Enjoy seasonal and historical activities for all ages in Union County October 16-17 – Union County, New Jersey
The annual “Four Centuries in a Weekend” event features over 30 local historic sites.
Union County, NJ – Union County’s annual “Four Centuries in One Weekend: A Journey Through Union County History” returns this year on Saturday October 16 and Sunday October 17 from noon to 5:00 pm each day. The Activity Weekend features special events for all ages at over 30 historic sites across Union County.
“This year marks the return of Four Centuries from last year’s hiatus, and we encourage all residents to take this opportunity to explore the many historical treasures we have here in Union County,” said the President. from the Council of Commissioners, Alexander Mirabella.
Many Four Centuries venues will be offering special programming and activities this weekend, including:
Dr. William Robertson Plantation-Museum to Clark: Experience an immersive WWII program presented by B. History, including military vehicles, a fully functional display and message center, and a presentation on WACS, WAVES and Civil Defense.
Woodruff House / Eaton Store Museum in Hillside: Tour the historic home and store, visit the on-site Phil Rizzuto All Sports exhibit featuring great baseball player and Hillside native, “Scooter” Phil Rizzuto, and stop by the Apple Festival to shop seasonal items including apples, donuts and more.
Tavern of merchants and herdsmen in Rahway: Explore this 18e Century Tavern, Museum and Selected Gravesites in the adjacent Rahway Cemetery. Among those buried in the cemetery is Abraham Clark, signatory of the Declaration of Independence.
The Carter House at Summit: Shutterbugs are welcome to this historic home featuring period furniture and accents, a colonial kitchen with fireplace, a library of local history, artwork and a boutique offering handmade items and locally themed gifts. Be sure to stop by the Garage-based Summit Fire Department History Museum, highlighted by a 1920s chemical engine.
Caldwell Rectory at the Union: Kids can learn to play colonial games and make souvenir tricorn hats, colonial beanies and church dolls at its historic home occupied by Revolutionary War leader Reverend James Caldwell and his wife, Hannah, whose post-Battle of Springfield shooting in 1780 is featured on the Union County seal. Interpreter Doc Burkhardt will “appear” as Reverend Caldwell. Visit the Lenape interactive exhibit, learn an authentic fried bread recipe, and view a new display of everyday wear from the Caldwell era.
Four Centuries in a Weekend is funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, which is part of the Cultural Affairs Division of the State Department, and is organized by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.
For free copies of the booklet, map, and more information about the Four Centuries in a Weekend tour, call the Cultural and Heritage Affairs Office at 908-558-2550 (NJ Relay users dial 711) or send an email to [email protected]
Full details of Four Centuries in One Weekend are also available online at ucnj.org/4c.
The Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs is a division of the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation. For more information on all of the Parks Department’s activities and programs, visit ucnj.org/parks-recreation.
For all Union County programs and services, visit ucnj.org, call the public information line, 877-424-1234, email [email protected], or use the online contact form.
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