Van Harlingen Historical Society, co-sponsoring with One Montgomery and Montgomery Mosaic, is honored to offer a very special presentation entitled, “A Proud Heritage: The African American Contribution to the Sourland Mountain and Surrounding Region, ” by speakers Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills. This will be held in the downstairs municipal courtroom of the Montgomery Township Municipal Building, 2261 Rt. 206, Belle Mead, NJ 08502.
Learn about the African American presence from this region dating back to colonial times that has been left out of local history. Buck and Mills will highlight the accomplishments of prominent African Americans who served in the military and the agricultural contributions of African Americans working as slaves on the plantations in Hopewell Valley. They will discuss the work of African Americans in peach orchards, basket making factories, saw and grist mills, rock quarries and more. The founding and building of schools and churches as well as entrepreneurial businesses owned by African Americans will also be detailed. Through photographs, information from municipal manumission papers, site location maps and oral histories, Buck and Mills will illustrate that there is more than one single narrative in history. Copies of their new book, If These Stones Could Talk, will be available for purchase.
This event is sponsored in coordination with the Van Harlingen Historical Society, which is Montgomery Township’s all-volunteer keeper of historical artifacts, papers and publications. They host and co-host historical presentations and events for the Community and maintain three historic building in town including the 1752 Gulick House as its headquarters.
Source: Montgomery Mosaic
“Montgomery: The Way It Was” will be recalled for us in picture and story by Dan Pullen on Wednesday evening, September 12 at 7 PM in the program room at Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, 63 Washington St., Rocky Hill, NJ.
Back when “Doc” Pullen was growing up here, Montgomery was still rural; its villages inked together by dirt roads and party line telephones. Folks in those days did not worry much about locking their doors and kids on bicycles freely roamed the countryside.
Dan Pullen, camera in hand, captured glimpses of that world which he will share with us along with those stories he tells so well, making this an evening not to be missed. This library program is sponsored by Van Harlingen Historical Society.
The program is free and open to the public but registration is required. Register online at sclsnj.org – go to Programs & Events or
Register by phone at 908-458-8430 x3
Come join us on September 26th at 7 pm to learn about Montgomery Township in the 1800s. The population was a few thousand people, there was no municipal building, the unpaved roads and the bridges were maintained by the residents, and most of the residents were involved in farming. Learn about Township Committee meetings (the committeemen used to meet at local taverns), road returns, road openings, changes to Montgomery’s civil boundaries over the century, the welfare system, and maybe even a few property seizures. The event is sponsored by the Van Harlingen Historical Society.
As a prelude to this year’s May in Montgomery Touring the Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway, the Van Harlingen Historical Society is proud to present a lecture by John D.S. Hatch titled Historic Preservation, Urban Redevelopment, and the Rural Landscape: How New Jersey Makes the Connection. Mr. Hatch is an architect who specializes in historic preservation design and adaptive re-use of historic structures. He holds degrees in both architecture and historic preservation. His projects include the restoration of historic Morven in Princeton, the restoration of the Hunterdon County Courthouse in Flemington, and the Roebling Complex Redevelopment in Trenton.
The lecture will take place at Stonebridge, 100 Hollinshead Road, Skillman, NJ on Monday, May 15th at 7:30. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public but space is limited so pre-registration is required. To register please call 908-359-2642, email your Name, email and how many seats to register to: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please do not contact Stonebridge directly.)
May in Montgomery 2017
“SIGHTSEEING ALONG THE SCENIC BYWAY” – MAY 21st
Millstone Valley Bus Tour
Walk-ins Welcome Day of Tour!
Would you like to tour a byway that still resembles when George Washington’s troops marched there? Would you like to visit and learn about area historic houses and barns from the Revolutionary and early American period?
The Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway has a significant place in our nation’s history. In the heart of Central New Jersey and running through Montgomery, Hillsborough and Franklin townships and the villages of Griggstown, East Millstone,Millstone,Kingston and Rocky Hill, this now protected byway is a natural north south corridor, which remains a rare oasis of natural beauty and historic integrity.
Join us May 21st to tour the scenic byway loop along the Millstone River and Delaware and Raritan Canal from East Millstone to Kingston and back. This guided bus tour by local history experts will be a trip back in time, to relive history and get a glimpse of life in the valley as it was and still remains today. Small amounts of walking will be involved when we stop at several Dutch Colonial, Federal, and Victorian style homes.
DATE: Sunday, May 21
TIME: Tours at 11 am , 12 pm, 1:30 pm (2 hr tour with restroom stops)
PLACE: **New Meeting Place** The Farm Barn Museum behind 1860 House, 124 Montgomery Rd. Please follow signs & use driveway access from Stonebridge Retirement Community next door. Pre-register (see below) and arrive 15 min. early.
LUNCH: An optional snack will be available with refreshments at no charge.
BATHROOMS: Available at meeting place at start and finish
If you have questions, please call Anne at 908-359-2642 or email email@example.com. Offered in cooperation with the Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition.
May in Montgomery is the largest annual fundraising event of our local Van Harlingen Historical Society, – a 501(c)3 non-profit. Please join us for this fascinating tour!
Brian Armstrong presents NJ history and memorabilia from past campaigns. Free program starts 6:30 on Nov 3 at Mary Jacobs Library.
Barn dance with the Long Hill String Band and Caller Sue Dupree. Historic Exhibits of Harvest Time and Lost Village will be featured. 8-11 pm Elks Club on Rte 518.
Price: $15 in advance either by mail or by ordering below:
$20 at the door.
VHHS is not participating this year, but we encourage you to visit many great locations in Somerset County. More information at their website.
Thursday September 22, 7 pm “Harvest Time – History of Local Farming” In the words of Montgomery Farmers Past. Free public program at Mary Jacobs Library.
On Saturday, September 17th 11am-2pm the Sourland Conservancy and Stoutsburg Cemetery Association offer a historic reenactment of a camp meeting revival: food, fun and great gospel music.
Details on the Sourland Conservancy website. http://sourland.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Camp-Meeting-Revival-Flyer.pdf
See our interesting Oral History called Camp Meetings for more historic context (Available on our publications page http://vanharlingen.org/about-us/publications/)