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.
Limited to 20 people.
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
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.
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.
A Wait List will be maintained if you are shut out of this event by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leaving a message at (908) 788-2030.
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.
10 am FREE BUT RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
Free bottled water will be available.
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, 12: New Hampton Walking Tour, 10 am; Rain Date: October 13, 11:30 am
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
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.
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!!
EVENTS FROM AROUND
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
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
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.
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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
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
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.
Dvoor Farm, Flemington, NJ
For more information visit the Hunterdon Land Trust Website