Wednesday, March 20, 2019



It has come to our attention that our last e-newsletter/blog stated that the Dutch Migration Settlement Pattern talk with Stephanie Stevens is going to be on Sunday, March 24th. It is not.  The actual date, as per our website and the Eventbrite reservation system is Sunday, March 31st.  Sorry for that confusion.

But.... while we have your attention, we just received word from the High Bridge Cultural and Heritage Committee that they are hosting a talk with our favorite Fun Facts writer, Historian John Kuhl, this coming Monday, March 25th at 7:30 pm:

MONDAY, MARCH 25TH:  GEORGE WILLIAM TAYLOR: HIGH BRIDGE'S CIVIL WAR GENERAL:  George William Taylor was born in Solitude House in High Bridge and became the only Hunterdon native to gain his General's star during the Civil War.

On Monday, March 25 at 7:30 pm, well-known Hunterdon County Historian John Kuhl will provide a biography and profile of General Taylor.

General Taylor was the son of Archibald Taylor of the local iron works.  George and his brother Lewis H. inherited the iron company in 1860.  George was off in the army, so brother Lewis assumed management of the company.  George had served in the Mexican War and, after civilian jobs in peacetime, rejoined the army in 1861 as the Colonel of the 3rd NJ Infantry.  When Major General Philip Kearny was promoted out of the First New Jersey Brigade, Taylor was advanced to Brigadier General of the four regiments in Kearny's place.  At the time of his death, George owned a farm at today's Clinton Point which extended from there south across today's Interstate 78.

John Kuhl, a lifelong Hunterdon native, graduated in 1956 from Penn State and had a career in the commercial agriculture of Northwester New Jersey with a lifelong interest in local and Civil War history.  He was associate editor of Military Images Magazine and has written a number of articles and several books on historical topics.  He was a member of the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission from 1999 to 2015 and is a life member of the Hunterdon County Historical Society.  He was the Society's secretary for 30 years and its treasurer for the last thirteen.  

Join us for the details of a life that was of variety and achievement.  The talk will be presented at the High Bridge Emergency Squad Building, 95 West Main Street (Route 513), High Bridge, 08829.  The talk is part of the High Bridge Cultural and Heritage Committee Speaker Series.

And we want you to also know we still have room on Thursday evening at the North Branch of the County Library in Clinton if you want to hear a really comprehensive and fascinating talk on the history of the Borough of Hampton.  No reservation needed.

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