Weekend Journey through the Past
- Date: -
- Location: 29 Historic Sites Throughout Somerset County
- Introduction: The 12th annual Weekend Journey through the Past will feature 29 historic sites open free to the public on Oct. 14 and 15.
All participating sites are open free of charge for visitors on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on Sunday, Oct. 15, from noon to 4 p.m.
Participating partners have planned many special activities or exhibitions, including:
- Tours led by costumed interpreters and actors portraying historical figures
- Old-time silent movies with live organ music in an old vaudeville theater
- Authentic, traditional blacksmithing
- 19th-century firefighting wagons and apparatus
- Sights and sounds of 18th-century living, and open-hearth cooking by reenactors
- One-room schoolhouses
- Original Louis Comfort Tiffany stained-glass windows
- Craftspeople demonstrating period crafts
- Live theater and music
- A talking tour of Rocky Hill, a National Historic Site
- An annual period antiques fair and community flea market
- A live organ recital, including a stirring rendition of “The Battle of Trenton” by James Hewitt
- Access to local genealogical resources to aid in tracing your local family’s roots
- And so much more!
On Saturday, children are invited to enjoy SNAG golf, and a scavenger hunt at the USGA Museum in Far Hills, and for those interested in the science behind the game of golf, on Saturday only enjoy a guided tour of the USGA equipment standards lab.
For those who enjoy a challenge, a fun and educational detective investigation activity, What in the World is That? for kids and the entire family will test your powers of deduction to solve 29 mysteries complementing the various special exhibits, programs and tours planned at each historic site. This featured activity encourages a multi-generational outing for parents and grandparents alike, sharing stories and experiences about “the old days” with their children and grandchildren as they enjoy traveling from one historic site to the next. One unique item from the past will be displayed and identified, along with its description, at each of the 29 participating historic sites during this year’s weekend event.