CLARK, NJ - Over 325 years ago Dr. William Robinson arrived here from Scotland and purchased 700 acres along the Rahway River in what was known as Elizabethtown in East New Jersey. He had a small house built on the land, and settled his family there. That house still stands on Madison Hill Road with much of the original structure available to view.
Now operating as a living museum, Dr. Robinson's original home has been a venue for educational programs to the community for over 20 years. On June 3 and 4 the Dr. Wm. Robinson Museum will celebrate its 325 year heritage. New and past favorite programs will come together for this one special weekend. As always, admission to the museum is free.
The museum is actively seeking community support for this important celebration of its history and future. Sponsors are sought for a 325th Anniversary book that will include photos and the history of Dr. Wm. Robinson and the house. Simply fill out a sponsor form and send it along with a donation by May 15 for inclusion in the book. Click here for form.
Reenactors are history buffs who spend their free time doing something they love. They are also educators and entertainers and they want their audiences to learn and, hopefully, instill the love of history in the future generations. The following individuals and groups will be a part of the museum's anniversary celebration:
Red Storm Drum and Dance Troupe are a Native American educational and performance group. Margaret and Robert Boldeagle are two of the group’s founders who, with their members of varied Native American heritage, travel the nation using artifacts, song, drum and dance to teach people about the 560 Native American Tribes that exist in the U.S. today. Their mission is to preserve the Native American history for future generations.
7th Virginia Cavalry Co. A is a group of Civil War reenactors that camp on the grounds for the weekend in authentic reproduction tents and live the weekend as they would have on the battlefield during the Civil War. They will be performing military drills and gun exercises throughout the weekend along with answering any questions visitors may have. They will also take part in the candlelight tours on Saturday night.
Bloody Historical "Pirates of the Northern Star" return again to portray pirates from the 17th and 18th centuries and to give visitors a glimpse into the life of a pirate using props, displays and stories. The waters between Sandy Hook and New York City were infested with pirates and French privateers in the 17th and 18th century and many landing parties rowed onto shore or up the creeks and rivers of Central Jersey.
Stan Gurski will be discussing the capabilities of a doctor in the 1600's and 1700's as Dr. Wm. Robinson would have carried out during his life. Dr. Robinson was a doctor who used herbs and roots as medicine as the primary way to treat illnesses. Mr. Gurski was an educator for over 40 years, retired Military of 33 years and former president of the NJ Arms Collectors Club, Inc.
Heart to Hearth Cookery will be demonstrating 17th century open hearth cooking all weekend. Food was prepared on an open fire in the hearth, a large open fire place, and some meals would take all day to prepare and cook. Susan McLellan Plaisted is the proprietress and directs a skilled team of volunteers in the accurate presentation of 17th century food.
The museum is committed to allowing everyone to learn about history regardless of their financial situation. Please consider a financial contribution to the museum's efforts. Click here for form.
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