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Somerset County’s Weekend Journey through the Past

October 14 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Don’t miss Somerset County’s 12th annual Weekend Journey Through the Past, a perfect opportunity to take your family on a weekend outing to visit and immerse yourself in the distant past. We invite  you to satisfy your curiosity  and expand your knowledge through the discovery of many fascinating aspects and oral histories surrounding the many significant historic sites open for touring all weekend-long. You’ll  learn much about their former occupants, some among whom were quite distinguished statesmen and national leaders; how they occupied their day to day lives, from daily work responsibilities and pleasurable pastimes to the difficult hardships endured during the American Revolution.  As you journey from site to site  you will discover that many have significant Revolutionary War histories, contributing to the area’s inclusion in the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area.  By the end of your journey, you will have a greater appreciation of the history of Somerset County and the lives of early settlers – who they were, where they came from, how they lived, and how they made a difference in the lives of their neighbors, in the growth and development of our county, and their contributions to the rich heritage and development of our great nation.

All participating sites are open free of charge for visitors on Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  and again on Sunday, October 15  from Noon to 4:00 p.m.

This annual event is an initiative of the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a division of Somerset County government, in collaboration with many county-wide local historical organizations/commissions and other county organizations. Participating partners have planned many special activities or exhibitions among which are: Tours led by costumed  interpreters & and actors portraying historical figures; a brand new story reenacted at the Van Horne House that will transport visitors back to British Occupied New Jersey in Autumn 1776; old-time silent movies with live organ music in an old vaudeville theater;  authentic, traditional blacksmithing; 19th century firefighting wagons & apparatus; sights & sounds of 18th century living, and open hearth cooking by reenactors; one room schoolhouses; original LC Tiffany stained glass windows; craftspeople demonstrating period crafts; live theater and music; a talking tour of Rocky Hill (National Historic Site); an annual period antiques fair and community flea market; a live organ recital, which includes a stirring rendition of “The Battle of Trenton” by James Hewitt; access to local genealogical resources to aid in tracing your local family’s roots; on Saturday, children are invited to enjoy  SNAG golf, and a scavenger hunt in the USGA Museum, and for those interested in the science behind the game of golf, on Saturday only enjoy a guided tour of the USGA equipment standards lab; and so much more!

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October 14
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Van Horne House
941 East Main Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807 United States
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