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Doric House Part of June 1 Flemington House Tours

The Flemington Historic Preservation Commission is bringing back its popular “House Tours of Historic Flemington” on Saturday, June 1, and HCHS couldn’t be more pleased than to be a part of it again this year.

The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event. Pre-order tickets HERE @ HistoricFlemington.com.

The private homes and public buildings selected for the tour will offer visitors a view into the eclectic architecture of Flemington, including the largest representation of Victorian architecture outside of Cape May. You’ll also see stunning examples of Greek Revival, Gothic, Colonial and 2nd Empire architecture. Over 65% of Flemington’s buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

This year’s tour includes the historic courthouse where the Charles Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial took place in 1935, along with the Barristers Office used for the lawyers during the trial, and the historic jail and cell block where Bruno Hauptmann was detained during the trial.

At the Doric House, we’ll have the added bonus this year of having two authors on hand to sign copies of their recent works. Brian Armstrong will be in the Hiram Deats Library from noon to 2 p.m. with copies of his two most recent books available for purchase and signing: Hunter’s Rest Birthday, and Lost Museums.

Hunter’s Rest Birthday is a trip down memory lane in Hunterdon County to the 1970s covering late 20th century topics like streaking, 8-track tapes, New York and Philadelphia concerts, mobile parties, motorcycles, dead rock icons, Paul is Dead, Jesus Freaks, Weiner King, movie theatres and drive-ins, house party police raids, local bars, and great 1970s vinyl music.

Lost Museums provides the history of twenty-one closed museums (lost museums) in various locations in North America. Museum subjects included classic movies, stock car racing, HMS Bounty, Elvis, Hopalong Cassidy, science fiction and monster films, baseball, JFK assassination, holography, football, Barbara Mandrell, conservation, Lincoln assassination, Civil War, Liberace, B’nai B’rith, funeral practices, U.S. presidents, and the African-American experience in America. Two of the lost museums were in Flemington.

And Rick Epstein will be selling and signing copies of his book Frenchtown: Fires, Floods, Fads and Felonies from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Frenchtown traces the community’s transition from ferry crossing to tourist mecca. Epstein is a Hunterdon County Historical Society trustee and Frenchtown’s official historian. “It’s a whale of a book,” boasts Epstein. “In fact, at 200,000 words it’s the size of ‘Moby Dick.’ But it’s funnier and has 75 illustrations.”

HCHS will also have a display of historic political items including a pair of wooden ballot boxes.

Free parking on tour day can be found in lots throughout the borough and along neighborhood streets. There is also a free looping trolley passing each of the showcased properties.

You can pick up your ticket/guide booklet and can purchase tickets the day of the event at the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce at 119 Main Street.