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'Historic' Scarecrows Welcome Visitors to Hetfield House During Four Centuries in a Weekend

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Scarecrows made by Deerfield School fifth grade students. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
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Scarecrows made by Deerfield School fifth grade students. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
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The British are coming on the diorama of the Battle of Monmouth built by Mountainside resident John Sileo at the Hetfield House. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
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Mark Lewandowski explains the action on the diorama of the Battle of Monmouth. It was built by Mountainside resident John Sileo at the Hetfield House, who will explain the action on Sunday, Oct. 22. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
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Aaron and Helen Watkins of Garwood in the kitchen of the Hetfield House. They were collecting stamps for their Four Centuries in a Weekend Passports on Saturday. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
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Across from the Mountainside Library is the Levi-Cory House. It was moved onto Constitution Plaza from New Providence Road and Mountain Avenue in August 2013 and is being restored. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
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Examples of Mountainside Pottery, created by a Mtsd co. (1929-1940), will be on display at the Hetfield House during 4 Centuries in a Wkd Open House, Sat, Oct 21 (10am-5pm) and Sun, Oct 22 (12-5pm).
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Examples of Mountainside Pottery, created by a Mtsd co. (1929-1940), will be on display at the Hetfield House during 4 Centuries in a Wkd Open House, Sat, Oct 21 (10am-5pm) and Sun, Oct 22 (12-5pm).
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Examples of Mountainside Pottery, created by a Mtsd co. (1929-1940), will be on display at the Hetfield House during 4 Centuries in a Wkd Open House, Sat, Oct 21 (10am-5pm) and Sun, Oct 22 (12-5pm).
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The kitchen of the Hetfield house, where all the baking and cooking were done. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
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Almost all of the Four Centuries Sites have these identifying signs. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
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Lots of Mountainside Pottery is on display on the second floor of the Hetfield House. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
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Scarecrows made by Deerfield School fifth grade students. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Scarecrows greet visitors to the Deacon Andrew Hetfield House - not the modern type, but the kind made with pillow case heads and lots of straw. Most of them depict historical figures including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, but there is also one of Steve Jobs and another of Amelia Earhart.   They were made by fifth grade students at Hetfield House, who walked over to the house last Tuesday and made them on site.

Inside are more figures...very tiny ones, on a giant diorama of the Battle of Monmouth built by Mountainside resident John Sileo, who will be on hand on Sunday, Oct. 22, to describe the battle for visitors. 

There’s also a display of recently acquired Mountainside Pottery on the second floor as well as docents who will explain how the home was used by its residents. 

The Deacon Andrew Hetfield House on Constitution Plaza, adjacent to the Library, was built around 1763 by Deacon Andrew Hetfield, who was a Presbyterian deacon in Westfield.  It’s on the U.S. National Register Of Historic Places and is only one of the historic sites that will also be open today, Sunday, Oct. 22, for Four Centuries in a Weekend, an Annual Union County event that offers free admission to historic sites throughout the county. The Hetfield House will open at noon, today. See what else is open here

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