FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 9, 2008

CONTACT: Tom Plante, 908-527-4746
Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419

 

Plan Now for “Four Centuries in a Weekend,” Oct. 18-19:
Free Booklets Available for Union County Historic Sites Tour

drake house museum - four centuries in a weekend

Start packing your bags for the annual trip back in time through Union County’s past as
25 historic sites bring you “Four Centuries in a Weekend: A Journey through Union County History.” This free time-travel opportunity will take place Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10:00 a.m.
to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 19, from noon to 5:00 p.m.

“Union County proudly sponsors this unique tourism event that enables visitors to enjoy these historically significant house museums and sites,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada. “Schools and other groups interested in advance program materials should contact the county’s Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs now.”
 
The 25 sites are grouped into five historic themes that describe periods of major changes from colonial times until the early 1920s. Tourists can select a cluster of sites to visit or mix and match from all 25 locations that include the grand homes of the Early Aristocracy; the settings for the dangerous Revolutionary Frontline years; modest examples of hard Farm Life; the successful undertakings of Commerce and Industry; and the grandeur and comfort of the Victorian Resorts and Suburbs.

merchants and drovers tavern - four centuries in a weekend

Participating sites, alphabetized by municipality, are:

BERKELEY HEIGHTS
Deserted Village of Feltville-Glenside Park
Littell-Lord Farmstead

CLARK
Dr. William Robinson Plantation-Museum

CRANFORD
Crane-Phillips House Museum

ELIZABETH
Boxwood Hall State Historic Site
First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth

HILLSIDE
Evergreen Cemetery
Woodruff House/Eaton Store Museum

KENILWORTH
Oswald J. Nitschke House

MOUNTAINSIDE
Deacon Andrew Hetfield House

NEW PROVIDENCE
Salt Box Museum

PLAINFIELD
Drake House Museum

RAHWAY
Merchants and Drovers Tavern
Union County Performing Arts Center

ROSELLE
Abraham Clark House

ROSELLE PARK
Roselle Park Museum

SCOTCH PLAINS
Osborn Cannonball House

SPRINGFIELD
Cannon Ball House

SUMMIT
Carter House
Reeves-Reed Arboretum
Summit Playhouse
Twin Maples

UNION
Caldwell Parsonage
Liberty Hall Museum

WESTFIELD
Miller-Cory House Museum

Four Centuries in a Weekend” is a recipient of the New Jersey Governor’s Heritage Tourism Award. The two-day event is made possible by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State.

For this self-guided journey, free copies of the Historic Sites Tour booklets containing brief descriptions of the sites and illustrated maps can be obtained by contacting the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth NJ 07202. Telephone:
908-558-2550 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. NJ Relay Users can call 711.
Or E-mail: Culturalinfo@ucnj.org. The contact information is the same for schools and other groups requesting lesson plans and activity kits.