SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Cannon Ball House will be open to the public as part of Union County’s 2016 Four Centuries in a Weekend event - http://ucnj.org/parks-recreation/cultural-heritage-affairs/historic-sites-map/. On Saturday the 15th, the house will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and during the day there will be a military reenactment of the Revolutionary War battle, The Battle of Springfield. On Sunday the 16th, the house will be open from noon to 5:00 pm. It will be one of 27 historic sites opened to the public for Union Country’s weekend event. It is also only one of four times a year the Cannon Ball House is open.
The Cannon Ball House was built, many believe, around 1760. It is one of only three or four houses in the area that survived the Revolutionary War. During the Battle of Springfield, it was hit by a cannon ball that lodged in the side of the house, and so its name. The house was donated to the Springfield Historical Society (SHS) - http://springfieldhistoricalsociety.webs.com/ - in 1953 and has been the headquarters of the SHS since 1955. The house is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
If you cannot make it this time, the other three times the Cannon Ball House is open are the first Sunday in December, the Sunday before Presidents’ Day Weekend and a Sunday in June. It is located at 126 Morris Ave. Donations to support the house should be made through the Springfield Historical Society.