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Weekend Journey through the Past


Don’t miss Somerset County’s 11th Annual Weekend Journey through the Past, an opportunity to step into and experience the county's rich history.   Up to thirty (30) historic sites countywide will be open free to the public of all ages on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 from noon to 4 p.m., so mark your calendar now!  Experience the sights and sounds of the 18th century with costumed re-enactors, house tours and activities; living-history re-enactors; open-hearth cooking; colonial tavern life and games; interactive activities, such as signing an actual enlistment document with quill and ink; special collections and exhibitions;  traditional blacksmithing; 19th-century firefighting wagons and apparatus; antiques sales; craftspeople demonstrating period decorative crafts; live theatre and period music performances; genealogical resources; participatory colonial dance instruction; daily chores of 18th-century life; military history; demonstrations; local history video, and so much more.

For those who enjoy a challenge, What in the World is That?  is the event’s featured  educational and fun detective investigation activity for kids and the entire family to test your powers of deduction and to encourage a shared multi-generational outing for parents and grandparents alike. Exchange stories and experiences about “the old days” with your children and grandchildren as you enjoy traveling from one historic site to the next.   One unique item from the past will be featured, displayed and identified, along with its description at each site.  As a rookie detective enlisted to investigate, you are assigned to reveal the true identity and function of each mystery item in advance.  

For comprehensive details about this event and this year’s participating historic sites, check back here in Late July/Early August, once we receive particulars from all participating sites, so you can plan your Journey through the Past, and download your official Investigative Task Booklet to participate in this year’s Detective Mystery Activity: What in the World is That? 

This annual program is an initiative of the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, in collaboration with local historical organizations, SC Business Partnership, artists, and tourism partners.