May in Montgomery 2017 – May 21

May in Montgomery 2017 

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?

MIM_art_bu_HHoagland_Snell1881The 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.

Princeton Packet Article about Tour

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 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!


VHHS Barn Dance – October 21

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.

Camp Meeting – Saturday September 17

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.

See our interesting Oral History called Camp Meetings for more historic context (Available on our publications page

May In Montgomery – May 15, 2016

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
3:30-5:00 PM

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.


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!

Savage Dining: Local Wild Edibles – May 1, 2016

Sunday, May 1, 2 pm

Rock Mill Preserve, 360 Grandview Road
Leader: Debbie Naha
Adventurous eaters, this walk is for you. Debbie Naha will be leading a walk featuring local wild edible plants and ecology.  She will discuss plant I.D., safe and sustainable harvesting, and how to uacorn.jpgse wild plants in meals.

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.

Wear fitness shoes and attire.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Inclement weather cancels the event.

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Native Americans of Montgomery – April 3, 2016

Sunday, April  3rd @  2 pm
Stonebridge Park,
1860 House, 124 Montgomery Road

(Parking across from Stonebridge at Montgomery)
Leader: Jim Wade, Field Archaeologist
Jim Wade                                                           1st Sunday

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, for updates.

Annual WINE & CHEESE PARTY – Dec 6, 2015

An Exceptional Opportunity!
Our Annual 

for Members and Their Friends 

at the
1854 James Van Zandt Mansion – 
newly restored home to 
SAVE-A Friend To Homeless Animals
December 6th  3-5 pm

$25/person includes $5 donation to SAVE


1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ just north of Route 518

 This magnificent Italianate Villa style house, built in 1854 by lawyer and gentleman farmer, James Van Zandt, was a tribute to his stature in the community. The elegant three-story spiral staircase and domed ceiling are elaborate features. 

Abandoned in recent times, the property was purchased by the founder of Friends of Homeless Animals. The group merged with SAVE and searched for a new center, to provide larger administrative space and a state-of-the-art adoption facility for 25 dogs and 75 cats.


Please RSVP by December 1st to

VHHS, Box 23, Belle Mead, NJ 08502

609.466.0141 or