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July 4th Week Guided Tours at the Metlar-Bodine House Museum: DISCOVER PISCATAWAY!
Friday, July 6, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
One event on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 10:00am
One event on Friday, July 6, 2018 at 12:00pm
July 4th WEEK Guided Tours
Reservations suggested: www.metlarbodinehousemuseum.org OR 732-463-8363
Dutch Door Gift Shop open
July 3: Noon – 4:00PM (on the half hour)
July 4: 10:00AM – 4:00PM (on the QUARTER hour)
July 6: Noon – 4:00PM (on the half hour)
Museum closed: 7/2 and 7/5
Note: tours not available during scheduled events & programs 6/30, 7/1, 7/7
Peter Bodine, merchant and major developer, built his one room house with sleeping loft and root cellar in 1728. It is the eldest of two buildings remaining from Raritan Landing, one of the nation’s first river port communities, settled in 1666.
Located in one of the nation’s busiest transportation corridors, the site (listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Sites) and its remarkable collection of Central NJ artifacts, are interpreted with the theme From Indian Trail to Interstate – explaining how from pre-history to the present, modes of travel (the Raritan River, the Minisink Trail, the Great Road Up Raritan, the D & R Canal, trolley routes, area highways) have impacted the social and economic growth of Piscataway.
THE most compelling of these impacts happened in July 1778. Following the Battle of Monmouth, George Washington and 11,000 patriots rested along the Raritan on their way to New York. The General, headquartered at Ross Hall in Piscataway, ordered what may be considered the first organized national expression of July 4th as Independence Day – a national tradition we follow to this very day. Visit to learn more about New Jersey’s “best kept secret!”
METLAR-BODINE HOUSE MUSEUM
Location: 1281 River Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Email: [email protected]
(For regular weekly Thursday and monthly Saturday tour schedules, please visit the website or call the museum. ALL group tours by appointment.)
DIRECTIONS to PARKING & ENTRANCE: From River Road, turn onto Hillcrest Drive. At top of Hillcrest, turn left onto Logan Lane and proceed to upper parking area (cul-de-sac). Handicap parking in lower parking area – call ahead. Museum entrance at bottom of hill adjacent to parking area.