Wednesday, April 16, 2014


The Tricentennial Tavern Tour seems to have a life of its own and a growing fan club.  We have disappointed a lot of people, sadly, with the limited number of seats available at each tour. 

Good news:  the Stockton Inn Tavern Tour, offered on May 10th, has 15 more seats than prior tours.  That's good news for folks who want to go and good news for those of us trying to make everyone happy!

Also, our intrepid Tavern Tour du Force (come on -- that was a most excellent groaner!!), Pete Kinsella, is also working hard to create additional Tour opportunities not listed on our Campanelli Calendar nor on our website.... yet!


Join us as we ramble down to south county, the Borough of Stockton, home to that most famous wishing well.... We'll meet up at that small hotel at noon.  Feasting on another wonderful menu created especially for the Tricentennial Committee, we'll be treated to a double feature of talks:  David Reading, a direct descendant of Governor John Reading, will offer a history of the early settlement of Stockton and environs, and Dennis Bertland (see more about Dennis below) will tell three fascinating true tales of the Stockton Inn.  Intrigued?  maybe intrigue!

We're holding the cost for the third tour to $40 per person, and of course we prefer cash and checks.

When, you ask, are tickets going to be going on sale?  Saturday April 19th at the Flemington Choir School, 3 Chorister Place, Flemington.  We do NOT take advanced reservations for these tours.  The Choir School will be opened at 9:30 am that morning to accommodate the rush.  It closes at it's usual 2 pm -- but, we assume all of the tickets will have sold by then.  Our website will post the sold out status as soon as we can once tickets are gone.

Tour number 1 sold out in 3 hours; Tour number 2 sold out in 2 hours..... hopefully with 55 tickets available, they will last a little while longer.......?
If you get frozen out of the Tavern Tour or just don't want to spend $40 -- You can spend a morning with Dennis Bertland --- yes, the SAME Dennis Bertland for FREE-- where? when? how? you ask:  APRIL 19TH!  INSTEAD OF TRYING TO GET TAVERN TOUR TICKETS GO FOR A HISTORIC WALK - VILLAGE OF COKESBURY As part of the Hunterdon County Tricentennial Celebration, please join us for a Walking Tour of the Cokesbury Historic District, sponsored by the Clinton Township Historical Preservation Commission and the Tewksbury Township Historic Preservation Commission. The tour will begin with a talk by Dennis Bertland, the Historic Preservation consultant for both municipalities, in the meeting room of the Cokesbury Methodist Church at 9:30 am.  The talk will cover the origins of the village and its development as a local hub of commerce for the surrounding agricultural community.
A walking tour of the village will follow, with Dennis Bertland pointing out various historic structures and brief histories of them. Following the tour attendees are invited back to the church for refreshments and a question and answer period. Handouts with highlighted information will be available. Please contact Ted Bozzi, Chairman of the Clinton Township Historic Preservation Commission for additional information.
Meet at the Cokesbury Methodist Church, 230 Cokesbury Road, Lebanon, NJ 08833

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