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.
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
COST: $25 per person in advance either by mail or by ordering below:
Millstone Valley Bus Tour – 11:00AM – $25
Millstone Valley Bus Tour – 12:00PM – $25
Millstone Valley Bus Tour – 1:30PM – $25
Once you have selected the tour(s) you wish to attend, select the “View Cart” button to review your purchases or change the number attending and pay for your tours.
If you have questions, please call Anne at 908-359-2642 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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/)
The Forgotten Village
Presentation, Panel Discussion, Vintage Photos
Memorial Hall, 424 Route 518, Blawenburg Reformed Church
May 15, 2016 from 1:00-4:00 PM
Semi-guided Tours at Skillman Park
Join us for a History Tour and Conversation about the former State Village. At the Meeting Hall will be presentations and a panel discussion from locals who lived and worked at the site. Come learn about this once-bustling, self-sustaining farm and village with its own fire company, theater, hospital, powerhouse, and more on the grounds of Somerset County’s Skillman Park. There will be a large exhibit of photographs and memorabilia from the Van Harlingen Historical Society archives. There will be semi-guided tours around the new park path system that will feature stops with photos and stories of the buildings, people and activities from when this site was vibrant. A keepsake booklet filled with interesting articles and maps will be included.
The event is free. A keepsake booklet filled with photos and maps will be available for a donation of $15. We hope you will plan to come, and ask that you invite your neighbors and friends. So many of our new residents have no idea of the history that played out here. We now have a beautiful natural park, with only the dramatic 1901 tree-lined road layout of noted landscape architect, Charles W. Leavitt, remaining to mark this important site, once the most densely populated section of our township.
The Forgotten Village (Keepsake Booklet) $15
May in Montgomery is the major fundraiser of the Society and is a staple of our community. This year’s event marks our 37th as we celebrate this forgotten part of Montgomery and New Jersey. We’ve combed our archives to develop programs and exhibits to create a memorable experience for all. In addition to May 15th, there will be an exhibit at the Mary Jacobs Library throughout May.
Please consider a Friend of May in Montgomery contribution to support our educational and preservation programs, via the donate button to the right. Your name will be prominently listed in the program. You know you will be in good company there! (And in case you forgot to send us your 2016 membership, please add it to your donation. Your mailing label shows your membership status).
Thank you for your continued support! See you May 15th. Bring your family, Bring a friend!
Sunday, May 1, 2 pm
Debbie Naha is a biologist, master gardener, and dedicated forager. As a dietitian she understands the value of the natural feast in our own backyard.
Sunday, April 3rd @ 2 pm
1860 House, 124 Montgomery Road
(Parking across from Stonebridge at Montgomery)
Leader: Jim Wade, Field Archaeologist
New Jersey’s Native Americans held deeply personal relationships with the world around them, closely aligned with the local landscape and available materials. Montgomery continues to carry their legacy through roadways and Indian names of places, rivers, etc.
On this walk, Jim Wade will describe the way of life of local Native American Indians, point out locations where they would have looked to settle, and materials they would have used for food, clothing, and shelter.
This event lasts an hour and a half and consists of two parts: a lecture and walk. It is jointly sponsored by Montgomery Friends of Open Space and Van Harlingen Historical Society. We meet in front of the 1860 House. Parking is across the street from Hollinshead Spring Rd (Stonebridge at Montgomery’s entranceway).
Jim Wade has made the study of New Jersey Native Americans his life work. He has worked as an archaeology archivist at the N.J. State Museum researching 17th and 18th century New Jersey land deeds of the Delaware-Lenape Indians and as a field archaeologist on several Indian sites throughout Central New Jersey.
Dress warmly and wear sturdy footwear. In the event of significant inclement weather, checkwww.MontgomeryFriends.org for updates.