Opportunities to Tour Doric House Expanded to 2nd & 4th Saturdays

The Hunterdon County Historical Society announces expanded opportunities to visit the 1845 high style Greek Revival Doric House Museum, originally the home of architect Mahlon Fisher, at 114 Main Street in Flemington. Docent-led tours will start promptly on the hour at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm each second and fourth …

150 Years Ago: Gettysburg

Today marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Our own, John Kuhl, published a flipbook containing images of NJ Soldiers of the Civil War. Take a look at CIVIL WAR FLIPBOOK. Below are some example images.

Collection 136 New Release!

The Hunterdon County Historical Society is pleased to announce the release of its latest manuscript collection, No. 136: Records of the Hunterdon County Agricultural Extension Service. This collection contains records of the Hunterdon County Agricultural Extension service and some of its employees from 1933 to 1960. Important subjects include the …

Manuscript Collections

Manuscript Collections are original records produced by an individual, family, or a group organization over time. They can be as small as one individual item, or can comprise hundreds of boxes of material. Our collections represent the historical legacy of many Hunterdon County individuals, families, businesses, civic organizations, social groups, …

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Opportunities to Tour Doric House Expanded to 2nd & 4th Saturdays

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Here’s a peak at the foyer and dining room in the 1845 Doric House Museum in Flemington, now open for tours on the second and fourth Saturdays from April through October. Tours start promptly on the hour at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm. There is no charge.

Here’s a peak at the foyer and dining room in the 1845 Doric House Museum in Flemington, now open for tours on the second and fourth Saturdays from April through October. Tours start promptly on the hour at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm. There is no charge.

The Hunterdon County Historical Society announces expanded opportunities to visit the 1845 high style Greek Revival Doric House Museum, originally the home of architect Mahlon Fisher, at 114 Main Street in Flemington.

Docent-led tours will start promptly on the hour at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm each second and fourth Saturday throughout the year. An appointment to visit the house at any other time may be made one day in advance by calling 908.782.1091. There is no charge for the tours. Parking is available in a lot directly across the street.

The Doric House is furnished in period antiques, some of them made in Hunterdon. One standout is a Chippendale-style walnut slant-top desk made in 1790 by Capt. Adam Hope of Clinton for Dr. John P. Grandin, Navy surgeon during the Revolutionary War who later practiced in Hamden. Artwork in the parlor includes large pastel paintings of Mahlon Fisher (1810-1874) and his wife Mary Stires Fisher (1811-1873).

Recently additions to the museum furnishings include a reproduction 1845 Argand-type brass chandelier for the parlor fabricated by Charles Tiffany of New Hope, reproduction 19th -century design lace window panels, a timeless Oushak rug in the dining room and manikins dressed in mid-1800s costumes in the upstairs bedrooms. Also, a servant’s bedroom is now open in the attic thanks to the dedicated efforts of volunteer David Olsen. The summer kitchen in the basement will be opened later in the year.

In the Fulper-Stangl Gallery, glass cases display almost 100 pieces of the Flemington-made pottery. The Richard Stothoff Galleries are filled with documents, photographs, historic plates and other artifacts. More historic items are displayed in the Society’s Hiram E. Deats Memorial Research Library which adjoins the Doric House. The library is a repository of prime-source documents on the material and social culture of Hunterdon and is open to the public at no charge.

Anyone wishing to volunteer for service in the library, as an archivist, or as a museum docent is welcome. There is a broad list of volunteer projects to choose among, interesting history to learn and people to meet. Email your interest to hunterdonhistory@embarqmail.com or call Linda Hahola, Executive Director, at 908.782.1091.

Marfy This Month: April 2014

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MarfyMarfy Goodspeed, a Hunterdon County resident since 1976, is a historian and Society member. She started a business, Goodspeed House Histories, in 1981 that has taught her about early county residents, and as a member of the Delaware Township Planning Board and the Delaware & Raritan Canal Commission gained an understanding of historical geography. She writes articles for the Society’s newsletter, and has a website called GoodspeedHistories.com

These are her latest:

“March 29 I gave a talk on doing house histories. It was part of the Hunterdon County 300th Anniversary speakers series. I had a lot to say on this subject, so it seems like a good idea to publish a version of that talk on the website. This should be considered an introductory lesson on how to research your property. But it’s still long enough to be published in two parts. I hope this will help get you started on your own house history.”
The Secrets to a Great House History.

“The life and times of Charles Sergeant and Sarah Green. This couple had a lot of influence on the families and economic life of Delaware Township. I have long wished to write about them, and am glad to have gotten the chance. Sorry to say, there are still unanswered questions about the Sergeant genealogy—in fact, a pretty big mystery still waiting to be solved. Here’s the link:
Charles Sergeant and Sarah Green.

Articles by J. M. Hoppock
“In the article about Charles Sergeant, I referred to two articles written by Jonathan M. Hoppock in 1901 and 1905. They had not yet been published on the website, so it seemed appropriate to post them now. However, they do not deal with Sergeant’s ownership of the Pauch farm, but rather the property that Sergeant owned from 1805 to his death in 1833, along the Wickecheoke. The articles need annotation because Mr. Hoppock seems to have depended primarily on the stories he was told rather than on actual research.
Sergeant Mansion and Mill, 1745 and The Old Sergeant Mill.

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Quilting Exhibition April 5 – 13: “Common Threads”

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Hunterdon County is celebrating 300 years this year and there are many events you will want to participate in.

April 5 thru 13, don’t miss the Common Threads: Quilting Traditions of Hunterdon County, NJ exhibition. A rare view of quilts from the 1800, 1900 and 2000′s will be on display. The event is open to the public. View the exhibition at Route 12 County Complex, Building #1, Assembly Space, 314 Route 12, Flemington, 10am – 4pm. HCHS has 13 quilts in this exhibition.

 Medallion Star w/Wild Grapes & Swags, c. 1850

Medallion Star w/Wild Grapes & Swags, c. 1850

“This exhibition brings together some of the most important and evocative examples of quilts made or held in Hunterdon County, NJ. With limited space available, selection was made based on a variety of factors including age, the significance of people associated with the quilt and visual impact.

Carpenter’s Square, c. 1890

Carpenter’s Square, c. 1890

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The wealth of 19th century quilts preserved within Hunterdon County museums, historical societies and private collections allowed us to show only a few 20th and 21st century quilts. Perhaps these quilts will be exhibited for Hunterdon’s 350th anniversary.

Fourteen of the quilts in this catalog contain signatures that are stamped, inked, or embroidered. Most of the quilts in the exhibition show what are considered regional New Jersey characteristics. Block patterns including Uneven Nine-patch, Eight-Pointed Star, Peony, Oak Leaf and Reel, Sunburst, Log Cabin and a design called both Chimney Sweep and Album Block are common. Borders are absent, few, or incidental to the overall design.”*

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Quilter’s Guild of Dallas, Helena Hibbs Endowment Fund.

For a list of all events, check out the Hunterdon County Tricentennial website.

*(taken from Common Threads: Quilting Traditions of Hunterdon County, NJ)

Collection 129 New Release!

March 6, 2014 Archives Comments Off

Collection No. 129; Hunterdon County Road Petitions (1892-1907).  This collection is composed of petitions to the Freeholders and Road Commissioners of Hunterdon County, along with other correspondence, pertaining to the construction and maintenance of roadways throughout the county. The petitions contain the signatures of many citizens from affected areas, and are an interesting source of information about the development of county roads and their use.