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HUNTERDON COUNTY


308 YEARS OF HISTORY

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MAY 2022
SATURDAY, MAY 01
  HISTORICAL PARTNER
  1pm

READINGTON MUSEUMS PRESENTS: A PROGRAM ON RUG HOOKING (DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE)

Fiber artists, Lucy Walsh and Sharon Ballard, will display their hand-crafted hooked rugs. Walsh and Ballard will be on-hand to share the history and the inspirations for designing their rugs.

Lucy Walsh is a fiber artist living in Clinton, New Jersey, and a Readington Township native.  She has been creating hand-crafted hooked rugs since 1990. Her recent collections of original rugs include ‘story rugs’ which tell of real-life or imaginary events, and quaint primitive designs. Her rugs have been featured on websites, fairs, rug hooking publications and have appeared in the Rug Hooking Magazine’s Celebrations® book recognizing nationally known fiber artists.

Sharon Ballard started traditional rug hooking in 1985 after moving to New Jersey. She now resides in Stanton. “I first noticed theses rugs in the magazine Country Living and with a little investigation I found a wonderful local teacher, took several classes and have been rug hooking ever since. My style is to create a rug that has a folk-art look. Most of my rugs were inspired from antique rugs. Simple designs with bright and bold colors”. 

This program is held inside the Historic Wade-Wycoff Barn at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead in the Stanton section of Readington, or for GPS use Lebanon, NJ. Although there is no fee, donations to Readington Museums are gladly welcome. In case of inclement weather please call the Museums to find out the status of the program. For more information, please visit www.readingtontwp.org/ReadingtonMuseums.html or call 908-236-2327. Free.  Donations appreciated.

The Readington Museums received an operating support re-grant from the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission, with funds from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State. 

SATURDAY, MAY 07
  Time to be announced HUNTERDON HISTORY BOWL (TENTATIVE)
SATURDAY, MAY 14
  2pm
  Rain Date: May 15

TOUR OF REVOLUTIONARY WAR GRAVES IN THE GRANDIN CEMETERY

Join historian John Allan for a fascinating tour of one of Hunterdon's iconic cemeteries best known for a large number of Revolutionary War heroes' graves. Grandin Bethlehem Presbyterian Church is the oldest Presbyterian Church in Hunterdon County, established in 1730. Three members of the church were sent to attend a meeting of the Sons of Liberty in 1766 and the church publicly supported the Continental Congress in 1774. Church members were leaders in organizing and leading the Second Regiment of the Hunterdon County Militia. Twenty-two members fought in the Revolutionary War. Within this cemetery are the remains of 21 men who fought in the Continental Army, John Hackett, for whom Hackettstown is named, and John Grandin's family, including Elizabeth Grandin. Bonnells, Bellises, Wyckoffs, Yards, Osmuns, Stewarts and many other of Hunterdon's oldest families are buried there as well.

For a link to the church's website to an index of the graves and reference map, go to:
List:   https://bethlehempc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/EagleProject-Graves-List-DanWeiss.pdf
Map:  https://bethlehempc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Cemetery-Map-By-Dan-Weiss.pdf

Reservations are required. Approximately 90 minutes.

Walk limited to 20 people. Meeting location is the Church's parking lot on Race Street, Union Township. The 300th will escort you across the street for safety purposes.

Rain date, Sunday, May 15th.

For ticketing use this link or cut and paste into your url:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tour-of-revolutionary-war-graves-in-the-grandin-cemetery-tickets-304344762377

SATURDAY, MAY 21
  1pm
  Rain Date: May 22

WALKING TOUR OF OLDWICK

Oldwick is on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, and on this tour with Tewksbury Historian Shaun Van Doren, we will see over a dozen different types of architecture employed on Oldwick’s historic business and residential buildings. What we know today as Oldwick used to be called New Germantown until 1918, when anti-German sentiment caused the name to be changed to Oldwick. The reason behind the name Oldwick is that wick means village and since at the time of the change the village was old, it was named Oldwick, meaning old village. Prior to New Germantown, the village was named Smithfield, after its principal resident Ralph Smith. This is a wonderful tour of one of Hunterdon's very special hamlets that you won't want to miss!

Reservations are required. Approximately 2 hours.

Meet/Park at Cold Brook Preserve. Walk limited to 20 people.

For ticketing use this link or cut and paste into your url:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-of-oldwick-tickets-304364822377

  11am - 2pm

SQUIERS POINT HISTORIANS ANNUAL MEETING AND OPEN HOUSE

The Squiers Point Historians, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, maintain and improve historical structures in Lebanon Township, is hosting an Annual Meeting and Open House on Saturday May 21st. Learn about past achievements and future plans, most notably restoration of the Mt. Lebanon Church (Grange). Meet Board members, tour the museum including the Squiers Point- Annex and enjoy homemade treats!

This event is free and open to the public.

Join us at the Lebanon Township Musuem.

SUNDAY, MAY 22
  1 - 4pm
Sundays this spring

JOHN A. ANDERSON, LAMBERTVILLE'S FIRST PHOTOGRAPHER

Step back in time through the high-resolution photography of John Alexander Anderson (1829-1917). In 56 unforgettable images, you'll see Lambertville as it transitioned to the 20th century, remarkable portraits, and examples of Anderson's artistry. Also on display are Anderson's extraordinary scrapbook and articles he wrote about local history and photography.

James Wilson Marshall House, 60 Bridge Street

This exhibit is free. Donations welcome.

JUNE 2022
SATURDAY, JUNE 05
  3pm
 

HIRAM DEATS: THE SAGE OF HUNTERDON

Join us for a NEW LECTURE! Believe it or not, no one has ever hosted or did a talk on the incredible life of Hiram Deats until now! County Historian John Kuhl has been clipping Hunterdon Democrat articles on Deats' life for the last 20 years and is now going to talk about this true renaissance man: coin collector, stamp collector, historian, genealogist, Master Mason, inventor, collector of artifacts, especially those of indigenous people. Quirky, brilliant, wealthy, Deats was the longest serving member of the American Phillatelist Society and the founder of the Hunterdon Historical Society. He donated the property on which the Flemington Borough Library sits as well as his huge collection of artifacts. Deats lived until 1963 and died at the age of 92 - come and learn about this remarkable man's remarkable life.

Flemington Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall; 10 East Main Street, Flemington, 3 pm.

FREE but Reservations are Required.

For ticketing use this link or cut and paste into your url:
https://www.blogger.com/u/1/blog/post/edit/5475412324336540271/6769887415665000041

THURSDAY, JUNE 09
  7pm
 

EVALUATING GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES

The Hunterdon County Historical Society is offering two online genealogy workshops designed to enhance your research skills. Betty DeSapio will lead both workshops. You will learn how to gauge the quality of genealogical sources, which is crucial to judging the reliability of information, especially when information conflicts, as it often does. Participants also will learn how to seek the best possible sources for their research.

Betty DeSapio, PLCGS, is a professional genealogist and the Kingwood Township Historian. Her specialties include the Middle Atlantic states, New England, Italy and Germany. DeSapio holds four genealogical certificates from the National Institute for Genealogical Research, and has completed programs at Boston University and the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, among others.

These are standalone workshops, and everyone is invited to enroll in one -- or both -- offerings.

They will be held via Zoom and are free to Hunterdon County Historical Society members, or $10 per program for non-members.

Pre-register at www.hunterdonhistory.org.

THURSDAY, JUNE 16
  7pm
 

GETTING THE MOST FROM GENEALOGIDAL RECORDS

The Hunterdon County Historical Society is offering two online genealogy workshops designed to enhance your research skills. Betty DeSapio will lead both workshops. You will learn how to look at genealogical records in a new light so you can harvest all their information. Records contain more than just birth, marriage and death information; they often hold clues about the life of the individual and can open the door to further research.

Betty DeSapio, PLCGS, is a professional genealogist and the Kingwood Township Historian. Her specialties include the Middle Atlantic states, New England, Italy and Germany. DeSapio holds four genealogical certificates from the National Institute for Genealogical Research, and has completed programs at Boston University and the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, among others.

These are standalone workshops, and everyone is invited to enroll in one -- or both -- offerings.

They will be held via Zoom and are free to Hunterdon County Historical Society members, or $10 per program for non-members.

Pre-register at www.hunterdonhistory.org.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18
  10am
  Rain Date, June 19

BAD LUCK AND POOR CHOICES WALKING TOUR OF FRENCHTOWN

Former Hunterdon County Democrat Rick Epstein's got a dozen true stories to tell you about Old Frenchtown. Well, 11 are true. The 12th one is a tall tale that George Washington Hummer told his grandson. But it's a good one. IF YOU'VE EVER SHOT A PHARMACIST, Tried to conquer Mexico, Or been knocked off a bar stool at 9:30 a.m., you'll relate to the true stories you'll hear on Rick's Bad Luck & Poor Choices Tour of downtown Frenchtown.

If you want to hear those stories, told right where they happened, sign up for Saturday's Bad Luck & Poor Choices Tour. You'll also learn about Aaron Burr and Tippoo the Killer Elephant. (They never came to Frenchtown, but Vice President Burr wanted to.)

Registration is important. If no one registers, Rick will just stay home and sulk on his porch.

Meeting locations will be disclosed to people with reservations only.

Limited to 15 guests.

For ticketing use this link or cut and paste into your url:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-of-frenchtown-bad-luck-and-poor-choices-tour-tickets-304370880497

FRIDAY, JUNE 24
  HISTORICAL PARTNER
  7pm
READINGTON MUSEUMS PRESENTS: DAVID READING - SAVING AND PRESERVING LOCAL CEMETERIES
SATURDAY, JUNE 25
  10am
  Rain Date: June 26

WALKING TOUR OF POTTERSVILLE (TEWKSBURY)

Join Tewskbury Historical Society's Shaun Van Doren as he takes us on a walk to learn about how the town that sits in 3 counties and 4 municipalities got its name.  Pottersville was listed on the National & State Registers of Historic Places in 1990.  It contains 44 major buildings that contribute to its historic character and embody its architectural significance.  They range from the mid-1800s through the early 1900s.  We’ll see key buildings that were vital to the village, including the upper mill, Church, school, stores and hotel, and we’ll see that a great majority of the houses still retain their historic character.

Tour length:  90 minutes

Walk limited to 30 people. Meet/Park at Pottersville Fire House.

Free but are Reservations Required.

Please note that if we move to the rain date (June 26, 2022), the tour starts at 1 pm.

For ticketing use this link or cut and paste into your url:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-of-pottersville-tickets-304378061977

JULY 2022
SUNDAY, JULY 02
 

SQUIERS POINT HISTORIANS ANNUAL MEETING AND OPEN HOUSE

Planning for the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence launched many local historic preservation initiatives. As a result of both the excitement and the opportunities afforded by this commemoration, many public history institutions and initiatives were founded in the mid-1970s. Locally, the Lebanon Township Committee appointed its own historical committee whose first goal was to save the township's former one-room schoolhouses. A plan was made to preserve New Hampton schoolhouse and reopen it as a museum; a dream that was realized in 1982 with the first curator Dorothea Connolly at the helm. Since that time, the Lebanon Township Museum has been not only a site for housing and displaying historical artifacts but also a vital part of the community: a place for gathering, sharing talents and learning together.

Join us in our celebration of our first forty years. Our exhibit runs through September and our anniversary party will be held on Saturday July 2nd.

SUNDAY, JULY 10
  HISTORICAL PARTNER
  Time to be announced

READINGTON MUSEUMS PRESENTS: DANA BALA - COOKBOOKS OVER THE CENTURIES

additional information coming soon
SATURDAY, JULY 29
  HISTORICAL PARTNER
  Time to be announced

READINGTON MUSEUMS PRESENTS DANA BALA:  COOKBOOKS OVER THE CENTURIES

additional information coming soon

  HISTORICAL PARTNER
  7pm

DVOOR HOUSE TOUR 

additional information coming soon

AUGUST 2022
SUNDAY, AUGUST 07

  HISTORICAL PARTNER
  3pm

READINGTON RAMBLES PART I:  STORIES FROM THE HISTORY OF READINGTON TOWNSHIP; 3 to 4 pm: Join us at the Barn at Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, part of the Readington Museums, where County Historian Emerita and Readington Township Historian Extraordinaire shares some of her fascinating research about the history of Hunterdon's oldest municipality, Readington Township.  In an interesting "back to back" series, return next week for another Stephanie Stevens' talk on another part of Readington's history.  Free refreshments and cold water will be provided.  The talk is free, but reservations are required. 114 Dreahook Road, Stanton, 08885.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26

  HISTORICAL PARTNER
  7pm

READINGTON MUSEUMS PRESENT: GREGORY HERMAN:  GEOLOGY, ARCHEOLOGY, AND INDIAN BURIAL GROUNDS OF CUSHETUNK AND ROUND MOUTAINS

SEPTEMBER 2022
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 03

  10am
  Rain Date: September 04

WALKING TOUR OF THREE BRIDGES:  Join County Historian and Three Bridges native John Kuhl for a walking tour of historic Three Bridges. John knows every nook and cranny of this special hamlet. Wear comfortable shoes!

Walk limited to 20 people. The walk is free but reservations are required.

Meeting location will be disclosed to people with reservations only. THIS TOUR REPEATS ON SEPTEMBER 30TH.

Rain Date on May 1 with time to be announced.   

For ticketing use this link or cut and paste into your url: Coming soon!!!!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

  2pm
  Rain Date: September 18

FRENCHTOWN CEMETERY TOUR

OCTOBER 2022
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 02

  2pm

ALL HALLOWS EVE SONGS OF LOVE, DEATH AND THE SUPERNATURAL
BOUMANN-STICKNEY FARMSTEAD - FREE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 08

  2pm
  Rain Date: October 09

WALKING TOUR OF MOUNTAINVILLE (TEWKSBURY)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16

  HISTORICAL PARTNER
  To Be Announced

READINGTON MUSEUMS PRESENT: ANNE AND RIDLEY ENSLOW PERFORMING "ALL HALLOW'S EVE: SONGS OF LOVE, DEATH, AND THE SUPERNATURAL"

NOVEMBER 2022
  NOTHING AT THIS TIME
DECEMBER 2022
  NOTHING AT THIS TIME

PREVIOUS 2022 EVENTS

SATURDAY, APRIL 02
   10am
   Rain Date: April 03
 

SORRY SOLD OUT - Please sign up for our wait list by emailing 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us

WALKING TOUR OF FLEMINGTON - "TRAVELING HOUSES IN OLD FLEMINGTON":  House moving was a common activity in the late 19th and early 20th century in Flemington. Unlike today where we tear it down and build something new, back then building recycling was the norm.  What started as a simple question about the original location of the park gazebo led Janice Armstrong, preservation and heritage educator, to some interesting stories and photos of house moving. You will hear about local house mover John S. Lloyd and his hardworking horse Topsy and take a walk to locate some of Flemington’s relocated structures.  This tour is an amazing look at adaptive reuse of structures and a provocative look at our County Seat.

Walk limited to 20 people. 10 am start time; walk lasts approximately 90 minutes.  FREE. Reservations are required.

For ticketing use this link or cut and paste into your url:
www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-of-flemington-traveling-houses-in-old-flemington-tickets-288279290117

SATURDAY, APRIL 16

  10am
  Rain Date: April 17

SORRY SOLD OUT - Please sign up for our wait list by emailing 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us

WALKING TOUR OF RINGOES (EAST AMWELL):  Take a walking tour of downtown Ringoes and discover its rich history. Our tour guide is Dave Harding, former Hunterdon County Historical Society trustee, founding member of the East Amwell Historical Society, and author of a self-guided walking tour of Ringoes. Dave will tell us about John Ringo’s arrival in the early 1700s where he became a reluctant tavern owner, and discuss the legend of his buried treasure. We'll learn about the Sons of Liberty meeting at the tavern of “the second” John Ringo, an ardent patriot who hung a portrait of George Washington outside his establishment (unless the British were passing through!). We’ll swing past the Henry Landis House where the Marquis de LaFayette convalesced after falling ill, and we’ll talk about the local doctor who rushed to his aid. Speaking of doctors, we’ll also tell you all about Dr. Mary Tidd Bennett, the town’s rare 1800s female physician, and we’ll stand beside the home and publishing house of Dr. Cornelius Larison, and discuss this physician, teacher, publisher, author, interviewer of ex-slave Sylvia DuBois and advocate of phonetic spelling. We’ll also learn about the impact of the railroad on the community and what the village looked like a century ago. Join us to learn about the fascinating, historic hamlet.

Reservations are required. 10 am start time; walk lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Meet at the Clawson House in Ringoes, the home of the East Amwell Historical Society.  The Clawson House will be open to tour participants after the tour ends as a special treat!

Walk limited to 20 people.

For ticketing use this link or cut and paste into your url:
www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-of-ringoes-tickets-288282800617

SATURDAY, April 23
   HISTORICAL PARTNER
   10am
   Rain Date: April 24

VOUGHT HOUSE:  MEET A REVOLUTIONARY WAR LOYALIST: Sample the life of Lietuenant John Vought and the uniformed New Jersdey Volunteers with author and Loyalist reenactor Todd Braisted.  Learn about the lives of Cornelia and Mary Grandin Vought who, with their husbands absent, worked the farm amid the maelstrom of the American Revolution in New Jersey.  Wander and explore the 1759 Vought House, the herb garden, spring house foundation, fence and fruit trees, decorative ceilings, restored windows and front door.  View presentations, visit and ask questions of the New Jersey Volunteers. Download Flyer for More Information


   2pm
 
  Rain Date: April 24
 

SORRY SOLD OUT - Please sign up for our wait list by emailing 300info@co.hunterdon.nj.us

WALKING TOUR OF DOWNTOWN FRENCHTOWN:  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. 2pm - Rain date, Sunday, April 24th. Approximately 75 minutes long.

LIMITED TO 15 PEOPLE. FREE BUT RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Ticket holders will be provided with the starting location of the tour.

SATURDAY, APRIL 30

  10am
  Rain Date: May 01

WALKING TOUR OF THREE BRIDGES:  Join County Historian and Three Bridges native John Kuhl for a walking tour of historic Three Bridges. John knows every nook and cranny of this special hamlet. Wear comfortable shoes!

Walk limited to 20 people. The walk is free but reservations are required.

Meeting location will be disclosed to people with reservations only. THIS TOUR REPEATS ON SEPTEMBER 30TH.

Rain Date on May 1 with time to be announced.   

For ticketing use this link or cut and paste into your url:
www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-of-three-bridges-tickets-288290664137

TUESDAY, MARCH 22

  HISTORICAL PARTNER
 
2pm

A SAMPLING OF HUNTERDON COUNTY NEEDLEWORK: With Marty Campanelli, Independent Textile Scholar
Hunterdon County Library Headquarters, 314 State Route 12, Flemington, NJ - CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FLYER

As a fairly rural farming community in the late 1700s and early 1800s, Hunterdon County, New Jersey was surprisingly home to a number of diverse sampler groups. Join Marty Campanelli as she takes you on a tour of the County's various sampler styles including the now recognized 'collared deer' school, Eliza Rue's School in Pennington, the 'Redington' School, and the 'Hunterdon House & Heart ' samplers taught by instructresses Amy and Elizabeth Lundy. New research on these groups, the instructresses who taught the designs, and a selection of sampler maker's life stories will round out the lecture. Marty's detective work will also show how some of the designs came to Hunterdon and where they migrated to afterwards.

Contact Jane Ricketts at 908-788-1434 or jricketts@hclibrary.us for more information.

TUESDAY, MARCH 22

  10am
  Rain Date: March 27

WALKING TOUR OF RINGOES (EAST AMWELL):  Take a walking tour of downtown Ringoes and discover its rich history. Our tour guide is Dave Harding, former Hunterdon County Historical Society trustee, founding member of the East Amwell Historical Society, and author of a self-guided walking tour of Ringoes. Dave will tell us about John Ringo’s arrival in the early 1700s where he became a reluctant tavern owner, and discuss the legend of his buried treasure. We'll learn about the Sons of Liberty meeting at the tavern of “the second” John Ringo, an ardent patriot who hung a portrait of George Washington outside his establishment (unless the British were passing through!). We’ll swing past the Henry Landis House where the Marquis de LaFayette convalesced after falling ill, and we’ll talk about the local doctor who rushed to his aid. Speaking of doctors, we’ll also tell you all about Dr. Mary Tidd Bennett, the town’s rare 1800s female physician, and we’ll stand beside the home and publishing house of Dr. Cornelius Larison, and discuss this physician, teacher, publisher, author, interviewer of ex-slave Sylvia DuBois and advocate of phonetic spelling. We’ll also learn about the impact of the railroad on the community and what the village looked like a century ago. Join us to learn about the fascinating, historic hamlet.

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