

This quiz is fun! The multiple choice answers have a touch of humor and whimsy -- fun and educational for all ages and all levels of Hunterdon knowledge. We hope you'll take it, read it to your children, Skype your friends with your impressive Hunterdon trivia, and self-amuse (as we did when we wrote the multiple choice answers!).  Hugs to John Kuhl, who provided these questions for our calendars and publications "300 Fun Facts About Hunterdon County" and "305 Fun Facts About Hunterdon County's Municipalities."


THE ANSWERS FOLLOW OUR CURRENT (AND HOPEFUL) CALENDAR. 

WE MISS YOU ALL!  STAY SAFE!

Write down your answers and add up your score at the end of this 25 question quiz:




1. What was Richard Ernst Weber arrested for in 1942 by the FBI on a poultry farm in Three Bridges?

a. Blackmailing
b. Spying
c. Counterfeiting
d. Tampering with the US mail

2. At age 21, Three Bridges Farm girl Mildred Saums won a cash prize of $25 and a silver trophy at the 1939 World’s Fair. For what competition did she win?
a. International milking contest
b. International tractor pull
c. International Pie Eating Contest
d. Miss 1939 World’s Fair

3. What famous event occurred at the farm of Richard Schomp in 1939?

a. The State Police raided it over alleged animal cruelty.
b. A two-headed albino calf was born that went to the 1939 World’s Fair.
c. The first artificially inseminated calf was born.
d. The first Woodstock style concert event was held.

4. Who was the youngest woman from Hunterdon County ever elected to the NJ General Assembly?

a. Marcia Karrow
b. Connie Myers
c. Mildred Preen Mortimer
d. Barbara McConnell

5. Which war spurred the name change of New Germantown to Oldwick?

a. The American Revolutionary War when the Hessians invaded Hunterdon County.
b. World War I
c. World War II
d. The War Against the Worlds

6. What happened during the Jutland Massacre?a. Indians were slaughtered by the Dutch.
b. It’s another name for the Peach Blight.
c. Teenagers ransacked a sheep farm.
d. State Police illegally raided a farm.

7. What unsanitary drink did William Griffith accidentally create because he was too cheap to start over?

a. Sweet Tea
b. Grey Water
c. Pink Lemonade
d. Pink Champagne

8. What municipality took its name from a prominent iron work in the northeastern part of its Township?

a. Readington Township
b. Raritan Township
c. Alexandria Township
d. Union Township

9. After a murder occurred in this municipality, the area of the crime was nicknamed Little Easton because Easton PA had an unsavory reputation.

a. Raritan Township
b. Readington Township
c. Bloomsbury
d. Union Township

10. What was the nickname of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania rail road in Whitehouse Station?

a. The BR&W
b. The Del-Bel
c. The Rockabye Baby
d. The Holy Cow

11. Which of the following is not a former name of the hamlet of Barley Sheaf?

a. Camelsville
b. Dromedary
c. Cambellsville
d. Farmersville

12. The hamlet of Cherryville was once called what?

a. Dogtown
b. Cattown
c. Bonetown
d. Goattown

13. Which village is in Alexandria Township?

a. Point Pleasant
b. Sunnyside
c. Landsdown
d. Everittstown

14. What is the westernmost unincorporated town in Hunterdon County?
a. Mount Joy
b. Mount Salem
c. Mount Lebanon
d. Mount Pleasant

15. Which name was NOT an original name of Stockton?


a. Reading’s Ferry
b. Howell’s Ferry
c. Mitchell’s Ferry
d. Robinson’s Ferry
e. Harpers Ferry

16. For what reason did Union Township split from Bethlehem Township?

a. Liquor licensing
b. Two families feuding
c. School policy dispute
d. Taxes

17. What was the name of the bathtub gin moonshine made in Raritan Township?

a. White goat
b. Black Horse
c. White mule
d. Pink elephant

18. What two construction projects did Asbel Welch of Lambertville engineer?

a. Sherrards Ferry and Coryells Ferry
b. Rockefellers Mill and Darts Mill
c. D&R Canal and Bel-Del Railroad
d. National Hotel in Frenchtown and the Union Hotel in Flemington

19. Prior to 1827, Sergeantsville was known as:

a. Hogtown
b. Hensfoot
c. Skunktown
d. Hogswart

20. What tavern was the first in the county to be raided during prohibition?

a. Three Bridges Tavern
b. Millers Tavern
c. Jones’ Tavern
d. Lebanon Hotel

21. Hunterdon has one of the last of these off Black Brook Road in Bethlehem Township. What is it?

a. Pink sheep
b. Bog Turtle
c. Quaking Bog
d. Whistling Meadow

22. How were logs transported south from 1750 thru 1900?

a. The D&R Canal
b. Horse and Wagon
c. Train
d. Log Rafting

23. Which television personality did or does not live in Hunterdon County?
a. Merv Griffin
b. John Amos
c. Chet Huntley
d. Joe Piscopo
e. David Brinkley

24. What was the former gruesome name of Spring Mills in Holland Township?

a. Satan’s Corner
b. Sodom
c. Bonetown
d. Helltown

25. Which of the following names were not a previous name for Frenchtown?

a. Swisstown
b. Sun Beam
c. Sherrerds Ferry Colvins Ferry
d. Lowreys Ferry


OUR 2020 YEAR OF EVENTS AND TALKS  ON THIS YEAR'S THEME:

HUNTERDON'S UNIQUE HISTORIC TREASURES. 
's 2020 the

RESERVATIONS STILL BEING TAKEN:



TUESDAY, MAY 19TH (POSTPONED FROM TUESDAY, APRIL 7TH):  THE FABLED WARRIOR KING AND INDIAN BURIAL VAULT RESEARCH IN HUNTERDON COUNTY:  Was Hunterdon the resting place of the fabled warrior king of the great Raritan Indian Tribe of the 17th century?  Join Dr. Gregory C. Herman, PhD in Geology, in this discussion on his research of native peoples in Hunterdon County.   His fieldwork has led to the possible rediscovery of ancient stone burial mounds located atop the Cushetunk Mountains.  The discovery awaits confirmation through professional archeological work. 
If you wish to read more on this topic, please seehis publication in the Hunterdon Historical Society's newsletter:  2018 Herman, G. C., Indian Burial Vault Research in Hunterdon County: Hunterdon Historical Record, vol. 54, No. 3, pgs. 1287 and 1292.
Dr. Herman earned his BS in geology from Ohio University in 1982. After receiving a MS in structural geology from the Univ. of Connecticut in 1984, he joined the NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) in the water quality management program, regulating industrial facilities having discharge of hazardous wastes to groundwater. He transferred to the NJ Geological Survey (NJGS) in 1985 to map bedrock geology in NJ. In 1997 he received his PhD in Geology from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Having retired from the NJGS after 32 years, Greg now teaches Earth Science at local colleges and a university while consulting on Earth science projects. He also researches impact tectonics and provides Earth-science themes for Google Earth.  In his spare time, he is also helping the Hunterdon County Historical Society clean and rearrange the Deats-Thatcher Collection, a massive collection of American Indian artifacts collected by Hiram E. Deats and John C. Thatcher in the 1800s.  

7 pm.  Main Branch of the County Library.  Reservations recommended.  Free with free refreshments following the talk.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 16TH (POSTPONED FROM THURSDAY, MARCH 19TH): THE WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT AND HUNTERDON'S WOMEN WHO MADE POLITICAL HISTORY:  Celebrate Women's History Month and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with us.  Author of "The Franklin Park Tragedy" and Historian Brian Armstrong ("The 1918 Influenza Epidemic in Hunterdon County") will provide a lecture focusing on the development of the women’s suffrage movement in the US that resulted in the 19th amendment to the US Constitution in 1919 permitting women to vote. Profiles of the key players (Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida Wells, Alice Paul, etc.), and organizations involved with the movement will be presented along with a timeline of events from the movement’s origination in the abolitionist movement to the passage of the amendment and the first vote in 1920. Mr. Armstrong will also discuss prominent New Jersey and Hunterdon County female politicians who followed in the footsteps of the suffragettes.
7 pm.  Main Branch of the County Library.  Free.  Reservations Requested.  
Refreshments follow.


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NEW DATE PENDING THIS FALL (POSTPONED FROM SUNDAY, APRIL 19TH):  NOT JUST COLONIALS AND GINGERBREADS:  20TH CENTURY HOMES IN HUNTERDON:  Colonial Period?  Victorian Gingerbreads?  Our County has so much more!  When we think of local historic architecture we picture the Greek Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne homes of Flemington, Clinton, Lambertville and the other villages and hamlets of Hunterdon. But what about the buildings constructed post 1900!  After a brief overview of architectural building styles we can then look at the Colonial Revival, Tudor, Foursquare, Craftsman bungalows and Mid-century modern styles that are a larger part of the homes of Hunterdon.  We'll explore the historic and industrial trends that made these popular and possible!  Join Janice Armstrong, noted historian, preservationist, and heritage educator, for a talk focusing on 20th Century architecture.  As a follow up (Summer date to be announced) we'll take a stroll in Flemington to the "newer" side of town, tracing the town's expansion and growth.
Janice is a life-long resident of Hunterdon County and a retired teacher from Readington Township.  Her preservation experience includes working with the New Jersey Historic Trust, Preservation New Jersey, and the Samuel Fleming House Museum and Gardens. She has also taught classes at Drew University for their Historic Preservation program.
Janice is currently writing a walking tour script and training tour guides for tours of Flemington.  

Reservations requested.  Free with free refreshments following the talk.

NEW DATE PENDING AND WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON (POSTPONED FROM SATURDAY, APRIL 25TH):  7TH ANNUAL CEMETERY "CEMENER":  A FAMILY AFFAIR:  REVOLUTIONARY POLITICS, NEWS AND THE WOMEN BEHIND THE PRESS:  Sponsored by the Hunterdon County Historical Society and the 300th Committee, this year’s seminar and meet and greet explores the fabulous treasures found in Bethlehem Presbyterian Church's graveyards.  Speakers include an amazing Key Note, Dr. Joseph M. Adelman, and local historians and notables, John Allen, John Kuhl, Rhonda Witwer, Hank Bonnell, William Honachefsky, and Bob and Leslie Leith.

Registration: 10:30 am.
Key Note Address by Dr. Joseph M. Adelman, Author of "Revolutionary Networks, The Business and Politics of Printing the News":  11 am.
Lunch courtesy of Jersey Mike's:  12 pm.
Cemetery Tours and Demonstrations:  1 pm:

  • Revolutionary Gravestone Tour
  • Mary Claypoole (1st Wife of David Chambers Claypoole)
  • Bonnell Family
  • Robert Taylor Famiy
  • Civil War Gravestone Tour
  • Gravestone Cleaning with D/2 Demonstration

Original "General Advertiser" newspapers from 1796 will be on display from the Hunterdon Historical Society Collection.  Dr. Adelman's book will be available for purchase.

Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, 2 Race Street, Pittstown, NJ  08867

$10 Registration is required.

Register at www.hunterdon300th.org.
Send checks to: Hunterdon County Historical Society, 114 Main St, Flemington, NJ 08822
For further information call 908-782-1091 or go to hunterdonhistoryinfo@gmail.com
   Sponsored by The Hunterdon County Historical Society, The Hunterdon 300th       Committee, and 
The Bethlehem Presbyterian Church.


UPCOMING TALKS AND EVENTS ABOUT HUNTERDON'S UNIQUE HISTORIC TREASURES:


WE ARE HOPEFUL THAT DATES IN MAY WILL NOT BE POSTPONED OR CANCELLED.

SUNDAY, MAY 3RD: HOLCOMBE-JIMISON FARM FESTIVAL:  An extraordinary day at Hunterdon's oldest farmstead!  Certainly one of Hunterdon's Unique Historic Treasures!!  Join us on the farm for a fun packed day with things to see and do no matter your age!!  Live Western and Blue Grass music provided by the "Red Oak Country Boys."


Morning events from 10 am to 4 pm included in the price of admission:
  • Make a rope bracelet for yourself with a machine more than 100 years old!
  • Dip your own wax candle
  • Make a pottery plate for your very own
  • Visit the Hunterdon County 4H Fur and Feathers' Petting Zoo of small creatures
  • Learn to play an Outside Kids' game from Yesteryear
  • Visit the Museum barns and the 1711 House -- filled with memories
  • Visit the Barn of Toys
  • Other sites to see include a Country Store, a Post Office and a Barbershop, Mini-Craft Fair, the Delaware Valley Herb Society's “ International Herb Garden”, and the 1920’s Machine Shop

 Afternoon events from noon to 4 pm included in the price of admission:
  • Take a Tractor/Wagon ride across the lower field
  • Print a Post card on our 3x5 Letter Press from 1880 (Print shop) and learn how paper printing has changed
  • Watch the Blacksmith make a Hook – Can You try?
  • See the Black and River Railroad Road Equipment being used to restore service to Lambertville
Food for sale by Hunterdon County 4H including hamburgers, hot dogs and more PLUS
A Home Made Ice Cream Vendor AND free coffee and snacks in the Office will be available.

                          
$5.00 per Adult or $10.00 a Family - or become a Member for $25.00!
1605 Daniel Bray Highway (Rte. 29) Lambertville NJ 08535                              
(Last New Jersey Exit on route 202, then follow blue signs)
Visit the Farmstead Website at www.Holcombe.Jimison.org

 Rain or Shine.

THURSDAY, MAY 14TH:  THE ARCHITECTURE AND INTERPRETATION OF THE 1759 VOUGHT HOUSE - THE ONLY LOYALIST HOUSE MUSEUM IN NJ:  In this lecture, Historical Architect, Michael Marguiles, AIA, will discuss the the significance of the architecture of the Vought House - among the most unique in the United States - and the fight to save and preserve it.  
Built in 1759, the house was acquired by the Clinton Township Board of Education and slated for demolition.  it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 16, 2008. The building is on Preservation New Jersey's 2010 "10 Most Endangered Historic Sites list." It was acquired by a newly formed not-for-profit to save and preserve the house for $17.59. 
The house is a heavy timber frame, and the walls are made with wattle and daub. Distinctive features of the interior are four original plaster ceilings with geometric designs.  The most unique of the ceilings is the serpentine design with a snake's head at one end near the front entrance - still intact since it was originally installed in 1759! This may be the only house in the United States with four mid-eighteenth century wattle and daub decorative plaster ceilings.  The ornamental plasterwork is very similar to another Palatine German stone farmhouse in Berks County, PA, the Hehn-Kershner House, circa 1755. In 1958, the architectural elements were purchased by and relocated to Winterthur Museum.
Christoffel Vought was a loyalist during the American Revolution and volunteered to join the British Army. Vought was captured by the Patriots and found guilty by a Jury of Inquisition. Vought and his family went into exile in Nova Scotia. The land and house were sold at auction.
When preserved, this will be the first museum in New Jersey interpreted as a Loyalist site, recognizing the significance of the civil war that raged within New Jersey during the American Revolution. 
7 pm.  Main Branch of the County Library, Route 12. 
Free with free refreshments following the talk.

THURSDAY, JUNE 4TH:  HOW GROWING UP IN HUNTERDON INFLUENCED MY LIFE - WITH GOVERNOR CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN:  Governor Whitman created the Open Space and Farmland Preservation Program for the State and also enacted the largest tax cuts in State history.  An activist who speaks her mind, Governor Whitman made history when she became the first and only woman Governor in New Jersey history.  Join us for a special evening with a unique, history-making, Hunterdon treasure.
7 pm. Main Branch of the County Library, Route 12, Flemington.
Free with refreshments following the talk.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH:  THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF HIRAM DEATS:  Join our great treasure, author and historian John Kuhl as he discusses the importance of Hiram Deats, wealthy entrepreneur, businessman, collector, historian.  The legacy of Hiram Deats to Hunterdon County, including the founding of the Hunterdon County Historic Society and his bequeathing priceless artifacts to the Society, is one of both generosity and significance.
7 pm. Main Branch of the County Library, Route 12, Flemington.
Free with refreshments following the talk.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH: READING CEMETERY TOUR WITH TOUR GUIDE DAVID READING: 10 am; details to be announced.

TICKETING NOW --  LOCK IN THE 2019 PRICE BY BOOKING NOW!  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24TH:  HISTORY, HERITAGE AND HARVEST: BUS TOUR OF HUNTERDON'S 26 MUNICIPALITIES WITH 6 STOPS:  9 AM TO 4:30 PM:  Join us for a fabulous Autumn drive thru Hunterdon County's scenic 26 municipalities.  We will be hopping on and off a deluxe coach bus with private comfort facility while enjoying history, heritage and harvest. 
Our day starts at 9 am when we begin our amazing journey winding through county roads, hamlets, small towns and townships.  On our route, we will go thru many historic hamlets within our 14 townships and all of our 12 small towns.  Our day includes four short stops to see some lesser known or viewed historical sites as well as some that every "Hunterdonian" should see!  Two longer stops include our lunch stop, which will be at a wonderful winery and includes some of their finest, and a stop at a cidery in the afternoon.  On this trip you will have the opportunity to purchase fresh apples, pumpkins, squash and other fresh Hunterdon produce at two farmstands, as welll as award winnng wines, hard cider, and the best apple cider in New Jersey.  The sites along the roadways and brief histories of all 26 municipalities will be provided by Historian and Author John Kuhl and Hunterdon 300th Chair Marcia Karrow. 
Tour is all inclusive: lunch with wine, snacks, hard or sweet cider in the afternoon, bus, bottled water, even the tip for our bus driver.  Return time is approximately 5:00 pm.  
$35 per person.  Checks payable to the Hunterdon 300th and mailed to, or dropped thru the mail slot at 3 Chorister Place, Flemington, NJ 08822 by October 20th. 

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH:  HUNTERDON HISTORY BOWL:  We had so much fun last year, we thought we'd do it again!!! 2 pm Main Branch of the County Library.

WE WILL RESUME POSTING OUR

HISTORICAL AND HERITAGE PARTNERS' 

EVENTS AS SOON AS THEY RESUME.

ANSWERS TO THE HUNTERDON HISTORY QUIZ: GIVE YOURSELF 4 POINTS FOR EVERY CORRECT ANSWER. SEE HOW YOU DID AT THE END.

1. Answer B
The small town of Three Bridges in Readington Township was shocked in 1942 when the FBI moved in and arrested Richard Ernst Weber, a German spy and radio agent operating on a local poultry farm.

2. Answer: A
At age 21, Three Bridges farm girl Mildred Saums won the international milking contest at the 1939 World’s Fair. She brought home a cash prize of $25 plus a handsome silver trophy, and went on to a lifetime of farming.

3. Answer: C
Hunterdon has long been a leader in the state’s agriculture. In 1939, the nation’s first artificially inseminated calf was born on the Stanton farm of Richard Schomp located just north of the Reformed Church in that town.

4. Answer: C
Mildred Preen Mortimer’s father owned the stone quarry at Oldwick. She grew up as a hands-on person. In 1941, at age 22, she was elected to the NJ State Assembly, the youngest ever. Born in 1918, she died in 1979.

5. Answer: BStarting in the 1720s, much of northern Hunterdon was settled by Germans. But the WW I anti-German hysteria saw the town of New Germantown renamed Oldwick. To the north, German Valley became Long Valley.

6. Answer: D
Jutland Massacre saw the Meany family of Jutland chasing off SPCA officials in 1926. Police shot two Meany’s, killing Beatrice. Two police officers were convicted of theft. It nearly short-circuited the new State Police force.

7. Answer: C
William Griffith of Three Bridges was featured on 1937 ABC radio as the inventor of pink lemonade. Wind had blown the fat lady’s pink tights into his vat of circus lemonade. He sold it anyway and a new popular craze was born.

8. Answer: D
When Union Township was divided from Bethlehem in 1853, some said it should be called Rockhill Township for its prominent colonial family. But it took its name from the Union Forge Iron works in the northeastern part of the township.

9. Answer: A
Little Easton was the nickname of an area in Raritan Township “on the first crossroad to the left off Route 12” from Flemington. A woman living there was found dead in her home in 1853, hinting at skullduggery. Easton’s (PA) reputation was less than savory.

10. Answer: C
Whitehouse Station was once a railroad hub. Across the Jersey Central RR of NJ tracks, it had a station for the New Jersey and Pennsylvania RR that was locally known as the Rockaway Valley RR running up into Morristown. It was also termed “the Rockabye Baby” for the swaying occasioned by its flimsy engineering. It opened in 1888, failed and closed in 1913.

11. Answer: B
Barley Sheaf is a small hamlet in Readington Township along C.R. 523 between Whitehouse Station and Flemington. The name was granted in 1868, coming probably from its local tavern. Its previous names had been Cambellsville, Camelsville, or Farmersville.

12. Answer: A
Cherryville is an old Franklin Township town named for the Cherry family in 1834, which owned much of the land around it. For some time around 1830 it had been called Dogtown for the old tavern kept there from 1761. It had its own post office from 1850 to 1919.

13. Answer: D
Everittstown is a village on the Nishasakawick Creek in Alexandria Township. It was named for brothers who had a mill in the area by 1759 when it was known as Everitts Mills. A church, a tavern, a store, some artisan’s shops, and homes came later. The name changed to Everitts by 1816. A post office was established in 1848 and served until closing in 1912.

14. Answer: A
Mount Joy is an unincorporated town in Holland Township and has the distinction of being the westernmost town in Hunterdon County. It seems never to have had a post office but did have the advantage that it was a local stop on the Bel- Del RR, later part of the Pennsylvania RR system.

Mount Pleasant sits mostly in Alexandria Township at the intersection of C.R. 518 and Jake Rick Rd. It has old origins to match its large cemetery. A tavern opened there by 1767. Besides the usual artisan shops, a post office opened in 1825 but was phased out in 1912 as rural free delivery took over service.

Mount Salem is an unincorporated area northwest of Pittstown along C.R. 579, which forms the border between Alexandria and Union Townships. It also edges what used to be known as “The Barrens”. Its most conspicuous feature is its 1864 Methodist Episcopal Church, now inactive.
Mount Lebanon is fictional.

15. Answer: E
Stockton dates back to the early 1700s and has had a succession of names: Reading’s Ferry, Howell’s Ferry, Robinson’s Ferry, Mitchell’s Ferry, Centre Bridge, Centre Bridge Station, and finally Stockton presumably after that prominent New Jersey family when the post office was established in 1851.

16. Answer: C
Union Township split off from Bethlehem Township in 1853 over school policy disagreements. There was a battle over the new name with several suggested. One was Rockhill from a family near Pittstown. In the end Union prevailed after the old iron forge.

17. Answer: C
White Mule Corner is not a name you will find on maps or old records but was the name of a corner on the Voorhees Corner road where it is crossed by Barley Sheaf Road (C.R. 650) in Raritan Township. The name came in the bathtub gin era of Prohibition days for its powerful and illegal liquid product.

18. Answer: C
Asbel Welch of Lambertville was a leading construction engineer of his time. He built the Delaware & Raritan Feeder Canal along the Delaware in the 1830s, and its paralleling route, the Belvidere & Delaware Railroad by 1853.

19. Answer: C
Sergeantsville was named for the Sergeant family of the area but its residents today would probably overwhelmingly choose that new name over Skunktown, as it was known prior to 1827. 

Hensfoot is an area in the vicinity of the two schools of the Union Township school system just south of Perryville off I-78. This name was already in use before 1814 when a new road was laid out to it at and a new tavern was built and named at Perryville.

Pigs were important to early agriculture. The village of Swinesburg lay along C.R. 579 on the hill above Bloomsbury on the border of Alexandria and Union Township where Turkey Hill Road branches off to the north. As early as 1791 in a mortgage description its earlier name of Hogtown is listed.

20. Answer: A
Its liquor license was shifted to White House some years ago, but the Three Bridges Tavern was the first in the county to be raided during the earliest Prohibition days in the 1920s. Prohibition lasted until 1933 when repealed.

21. Answer: C
A quaking bog is a long-time wet area that features specialized plant species and layers of sphagnum moss and peat that undulate underfoot. Hunterdon has one of the last off Black Brook Road in Bethlehem Township.

22. Answer: D
It was a perilous occupation, but log rafting of a thousand or more logs was the most expedient method of sending timber down the Delaware. Begun before 1750, it continued until the timber supply had petered out by 1900.

23. Answer: E
Merv Griffin bought the Teetertown mill for a country retreat in 1961. His talk show moved to Los Angeles in 1972 and, spending less time there, he sold it in 1980. He called his show business company Califon Productions, after that nearby town.

John Amos is an actor and New Jersey native, best known for his roles in Good Times and ground-breaking mini-series Roots. He lived in Tewksbury Township.

Chet Huntley was a popular and well-remembered co-anchor of the long-running Huntley Brinkley Report on NBC Television. He owned a cattle farm in Delaware Township just above the covered bridge where he lived part-time.

Joe Piscopo, Lebanon Township resident, is best-known for his work on Saturday Night Live. He is also an actor, musician, and radio talk show host.
24. Answer: D
Hunterdon County Place Names says the small country town of Spring Mills in Holland Township had the former name of Helltown in the 1760s from a local tavern which apparently often got a bit boisterous in the evenings.

Of many Hunterdon town names, Sodom was one that is perhaps most suggestive and unusual. It had formerly been known as Eveland’s Tavern and forms the northern section of today’s Glen Gardner.

It is nowhere near Sodom in north county but where County Route 579 branches off State Route 31 just north of Linvale, is the area once known as Satan’s Corner, named for a theological squabble amongst members of the Linvale Methodist Episcopal Church.

25. Answer: A
Colvins Ferry, Sun Beam, Sherrerds Ferry in 1778, Lowreys Ferry; all were preceding names for Frenchtown named after French officer Paul Henry Mallet-Prevost as of 1794. He actually was Swiss. Should it have been called Swisstown?

HOW DID YOU DO? 

92-100:  YOU OBVIOUSLY ATTEND ALL OF OUR TALKS, TOURS AND EVENTS! You are a veritable Stephanie Stevens or John Kuhl and we don't have to explain to you who these two people are!
76-88:  ARE YOU A LOCAL HISTORIAN? A MEMBER OF A HISTORICAL SOCIETY OR COMMITTEE?  YOU KNOW YOUR STUFF!
60-72:  BETTER THAN MOST - YOU CLEARLY GO TO HISTORICAL EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTY.
36-56:  YOU CLEARLY DABBLE IN HUNTERDON HISTORY-- WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU MORE!
0-32:  YOU GET OUR BLOG, PROBABLY PLAYED A LOT WITH US IN 2014 - OUR 300TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR -- BUT JUST DON'T HAVE THE TIME TO ATTEND A LOT OF EVENTS AND TALKS.... WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR WHAT HISTORICAL TOPICS YOU WOULD LIKE US TO PRODUCE TO BRING YOU BACK OUT! LET US KNOW BY EMAILING US AT 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us

NOW MORE THAN EVER OUR HISTORICAL MUSEUM PARTNERS NEED YOUR SUPPORT! 

IF YOU DON'T HAVE A MEMBERSHIP WITH THE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, THE RED MILL MUSEUM, THE LEBANON MUSEUM, THE LAMBERTVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, READINGTON MUSEUMS, UNION FORGE HERITAGE ASSOCIATION, TEWKSBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, THE PREVOST HOUSE, FLEMING MUSEUM, THE PRALLSVILLE MILL, OR THE OTHER COUNTLESS WONDERFUL HISTORICAL MUSEUMS AND SOCIETIES THAT HAVE AND MAINTAIN FACILITIES AROUND THE COUNTY, NOW IS THE TIME TO JOIN!  OUR MUSEUMS ARE BUSINESSES THAT HAVE STAFFS AND BILLS TO PAY.  DURING THIS NATIONAL CRISIS, THEIR ABILITY TO SURVIVE IS FRAGILE, TOO.
WON'T YOU CONSIDER JOINING ONE TODAY?

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