Monday, October 17, 2016




TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1:  SIGNS OF THE TIMES: HUNTERDON TAVERNS & THE PLACARDS THAT ATTRACTED PATRONS:  This interesting visual presentation by Hunterdon County artists and historians Dan and Marty Campanelli features a short history on some of Hunterdon's colonial-era taverns, along with Dan Campanelli's artistic interpretations of what the tavern's signs may have looked like.
As an additional visual treat, Karl Gimber and his wife have been working on a series of hooked rugs that are inspired by early American taverns and their signs as well.  They began hooking in 2003 and have completed over 100 rugs!  Several tavern sign rugs with Hunterdon connections were hooked by them as part of the Hunterdon County Rug Artisan Guild's program supporting Hunterdon's 300th Birthday Celebration in 2014.  Some of these rugs will be on display in conjunction with the Campanelli's program.  At least one rug, the Green Tree Tavern, is one that Dan painted as well.  Guests will be able to see different interpretations of the story associated with the sign.  The Gimbers will be publishing a book soon called "Tavern Signs"  Contemporary Hooked Rugs and the Stories They Tell."  Free.  Reservation required. 7 pm at the Main Branch of the Hunterdon County Library, Route 12, Flemington.

TAVERN CALENDAR FOR SALE!   Stunning two year calendar featuring nationally renowned watercolorist Dan Campanelli's artwork of his interpretation of 26 different tavern signs found during the American Revolution. Dan and his wife, Marty, both respected historians, researched the histories of each tavern which appear near the signs. Spiral bound 2017-January, 2019 calendar, $12 each; 2 or more $10 each.

DECEMBER 10, SATURDAY, 11:30 am:  TAVERN TOUR AT THE HISTORIC GLEN GARDNER INN, NOW HUMPHREY'S TAVERN, MAIN STREET, GLEN GARDNER.  We love our Tavern Tours!  If you are a Tavern Tourista, come and join us at noon in Glen Gardner on Saturday, December 10th for a period-style 4 course meal in this historic inn.  The menu includes:

1st course: Gourd Soup from the 1839 Dutch American Cookbook;
2nd course: Three Sisters Native Salad - corn, beans, squash, baked american cheddar;
3rd course: Choice of entree:
Stewed Beef and Baked Bread - Confessions and trials of a housekeeper c. 1839
Guinea Fowl Pie
Vegetarian Pasta Option (not historical)
4th course: Cherry Cobbler 
Not only will you get a fabulous meal in a really beautiful renovated 18th century inn, but you also get TWO talks!  First, tavern owner Michael Keller will give a chat on the history of the inn and second innkeeper, E. Humphrey (who purchased it from the Evelands) as well as his renovations and restorations.  Second, you'll hear a talk of the history of the area by Glen Gardner historian Ruth Otey.  If we time this right and you make reservations at the North Branch of the County Library, Anne and Ridley Enslow, historical musicians, are playing the music heard during a Colonial Christmas at 2 pm, see below for more information.  The Tavern Tour is $40 per person all inclusive of tax and service.  You can spend a wonderful, colonial afternoon getting in the holiday spirit!


Saturday, November 5th:  Revolutionary War Graves of Hunterdon County, South Bus Tour:  Looking for a story with a good plot? Well, how about a plot with a good story!  Our tour guide, Dave Harding, is a member of the East Amwell and Hunterdon County Historical Societies. Dave has given numerous cemetery and walking tours, and is the author of a self-guided tour of downtown Ringoes.

Guests will park in the baseball field lot on Wertsville Road behind the East Amwell Township Hall building and walk to the East Amwell Township Municipal Building.  The bus leaves from East Amwell Township Hall 9:30 a.m. and will stop at four cemeteries, and one former British officer’s burial site. 

Participants will discover Sons of Liberty, men who shouldered muskets against the British and Hessians, a spy, a key player in George Washington’s legendary crossing of the Delaware River, a pall bearer at Washington’s funeral, a doctor who treated a deathly ill Marquis de Lafayette and more. The tour ends at the site commemorating the Amwell Skirmish where a British cornet, killed in the fight, was once buried.  The approximately 3 ½ hour excursion will also take guests past a number of the county’s revolutionary-era historic sites.

The tour will include some walking to the John Ringos’ monument and the Amwell Skirmish site, so wear comfortable shoes. 

Snacks and water included.  $10 PER PERSON -- MUST BE RECEIVED WITHIN THREE BUSINESS DAYS OF YOUR RESERVATION.  Checks payable and mailed to The Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee, 3 Chorister Place, Flemington, NJ 08822.  Please mark event in your check's memo line.  Limited to 30 Guests.

Saturday, November 12th:  Revolutionary War Graves of Hunterdon County, North Bus Tour: Our adventure starts at the North Branch of the County Library at noon when we will board  our bus to visit three North County cemeteries, each of which is the final resting place of veterans from the American Revolution:  Spruce Run Cemetery, DAR Memorial Park Cemetery and the Bethlehem Presbyterian Cemetery. This will be no ordinary tour, however. Our tour guide, historian John Allen, will discuss not just the soldiers' service, but also of genealogical resources used to track down ancestors, maintaining older burial grounds, including photographing and restoring old headstones, and about the supply function that helped keep soldiers fed, clothed, and armed while in the field, and who was charged with restoring their health when sick or wounded! And learn of the early history of the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church.

Snacks and water will be provided and, at our second stop, the Daughters of the American Revolution will also be on hand with goodies!  

$10 PER PERSON -- MUST BE RECEIVED WITHIN THREE BUSINESS DAYS OF YOUR RESERVATION.  Checks payable and mailed to The Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee, 3 Chorister Place, Flemington, NJ 08822.  Please mark event in your check's memo line.

Limited to 30 Guests.

Tuesday, November 29th:  THE ARCHITECTURAL AND INDUSTRIAL HISTORY OF 18TH CENTURY CLINTON TOWNSHIP:  The Honorable Paul J. Muir will delve into the industrial evolution and economic growth of Clinton with a focus on the area surrounding what is now known as the Red Mill Museum Village where he serves as Executive Director.  Michael J. Margulies, AIA of Eclectic Architecture, will discuss the Clinton settlement and architectural evolution with a focus on the early Germanic settlement associated with the 1759 Vought House.  An amazing dynamic duo of speakers for this talk on early north Hunterdon County and the Patriots and Loyalists who settled and lived there.
Main Branch of the County Library
7 pm  Free
Refreshements follow

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3:  THE SKIRMISH AT GEARY'S RIDGE:  Loyalist Geary massacred by Hunterdon Militiamen?  Dragoons racing over hills?  Did this little event really scare the Big Bad British from invading Hunterdon?  Join Historian, author and subject matter expert Charles "Chip" Riddle for a riveting tale of patriotism, arrogance and murder.  

Main Branch of the Hunterdon County Library, 2pm, 314 Route 12, 
Flemington, NJ 08822

Reservations strongly recommended. 
Refreshments follow.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22ND - HISTORIC FLEMINGTON WALKING TOUR and DISCUSSION -- FREE! Main Street, Flemington has recently been named one of the eleven Most Endangerd Historic Places in the United States by the National Trust for Historic Preservation! Historic Downtown Flemington is blessed with an exceptional architectural quality and variety, yet is threatened by a redevelopment plan that will demolish four large historic structures in the middle of Main Street.  Learn what the loss of the Union Hotel and the three large buildings to the Hotel's South may mean to the Hunterdon County Seat as well as the entire county and region while also imagining a vibrant Downtown Flemington and Main Street with re-purposed historic buildings thoughtfully combined with new construction that respects and is in scale with the rest of the town and that follows Flemington's approved 2015 Master Plan.  Learn about the 2014 TerraNoble Plan, commissioned by the Flemington BID, that thoughtfully addresses the Borough's long term need for smart development including housing, recreation and cultural activities while celebrating Flemington's historic architecture.  Enjoy some live music and take a guided walking tour of Historic Main Street with Historic Architect Chris Pickell.  Live music begins at 10 am at the Historic Courthouse on Main Street and talk begins at 10:30 am.

 THURSDAY,  NOVEMBER 3:  Hunterdon County Historical Society’s Manuscript Collections Workshop:
The Hunterdon County Historical Society announces a fall workshop on using the manuscript collections of the Hunterdon County Historical Society Library on Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Hiram E. Deats Memorial Library at 114 Main Street in Flemington.

Don Cornelius, HCHS Manuscript Coordinator for the past ten years, will explain the major records held by the Society, show examples of each and explain how to search and access these records for personal or professional research projects. The Hunterdon County Historical Society collections include printed volumes, manuscripts, deeds, newspapers, maps, broadsides and photographs covering the history of Hunterdon County from the 18th century to the present day. 

The seminar is geared for researchers who use the library regularly, as well as for beginning researchers to better understand the wealth of resources available at the County Historical Society.  There is no fee to attend the evening workshop, but patrons must pre-register as space is limited. Registrants may call @908-782-1091 or e-mail the administrator @ to register.


Join the Enslows as they play a holiday concert on period instruens and in period attire.  A true treat for the senses of sight and hearing!  The Enslows are combining this festive entertainment with a new CD Release Party.  Their new CD, " To Hear the Angels Sing:  Christmas Songs Through the Ages" will be available for a special launch price of $10 each for the CD.  Chocolate chip cookies and beverage to celebrate the event will be provided by Anne and Ridley!  North Branch of the County Library, 65 Halstead Street, Clinton, NJ 08809, 2 pm, Free.  Reservations required by contacting the County Library.

THE HUNTERDON 300TH IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE OUR 2017 LECTURE AND EVENT SERIES:  "HUNTERDON AT WAR:  THE HOME FRONT."  Join us for a year of exploring what was happening in Hunterdon County at the time our country's major wars were raging, from the the French-Indian War through the War on Terrorism.  How was Hunterdon impacted?   What was Hunterdon's response?  A series that explores war from a different vantage point.  Our full calendar will be announced in January, 2017!

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