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Metlar-Bodine House to Host Guided Tours; Presents History of Inventing in NJ Program


PISCATAWAY, NJ – Begin the New Year with a guided tour of the Metlar-Bodine House museum and discover Piscataway’s exceptional history. Take a 21st century journey through Piscataway’s past using an APP designed for the map exhibit and pictorial display of the museum’s theme: From Indian Trail to Interstate.  

Guided, one-hour tours will be offered on January 14, February 4, and March 18 (on the hour and half hour) from Noon – 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and pre-registration is recommended.

And on Sunday, Jan. 29 (snow date: Feb. 12) from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., join author Linda Barth as she explores groundbreaking, useful, fun, and even silly inventions and their New Jersey roots in the program with A History of Inventing in New Jersey: From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream Cone.

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Many people are familiar with Edison’s “invention factory” in Menlo Park, where he patented the phonograph, the light bulb, and many more innovations. Yet so many other ideas have been conceived in the Garden State: New Jerseyans brought sound and music to movies and, yes, built the very first drive-in theater.  

The first cultivated blueberry, ice cream cones and M&M’s are also Jersey natives. Plus, iconic aspects of American life, like Bubble Wrap, the boardwalk, Band-Aid bandages, and even professional baseball got started here. And just think what life would be like without plastic, air-conditioning, the vacuum cleaner, and the many significant advances in medicine and surgery that were developed in the Garden State.

After the program Barth’s published works will be available for purchase. She will also be on hand for a book signing.  

Light refreshments will be served and the Dutch Door Gift Shop open.

Program admission is $12 per person, and seating is limited. Reservations are required by January 25th. To register, click here.

The Metlar-Bodine House Museum is located at 1281 River Road in Piscataway. Parking and the museum’s entrance are on Hillcrest Drive. Handicap parking is available in the lower parking area.

For more information, call 732-463-8363, email, or visit

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