Declaration of Independence signer John Witherspoon returned to his Princeton estate on September 28 as nearly 100 guests enjoyed a Night at Tusculum.
Hosted by the estate’s current owners, Meredith Asplundh and Tim Gardner, the event was a celebration of New Jersey’s Revolutionary heritage, benefitting Crossroads of the American Revolution.
Keeping with the theme of the evening, Witherspoon, Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton came alive in a brief skit and audience Q&A (portrayed by Bob Gleason, John Zak and Eben Kuhn respectively, all of American Historical Theatre). Actor Ian Kahn, who portrayed George Washington in the television series TURN: Washington’s Spies, inspired participants with perspectives on preserving our republic for the next 250 years.
Attendees also learned about the work that Crossroads and the New Jersey Historical Commission are doing to plan the state’s commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the United States. We were also joined by Frank Giordano, the executive director of the United States Semiquincentennial Commission, who shared the ongoing plans for the national commemoration.
Many thanks to our sponsors for their part in making the evening a success!
Meredith Asplundh and Tim Gardner
Asplundh Family Foundation
Ira and Hilary Jersey
Princeton Public Affairs Group, Inc.
Frank Giordano (Executive Director, United States Semiquincentennial Commission )
Sally Lane and Sam Graff
New Brunswick DEVCO
CWA District 1
Scott and Tracy Sipprelle
John and Liz Daniel
Bernie and Ann Flynn
Hon. George Leone (ret.) and Margie Leone
Monica Poncedeleon and Gregory Saldana
Paul Josephson and Jodi Bouer