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.
Light refreshments will follow, and then the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association will hold its Annual Meeting. New members are always welcome.
Five Generals Bus Tour – Free Family Fun on Sunday February 14.
The Heritage Trail Association in conjunction with the cooperating historic sites that comprise our Middlebrook Consortium, is holding its annual narrated bus tours of five historic houses in Somerset County. The houses each served as a headquarters for George Washington (the Wallace House) and his general staff during second Middlebrook encampment – 1778-1789.
The tours, which start from the Van Horne House, 941 East Main Street, Bridgewater (across from Patriots Ballpark) are FREE, but space is limited and reservations are required. The five bus tours are scheduled to start on the hour: 10 am, 11 am, noon, 1 pm, and 2 pm. Call (732) 356-8856 for reservations or sign up online.
This is a perfect opportunity for a weekend family outing. A visit to these historic sites offers a unique educational experience, for young and old, to learn more about the history of Somerset County.
The five houses are: the Van Horne House in Bridgewater, the Wallace House in Somerville, the Van Veghten House in Finderne, the Abraham Staats House in South Bound Brook, and the Vanderveer House in Bedminster. The village of Middlebrook was located just east of the Van Horne House in an area that is now the west end of Bound Brook. During the encampment, General Washington dated all of his dispatches from Middlebrook even though his headquarters was in the Wallace House, five miles away.
Sunday, 14 February, 2010
10:00 AM – 02:00 PM
Van Horne House
941 Main StreetBridgewater, NJ USA 08805