Ticket Sales for Five Generals Bus Tour available at Heritage Trail Association website!

Ticket sales for the Five Generals Tour are now on sale at the Heritage Trail Association’s website.
The date is Sunday Feb 15th at several time slots.  For a nominal cost and about 2 hours of your time visit all 5 historic homes associated with the Middlebrook Cantonment of 1778-1779.

The Wallace House will of course be a featured site.  Hope to see some of you turn out!

December Events

Calendar of Events for December were announced at yesterday’s annual meeting of WHODP Association by Mr. Kurzenberger:

Sunday, December 14th, 7:30 pm.
A Concert at the Wallace House featuring Mr. Bob Mouland

Enjoy the sound of music on  period instruments in an historic setting.  Seating in the Wallace House is limited, so reservations are a MUST. Same night arrivals, $20 only if space permits. Reserve early.

Sunday December 21st, Groups at 6, 7, and 8 pm
Four Days Before Christmas…

What was likely to be going on just before Christmas at the Wallace House and the Old Dutch Parsonage in the 18th century? Here’s your chance to find out.  Please register for your time. $10 for advance registration/$15 for same day.

FOR ALL RESERVATIONS:
Contact the sites directly at 908-725-1015 or email whouse3@verizon.net for reservations.

REMINDER: BAKE OVEN EVENT COMING UP

Saturday, Nov. 8:  18th Century Bake Oven Demonstration at The Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Historic Sites
 Michele Dansak will demonstrate the use of a wood-fired, 18th century bake oven at the Old Dutch Parsonage, from 2 pm to 3:30.  The demonstration will include the preparation of the food items that will then be baked in the oven. In addition, a special tour of The Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage will be available after the demonstration. The bake oven demonstration takes place outdoors; please dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
For those who wish to participate by assisting in the bake oven process, the price is $15 per person.  Those who choose to attend as observers will be charged a fee of $10. 
Advance reservations are required. 
To register and for information, please contact the site.  
Event Contact: 
Site Manager Jim Kurzenberger
Phone:  908-725-1015.   Email: whouse3@verizon.net
The Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Historic Sites
71 Somerset St., Somerville, NJ 08876
(Parking lot located across from Circle Floors)
Somerville, NJ 08876

Candlelight Tours at the Wallace House

Now that the clocks have been turned back, ’tis the season for
nighttime tours at the Wallace House.  Candle light tours run from now through March, 2015.

 Jim Kurzenberger will schedule these tours for private groups of 10 or more on Wednesday through Saturday.  All programs are $10 per person and require advance reservations.

Please contact Jim directly at 725-1015 to schedule your tour group and for additional information.

FOR REVIEW BY MEMBERS & FRIENDS

Minutes of the 2013 Annual Membership Meeting of the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association.

 

November 23, 2013; 4pm Site Office/Assembly Room

 

In attendance: Carol K, David H, Marge S.,Marguerite B, John F and 9 other members

 

Preservation Specialist/Curator: Jim Kurzenberger

 

Special Guest Speaker:  Ed Wroblewski, Ed. D.

 

Carol K called the meeting to order and introduced members of the Board.

 

Minutes. Marge S had previously emailed and mailed the minutes from the 2012 Annual Meeting to the group and asked that they be approved as sent, the Board having previously review them in February. Approved to file on voice vote.

 

Treasurer’s Report. Marguerite B briefly reported on income and expenses to date, as well as balances thru Oct 31, 2012 on our investment fund.  The fourth quarter reports will not be available until after Dec. 31.  The Association spent $3.358.47 this year.  This included operating funds for our organization and programs. We also provided support for the site in the amount of $2,400 in the past year.  The funds going directly to the Wallace House included purchase of the spit-jack clock reel for the kitchen fireplace and funds for woodwork in the Wallace House Kitchen Cabinet Reconstruction from our Preservation Fund.  Funds spent on programs included our contribution of refreshments to the Five Generals President’s  DayTour sponsored by The Heritage Trail Association in February and today’s speaker. The 2013 opening balance of our Investment fund was $5,077.53.  The ending balance as of Oct 31, 2012 was $5,228.21. The fund has not realized any significant growth in the last year, and Marguerite proposed that the Board consider switching funds. She will report on some options at the next Board meeting.

 

Jane K was absent but sent a membership report. There were 40 paid members in 2013.  Donations last year above and beyond dues enabled us to contribute to the “Kitchen Cabinet Reconstruction”.

 

Jim K reported briefly on the status of the above project which is nearing completion. The roof repairs at ODP were completed early last year.  He announced an ambitious program of events next year, starting with a Twelfth Night event.  The kitchen cabinets are expected to be installed by this time.  The annual holiday event at the sites, this year “Three Days Before Christmas”, Sunday, Dec 23rd.

 

Carol K updated the group about the Board’s plan to design and seek funding for a website for our organization which will not only advertise our group but augment the limited information available about the history of the sites on the NJ Park Service website.  We were not able to apply for NJ Historical Commission Mini-grant as originally planned because the Commission canceled the December submission date, due to an excess of grants received to date and the limited funding pool. The Board will proceed to seek funding from other sources, or apply in the new fiscal year.

 

Carol asked Dr. Wroblewski to update the group on the plans for NJ’s 350 Anniversary year as Mr. Wroblewski is a member of the planning committee. He provided the sites with two posters about the Anniversary and announced the following: The kick-off event is being held New Year’s Eve at the Count Basie Theater and website NJ350.com is already operational.  The themes for the year are: Innovation, Diversity, Liberty.

 

The next meeting will be arranged before George Washington’s birthday via email. Dues/Donation Request letters will go out on or about Feb. 1.

 

 Meeting adjourned 4:40 for Dr. Wroblewski’s talk, “The Queen’s Ranger’s: Britain’s First American Regiment.

 

Marge Sullivan, Secretary of the Board