Tuesday, June 7, 2016

D and R Canal Films


Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
A showing of two
D&R CANAL films
Films with additional commentary will be featured at a Kingston Historical Society meeting.


7:30 PM at the Kingston Firehouse

After some background on the canal - its past and present and importance to Kingston –
KHS president Robert von Zumbusch will lead us through two videos: 
D&R” produced and directed by Cliff Crawford in 1976, but much of it shot before the Canal Park was established –
and “Canals of NJ” about both the D&R and the unique Morris Canal, which was very different from the D&R.

Meeting is free and open to the public.
For more information see:  www.khsnj.org  or Call:   (609) 223-3877

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Dear Friends of the D and R Canal Watch,
    We urge you to attend our Annual Meeting
 Sunday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m.

PICK-UP TRUCK NEEDED:
To move chairs into the Mule Tenders Barracks, we request the use of a pick-up truck to meet us at the Griggstown Fire House on Canal Road at noon. If you can help with this, please call Bob Barth at 201-401-3121.
 
 D and R CANAL WATER TRAIL IMAGINED
CANAL WATCH ANNUAL MEETING, SUNDAY,
JUNE 12, 2:00 P.M.

     Don Griffin, from the Mohawk Canoe Club, and Barbara Ross, Canal Watch vice president, will lead the audience on a whirlwind paddle down the D and R Canal of the future.
     On the feeder canal they will put in at Bulls Island and take out at Ewing Township's Lower Ferry Road, then jump to the main canal and paddle from Cherry Tree Lane in Lawrence Township to Franklin Township's DeMott Lane.  
     Proposed new trailheads and bridge, portage, launch, and signage improvements will be highlighted, with glimpses of the countryside, communities, and adjacent waterways along the canal's route.
     This program is designed to introduce the public to a proposed D and R Canal Water Trail and to gather suggestions and comments before the plan is presented to the several regulatory agencies that maintain jurisdiction over the canal. It is important that paddlers and other recreational users have a stake in this exciting new venture.
     Following the PowerPoint presentation, those interested are encouraged to remain for an in-depth discussion about the future of the canal state park, fundraising, the 5K run, and other events. The D and R Canal Watch is seizing this opportunity and seeking new ideas. Those members interested in volunteering or otherwise participating in the future of the Canal Watch are especially urged to attend.
     Sunday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m. in the Muletenders Barracks,
4 Griggstown Causeway, in the Griggstown section of Franklin Township, between River Road and Canal Road. The Barracks is the long building on the west side of the canal. (For GPS, use Princeton as the town, even though it's nowhere near Princeton.)

D and R Canal Watch
      Our Mission: To protect, maintain, and promote the recreational, historical, aesthetic, and environmental qualities of the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park and its environs, to assist and to support regional, state, local, and private enterprise efforts that contribute to this goal, and to investigate the restoration of the canal to through navigation.
D and R Canal Watch, 214 North Bridge Street, Somerville, NJ 08876

Monday, May 23, 2016


Somerset County to Fete Historic Preservation and History Awards Winners

Public invited to May 25 awards program

BOUND BROOK – Somerset County Freeholder Mark
 Caliguire, cultural & heritage commission liaison, invites
 the public to attend the
19th Historic Preservation 
and History Awards Program 
on Wednesday, May 25at 7 p.m
 at the historic Brook Theatre, located at 
10 Hamilton Street, Bound Brook, NJ 08805.

The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission biennial awards 
program was established to increase public awareness of historic 
preservation, and to recognize and publicly commend individuals 
and organizations for their contributions in preserving the county’s history.

Freeholder Director Patricia L. Walsh will present the awards and local historian and educator Linda Barth will introduce a new video titled “The Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway,” produced by the Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition.

Following are the honorees by category:

  • Historic Preservation:  SAVE, A Friend of Homeless Animals in Skillman for the restoration and adaptive reuse of the historic Van Zandt House in Montgomery Township.
     
  • History Leadership and Education: The Watchung Historical Committee for its efforts to convert the former Watchung Police Department Headquarters to the Texier House Museum, as well as preparation of numerous historic exhibits and displays for the museum.  
  • Christopher Solan of Bridgewater for his Eagle Scout project, which placed roadside signage in Bridgewater Township along the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail.
     
  • Publication: Somerville Through Time,” which is a then-and-now book of historic and present-day photographs of historic Somerville, written by Linda and Robert Barth of Somerville and James Sommerville III of Bridgewater.  
  • Also, “A Historical Walking Tour from Old York Road to the Riverfront” and “A Historical Walking Tour of Raritan’s Somerset Street,” by Raritan residents Marie Lombardy and Keith James of the Raritan Historical and Cultural Committee.
  • Education: The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House for their hands-onArchaeology Camp for children.

A reception with light refreshments, as well as an opportunity to network with key leaders in the Somerset County historic preservation and history community, will follow the awards ceremony at the Brook Theatre.

For more information, contact Historic Sites Coordinator Thomas D’Amico at 908-231-7106 or damico@co.somerset.nj.us.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=wm#inbox/1542fa6a9c721f7a
From D&R Canal Watch


   


























General George Washington lived in Somerville's Wallace House for 
six months during the Middlebrook Cantonment of the American Revolution.
 At the turn of the last century, Somerville, the county seat, was a very 
contemporary town. Main Street was an avenue of commerce, lined with
 stores, services, and entertainment. In 1900 the town boasted three 
newspapers, a major shopping district, and lots of entertainment. 
People traveled from neighboring towns on the trolleys, and train 
service linked Somerville to New York, Trenton, Philadelphia, and more
 distant points. 
The municipality was part of Bridgewater Township until 1909, when 
Somerville became an independent borough. 
The town celebrated its Centennial in 2009.
National Register sites in the borough include the
Somerset County Court House; the Wallace House;
 the Old Dutch Parsonage; St. John's Episcopal Church
and rectory; the Exempt Firemen's Museum, the
Daniel Robert Mansion, now the borough hall, and
J. Harper Smith mansion. 


D&R Canal WaTch 
Our Mission: To protect, maintain, and promote 
the recreational, historical, aesthetic, and environmental
 qualities of the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park
 and its environs, to assist and to support regional, state, 
local, and private enterprise efforts that contribute to this goal,
 and to investigate the restoration of the canal to through navigation.

D&R Canal Watch, 214 North Bridge Street, Somerville, NJ 08876

Friday, April 8, 2016

Battle of Bound Brook Reenactment 2016

Battle of Bound Brook

http://www.staatshouse.org/battleofboundbrook/index.aspx

Battle of Bound Brook
When: Saturday, April 9th 2016
Time: 8am-10am. Breakfast buffet served at 8am
What: 18th Century style buffet breakfast
Where: Historic Van Horne House, 941 E. Main St, Bridgewater, NJ 08870
(Handicapped parking in the lot-- all others park behind Target please.)
*Space is limited, reservations with payment are required**
Cost: $10.00 adults
$3.00 For all children under 12 years old.
Register: Online at www.heritagetrail.org, coming events page, register and pay online with our new registration system.
Enjoy breakfast and then hear a lively presentation by David Lang, founder of the Middlebrook Theatrical Society, (MTS). Learn the background and gain insight to the Battle of Bound Brook before heading over to witness the reenactment! Be a person ‘in the know’ and bring the battle more into perspective as a battle that is just as important to the war effort as Trenton and Princeton were!
Hear Ye, Hear Ye,
“In this year of our Lord, 1779, His Excellency General Washington, upon hearing that Master Wm. Turner of Middlebrook, a guest of Philip and Elizabeth Van Horne, was to retell his eyewitness account of the Battle of Bound Brook; General Washington changed his plans and WILL break his fast with the Van Horne’s and their guests this day.”
**G. Washington portrayed by Sam Davis **Wm. Turner portrayed by David Lang
Master William Turner, A Tutor and Dance Master and frequent guest of the Van Horne's, will present a retelling of his eyewitness account of the Battle Of Bound Brook, just two years ago! While General Lord Cornwallis ate breakfast with the Van Horne family April 13th, 1777, the Guest of Honor on this day April 9th, 1779, will be His Excellency, General George Washington!
(Pictured is Philip Van Horne, his foreman, Brian Van Cote and Master Turner)
Seating is limited, reservations are best as we cannot guarantee there will be seats available at the door.
Please do not call on April 9th as no one will be available to answer the phone...whatever that is.
Heritage Trail Association, The Historic Van Horne House
941 East Main Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
The Heritage Trail Association will once again host our annual "Breakfast Before the Battle (of Bound Brook) 18th century 'style' buffet breakfast" at the Historic Van Horne House.
HERITAGETRAIL.ORG

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Don't forget the Wednesday March 23, 7:00 pm Raritan & Millstone Rivers Flood Control Commission meeting in the Franklin Municipal Building, 475 Demott Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Meadows Foundation Event

March 19, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. at the Van Liew-Suydam House,

Women Justices of the United States Supreme Court
As late as 1872, women were still denied the right to practice law in the United States. By 1884 they were given part-time, token judgeships, usually at the municipal level. It took another 97 years for the first appointment of a woman to the United States Supreme Court. That was a total of 191 years after the founding of the Supreme Court itself!
Four magnificent women have achieved the position of Supreme Court Justice to date. Join Trish Chambers Productions and the Meadows Foundation in a fascinating introduction to these accomplished jurists. Meet Sandra Day O'Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Learn how their unique personality and determination enabled them to break the glass ceiling to take their place in history, as they vote to clarify the intentions of the founding fathers regarding the United States Constitution.
Event to be held March 19, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. at the Van Liew-Suydam House, 280 South Middlebush Road, Somerset. Tickets are $10. For more information or to reserve a seat, please contact Chris Retz at Chrisflp@aol.com.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Power Plant

Hooray
Plans to build a natural gas fired power plant between Amwell Road and Hamilton Street in Hillsborough have been abandoned !!
http://patch.com/new-jersey/hillsborough/power-plant-will-not-be-built-hillsborough-0

Monday, February 1, 2016

Two Meadows Foundation Events

1. Meadows Celebrates Black History Month
February 20, 2016 from 2-4 PM
at the Civil War-era Hageman House at 209 South Middlebush Road., Somerset

Our second presentation of the year celebrates Black History Month Mr. Don Neal, retired educator with the Franklin Township Public Schools will help us learn about the 39 men and women who have been commemorated on stamps by the United States Postal Service in one of its longest-running series. The presentation will include other African Americans on U.S. stamps, stamps that have been issued right here in Franklin Township, and general information on philately or, as it is commonly known, stamp collecting, one of the world’s oldest hobbies. The interactive presentation is suitable for the young and young at heart. Refreshments will be served.
Tickets are $10 each, and may be paid for at the door. However, please reserve in advance in case of inclement weather. Reserve by calling 732-246-0638 or e-mailing Terry at IsisMaya@AOL.com

2. The Women Justices of the United States Supreme Court
March 19, 2016 from 2-4pm
at the Van Liew-Suydam House, 280 South Middlebush Road, Somerset.

As late as 1872, women were still denied the right to practice law in the United States. By 1884 they were given part-time, token judgeships, usually at the municipal level. It took another 97 years for the first appointment of a woman to the United States Supreme Court. That was a total of 191 years after the founding of the Supreme Court itself! Four magnificent women have achieved the position of Supreme Court Justice to date. Join Trish Chambers Productions and the Meadows Foundation in a fascinating introduction to these accomplished jurists. Meet Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Learn how their unique personality and determination enabled them to break the glass ceiling to take their place in history, as they vote to clarify the intentions of the founding fathers regarding the United States Constitution.
Tickets are $10. For more information or to reserve a seat, please contact Chris Retz at Chrisflp@aol.com.

Heritage Trail Bus Tours

​"Somerville Through Time" a 'then and now' pictorial history of Somerville, NJ
Sunday, February 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Van Horne House.
The Heritage Trail Association invites you to visit “Somerville Through Time,” a journey through the county seat using then-and-now photos. Based on the new book, Somerville Through Time, the program will provide a glimpse into the life of the village and its people of a century ago and, through comparison with modern views, show the changes in the borough over time. The borough’s residents include George Washington, who lived in Somerville for six months (December 11, 1778, to June 3, 1779) during the Middlebrook Cantonment of the American Revolution. The historic views will focus mainly on the village in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Somerville grew up around a church, courthouse and a tavern built shortly after the American Revolution. The town grew rapidly after the completion of the railroad in the 1840s. In 1909, Somerville formally separated from Bridgewater Township and became an independent borough. The authors, James L. Sommerville III, Robert Barth, and Linda Barth, will show many of the photos from the book, which will be available for sale at $22. Cash, check, or credit cards are all accepted. So come, sit back, and see Somerville as it was a century ago and as it is today.

Bus Tours--Save the Date!

April 3rd, 2016
D & R Canal Narrated Bus Tour!
Tour times: 10am and 2pm
$20.00 per ticket, limited seats, Register now at: www.heritagetrail.org **Be sure to state which Tour Time you want**

May 1st, 2016
Simcoe's Raid Narrated Bus Tour
Tour times: 10am and 2pm
$20.00 per ticket, limited seats Register at www.heritagetrail.org today! **Be sure to state which Tour Time you want** John Graves Simcoe

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Heritage Trail

Join us on a Wednesday night, bring a friend. Reserve today as seats are limited. Free.
WEDNESDAY EVENING, January 13th at 7pm
The Heritage Trail Association Speaker Series Presents:
“Alexander Hamilton: America’s Indispensable Founder and Visionary”
Join the Heritage Trail as we welcome back Rand Scholet, who will present this wonderful program! Last year Rand introduced us to Alexander Hamilton with part one of his series.
In this second part, "America’s Indispensable Founder & Visionary,” he compares two distinct visions that competed for the new nation’s attention; which one prevailed; and the degree to which each of the seven key Founding Fathers contributed to building the nation’s vital foundations that we live with today. The key Founding Fathers include George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, James Madison, and John Jay. Rand Scholet is president and founder of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society (The AHA Society). If you were not able to attend Mr. Scholet's previous discussion, do not stay away. Please do attend this one!
This is a free event, but reservations are required as space is limited. The Van Horne House, 941 East Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ. Parking is available behind Target. Handicap parking available in the Van Horne lot.
Reservations are suggested for all events. Register by calling 732-356-8856 or going online at www.heritagetrail.org. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for this 7:00 p.m. program.

Delaware Raritan Canal Watch

The Delaware & Raritan Canal Watch will hold a cleanup effort along the Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath in South Bound Brook on Saturday, Jan. 9. Join members of the Canal Watch in their effort to keep the state park a beauty spot in central New Jersey. Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at Lock 11 parking lot, Canal Road, South Bound Brook, across from the South Bound Brook Post Office (11 Madison St.). Participants should bring work gloves. Canal Watch board member Bob Barth will conduct the cleanup effort. For further information and weather-related updates, call Barth at 201-401-3121 or email bbarth@att.net. The nonprofit D & R Canal Watch helps promote, enhance and preserve the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park.