VHHS Fall 2019 Events
The Mercer & Somerset Railway Company and a Frog War
September 26, Thursday, at 7 pm at Mary Jacobs Library
The New Jersey State Legislature incorporated the Mercer and Somerset Railway Company in 1870 and granted them a charter to build a railroad between Trenton and Millstone. In 1873, the New Jersey State Legislature granted a charter to a competing railroad company along the very same pathway (an act of political revenge?) By 1874, the Mercer and Somerset Railway Company had laid 22 ½ miles of tracks and begun operation – cutting diagonally through Montgomery. A scant two years later, on a fateful day in January, the competing railroads had a showdown as their tracks crossed in Hopewell for what became to be known as the Frog War. The Mercer & Somerset went bankrupt in 1879.
This intriguing story will be told by John Kilbride. The program is co-sponsored by the Van Harlingen Historical Society and the Mary Jacobs Library. Please pre-register by phone 908-458-8433 or email email@example.com
Saturday Afternoon Local History Movies at the Gulick House:
September 28 at 1pm Frog War! The Mercer & Somerset Railroad Story
October 26 at 1 pm Then & Now: Montgomery & Rocky Hill
November 30 at 1 pm The Delaware and Raritan Canal
December 28 at 1 pm We Remember Montgomery – 1988 panel discussion
Each movie showing is limited to the first 20 Society members who sign up.
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like to attend one of the movies and are not a member, click here for membership form.
The Story of Montgomery Volunteer Fire Company #1
October 10, Thursday, at 7 pm at Montgomery Volunteer Fire Building
Discover Montgomery’s Past
Open House – Saturday, October 12, 1:00-4:00 pm
- 1752 Dirk Gulick House (506 County Road 601)
- Farm Museum (124 Montgomery Rd) Parking available at the 124 Club at the 1860 House
- 1853 Bedensville Schoolhouse (Burnt Hill Rd, Skillman)
Drop in for a look and to learn more about Montgomery’s local historical society. __________________________________________
Restoring Antique Clocks Saturday
November 2, 1:00 pm, with Ashley King
at The 124 Club at the 1860 House 124 Montgomery Rd, Skillman
Bring your old clocks and watches to share. Photos of larger clocks are welcome too.
Mark your calendars. We look forward to seeing you at these free events! As always, thanks to our business members:
While you are here we hope you might consider becoming a member, visiting our store or making a donation to help support our historical societies,many projects including the Gulick House, farm museum and the Schoolhouse.
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Montgomery Township proudly flies the official Montgomery flag at Veterans Memorial Park. A 2.5 x 4 foot “ home” size version of the flag is now available to the citizenry of the Township. The Van Harlingen Historical Society is selling a limited quantity of flags, made in the USA, for $40.
To order, contact email@example.com for more information. A 2” x 4” stick flag is also available for $5.
The Gulick House library, located at 506 Route 601 in Belle Mead, is opened the last Saturday of the month from 10 – 12. Drop by for a visit. We’re having a pop-up book sale and you can obtain gently used local history books for ½ price.
The Van Harlingen Historical Society
was founded in 1965 to help preserve the heritage of the Montgomery Township area and to interpret the area’s history through educational programs, publications, and exhibits. VHHS believes that by educating people about our rich history, we create a stronger sense of community.