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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Linda Hahola, Executive Director, at 908.782.1091.