www.hunterdon300th.org Hunterdon County, State of NJ

2019 CELEBRATING HUNTERDON'S HISTORIC
HOMETOWNS AND HAMLETS


305 YEARS OF HISTORY

Hunterdon County Celebrates 300 Years in 2014
2019 EVENTS FUNDRAISERS VOLUNTEER PRESS PHOTOS CONTACT US
2019 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL
MAY JUNE JULY AUGUST
SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER

FEATURED EVENTS

October 05: Walking Tour of Oldwick
October 12: New Hampton Walking Tour
October 15: Irishtown AKA Glen Gardner
October 19: Flemington Walking Tour
October 26: Bus Tour of 26 Municipalities with 3 Stops

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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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WALKING TOUR OF OLDWICK
10 am and 2pm;
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.  Oldwick is on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places and was the first historic district in Tewksbury to have been done so back in 1979, one of the earliest in Hunterdon County.  We’ll see over a dozen different types of architecture employed on Oldwick’s historic business and residential buildings.
Tour length:  2 hours
Meeting Location: TBA


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NEW HAMPTON WALKING TOUR
11 am
Raiin Date 10/13 at 2 pm
details coming soon

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'IRISHTOWN' AKA GLEN GARDNER
Not much as been written about the Irish in the local histories of Lebanon Township. In 1888, one of the earliest newspaper references to "Irishtown", in connection with Glen Gardner, appeared in the Hunterdon Republican. Another source described Irishtown as a small settlement of Irish families along present day Route 31, between Glen Gardner and High Bridge. The term "small" is misleading.  During the period 1845 -1852, large numbers of Irish, fleeing persecution and starvation in Ireland, emigrated to factory towns like Glen Gardner, High Bridge, Clinton and Lambertville seeking refuge and employment.  By 1866, the area's Irish population was so large that the congregation of nearby St. Ann's Catholic church numbered over a thousand. As late as 1901, Glen Gardner's local newspaper, The Weekly Avalanche, noted that, the factory and local businesses of Glen Gardner were closed on St. Patrick's Day. This presentation by local historian and author Charlie Speierl will explore the social, ethnic and economic history of Glen Gardner, and its little known Irish community, during the 19th century. Causes and factors leading to the Irish diaspora and settlement will also be discussed with this interesting Powerpoint presentation that includes period photos and illustrations.  
7 pm.
Main Branch of the County Library
314 Route 31, Flemington
Free with free refreshments.
Reservations recommended.

 

   

 

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BUS TOUR OF ALL 26 MUNICIPALITIES WITH 3 STOPS
9 am to 4:30 pm
details coming soon

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