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Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Open for Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend

Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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One event on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 12:00 pm

As a Tavern and Stagecoach stop, this early 19th-century hotel was the scene of auctions, public meetings, elections, business transactions, entertainment, horse breeding and a host of other activities. The handsome Federal style inn contains a taproom, two parlors, 12 bedrooms and a kitchen wing with a working fireplace. Originally a house and store, the 1790s structure was adapted to tavern use in 1798. A circa 1820 addition created the imposing building that stands today, its four stories making it a rare example of an early public house. The smaller, mid-18th century Terrill Tavern was moved to the property in the 1970s where it now stands as the museum shop.

Four Centuries Weekend Oct 16-17:

  • Tours of the museum
  • Tours of selected gravesites in Rahway Cemetery, including: Abraham Clark, a signer of the Declaration of Independence; the “Unknown Woman;” and Ambo, an enslaved woman
  • Handouts showing locations of commemorative trees standing in the County Park on St. Georges Ave. (near the museum)


Saturday, October 16, 2021
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Merchants and Drovers Tavern
1632 St. George Ave.
Rahway, NJ
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