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Monday, August 19, 2019

4-H FAIR AND OUR SEPTEMBER EVENTS ARE LIVE!

COME AND VISIT THE HUNTERDON 300TH, OTHER HISTORIC ORGANIZATIONS, AND COUNTY AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT GROUPS IN THE COMMUNITY TENT AT THE HUNTERDON AGRICULTURAL AND 4-H FAIR FROM WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21ST THRU SUNDAY AUGUST 25TH!  

FAIR SPECIAL:  WE HAVE SOLD 3 DIFFERENT T-SHIRTS SINCE 2014 -- WEAR ANYONE OF OUR T-SHIRTS TO THE FAIR, OR PURCHASE OUR "ROCK THE COUNTY/COUNTY-WIDE TOUR 2019" T-SHIRT ($15) AND GET 20% OFF ANY OF OUR SALES MERCHANDISE (PAPERBACK BOOKS EXCLUDED) -- THIS OFFER IS GOOD ONLY AT THE FAIR!


   NOW TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR THESE                    TALKS, TOURS AND EVENTS:                    


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD:  BOOK LAUNCH PARTY AND TALK!  "STARS OVER NEW JERSEY WITH AUTHOR JOHN KUHL:  We are so excited to host Civil War Historian and author John Kuhl's book launch party of his newest book Stars Over New Jersey!  Co-authored by Dr. David Martin, this coffee table worthy book has the biographies of 285 New Jersey related generals, admirals and commodores.  

Join us for the party at 6:30 pm and John's talk at 7:30 and celebrate another amazing historical work by this Hunterdon County treasure!
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH:  WALKING TOUR OF GLEN GARDNER:  Join us for this walking tour in historic Glen Gardner, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year!  10 am.
Limited to 20 people.  

Reservations required.  Meeting location will be given to those who make reservations.  Rain or shine.  A Wait List will be maintained.  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.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-of-glen-gardner-tickets-68216823355

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH:  WALKING TOUR OF SERGEANTSVILLE:  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!  
10:00 am; Rain Date:  September 15, 10:00 am

Limited to 15 people.  

Reservations required.  Meeting location will be given to those who make reservations.  Rain or shine.  A Wait List will be maintained.  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.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-of-sergeantsville-tickets-69329262691

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH:  WALKING TOUR OF COKESBURY:  We’ll tour the village that is almost equally divided between Clinton and Tewksbury Township’s and was named for two Methodist bishops, Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury.  We’ll tour the Cokesbury Methodist Church, which remains the focal point of the hamlet, as well the Cokesbury Cemetery.  We’ll see the former Cokesbury Reformed Church, which had formed by a group of Methodists who were mad at the then current leadership back in the 1800s.
1pm.  Tour length:  75 minutes.  There is no rain date for this event.  Should it rain, the talk will be moved indoors for a Virtual Tour.
Free but are Reservations Required.
Meeting locations will be disclosed to people with reservations only.
Walk limited to 30 people. 

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.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH:  THE JUTLAND MASSACRE WITH JOHN KUHL:   POSTPONED.  NEW TIME AND DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED THIS FALL.This timely talk falls on National Constitution Day.  The Jutland Massacre, also known as the Siege at Jutland, follows a dark story of illegal trespass, invalid search, and manslaughter in 1926.  With a story-line right out of today's headlines, John Kuhl will relate the tale of a family accused of animal abuse that turned into a shoot out with the nascent NJ State Police.  This event was so big that it took the Lindbergh Kidnapping Case to take if off national headlines.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST:  WALKING TOUR OF ANNANDALE:  Historical Annandale is the settlement located in the center of Clinton Township (State Route 31, Interstate 78 and County Roads 633 & 626).  This village grew as Clinton Station, a depot of the New Jersey Central Railroad.  Named for a town in Scotland, the population reached 380 people by 1880. A fairly dense and well-defined village, it is composed of 12 blocks and approximately 150+ structures.  The one church in town is the Reformed Church, located on the corner of Beaver Avenue and West Street.  The vast majority of the structures are single-family, detached homes dating from 1840-1910. Please join us for a walking tour of our Annandale Village with historian Dennis Bertland as our guest speaker on September 21st.

10 am; Rain Date September 22nd. 
Free bottled water will be available.
Approximately 60 minutes long.
LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE. 

FREE BUT RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. 
Ticket holders will be provided with the starting location of the tour.
A Wait List will be maintained if you are shut out of this event by emailing us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or leaving a message at (908) 788-2030.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-of-historic-annandale-tickets-69380164941

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND:  HUNTERDON HISTORY BOWL -- TEAM STEPHANIE STEVENS VS. TEAM JIM DAVIDSON:  FIRST EVER -- BATTLE OF THE HISTORIANS!  Join us for some great fun!  Some of Hunterdon's finest county and local historians battle for glory and for prizes for audience members! We promise that this will be funny, witty, playful and spirited!  Participants (currently signed up) in the frivolity include (in alphabetical order) , Janice Armstrong, Marilyn Cummings, Jim Davidson, Sal DeSapio, Dave Harding, Bill Honechevsky, Jr., Betty Jane Hunt, Lora Jones, John Kuhl, Doug Martin, Carl Molter, Paul Muir, Stephanie Stevens, and Shaun Van Doren.    

2 pm, Main Branch of the County Library (this venue is subject to change if demand for reservations is high).  

There will be an intermission in between two rounds of competition with refreshments during the intermission and after the game sponsored by Costco of Flemington.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH:  THE HISTORIC HAMLETS OF FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP:  Lora Jones, Franklin Township Historian, will take us on a tour through the nine hamlets of Franklin: Cherryville, Sunnyside, Landsdown, Sidney, Grandin, Kingtown, Littletown, and Oak Grove. Starting with the first settlers in the 1720s, she tracks the history of the area, tells some personal stories of its people, and offers  a virtual walking tour of a few dwellings in each hamlet.

7 pm, North Branch of the Library.
Free.  Refreshments follow.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-historic-hamlets-of-franklin-township-tickets-69329902605

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH: WALKING TOUR OF MOUNT AIRY:  A small village with a big heart and one of the most picturesque barns in Hunterdon County. Start the day at the historic Mount Airy Presbyterian Church and continue with a tour of the Mount Airy Cemetery, Historic School Building and various other historic sites as guided by members of the West Amwell Township Historical Society.

10 am  FREE BUT RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. 

Rain date September 29th at 2 pm.
Free bottled water will be available.
LIMITED TO 30 PEOPLE. 

Ticket holders will be provided with the starting location of the tour.
A Wait List will be maintained if you are shut out of this event by emailing us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or leaving a message at (908) 788-2030.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-of-mount-airy-tickets-69818636421


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH: ALEXANDRIA'S PREVOST HOUSE MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE:  Now known as "The Museum of Local History," the Prevost House tours include displays, photos and artifacts from Alexandria, Frenchtown, Holland Township and Milford. 1100 Milford-Frenchtown Road in Alexandria.
1-4 pm -- FREE.  NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED


COMING THIS FALL AND WINTER:  DOZENS OF ADDITIONAL CELEBRATIONS OF OUR HOMETOWNS AND HAMLETS OVER THE LAST 305 YEARS!:

Tuesday, October 1:  The History of Glen Gardner, 7 pm, Main Branch of the Library
Saturday, October 5:  Walking Tour of Oldwick, 10 am/2pm; if there is rain, the tour will be inside and Virtual
Sunday, October 6:  Walking Tour of Milford 1:30 pm, rain or shine
Thursday, October 10:  The Colonial History of Flemington Borough, 7 pm
Saturday, October, 12:  New Hampton Walking Tour, 10 am; Rain Date:  October 13, 11:30 am
Tuesday, October 15: “Glen Gardner/Irishtown”, 7 pm, Main Branch of the Library
Saturday, October 19:  Flemington Walking Tour, 2 pm; Rain Date:  October 20, 2 pm
Saturday, October 26:  Bus Tour of 26 Municipalities with 3 Stops 9 am to 4:30 pm, details tba
Sunday, October 27:  Walking Tour of Amsterdam, 1 pm
Sunday, October 27: Joseph Turner House Open House, 2 - 5 pm
Saturday, November 2:  Walking Tour of Reaville, 10 am; Rain Date:  November 3, 2 pm
Saturday, November 9:  Walking Tour of Frenchtown – Cemetery, 2 pm; Rain Date:  November 10, 2 pm
Sunday, November 17:  The History of the Hamlet of Wertsville, 2 pm, Main Branch of the Library
Tuesday, December 3:  Lebanon Township's New Hamden Hamlet, 7pm, North Branch of the Library
Saturday, December 14:  The Hunterdon 300th’s Annual Holiday Children’s Historic Crafts and Sale, 10 am to 2 pm, Main Branch of the County Library

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR COOKIE ANGEL, JANICE GROVER, OWNER OF GROVER GLOBAL FOOD MARKETING IN EAST AMWELL, WHO CONTINUES TO PROVIDE IMPORTED COOKIES FOR OUR TALKS.

 A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR     SPECIAL SPONSOR FOR 2019,       
       COSTCO OF FLEMINGTON!       

BACK IN STOCK:  OUR FABULOUS WOVEN THROW:  NAVY BLUE WITH 9 WHITE ICONS OF HUNTERDON HISTORICAL SITES AND ALL 26 OF OUR MUNICIPALITIES LISTED.  STILL OFFERED AT THE 2014 PRICE OF $35.  100% COTTON MADE IN THE USA!  CONTACT THE HUNTERDON 300TH IF INTERESTED.  A GREAT GIFT -- MAKES A GREAT "GOING AWAY TO COLLEGE" PRESENT!  WEAR OUR T-SHIRT TO THE FAIR AND PURCHASE IT FOR ONLY $28!!  

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 22ND: LEBANON TOWNSHIP MUSEUM: MAKE AND PLAY DAY FOR ALL AGES - FROM FIBER TO FABRIC:
This month's Make & Play Day theme is From Fiber to Fabric in honor of our current The Ride to Pleasant Grove: Historic Farm Life  exhibit. Children of all ages along with their caretakers are invited to drop in to the Museum on  Thursday August 22nd any time between 3-7 pm.
During an extensive three-year renovation to his family's Lebanon Township farmhouse, Sal Vuocolo, Jr. began researching its history which resulted in his book, The Ride to Pleasant Grove. The book is part memoir and part historical fiction. Sal and his wife Teresa raised their three girls at the farm as well as a herd of long-wool sheep. Antique farm equipment is on display as well as home spun yarn, spools, spindles and even Sal's favorite sweater vest (knitted by Teresa with wool from Olaf the sheep!)
Have you ever wondered how wool goes from being a sheep's coat to a human's? Come see a spinning demonstration and then create your own fiber art with yarn! Join us inside the air-conditioned comfort of the Museum to learn how to make a bracelet loom from simple household items and make colorful yarn animals to take home!
Email registration is requested but not required. This is not a drop-off event, an adult must stay with the child(ren). To register, please email Gina

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23:  READINGTON MUSEUMS PRESENTS MIDWIFERY- ON THE FARMSTEAD:
Janine Quimby will discuss colonial midwifery in the 18th century and its impact on literature. Quimby is an English Language Arts teacher at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, NJ. She received her BA in English and Secondary Education and her MA in English from The College of New Jersey, matriculated in Drew University's Doctor of Arts Program, and has earned 30 post-Masters credits in Education. Much of her graduate work focused on the role of midwives and witches in literature. Please register by clicking on: REGISTER FOR MIDWIFERY.
7PM TO 8:30PM

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24TH:  RED MILL MUSEUM TO HOST ANNUAL BLACKSMITH HAMMER-IN:
The Red Mill Museum Village is hosting our annual Blacksmith Hammer-In, in partnership with the New Jersey Blacksmith Association from 10am-4pm on Saturday August 24th.  Tailgating, tool swaps, and demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the day and there will be opportunity to win prizes at an “iron in the hat” raffle drawing.  Have an odd item you’d like a blacksmith to identify?  Bring it in!  New this year: our blacksmiths will be offering one-on-one lessons from 9am-12pm.  Participants must be age 12 or older to take a lesson, and will complete a coat hook project to take home.  Lessons are $25 for half an hour and must be reserved in advance - email Assistant Director Marie Salthouse or 908-735-4101x100 to register.  Visitors can help us raise money for the #SavetheWheel campaign by purchasing a metal dog tag that one of our blacksmiths will personalize just for you!  Burgers, hotdogs and fixing will be available to NJBA members.  Not a member?  Registration to join NJBA will be available that day.  Regular museum admission, free for Museum members. Check out the programs page on our website for more information.


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH:  READINGTON MUSEUMS PRESENTS 18TH CENTURY BEER MAKING:  From teas to toddies and tankards to teacups, domestic historians, Bev Altrath and Arlene Soong, will discuss typical colonial drinks. In addition, historic brewer, Rich 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 it could make you deathly ill. Instead, people, including children, brewed and drank beer. This was a natural jump for immigrants arriving in the New World to bring their tradition of brewing and drinking beer with them. 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. Although, today you will find exotic flavors or seasonal brews, the basic method of beer production has not changed.
This open house program will be held at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, located at 114 Dreahook Road in the Stanton section of the Readington Township. For GPS, use Lebanon, NJ.1PM TO 4PM
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Visit the Readington Museums Website

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH: HUNTERDON LAND TRUST PRESENTS HISTORIC DELAWARE RIVER SERIES - DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR WITH RICK EPSTEIN
FREE
3 pm.
Downtown Frenchtown Walking Tour with Rick Epstein: Come learn about the town’s early settlement and the importance of the Delaware River, the Great Fire of 1878 and more. Free but please register in advance and to learn where the tour begins by calling 908-237-4582 or email the Land Trust.
Program sponsored by the National Park Service’s Lower Delaware Wild and Scenic Program that explore the outstanding natural, cultural and historical value of the Delaware River, and why it should be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations
For more information Hunterdon Land Trust Website

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH:  WEST PORTAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY FALL PRESENTATION BY RETIRED HISTORY TEACHER/AUTHOR, LARRY KIDDER: Based on Mr. Kidder's latest  book, "The Ten Crucial Days:  Washington's Vision for Victory Unfolds" -- focusing on the people of NJ, AND, obviously, including Bethlehem Township; and how their lives were influenced by events from December 25, 1776, to January 3, 1777. 
Entry:  $5 donation.
6:30pm at the Bethlehem Township Community Center at 405 Mine Road, Asbury, NJ
Light refreshments.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH:  HUNTERDON LAND TRUST PRESENTS PROHIBITION AND NEW JERSEY WITH BRIAN ARMSTRONG:  We’ll toast the centennial anniversary of Prohibition with this program that discusses the unforeseen consequences of the “noble experiment” and includes some interesting tales from Hunterdon County and surrounding environs.






Tuesday, July 9, 2019

OUR SUMMER SCHEDULE - HUNTERDON HISTORY THRU LABOR DAY

BACK IN STOCK:  OUR FABULOUS WOVEN THROW:  NAVY BLUE WITH 9 WHITE ICONS OF HUNTERDON HISTORICAL SITES AND ALL 26 OF OUR MUNICIPALITIES LISTED.  STILL OFFERED AT THE 2014 PRICE OF $35.  100% COTTON MADE IN THE USA!  CONTACT THE HUNTERDON 300TH IF INTERESTED.  A GREAT GIFT -- MAKES A GREAT "GOING AWAY TO COLLEGE" PRESENT!

OUR SUMMER CALENDAR -- WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AT ONE OF OUR EVENTS, A CONCERT OR THE FAIR.... THERE IS PLENTY OF HISTORY AROUND HUNTERDON THIS JULY AND AUGUST SO MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT OUR PARTNERS' EVENTS, AS ALWAYS, FOLLOWING OUR LISTINGS.... 


   NOW TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR THESE                    TALKS, TOURS AND EVENTS:                    


TUESDAY, JULY 23RD:  THE IRISH SETTLEMENT IN CLINTON - A TALK AND WALK:  The Mulligan family first purchased the quarry we now know as the Red Mill Museum property in 1848. The eldest Mulligan Brother, James, leased the quarry in 1858, continuing the business his brothers started. By 1860, under James' leadership, there were 3 lime kilns and 2 tenant houses on the property. James’s family moved from Ireland to Clinton and settled on Halstead Street along with many Irish immigrants who occasionally worked at the quarry.

After his death, James' youngest son took over the business in 1862; the business flourished for almost 100 years. The Mulligan Quarry business was in continual operation through to the 1960s.

Join Red Mill Executive Director, Paul Muir, as he not only tells us about the Irish immigration to Clinton and the Mulligan Family, but, following the talk, we will take a walk with Paul to see the Mulligan homes that still stand on Halstead Street.  Free. Refreshments follow.  Reservations recommended.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-irish-settlement-in-clinton-a-talk-and-walk-tickets-62416791303



Sunday, August 4:  Open House, John Prall House, Stockton, 1-5 pm:  The historic John Prall Jr. House on Route 29 in Stockton is one of the finest 18th century houses in the region and among New Jersey's most significant early dwellings. The house is a late Georgian/early Federal residence that John Prall built for his family circa 1795. The mill complex was built by John Prall Jr., a local businessman and Revolutionary War veteran, who purchased the site along the Delaware River in the 1790s.   The complex includes a 1790 linseed oil mill, an 1877 gristmill, an 1850 sawmill, a 1900 grain silo, an 1874 railroad trestle, an 1834 canal and several secondary outbuildings.  This is a rare opportunity to visit the house itself.  No reservations required.  

Saturday, August 10:  Fleming House and Museum Open House, 1-4 pm:  5 Bonnell Street, Flemington. 
Samuel Fleming, born in Ireland in 1707, came to the present-day United States and worked nearby as a tavern master, and bought 210 acres in present-day Flemington as the site for a home in 1741 from Thomas Penn, son of William Penn, the founder of the Province of Pennsylvania.    After the house was constructed in 1756, the area becoming known as "The Fleming Settlement", then as "Fleming's" and was known as "Flemington" by the 1870s. Fleming operated a tavern, often said to be in the house itself.  Come and spend a leisurely afternoon touring this historic 18th century house and beautiful gardens.  No reservations required.


Saturday, August 17:  Walking Tour of Frenchtown -- Downtown, 10 am: The second of three Frenchtown Walking Tours!  The Downtown Tour covers the Great Fire of 1878; visits by Annie Oakley, Mary Tyler Moore and Aaron Burr; the old hotels and movie theaters; the wagon-wheel factories; the chicken hatcheries; the future site of the ArtYard theater and gallery; logging on the Delaware in the 1800s; and how Frenchtown's founder escaped the guillotine in 1794 and gave the town its name. 
Rick Epstein started gathering Frenchtown history when he was editor of the Frenchtown's Delaware Valley News in 1970s and '80s, interviewing old-timers for the newspaper. He soaked up more history as editor of the Hunterdon County Democrat, and intensified his research more recently to begin his historical tours in 2016. He currently reports on Frenchtown for the Bucks County Herald.
LIMITED TO 15 PEOPLE. 
Rain date, Sunday, August 18, 10 am.
Free bottled water will be available.
Approximately 75 minutes long.  
FREE BUT RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. 
Ticket holders will be provided with the starting location of the tour.
A Wait List will be maintained if you are shut out of this event by emailing us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.usor leaving a message at (908) 788-2030.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-of-frenchtown-downtown-tickets-64282159670

THE HUNTERDON 300TH WILL BE AT DEER PATH PARK FOR THE COUNTY'S "MUSIC UNDER THE STARS" SERIES EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT.  WE HAVE A WONDERFUL CONCERT SPECIAL -- ONLY AVAILABLE THERE!

COME VISIT OUR TABLE IN THE COMMUNITY TENT AT THE HUNTERDON COUNTY AGRICULTURAL AND 4H FAIR, AUGUST 21 THRU AUGUST 25 --- AS ALWAYS, WE'LL HAVE LOTS TO OFFER AND FABULOUS FAIR SPECIALS ON OUR MERCHANDISE!

COMING THIS FALL AND WINTER:  DOZENS OF ADDITIONAL CELEBRATIONS OF OUR HOMETOWNS AND HAMLETS OVER THE LAST 305 YEARS!:

Tuesday, September 3:  NEW!!! Civil War Book Launch Party with Author John Kuhl!, Main Branch, 7 pm
Saturday, September 7:  Cemetery Cemener, Main Branch of the Library
Sunday, September 8:  Walking Tour of Glen Gardner, 11 am
Saturday, September 14:  Walking Tour of Stockton or Sergeantsville, 10:30 am; Rain Date:  September 15, 10:30 am
Sunday, September 15:  Walking Tour of Cokesbury, 1 pm; if there is rain, the tour will be inside and Virtual
Tuesday, September 17: “The Jutland Massacre”, 7 pm, Main Branch of the Library (tentative date and location)
Saturday, September 21: Walking Tour of Annandale, details tba; Rain date:  September 22, am
Sunday, September 22:  History Bowl, Team Stephanie Stevens vs. Team Jim Davidson, 2pm; location to be determined
Thursday, September 26:  The History of Franklin Township’s Hamlets, 7 pm, North Branch of the Library
Saturday, September 28:  Walking Tour of Mount Airy, am; Rain Date:  September 29 pm  - times to be announced
Saturday, September 28:  Alexandria's Prevost House Museum Open House, 1-4 pm Tuesday, October 1:  The History of Glen Gardner, 7 pm, Main Branch of the Library
Saturday, October 5:  Walking Tour of Oldwick, 10 am/2pm; if there is rain, the tour will be inside and Virtual
Sunday, October 6:  Walking Tour of Milford 1:30 pm, rain or shine
Thursday, October 10:  The Colonial History of Flemington Borough, 7 pm
Saturday, October, 12:  New Hampton Walking Tour, 11 am; Rain Date:  October 13, 2 pm
Tuesday, October 15: “Glen Gardner/Irishtown”, 7 pm, Main Branch of the Library
Saturday, October 19:  Flemington Walking Tour, 2 pm; Rain Date:  October 20, 2 pm
Saturday, October 26:  Bus Tour of 26 Municipalities with 3 Stops 9 am to 4:30 pm, details tba
Sunday, October 27:  Walking Tour of Amsterdam, 1 pm
Sunday, October 27: Joseph Turner House Open House, 2 - 5 pm
Saturday, November 2:  Walking Tour of Reaville, 10 am; Rain Date:  November 3, 2 pm
Saturday, November 9:  Walking Tour of Frenchtown – Cemetery, 2 pm; Rain Date:  November 10, 2 pm
Sunday, November 17:  The History of the Hamlet of Wertsville, 2 pm, Main Branch of the Library
Tuesday, December 3:  Lebanon Township Hamlets, 7pm, North Branch of the Library
Saturday, December 14:  The Hunterdon 300th’s Annual Holiday Children’s Historic Crafts and Sale, 10 am to 2 pm, Main Branch of the County Library

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR COOKIE ANGEL, JANICE GROVER, OWNER OF GROVER GLOBAL FOOD MARKETING IN EAST AMWELL, WHO CONTINUES TO PROVIDE IMPORTED COOKIES FOR OUR TALKS.

 A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR     SPECIAL SPONSOR FOR 2019,       
       COSTCO OF FLEMINGTON!       


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MONDAY, JULY 15TH AND 22ND: MONDAY MORNINGS AT THE MUSEUM:  The Readington Museums is pleased to announce the return of Monday Mornings at the Museum, a hands-on summer program for kids ages 5-12. The sessions will be held on four consecutive Mondays – July 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead. At each session, the children will have a short history lesson followed by a hands on project, with a new theme offered each Monday. Programs include candle making, tin punch designs, butter making, 18th - century games, and learning an English country dance.
$5 per session per child
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION


SATURDAY, JULY 13TH:  STARS AND STRIPES: FABRIC OF THE AMERICAN SPIRIT: The Lebanon Township Museum is extremely honored to be hosting an exhibit entitled "The Stars and Stripes: Fabric of the American Spirit" UNTIL July 13th.
From its birth on June 14th, 1777 until 1912, no laws were enacted governing the arrangement of stars on the American flag, leaving their placement to the sole discretion of the flag maker. Flags from before 1912 with varying designs and configurations of stars will be on display as part of this exhibit. Others include handwritten inscriptions and stamped overprints. Together they trace the evolution of  the American flag and bring to life the personal and historical accounts that speak to the character of our nation and provide a link to important events of the past.
Collector, author and historian J. Richard Pierce is a retired senior banking executive whose lifelong love of the Stars and Stripes parallels his strong interest in politics and US history. He has been collecting flags since 1991 when he acquired his first flag as a thirtieth wedding anniversary gift from his wife, Barbara.  Closing lecture for the exhibit entitled "Famous Flags in American History" will be presented by Richard Pierce at The Lebanon Township Museum at 2pm.

FRIDAY, JULY 19TH:  READINGTON MUSEUMS PRESENTS 18TH CENTURY ICE CREAM ON THE FARMSTEAD:  Susan McLellan Plaisted will present ice cream making from harvesting ice to moulding (molding) of ice cream. For this demonstration, ice cream will be made in a reproduction 18th century sabotiere. Documented flavors of the 18th century will be reproduced using original receipts (recipes). Plaisted holds a B.S. in food and nutrition and an M.S. in health education. 
7pm-8:30pm
Please register by clicking on 
REGISTER FOR ICE CREAM, 

MONDAY, JULY 22ND THRU JULY FRIDAY, 26TH:  RED MILL MUSEUM SUMMER YOUTH HISTORY PROGRAM:
Children will step back in time and learn about life long ago right here at our 19th century site. What did kids do for fun before the Internet? How did they make their toys? What was school like? What did they eat? How did people get what they needed? Children will make their own candles, churn butter and ice cream, play old-fashioned games and much more! A live blacksmith demonstration is a highlight of the week.
VISIT THE RED MILL MUSEUM WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION



SUNDAY, JULY 28TH:  HUNTERDON LAND TRUST PRESENTS HISTORIC DELAWARE RIVER SERIES - HISTORY OF THE DELAWARE RIVER WITH HAL TAYLOR:  A History of the Delaware River with Hal Taylor. The author of The Illustrated History of the Delaware River will lead this informative and fun look at this great river. The talk will include a presentation featuring many of Mr. Taylor’s illustrations.  FREE.  Dvoor Farm, Flemington, NJ.  10:30 a.m. 
Program sponsored by the National Park Service’s Lower Delaware Wild and Scenic Program that explore the outstanding natural, cultural and historical value of the Delaware River, and why it should be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations
For more information Hunterdon Land Trust Website

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18TH:  HUNTERDON LAND TRUST PRESENTS HISTORIC DELAWARE RIVER SERIES - THE FLOOD OF 1955 WITH MARY A. SHAFER: Three terrifying days and nights along the Delaware River — we’ll mark the 64th anniversary of this historic flood with the author of Devastation on the Delaware.  FREE.  Dvoor Farm, Flemington, NJ.  10 a.m. 
Program sponsored by the National Park Service’s Lower Delaware Wild and Scenic Program that explore the outstanding natural, cultural and historical value of the Delaware River, and why it should be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations  
For more information Hunterdon Land Trust Website

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD:  READINGTON MUSEUMS PRESENTS MIDWIFERY- ON THE FARMSTEAD:  Janine Quimby will discuss colonial midwifery in the 18th century and its impact on literature. Quimby is an English Language Arts teacher at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, NJ. She received her BA in English and Secondary Education and her MA in English from The College of New Jersey, matriculated in Drew University's Doctor of Arts Program, and has earned 30 post-Masters credits in Education. Much of her graduate work focused on the role of midwives and witches in literature. Please register by clicking on: REGISTER FOR MIDWIFERY.
7PM TO 8:30PM



Tuesday, June 18, 2019

SPEND YOUR WEEKEND WITH HUNTERDON HISTORY!

THIS WEEKEND YOU HAVE TWO AMAZING OPPORTUNITIES TO NOT JUST LEARN ABOUT HUNTERDON HISTORY, BUT TO TRULY EXPERIENCE IT:

THIS FRIDAY NIGHT, UNDER A BEAUTIFUL SUMMER SOLSTICE SKY, IN A PICTURESQUE HISTORIC BARN, WE OFFER A TALK ON THE VILLAGE OF READINGTON -- WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO SPEND THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER.....

ON SATURDAY, WE OFFER A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT A MAGNIFICENT 18TH CENTURY MILL, HOME, AND OUT-BUILDINGS INCLUDING A SUMMER KITCHEN.  AMAZINGLY, WE STILL HAVE MANY SPOTS LEFT FOR THIS UNUSUAL EVENT!  

FRIDAY, JUNE 21ST:  THE HISTORY OF THE VILLAGE OF READINGTON:  Readington Village is located on Holland Brook, originally named Amanmechunk, which means large creek in the Unami Dialet.  Readington was first settled by Europeans in the early 18th century by Dutch and English immigrants. In 1738, the Dutch Reformed Church of North Branch was moved west to Readington Village because of the growing population. 
During the 19th century, Readington Village had a church, a mill, a store, a school and a tavern. The mill in Readington Village continued to run until about 1920 and was still standing until 1935.
Join County Historian, Readington Township Historian Emerita and author, Stephanie Stevens who has done extensive research on this subject.  Readington Museums has graciously offered to host this talk making it even more special on the Summer Solstice!  
7 pm, Bouman-Stickney Farmstead Barn.  114 Dreahook Road, Stanton.  Free.  Free refreshments follow.  Reservations recommended.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-history-of-the-village-of-readington-tickets-60667644558

SATURDAY, JUNE 22ND:  "THE HUB OF A HAMLET": A TOUR OF AN 18TH CENTURY MILL:  Come see what an important early hamlet still looks like today!  At Headquarters Farm, enjoy the landscape of the sheep in the meadow, the stone mansion with its high view of the valley, both cellar kitchen and summer kitchen, and its barns and storehouse are all a part of its function yet today.  The three-story stone mill from 1735, the mill ruin in the woods, and the mill pond are waiting to operate again and still paint a clear picture of what this hamlet was like in the 18th century.  Rain Date:  June 23.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.  STAGGERED TIMES FOR EACH TOUR.  
EACH TOUR IS LIMITED TO 12 PEOPLE.  DUE TO LIMITED PARKING, PLEASE DO NOT SHOW UP MORE THAN 15 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR START TIME.
Approximate length of tour:  75 minutes.

SESSION 1:  10 AM:  SOLD OUT

SESSION 2:  10:20 AM:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-hub-of-a-hamlet-a-tour-of-an-18th-century-mill-session-2-tickets-60668106941

SESSION 3:  10:40 AM:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-hub-of-a-hamlet-a-tour-of-an-18th-century-mill-session-3-tickets-60669201214

SESSION 4:  11 AM:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-hub-of-a-hamlet-a-tour-of-an-18th-century-mill-session-4-tickets-60669227292

SESSION 5:  11:20 AM:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-hub-of-a-hamlet-a-tour-of-an-18th-century-mill-session-5-tickets-60669246349

SESSION 6:  11:40 AM:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-hub-of-a-hamlet-a-tour-of-an-18th-century-mill-session-6-tickets-60669263400

   NOW TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR THESE ADDITIONAL TALKS, TOURS AND EVENTS:   

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26: VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE HAMLETS OF KINGWOOD TOWNSHIP:  Join Kingwood Township historian Sal DeSapio as he leads us through an interesting and informative powerpoint presentation around this historic Township's charming hamlets which include Baptistown, Barbertown, Byram, Idell, Point Breeze, Tumble Falls among others.  Its important settlement and Revolutionary and Civil War histories make Kingwood one of the most historically relevant municipalities around.  7 pm.  Free refreshments follow. North Branch of the Library.  Reservations recommended.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-tour-of-the-hamlets-of-kingwood-township-tickets-60669938419

SATURDAY, JUNE 29TH:  WALKING TOUR OF FRENCHTOWN, UPTOWN: The Uptown Tour includes the old Frenchtown High School, the former residence of its original terrier mascot, the old doll-carriage factory, Doc Mullins' hospital, the Doughboy statue, the Barn Theater, the homes of Frenchtown's first automobile owner and its first radio owner, homes of the Frenchtown-famous, and a love story that began on the railroad tracks in 1942.  Our tour guide, Rick Epstein, started gathering Frenchtown history when he was editor of the Frenchtown's Delaware Valley News in 1970s and '80s, interviewing old-timers for the newspaper. He soaked up more history as editor of the Hunterdon County Democrat, and intensified his research more recently to begin his historical tours in 2016. He currently reports on Frenchtown for the Bucks County Herald.

10 am - Rain date, Sunday, June 30, 10 am

Free but Reservations are Required
Free bottled water will be available.
Tour Length: Approximately 75 minutes long.

LIMITED TO 15 PEOPLE.  

Ticket holders will be provided with the starting location of the tour.
A Wait List will be maintained.  If you are shut out of this event email us at 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us or leave a message at (908) 788-2030.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-of-frenchtown-uptown-tickets-60660168196


SUNDAY, JULY 7TH:  WALKING TOUR OF LAMBERTVILLE:  2 pm
Tour is approximately 60 minutes long.
Tours depart the Marshall House Museum, 60 Bridge Street, Lambertville. Free.
Reservations required as we will need to let the Lambertville Historical Society know how many people will be in attendance.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-of-lambertville-city-tickets-62416677964

TUESDAY, JULY 23RD:  THE IRISH SETTLEMENT IN CLINTON - A TALK AND WALK:  The Mulligan family first purchased the quarry we now know as the Red Mill Museum property in 1848. The eldest Mulligan Brother, James, leased the quarry in 1858, continuing the business his brothers started. By 1860, under James' leadership, there were 3 lime kilns and 2 tenant houses on the property. James’s family moved from Ireland to Clinton and settled on Halstead Street along with many Irish immigrants who occasionally worked at the quarry.

After his death, James' youngest son took over the business in 1862; the business flourished for almost 100 years. The Mulligan Quarry business was in continual operation through to the 1960s.

Join Red Mill Executive Director, Paul Muir, as he not only tells us about the Irish immigration to Clinton and the Mulligan Family, but, following the talk, we will take a walk with Paul to see the Mulligan homes that still stand on Halstead Street.  Free. Refreshments follow.  Reservations recommended.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-irish-settlement-in-clinton-a-talk-and-walk-tickets-62416791303


COMING THIS SUMMER, FALL AND WINTER:  DOZENS OF ADDITIONAL CELEBRATIONS OF OUR HOMETOWNS AND HAMLETS OVER THE LAST 305 YEARS!:

Sunday, August 4:  Open House, John Prall House, Stockton, 1-5 pm
Saturday, August 10:  Fleming House and Museum Open House, 1-4 pm
Saturday, August 17: Walking Tour of Frenchtown – Downtown, 10 am; Rain Date:  August 18, 10 am
Saturday, September 7:  Cemetery Cemener, Main Branch of the Library
Sunday, September 8:  Walking Tour of Glen Gardner, 11 am
Saturday, September 14:  Walking Tour of Stockton or Sergeantsville, 10:30 am; Rain Date:  September 15, 10:30 am
Sunday, September 15:  Walking Tour of Cokesbury, 1 pm; if there is rain, the tour will be inside and Virtual
Tuesday, September 17: “The Jutland Massacre”, 7 pm, Main Branch of the Library (tentative date and location)
Saturday, September 21: Walking Tour of Annandale, details tba; Rain date:  September 22, am
Sunday, September 22:  History Bowl, Team Stephanie Stevens vs. Team Jim Davidson, 2pm; location to be determined
Thursday, September 26:  The History of Franklin Township’s Hamlets, 7 pm, North Branch of the Library
Saturday, September 28:  Walking Tour of Mount Airy, am; Rain Date:  September 29 pm  - times to be announced
Saturday, September 28:  Alexandria's Prevost House Museum Open House, 1-4 pm Tuesday, October 1:  The History of Glen Gardner, 7 pm, Main Branch of the Library
Saturday, October 5:  Walking Tour of Oldwick, 10 am/2pm; if there is rain, the tour will be inside and Virtual
Sunday, October 6:  Walking Tour of Milford 1:30 pm, rain or shine
Thursday, October 10:  The Colonial History of Flemington Borough, 7 pm
Saturday, October, 12:  New Hampton Walking Tour, 11 am; Rain Date:  October 13, 2 pm
Tuesday, October 15: “Glen Gardner/Irishtown”, 7 pm, Main Branch of the Library
Saturday, October 19:  Flemington Walking Tour, 2 pm; Rain Date:  October 20, 2 pm
Saturday, October 26:  Bus Tour of 26 Municipalities with 3 Stops 9 am to 4:30 pm, details tba
Sunday, October 27:  Walking Tour of Amsterdam, 1 pm
Sunday, October 27: Joseph Turner House Open House, 2 - 5 pm
Saturday, November 2:  Walking Tour of Reaville, 10 am; Rain Date:  November 3, 2 pm
Saturday, November 9:  Walking Tour of Frenchtown – Cemetery, 2 pm; Rain Date:  November 10, 2 pm
Sunday, November 17:  The History of the Hamlet of Wertsville, 2 pm, Main Branch of the Library
Tuesday, December 3:  Lebanon Township Hamlets, 7pm, North Branch of the Library
Saturday, December 14:  The Hunterdon 300th’s Annual Holiday Children’s Historic Crafts and Sale, 10 am to 2 pm, Main Branch of the County Library

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR COOKIE ANGEL, JANICE GROVER, OWNER OF GROVER GLOBAL FOOD MARKETING IN EAST AMWELL, WHO CONTINUES TO PROVIDE IMPORTED COOKIES FOR OUR TALKS.

 A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR     SPECIAL SPONSOR FOR 2019,       
       COSTCO OF FLEMINGTON!       



   HISTORICAL AND HERITAGE        
           EVENTS FROM AROUND        
               THE COUNTY:                    

THURSDAY, JUNE 13TH:  STARS AND STRIPES: FABRIC OF THE AMERICAN SPIRIT:  The Lebanon Township Museum is extremely honored to be hosting an exhibit entitled "The Stars and Stripes: Fabric of the American Spirit" from June 13th to July 13th.
From its birth on June 14th, 1777 until 1912, no laws were enacted governing the arrangement of stars on the American flag, leaving their placement to the sole discretion of the flag maker. Flags from before 1912 with varying designs and configurations of stars will be on display as part of this exhibit. Others include handwritten inscriptions and stamped overprints. Together they trace the evolution of  the American flag and bring to life the personal and historical accounts that speak to the character of our nation and provide a link to important events of the past.
Collector, author and historian J. Richard Pierce is a retired senior banking executive whose lifelong love of the Stars and Stripes parallels his strong interest in politics and US history. He has been collecting flags since 1991 when he acquired his first flag as a thirtieth wedding anniversary gift from his wife, Barbara. 
An opening reception will be held on Thursday June 13th at 6pm with a lecture entitled "Evolution of the American Flag" to be given by Mr. Pierce at 7pm. Light refreshments will be served. Additional festivities to celebrate this exhibit will include a Flag Day Celebration on Saturday June 15th at 1pm which will include an Apple Pie Baking contest, churn your own ice cream, Father's Day & Patriotic crafts for kids and more. A closing lecture entitled "Famous Flags in American History" will be presented by Mr. Pierce at 2pm on Saturday July 13th.


MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THE HUNTERDON 300TH'S WEBSITE FOR DATES AND HOURS THIS EXHIBIT IS OPEN.
The exhibit and all events are free and open to the public. For additional information, please visit our website

SATURDAY, JUNE 22ND: RINGOES TAVERN, HUNTERDON COUNTY'S CRADLE OF INDEPENDENCE DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: The exhibit, on display May 1st through July 7th, includes a rarely seen document with the autograph of a local Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Also, find out how a religious movement called the “Great Awakening” influenced colonial society prior to the Revolution. The East Amwell Museum is open on weekends from 1- 4 pm1053 Old York Road, Ringoes, NJ.  MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THE HUNTERDON 300TH'S WEBSITE FOR DATES AND HOURS THIS EXHIBIT IS OPEN.

MONDAY, JUNE 24TH THRU FRIDAY, JUNE 28TH:  RED MILL MUSEUM SUMMER YOUTH NATURE PROGRAM:  This is the perfect program for kids who love to explore and play outside in the dirt! Our beautiful grounds along the South Branch of the Raritan River are the ideal spot for children to learn to observe and form conclusions about nature and the creatures in their world. Children will make their own journal for recording what they learn and try their hand at an archeology dig. By the end of the week each child will know about insects, the food chain, camouflage, pollution, the importance of recycling and more!
VISIT THE RED MILL MUSEUM WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION

MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THE HUNTERDON 300TH'S WEBSITE FOR DATES AND HOURS THIS PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE.

FRIDAY, JUNE 28TH:  READINGTON MUSEUMS PRESENTS 18TH CENTURY TEA LECTURE:  Susan McLellan Plaisted, proprietress of Heart to Hearth Cookery, a food history business based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, will conduct a program using artifacts and slides to explore the experience of taking tea in the Colonies. Tea samples and refreshments will be offered.
7PM TO 8:30 PM  Please register by clicking: REGISTER FOR TEA


MONDAY, JULY 1ST: MONDAY MORNINGS AT THE MUSEUM:  The Readington Museums is pleased to announce the return of Monday Mornings at the Museum, a hands-on summer program for kids ages 5-12. The sessions will be held on four consecutive Mondays – July 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead. At each session, the children will have a short history lesson followed by a hands on project, with a new theme offered each Monday. Programs include candle making, tin punch designs, butter making, 18th - century games, and learning an English country dance.
$5 per session per child
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION


SATURDAY, JULY 13TH:  STARS AND STRIPES: FABRIC OF THE AMERICAN SPIRIT:  Closing lecture for the exhibit entitled "Famous Flags in American History" will be presented by Richard Pierce at The Lebanon Township Museum at 2pm.

FRIDAY, JULY 19TH:  READINGTON MUSEUMS PRESENTS 18TH CENTURY ICE CREAM ON THE FARMSTEAD:  Susan McLellan Plaisted will present ice cream making from harvesting ice to moulding (molding) of ice cream. For this demonstration, ice cream will be made in a reproduction 18th century sabotiere. Documented flavors of the 18th century will be reproduced using original receipts (recipes). Plaisted holds a B.S. in food and nutrition and an M.S. in health education. 
7pm-8:30pm
Please register by clicking on 
REGISTER FOR ICE CREAM, 

MONDAY, JULY 22ND THRU JULY FRIDAY, 26TH:  RED MILL MUSEUM SUMMER YOUTH HISTORY PROGRAM:
Children will step back in time and learn about life long ago right here at our 19th century site. What did kids do for fun before the Internet? How did they make their toys? What was school like? What did they eat? How did people get what they needed? Children will make their own candles, churn butter and ice cream, play old-fashioned games and much more! A live blacksmith demonstration is a highlight of the week.
VISIT THE RED MILL MUSEUM WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION