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Children's Day at Rockingham May 19, 2012

05/09/2012

CALLING CHILDREN OF ALL AGES!
HEAR YE, HEAR YE!  On Saturday, May 19, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm, the grounds of Rockingham will once again ring with the sound of childlike glee.  Rockingham, which served as General George Washington’s final wartime headquarters in later 1783, will offer activities and demonstrations of 18-century life with support from the Montgomery High School Live Historians Club, the Rockingham Association and the Stony Brook Garden Club. Children will be able to play historic games, try toys such as cup-and-ball, put on replica 18th-century clothes, learn to write with quill and ink, try crafts such as making paper tri-corn hats and lace pinners or tour the kitchen garden and historic house museum.  This year, Past Muster will be on hand to talk about soldier’s life and musket drilling, and there will be period fiddle music, courtesy of dancemaster Jim Kurzenberger, with country dance demonstrations and lessons.  The museum store will be open with many interesting wares and trinkets for sale, and light refreshments will be available. 
No registration is required.  While admission to the event is free, donations are very gladly accepted!  The event will be held rain or shine, though, in the case of rain, some activities may have to be curtailed.
Rockingham is located at 84 Laurel Avenue (Rte. 603) in Franklin Township, 1 mile north of Rte. 27 in Kingston, and 1 mile south of Rte. 518 in Rocky Hill.  For further information, please call 609-683-7132 or go to www.rockingham.net.

 

Valid from 05/09/2012 to 05/20/2012

D & R Canal State Park's Walk to Rockingham March 27, 2010

03/16/2010

Join the D & R Canal State Park historian and naturalist for a roundtrip morning walk from the Mapleton Preserve to the D & R canal towpath and finally, historic Rockingham! In addition to learning about the former Princeton Nursery and the D & R Canal from the park historian and naturalist, participants will see two historic homes along the way - The Kingston Canal House and 18th century Rockingham. Attendees are asked to meet at the D & R Canal State Park office located at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston at 10:00 am. The group will proceed from the headquarters through a portion of the former Princeton Nursery property towards the canal towpath and the Kingston Canal House. Afterward we will then walk along the canal’s historic towpath to Rockingham where they will be treated to a tour of the restored 1783 headquarters of George Washington. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes and join us for this 3.5 mile round trip walk. Pre-registration IS REQUESTED. Weather permitting.

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Valid from 03/16/2010 to 03/28/2010

Rockingham's Annual Children's Day Set For May 22, 2010

03/09/2010

Calling children of all ages! Rockingham State Historic Site will be holding its annual Children's Day event on Saturday, May 22, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.

Rockingham, with support from the Montgomery High School Live Historians Club, the Rockingham Association and the Stony Brook Garden Club, will be offering activities and demonstrations of 18th century life. Children might play the Game of Goose, try toys such as buzzsaw, put on clothes that were in style in the 18th century, learn to write with quill and ink, marble paper, make paper tri-corn hats and lace pinners, tour the kitchen garden and house or watch 18th century activities.

The Museum Store will be open with many interesting wares and trinkets for sale and there will be light refreshments available. No registration is required. While admission to the event is FREE, donations are very gladly accepted!

Valid from 03/09/2010 to 05/23/2010

October Events at Rockingham

08/29/2016

As the weather cools down (hopefully!) from the steamy summer, Rockingham is preparing to host two events in October in the Dutch barn.

            The first, George Washington’s Indispensable Men, will be presented on Saturday, October 1 by author Arthur Lefkowitz from his book of the same name (Stackpole Books, 2003).   While General Washington was at Rockingham in later 1783, he was accompanied by three officers--Benjamin Walker, David Humphreys and David Cobb.  These three men, hand-picked by Washington, were the last in a long line of officers who served Washington during the course of the American Revolution.   Largely unknown and forgotten, these unselfish, hard-working patriots served at Washington’s headquarters as volunteer aides-de-camp (personal assistants) and military secretaries. This presentation relates their accomplishments during the Revolutionary War and well into the 19th century.

            This program is made possible by a grant from the NJ Council for the Humanities Horizon Speakers Bureau and by the Rockingham Association.

            The second program is an encore presentation of 2015’s Honeybees and Beekeeping Fundamentals , presented by Pier Guidi on October 8, a Hillsborough Township & Rockingham’s own very-knowledgeable resident beekeeper.  You will learn about the interesting lives of honey bees, the fundamentals of beekeeping, requisite beekeeping equipment, and how you can get started on your own “backyard beekeeping” adventure.  This program will be followed by (weather permitting) a visit to Rockingham’s own on-premises bee yard where Pier maintains bees that produce Rockingham's own local, raw, wildflower honey.

            This program is made possible by the Rockingham Association.

            After both programs, there will be light refreshments available.  The Museum Store will also be open before and after the programs.  Seating is Limited, so it is strongly suggested to call and reserve to guarantee a seat, 609-683-7132.  While these are free events, donations are always gratefully accepted and put toward providing more programming like this.  Please note that there will be no 1:00 or 2:00 pm tours of the house on the day of each program.

            Rockingham is located at 84 Laurel Avenue/Kingston-Rocky Hill Rd. (Rte. 603) in Franklin Township, 1 mile north of Rte. 27 in Kingston and 1 mile south of Rte. 518 in Rocky Hill.  For further information, please call 609-683-7132 or go to www.rockingham.net.

 

Valid from 08/29/2016 to 10/15/2016

Meet John Adams September 10 at Rockingham

07/27/2016

           John Adams served in the Continental Congress and proposed fellow congressman George Washington as Commander in Chief, once war with Great Britain became inevitable.  He was involved in raising money for the war effort and in negotiating the peace.  He served as a diplomat, our first Vice-President and second President (with a tough act to follow).  While often seen as “obnoxious and disliked” (is there a song coming on?), Jefferson, his good friend also felt that, “he is so amiable that I pronounce you will love him, if ever you become acquainted with him.”  He was a founding father, sometimes overlooked, who may have been the most important in the conceiving and birthing of our independence and early years.   

            On Saturday, September 10 at 1:30 pm, attendees can join us in welcoming the honorable John Adams, aka Peyton Dixon, as he reminisces on his life, including his tenure in Congress, his part in the Treaty of Paris, formally ending the Revolutionary War, his time as Vice President and relationship with George Washington through many years.  The program will be in first person, with time afterward to ask Mr. Adams questions.  Come to Rockingham to Meet John Adams!

            Mr. Dixon is an actor-historian with 15 years of experience bringing John Adams to life. You can learn more via his website, www.MeetJohnAdams.com. 

            The program will be presented in Rockingham’s Dutch barn and there will be light refreshments available afterward.  The Museum Store will also be open before and after the program.  Seating is limited, so it is suggested to call and reserve to guarantee a seat, 609-683-7132.  While this is a free event, donations are always gratefully accepted and put toward providing more programming like this.  Please note that there will be no 1:00 or 2:00 pm tours of the house that day.

            Rockingham is located at 84 Laurel Avenue/Kingston-Rocky Hill Rd. (Rte. 603) in Franklin Township, 1 mile north of Rte. 27 in Kingston and 1 mile south of Rte. 518 in Rocky Hill.  For further information, please call 609-683-7132 or go to www.rockingham.net.

 

 

 

Valid from 07/27/2016 to 09/11/2016

Candlelight Tours at Rockingham December 14

11/10/2014

  The halls of Rockingham, the Berrien family manor that served as George Washington's final wartime headquarters in 1783, will on Sunday, December 14th, be festive again with 18th-century-style yuletide decorations, bright with young gentlemen and ladies in period finery and lit with candlelight to present the historic house's 2014 holiday tours.  	This year, the theme of the tours celebrates New Jersey's 350-year history as an English colony and U.S. state.  As visitors pass from room to room with tidbits of 18th-century holiday practices dancing in their heads, they will also hear bits and pieces of our state's story, half-century by half-century along with Rockingham's story during the same period.  What was the first permanent town established in the state?  When did the first casino open outside Las Vegas (in Atlantic City)?  Visitors might want to bone up as there also will be some testing of their knowledge.  	Come, enjoy, learn, laugh and think as you wend your way through Rockingham to the lilt of an English flute, courtesy of John Burkhalter of Practitioners of Musick, following you (from the 1751-1800 room with music of Francis Hopkinson) and docents of the Montgomery High School Live Historians Club leading and enlightening you.  Then, partake of holiday goodies and warm drink in the Children's Museum and visit our Museum Store to shop for items such as period toys, our own honey, books, quills and tricorn hats.  	Advance tour reservations are required for admission with a suggested donation of 8$ and must be made by calling 609-683-7132 through November 23rda or 609-683-7136 after November 23rd.  Tours will be offered at least every half-hour, beginning at 11:00, with 3:30 being the last tour.  We hope you can join us!  	Program is made possible by the Live Historians, Rockingham Association and the Stony Brook Garden Club.  Rockingham is located on Laurel Avenue/Kingston-Rocky Hill Road (County Route 603) between Route 518 in Rocky Hill and Route 27 in Kingston.  For further information or directions, please call (609) 683-7132 or visit www.rockingham.net.

Valid from 11/10/2014 to 12/15/2014

Rockingham Celebrates Washington's Birthday February 21

01/28/2016

George Washington, retired Continental Army Commander in Chief and First President of the United States, will be celebrated at Rockingham on Sunday, February 21, with tours commemorating his 284th birthday.  While Washington will only be present in spirit (and in the form of our wonderful life-sized mannequin in exactingly-recreated uniform on the second floor), visitors can learn about his life and times, before, during and after his famous careers.  Find out more about this iconic symbol of our country and why he encompasses so much more than just a means to hype car sales on Presidents’ Day!  The tours will be followed with cakes and punch in the kitchen to complete the celebration.

 

Tours are from 12 to 4 pm, with tours on the hour and, possibly, half-hour if needed (last tour at 3 or 3:30 accordingly).  Tour size is limited and reservations are required to guarantee admittance.  Please call 609-683-7132 for reservations.  A donation of $5 is suggested. 

 

Please note that the regular history of the house will not be emphasized during these special tours, but visitors are always welcome to return and visit the house on another day (check our website for regular tour times—though it is always encouraged to call first to make sure the schedule hasn’t changed on a particular day).

 

Rockingham is located on Rte. 603 (Laurel Ave./Kingston-Rocky Hill Rd.), one mile north of Rte. 27 in Kingston and one mile south of Rte. 518 in Rocky Hill.  Visit the website, www.rockingham.net for further information.

 

Valid from 01/28/2016 to 02/22/2016

Barn Raising at Rockingham

11/04/2013

It’s a barn raising, with an early 19th century building and 21st century know-how.  A vintage Dutch barn, which had been disassembled and stored for years, is now being erected at the Rockingham Historic Site in Kingston.

            Why erect a barn there?  To restore a piece of Rockingham's history.  Before it was the last Revolutionary headquarters for George Washington, Rockingham was the home of a gentleman farmer.  Its barn was lost years ago, perhaps from neglect, perhaps during moves.  The house has been relocated three times. 
             When Rockingham was moved to its current (and NJ State says its last) location, HMR Architects, which oversaw the project, created a site plan for its new property.  It included a barn that the state owned and that was being stored in a facility at the D&R Canal Park, north of Griggstown.  HMR Architects drew the plans for that barn.
 

 

            According to Eric Holtermann, a principal at HMR Architects, work began on the barn last March, when the NJ Barn Company, which rescues and restores old barns, moved the disassembled building to its shop in Ringoes.  There Alex Greenwood and Elric Endersby restored its existing elements and fabricated new timbers, as necessary. 

            The walls and beams of the barn have now been moved to the Rockingham site, where a crane is being used to assemble them atop a concrete pad.  After the frame is completed, a general contractor with experience with historical structures will put on the roofing, horizontal siding, doors, and windows—all of which will be composed of modern products designed to look antique.
 

 

            The result will be a Dutch barn, 50 feet wide, 40 feet deep, and 30 feet high. Visitors will enter through a door at the gable end, not through a center door.  Inside they will see a large structure supported by an enormous anchor beam 12 feet above the floor.  The inside of the siding and the underside of the roof will both be visible. 

 

 

            Lisa Flick, site director for Rockingham, says that the barn will be a suitable venue for the historic site to offer lectures, workshops, concerts, and other programs. 

It will also help to tell the story of life at Rockingham.  “Two hundred years ago, Rockingham was not just a house;” she explains.  “It was a support system.  Our kitchen garden and apple orchard already reflect that fact.  The barn will give visitors an even fuller sense of how this property worked and what it was like to live here.”
            Rockingham is located on Laurel Avenue/Kingston-Rocky Hill Road (Route 603) between Route 518 in Rocky Hill and Route 27 in Kingston.  For further information or directions, call (609) 683-7132 or visit www.rockingham.net.

 

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Valid from 11/04/2013 to 12/31/2013

Candlelight Holiday Tours at Rockingham December 11

11/07/2016

During the course of the American Revolution, help came to the American colonies from foreign countries and foreign folk.  France was in important contributor to our achieving Independence success, in both men and monies, and Spain and the Netherlands helped in different ways.  Pulaski and Kosciuszko from Poland, von Steuben from Prussia (Germany today) and even Thomas Paine of Great Britain were extremely important lynchpins in our march from Lexington and Concord through Yorktown.

            These peoples and countries will be highlighted, along with a few of their Christmas customs, during the annual Candlelight Holiday Tours at Rockingham, being held Sunday, December 11 from 11 am to 4 pm.  Visitors will be led around the rooms of the historic house by 18th-century-clad members of the Montgomery Township Live Historians Club.  The candlelit tours will also feature period music by John Burkhalter of Practitioners of Musick. Partake of holiday goodies and warm drinks in the Dutch barn and visit our Museum Store to shop for items such as period toys, our own honey, books, our Rockingham DVD, quills and tricorn hats. 

            Advance tour reservations are REQUIRED for admission and must be made by calling 609-683-7132 through Nov. 20 or 609-683-7136 after Nov. 20.  There is a suggested donation of 8$.  Tours will be offered at least every half-hour with 3:30 being the last tour.  We hope you can join us!

            This program is made possible by the Live Historians, Rockingham Association, the Stony Brook Garden Club and the NJ Division of Parks & Forestry.  Rockingham is located on Laurel Avenue/Kingston-Rocky Hill Road (County Route 603) between Route 518 in Rocky Hill and Route 27 in Kingston.  For further information or directions, please call (609) 683-7132 or visit www.rockingham.net.

Valid from 11/07/2016 to 12/12/2016

Holiday Candlelight Open House at Rockingham December 14

11/03/2014

The halls of Rockingham, the Berrien family manor that served as George Washington’s final wartime headquarters in 1783, will soon be festive again with 18th-century-style yuletide decorations, bright with young gentlemen and ladies in period finery and lit with candlelight to present the historic house’s 2014 Holiday Tours.

            This year, the theme of the tours celebrates New Jersey’s 350-year history as an English colony and U.S. state.  As visitors pass from room to room with tidbits of 18th-century holiday practices dancing in their heads, they will also hear bits and pieces of our state’s story, half-century by half-century along with Rockingham’s story during the same period.  What was the first permanent town established in the state?  What year did the first casino open outside Las Vegas (in Atlantic City)?  Visitors might want to bone up as there also will be some testing of their knowledge.

            Come, enjoy, learn, laugh, and think as you wend your way through Rockingham with the lilt of an English flute, courtesy of John Burkhalter of Practitioners of Musick, following you (from the 1751-1800 room with music of Francis Hopkinson) and docents of the Montgomery High School Live Historians Club leading and enlightening you.  Then, partake of holiday goodies and warm drink in the Children’s Museum and visit our Museum Store to shop for items such as period toys, our own honey, books, quills and tricorn hats.

            Advance tour reservations are REQUIRED for admission with a suggested donation of 8$ and must be made by calling 609-683-7132 through Nov. 23 or 609-683-7136 after Nov. 23.  Tours will be offered at least every half-hour with 3:30 being the last tour.  We hope you can join us!

            Program is made possible by the Live Historians, Rockingham Association and the Stony Brook Garden Club.  Rockingham is located on Laurel Avenue/Kingston-Rocky Hill Road (County Route 603) between Route 518 in Rocky Hill and Route 27 in Kingston.  For further information or directions, please call (609) 683-7132 or visit www.rockingham.net.

Valid from 11/03/2014 to 12/15/2014

Rockingham

10/12/2009

Valid from 10/09/2009

Candelight Tours at Rockingham December 15

11/16/2013

It is time again to light the candles for Rockingham Historic Site’s annual candlelight Christmas tours.  The program will be on Sunday, December 15 from 11:00-4:00.

            The tours, for which advanced reservations are required, always provide information on 18th-century Christmas traditions and revolve around a special theme.  This year it is the Enlightenment.   The Enlightenment had roots in the later 17th century but flourished in the 18th, with major shifts in fields such as philosophy, communication, transportation, religion, science, education, government and the arts.  Guests on the tour guests will learn about different aspects of this age as they pass from room to room, led and informed by members of the Live Historians Club of Montgomery Township High School, all dressed in period attire.
            In addition to the tours by candlelight, appropriate music will be provided by the Practitioners of Musik in one of the rooms and 18th-century-style decorations arranged by the Stony Brook Garden Club.  As ever, the Live Historian will also provide refreshments of cookies and warm cider in the Children’s Museum.  The Rockingham Association will be present, greeting tour guests, minding candles, and staffing the Museum Store for light holiday shopping.
            Advance tour reservations are required for admission and must be made by calling 609-683-7132 through Nov. 24 or 609-683-7136 after Nov. 24.  Tours will be offered at least every half-hour with 3:30 being the last tour.  A donation of $5 is suggested.
            Rockingham is located on Laurel Avenue/Kingston-Rocky Hill Road (Route 603) between Route 518 in Rocky Hill and Route 27 in Kingston.  For further information or directions, please call (609) 683-7132 or visit www.rockingham.net.
 
 

 

Valid from 11/16/2013 to 12/16/2013




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