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Rockingham’s Annual Holiday Candlelight Tours
December 10 at 11:00 am - 4:00 pm$5 - $10
“HAIL, YE HEROES” OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION! During the American Revolution, many Americans gave their blood, sweat and tears to defend our unalienable right for liberty and self-determination. Many of these “heroes” served in the Continental Army and helped our troops to ultimately achieve the impossible—the surrender of the British Army and the concession of our independence from British rule. Some gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives and others survived to “enjoy the peace.” There were other ways to serve, too, by written or verbal inspiration, by deeds done off the battlefield, by carrying vital information and protecting the lives of others, civilians and soldiers alike. Some of these men and women are well known today, others forgotten over time, but no less important for their service.
With an emphasis on the periods of military campaigns in New Jersey, a few of these heroes will be remembered during the annual Candlelight Holiday Tours at Rockingham, being held Sunday, December 10 from 11 am to 4 pm. Visitors will be led around the rooms of the historic house by 18th-century-clad members of the Montgomery Township Live Historians club and hear “fireside” tales of these brave few, which may include soldiers such as Washington and lesser-known John Glover, members of the Culper spy ring, poetess Phyllis Wheatley and William Lee, Washington’s body guard and personal slave. The candlelight tours will also feature period music by John Burkhalter of Practitioners of Musick. Partake of holiday goodies and warm drinks in the Children’s Museum and visit our Museum Store to shop for items such as period toys, our own honey, books, our Rockingham DVD, quills and tricorn hats.
Space is limited, so advance tour reservations are REQUIRED to guarantee admission and must be made by calling 609-683-7132 through Nov. 19 or 609-683-7136 after Nov. 19. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person or $10 per family. Tours will be offered at least every half-hour with 3:30 being the last tour. This program is made possible by the Live Historians, Rockingham Association, the Stony Brook Garden Club and the NJ Division of Parks & Forestry.