EXPANDED HOURS AND LIVING HISTORY DEMONSTRATORS
With our expanded hours we have launched a robust living history platform with various historic demonstrators practicing crafts and skills from the 18th and 19th century. Demonstrations now include blacksmithing, printings, stone carving, home and hearth skills, soldier lifestyles from the Revolutionary War, 18th century music, tailoring, agriculture and a 19th century baseball team. Our endeavors are supported by New Jersey History Alive, an organization whose mission is to educate a diverse community about the significance of New Jersey’s past and its relationship to our lives today.
This extensive renovation and restoration project began to repair damage caused by time and the elements. Structure by structure, the buildings that comprise the East Jersey Old Town Village (EJOT) are being renovated for use as a village devoted to New Jersey’s rich heritage. The Village is a collection of original, replica and reconstructed 18th and 19th century structures. While most of the buildings have been relocated to the site, others were constructed here. They represent the vernacular architecture typical of farm and merchant communities, once found in central New Jersey. The Village functions as an educational model, dedicated to teaching the history, traditions, folk arts and craftsmanship of the people who lived and worked throughout the region. It offers public programs in the highest standard of excellence, among them: educational workshops, seminars and lectures, in-service training for teachers, exhibitions, concerts, storytelling session, community gatherings and theme based projects.
Completed renovations and restoration work have brought twelve buildings into public use, following Americans with Disability Act (ADA) guidelines. They are New Brunswick Barracks, Runyon House, Vanderveer House, Pound House, Smalleytown Schoolhouse, Farley Blacksmith Shop, Williamson Wheelwright Shop, Three Mile Run Church, Six Mile Run House
, Jeremiah Dunn House, Runyon Wagon House and the Indian Queen Tavern
. These historic structures have been restored to their original beauty and preserved for future generations. Click here for the Indian Queen Tavern Archeological Dig.
The Village presents original research and timely topics, interpreting the history, society and people of the Raritan Valley. No other museum or historic site in the state, presents compelling and fascinating historical narrative about the place where you live - Middlesex County and its neighboring towns along the Raritan River.
East Jersey Old Town Village presents a number of exciting lectures throughout the year. Held in conjunction with exhibits at the Village, participants learn about the traditions and origins of various Holidays.