Arts & Entertainment

Colonial Times Return Oct. 1 During Lord Stirling 1770s Festival

9e49455a4896a3061b38_HB2I8620_copy.JPG
Children conduct a musket drill with wooden muskets at a previous Lord Srielinf 1770/ Festival. Credits: File photo
47217500f79c380f9181_LordStirlingcamp.1770s.jpg
Credits: File Photo
6df6633880f6c3c3a9b1_LordStirlingblacksmith.jpg
Credits: File Photo
250b95b92055b9c849a9_LordStirlinghimself.jpg
Credits: File Photo
4914898e060dabd86846_LordStirlingBallads.jpg
Credits: File Photo
9e49455a4896a3061b38_HB2I8620_copy.JPG
BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Step back in time to the colonial period of American history at the Somerset County Park Commission's Lord Stirling 1770s Festival taking place on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 96 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, the site of Lord Stirling’s Manor house.
 
The 1770s Festival promotes historical and environmental education, highlighting the unsung Revolutionary War hero William Alexander, Lord Stirling, who lived on the site and served under General George Washington.  Each year the estate at Lord Stirling Park comes back to life in the late 1700s when Lord Stirling joins visitors, answering questions about his many business ventures and his successes in battle against the British. Join him as he reviews his troops, visits with local craftspeople, and tours his personal wine cellar. 
 
With re-enactors attired in replicas of 1770s clothing, visitors will meet a blacksmith, tinsmith, gunsmith, and other trades people of the times. Crafters make toys, lace, decorative arts, woodcarvings, and spin wool into yarn. No crafts are sold at this entertaining and educational event.  
 
 
The event provides an educational and enjoyable way to learn about colonial times and the importance of New Jersey's role in the American Revolution. Visitors will listen to colonial ballads played on instruments of the period, visit the camps of Heard's Brigade, Captain John Outwater's Militia, and the Donegal Riflemen and watch as the militias conduct maneuvers. A colonial surgeon will display his tools for battlefield medicine and a professional Town Crier will read the Declaration of Independence.    
 
Children can try stenciling, quill writing, making clay pots, playing colonial games, and pet goats and chickens. A working cider press will show how cider was made and a hay wagon will take visitors for a ride around Lord Stirling's meadows.  Dress the part by trying on period style clothing or spend a few minutes in the Somerset Gaoler's wooden pillory while friends and family take photographs.
 
Return to 2017 and enjoy a healthy lunch for purchase from Dean’s Natural Food Market.
 
Lord Stirling (the Scottish earldom and title acquired by William Alexander of Basking Ridge) was close friends with George Washington and served as a Major General directly under his command during the Revolution.  Stirling built his manor house around 1762 and lived there for 20 years.  An archeological team sponsored by the Somerset County Park Commission excavated part of the site and has studied the recovered artifacts which are on display. Part of the original Stirling manor house foundation still exists under the house now occupying the site and the cellar is open to the public for tours for the day.  
 
Suggested donation is $5 per person. The 1770s Festival will be held rain or shine
 
For more information about the 1770s Festival call the Environmental Education Center at908-766-2489 or Relay Service dial 711 for individuals with hearing impairments.  
 
Information on this event and other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found on the Somerset County Park Commission website at www.somersetcountyparks.org.
 
 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Basking Ridge

Bedminster Woman Dies From Injuries After Being Struck by Car at Bridgewater Mall Parking Lot

July 12, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bedminster woman has died from her injuries after being struck by a car in the parking lot of the Bridgewater Commons Mall on Monday.

Marion Kelley, 62, was struck by a vehicle while walking in Lot 4 near the Macy's merchandise pick up area at around 3:20 p.m. Monday.

The 2017 Mazda was driven by Chinmayi Parikh, 33, of Piscataway.

The crash is still being ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, July 20, 9:00 AM

The Wayrick Gallery, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: NJ Audubon Photography Instructors’ ...

Arts & Entertainment Green

Sat, July 21, 9:00 AM

The Wayrick Gallery, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: NJ Audubon Photography Instructors’ ...

Arts & Entertainment Green

Sun, July 22, 9:00 AM

The Wayrick Gallery, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: NJ Audubon Photography Instructors’ ...

Arts & Entertainment Green

Basking Ridge Resident Cycles Toward $52 Million Goal in the 2018 Pan-Mass Challenge

July 19, 2018

Local man will ride to fundraise for live-saving cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

NEEDHAM, MA – On Aug. 4 and 5, Jim Morris of Basking Ridge will cycle up to 192 miles in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) with the goal of topping last year’s record-breaking gift and raising $52 million for critical cancer research and patient care at ...

Avoiding 10% Tax Penalty

Do you want access to money from your retirement accounts but aren't sure of the real costs involved?

Most retirement accounts have a set age requirement you must reach before making penalty-free income distributions, which is usually 59.5 but can sometimes be as early as age 50. If you decide to access your accounts earlier, you could face penalties ranging from 10%-25%, which is not ...