Doric House

The Doric House at 114 Main Street was built in the Greek Revival style in 1845 by Mahlon Fisher, a country carpenter of ability and taste, as his private residence. He also erected several other Flemington residences in the same style. The fine quality of design was probably Fisher’s own, …

HCHS Archives Releases Aerial Photograph Collection

The HCHS Archive team is pleased to release a new collection: No. 137, Hunterdon County Aerial Photographs. This collection is a group of aerial photographs imaged via airplane flyover of Hunterdon County. There are two recognizable series of aerial photographs; one for 1956 and one for 1963. There are also …

Research Library

The Hiram E. Deats Memorial Library is the largest collection of Hunterdon County historical and genealogical material. It is open to the public at no charge. The collection consists of over 6,000 printed volumes, manuscripts, newspapers, maps, broadsides, photographs and records of local history gathered and preserved since the Hunterdon …

The Mysteries of Hunterdon County

Do you like a good mystery? Become an HCHS History Hunter. We are looking for people who can assist with historical research of our archival collections; and you can do it from the comfort of your home. We’ll post photos, land surveys and deeds as we get them and, depending …

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2015 Research & Cataloging Project

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Katlyn O’Brien & portrait of Anna Hope

As the 2015 research and cataloging project continues in Doric House, Katlyn O’Brien, the Hunterdon County Historical Society’s intern from Rider University, has made great strides in finding records and interesting connections between the collections. The scenario in which the Chippendale desk crafted by Captain Adam Hope and a portrait of his daughter Anna made their way to the Society was written by Katlyn:

“Living in Hunterdon County, only 200 yards from where the historic Clinton House now stands, is where the little girl named Anna and her father Adam Hope called home.

Adam, a Captain during the American Revolution, commanded a company of the New Jersey Militia of the Second Regiment in the Battle of Monmouth in 1778. It was during this time that he crafted the Chippendale desk. Carved by the hands of Captain Hope, it was made for another man who found himself in the throngs of war, a naval surgeon Dr. John Grandin of Hunterdon County. Because of the closeness of the community, the desk was not simply ordered in some shop ~ but Dr. Grandin and Captain Hope spoke and agreed on the price, perhaps with little Anna playing off in the distance.

I imagined a small girl sitting on the floor of her father’s workshop playing with her favorite doll; sawdust and wood shavings litter the floor as her tiny shoes made patterns in the dust. Perhaps she cherished the memory of her father working the wood into a beautifully crafted  desk.

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Anna Hope & Captain Hope’s Chippendale Desk

Together Again ~ The Doric House has become the final resting place of this grand Chippendale desk. It is almost as if fate stepped in because by the generosity of family members, a portrait of Anna, later in life, hangs above the desk that her father built. Older now, eyes filled with wisdom, she quietly sits. The smell of wood still permeates the parlor where the portrait and desk now call home. With this, the memory of Anna, Captain Hope and Dr. Grandin continues to thrive. The question remains– what other discoveries are there yet to be found within the walls of the Doric House?” ~ Katlyn O’Brien

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marfy this Month: July 2015

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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

For the latest posts from Marfy, CLICK HERE OR use the “Get there quick buttons” on the right side of the website!

John W. Kuhl: New Jersey in the Civil War

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John W Kuhl promoHCHS’ very own John W. Kuhl authored “Hunterdon County in the Civil War, The Times, The Men, Their Stories”. He is a longtime researcher on New Jersey’s participation in the Civil War, Three Bridges history, and Hunterdon family genealogy, and is a sought-after lecturer on those topics.

An avid collector of New Jersey Civil War arms, accoutrements, images and mementos, John is a Trustee of the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association. He is also a founding member and former commander of the 15th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry Association.

A former associate editor of “Military Images” magazine, he authored, with Michael Gesner, a genealogical tome on the “Kuhl Family of Hunterdon County, New Jersey”. He is currently working with Dr. David Martin of Hightstown on a book of biographies of New Jersey Civil War generals, commodores and admirals.

The Astle-Alpaugh Family Foundation is excited to share the third installment in our Local History video series, featuring charismatic Hunterdon County Historian, John Kuhl!


Civil War Book CoverRead more about Hunterdon County in the Civil War in John’s book, “Hunterdon County in the Civil War, The Times, The Men, Their Stories”, (2013) . Rosters and unit histories of 2,700 Hunterdon County men who served in the Civil War. 260 pp 170 illustrations soft cover. $15 plus $5 shipping. PURCHASE HERE.

Marfy this Month: June 2015

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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

For the latest posts from Marfy, CLICK HERE OR use the “Get there quick buttons” on the right side of the website!

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