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CELEBRATING
HUNTERDON COUNTY HERITAGE
The Revolutionary War in Hunterdon

SEPTEMBER 2016 EVENTS CALENDAR

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FEATURED EVENTS

September 10: Tour and Luncheon at Washington Crossing State Parks: This event is sold out.
September 13:  The Potterstown Skirmish
September 17: Tour and Lecutre: June 24, 1776: The Loyalists who Attached Captain Jones & Vought Tour
September 18: Hunterdon Heritage Days - Museum Open House Tour
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September 20: History Mapping: "Washington Slept Here"
September 24: Cemetery Ceminar - Rest in Peace? Not in NJ! Preserving and Protecting American Heroes' Graves - A Revolutionary Idea!
September 25: Hunterdon Heritage Days - Museum Open House Tour
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SPECIAL PARTNER EVENTS

September 24: Milford Alive

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ORANGE = Lectures PURPLE = Special Event BLUE = Performances GREEN = Reenactment  PINK = Municipal Event
RED = Tour LIME = Headquarters Open BURGUNDY = Committee Meetings TEAL = Childrens' Programs
$ = Cost for Event T = Ticket Required R = Reservation Required (FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIC - SPECIFIC DETAILS WILL BE POSTED FOR EACH EVENT)
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($) TOUR AND LUNCHEON AT WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARKS

This event is sold out.

Guided tour of Washington's famous trek from Bucks County, PA to Hunterdon County, NJ with a few differences:  by foot not by boat; in the summer, not the winter; comfortably, not under extreme conditions! 

We recommend you park on the Jersey side along the Delaware River in the park's parking lot and cross the bridge by foot.  If you wish to limit your walking (or you go to far and start to cross the bridge), park in the Visitor's Center parking lot in Pennsylvania's side.

We will meet at the Pennsylavania Washington Crossing State Park Visitor Center at 10 am for a full guided tour of the buildings where Washington walked including the McConkey House where Washington slept the night before the famous crossing.

At 11:30, we'll head over to the famous Washington Crossing Inn for a catered 3 course lunch.  After salad, you'll have your choice of 3 entrees (selection must be made at time of reservation):  Salmon Oreganatta (a filet of slamon with oregano seasoned bread crumbs and lemon wine sauce), Stuffed Pork Loin (oven roasted stuffed loin of pork with spinach, roasted peppers and fontina cheese with a port wine mushroom demi-glace), or a vegetarian option (Chef's special yumminess).  Dessert and coffee or tea follows.  A cash bar will be open throughout to make your Saturday festive!

At 1:30, for those of you who have Washington's spirit and his men's drive, we'll continue our tour, walk across the bridge to see what Washington saw (sort of), and then drive our cars (feel free to march on -- it's about a 20 minute walk) and meet at the NJ Visitor Center.  We'll take a 5 minute walk to the Johnson Ferry House and spend some time looking at the house, artifacts and kitchen garden.  From there, we'll head back to the Visitors Center, sit thru their excellent 30 minute movie and look at the 500+ artifacts in the collections -- really good stuff!  

LIMITED TO 40 -- BOOK AND PAY EARLY!

$30 PER PERSON -- includes lunch and all entrance fees to all buildings and exhibits on both sides of the river -- MUST BE RECEIVED WITHIN THREE BUSINESS DAYS OF YOUR RESERVATION.  Checks payable and mailed to The Hunterdon 300TH, 3 Chorister Place, Flemington, NJ 08822.  Please mark event in your check's memo line AND your lunch entree choice.

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Potterston Skirmish
Join us for an informative talk by Charles "Chip" Riddle on one of his favorite topics. Chip taught high school Social Studies for 38 years and took a special interest in Hunterdon County during the American Revolution.  The Potterstown Skirmish took place in September of 1777 -- beginning in the area of what is today Route 22 in Readington Township around where the Spinning Wheel Diner stands.  Three groups of Tories were trying to reach Staten Island and join the New Jersey Volunteers.  They were discovered and chased to Piscataway where they were captured, put on trial and thirty-five were sentenced to hang.
Hunterdon County Library Main Branch
7 pm
Refreshments following.

TRICENTENNIAL VOLUNTEERS MEETING
Public Welcome to Attend.
3 Chorister Place, Flemington
7pm - 9pm 

   

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TOUR AND LECTURE: JUNE 24, 1776: THE LOYALISTS WHO ATTACKED CAPTAIN JONES" & VOUGHT TOUR

As Hunterdon County celebrates the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, many people do not recognize what Patriots risked to take up arms against a tyrannical Parliament and King. Much of New Jersey, including Hunterdon County, was divided over the War for Independence. Patriots were a distinct minority of the population, outnumbered by those who remained neutral or were loyal British Americans. Before Independence was even declared, on June 24, 1776, Loyalists from Allen & Turner’s iron works and local farmers attacked Patriot militia captain Thomas Jones at his tavern (in Clinton Township). In November 1776, after British and Hessian troops captured New York, they chased Washington’s defeated men across the new state from Fort Lee to Trenton. Captain Jones helped assemble boats used by Washington’s troops to escape across the Delaware. Many of the men who had attacked Jones with clubs in June now joined the New Jersey Volunteers. These were the Loyalist troops with green coats who served alongside British red coats in major battles at Monmouth and Staten Island and in forage raids into New Jersey.

Who were those Hunterdon men who eft their homes to join the Sixth Battalion and what was their fate during and after the war? The Sixth Battalion, New Jersey Volunteers fought under Captain Joseph Lee from the Union Iron Works and Lieutenant John Vought, a prominent local farmer. John Vought’s father built their family house, which stands on Grayrock Road, with its rare ‘wattle and daub’ decorative plaster ceilings and full attic which may have housed the Vought family’s two slaves. This precious artifact from the American Revolution is currently being restored.

In a presentation developed especially for Hunterdon County’s celebration of the Declaration of Independence, noted military historian and author Todd Braisted explores the fate of those Hunterdon County Loyalists who attacked Captain Jones that night in 1776. After Todd’s talk you will have a rare opportunity to tour the Vought House, a Revolutionary War Loyalist homestead (not-yet open to the public). Reimagine history through the lives of individuals, their consequential choices and experiences. Explore the fabric of mid-18thCentury life in this unusual stone home. Come see our unique serpentine ceiling and the progress of restoration! 

This ticketed event is free but requires registration.  Donations gratefully accepted before, during or after the tour to support the restoration of the Vought House.

Talk & Tour Parking:
Clinton Township Middle School
34 Grayrock Rd, Clinton, NJ 08809

Refreshments Follow

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HUNTERDON HERITAGE DAYS - MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE TOURS
The Hunterdon 300th is sponsoring Hunterdon County museums during Hunterdon Heritage Days 2016 on two consecutive Sundays in September. On September 18 and 25, the public is encouraged to visit participating museums between 1pm and 5pm. This event was inaugurated by the Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee, now known as the Hunterdon 300th, as part of the Tricentennial Celebration in 2014.  We’re proud to highlight our rich history by promoting our beautiful Hunterdon County museums for the 3rd consecutive year. Docents will be available to enrich the history and answer questions. A directory Museums of Hunterdon County will be available free of charge at each participating museum.  The directory is also available on hunterdon300th.org; visitors are encouraged to consult the directory for street addresses and contact information.  Several museums will have special exhibits and activities planned for visitors.  The Hunterdon 300th headquarters, at the Children’s Choir School 3 Chorister Place Flemington, will be open with information and a sales table.
Participating museums are:

  • The Station at Califon, Califon (Sept. 18 only);
  • Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton (Sept. 25 only-fee);
  • Red Mill Museum Village, Clinton (Sept. 18 only-fee);
  • Doric House, Flemington; Historic
  • Courthouse/Law Office, Flemington;
  • Township of Lebanon Museum, New Hampton;
  • Solitude House Museum, High Bridge; Oak
  • Summit School, Kingwood Twp.;
  • Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead, Lambertville;
  • Readington Twp. Museums, Readington Twp.;
  • Black River & Western Railroad Museum, Ringoes;
  • Tewksbury Historical Society, Mountainville;
  • Solitude Heritage Museum (UFHA), Union Twp;
  • Locktown Stone Church, Delaware Twp.

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History Mapping:  "Washington Slept Here"
With Marilyn Cummings
The telling of 18th-century history using amazing 21st-century technology.  A nutshell chronology of the events of the American Revolution as told from the perspective of the common and not-so-common people directly involved… and highlighting some of the captivating places George Washington actually slept!  With a decidedly non-military slant, this tracing of people, places, and events during the War will appeal to a wide audience, both men and women as well as older students.
Main Branch County Library
7pm
Refreshments following.

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($) CEMETERY CEMINAR: Rest In Peace?  Not in NJ!  Preserving and Protecting American Heroes' Graves - A Revolutionary Idea!
Did you know that there is no statewide law that preserves and protects graves in New Jersey?!  Our great heroes from the American Revolution, the Civil War, and even of our most recent battles rest uneasy as there is nothing that prevents a developer or land owner from removing or destroying the final resting places of our ancestors or even ourselves in the future.  
Join us on Saturday, September 24th from 9-4 at the Main Branch Hunterdon County Library, Route 12, Flemington, NJ for a provocative two part seminar in which the protection of graves is explored. After a keynote address by Lance Ashworth, President of the Fishkill Supply Depot preservation project, the morning session is full of informative talks about the lack of legal protections for graveyards or graves.  Real case histories of lost or threatened Revolutionary War graves in Hunterdon County will be discussed.
At 1 pm after the lunch break, we will explore what constitutes important criteria to legally protect graves and work in both small teams to hone ideas into legislative recommendations to get our historical graves finally protected and our war heroes resting in peace.

A $10 fee covers both morning and afternoon sessions, snacks and lunch.  You are invited to come for either session or stay for both.  Legislators, their aides, elected officials and planning board members are strongly encouraged to attend.

Main Branch County Library, 314 State Route 12, Flemington
9am to 4pm
Fee to be determined at a later date; Reservations required.

To register, please go to the Mount Amwell Project website

MILFORD ALIVE
Come celebrate street music, art, food, crafts, fireworks ad the world famous bed race!!
For more information visit the Milford Alive Website

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HUNTERDON HERITAGE DAYS - MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE TOURS
The Hunterdon 300th is sponsoring Hunterdon County museums during Hunterdon Heritage Days 2016 on two consecutive Sundays in September. On September 18 and 25, the public is encouraged to visit participating museums between 1pm and 5pm. This event was inaugurated by the Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee, now known as the Hunterdon 300th, as part of the Tricentennial Celebration in 2014.  We’re proud to highlight our rich history by promoting our beautiful Hunterdon County museums for the 3rd consecutive year. Docents will be available to enrich the history and answer questions. A directory Museums of Hunterdon County will be available free of charge at each participating museum.  The directory is also available on hunterdon300th.org; visitors are encouraged to consult the directory for street addresses and contact information.  Several museums will have special exhibits and activities planned for visitors.  The Hunterdon 300th headquarters, at the Children’s Choir School 3 Chorister Place Flemington, will be open with information and a sales table.
Participating museums are:

  • The Station at Califon, Califon (Sept. 18 only);
  • Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton (Sept. 25 only-fee);
  • Red Mill Museum Village, Clinton (Sept. 18 only-fee);
  • Doric House, Flemington; Historic
  • Courthouse/Law Office, Flemington;
  • Township of Lebanon Museum, New Hampton;
  • Solitude House Museum, High Bridge; Oak
  • Summit School, Kingwood Twp.;
  • Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead, Lambertville;
  • Readington Twp. Museums, Readington Twp.;
  • Black River & Western Railroad Museum, Ringoes;
  • Tewksbury Historical Society, Mountainville;
  • Solitude Heritage Museum (UFHA), Union Twp;
  • Locktown Stone Church, Delaware Twp.

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