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Union Township Historical Society’s Hannah Caldwell Day
Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hannah Caldwell Day (June 7) will be commemorated on Sunday, June 10, from 2 pm to 5 pm. Members of the Union High School History Club, along with Union Township Historical Society members in colonial costume, will host an open house at the Caldwell Parsonage, as well as tours of the Union Tool Museum in the adjacent carriage house (barn).
There will be photo ops for children with prop tricorn hats and colonial-style bonnets; and kids can make “church” dolls and play colonial games.
“Rev. James Caldwell,” portrayed by Doc Burkhardt, will greet visitors and recall the heroism of his wife during the American Revolution, specifically the Battle of Connecticut Farms on that fateful day in 1780.
Collect Union County’s Hannah Caldwell trading card. Get your National Park Service Passport and/or Union County Passport booklet stamped–the headquarters of the UTHS, the Caldwell Parsonage Museum, is part of the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area and an official cancellation location.
Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Souvenirs will be available for purchase.
Hannah Caldwell Day marks the anniversary of the death of Mrs. Caldwell at the hands of a British soldier on June 7, 1780, after the Battle of Connecticut Farms–a turning point in the American Revolution. British and Hessian troops were retreating from the battle scene. A shot was fired through a bedroom window, and Hannah—the wife of Rev. James Caldwell, the Fighting Parson, fell dead on the bed–leaving nine children. Was it a mistake, or was it murder–an attempt to punish her husband for his support of the anti-British forces? In his grief, Rev. Caldwell used her death as a rallying cry for the Patriot cause.
For more information, please call 908-687-0048 or click here.