If you’ve ever looked in the Wallace House dining room, you’ve seen them: a pair of side chairs, sitting under the picture of Mary Maddox. They aren’t prominently displayed, because they were made after George Washington stayed at the Wallace House, in fact after the Revolutionary War was over – probably about 1790.
But they do have an interesting connection to Washington, nonetheless. The New York Historical Society owns a chair from Federal Hall, New York City, which was the chair George Washington sat in the day he was inaugurated as our first President. Follow this link to see it: NYHS Washington’s inaugural chair Vice President John Adams sat near him, in a similar chair.
If you look closely at the chairs from the Wallace House collection and George Washington’s inaugural chair, you will see that that they are very similar indeed – in fact they clearly come from the same set. The upholstery has been changed, and ours are side chairs, while Washington’s chair was a more authority-laden armchair, but otherwise they are identical.
Join us later this year when Nick Stagliano, a graduate student at Parsons School of Design/Cooper Hewitt Design Museum gives a lecture presentation on George Washington’s inaugural chair! He is sure to mention the surprising coincidence of the Wallace House’s owning chairs from the same set, and may be able to retrace the path they took before they came to sit here, in the Wallace House dining room, under the image of Mary Maddox.
In celebration of George Washington’s birthday, Jim Kurzenberger, Historic Preservation Specialist of the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage, will conduct a Headquarters Theme tour of the Wallace House. Visitors will be presented with an experience that emphasizes the details of General Washington’s stay at Hope Farm, the country seat of John Wallace. The tour will last one hour.
Date: Sunday, February 21, 2016
Time: 2 PM
Of War, Men,
Lessons I Learned in New Jersey
Join the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association as we host:
His Excellency, former President and Commander-in-Chief, George Washington (portrayed by David Emerson of History on the Hoof), as he reminisces about his New Jersey Campaigns.
Saturday, February 25th, 2-4pm
At the Old Dutch Parsonage.
$15 per adult; accompanied children 8-12 $10
Light refreshment included
Site parking at 71 Somerset Street
Advance registration is required as seating is limited. Checks may be mailed to: WHODP Association, PO BOX 225 Somerville, NJ 08876, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association present on Saturday February 19th, Stacey Roth’s unusual costumed presentation of tea lore, history, songs, poetry, “REVOLUTIONARY TEA“– one part living history demonstration, and one part tea party. Stacy F. Roth of History on the Hoof brews an engaging program on the role of tea in the lives of 18th century people, and its importance in the colonies on the eve of the War for American Independence (http://www.historyonthehoof.com/programs.htm#Stacy)
Roth is an author, museum educator, historian, and information specialist who performs for museums, libraries, schools, civic organizations, and festivals throughout the Delaware Valley and is a popular speaker with the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Ms Roth holds an MA in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MLS from Rutgers University.
Revolutionary Tea will be held in the hall of the Reformed Church at Finderne, Wharton Ave, Bridgewater on Saturday February 19th at 4 pm.
Reservations and a teacup and saucer are necessary. Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased in advance. Make checks payable to the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association, P. O. Box 225 Somerville, NJ 08876. Include email or phone contact information so that we may confirm your reservation.