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New Exhibit Offers Unique History of the Cornelius Low House and Family History

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Low Family Tree Credits: Middlesex County Office of Communication
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Oliver Parsell Desk and Alice Haliburton Low Portrait Credits: Middlesex County Office of Communication
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PISCATAWAY, NJ - The newest exhibit to open at the Middlesex County Museum exhibit delves into the history of the Low family and the role they played in the shaping of the United States.

A Revolutionary Legacy: the Cornelius Low House 275 exhibit is housed inside the County’s Historic Cornelius Low House/Middlesex County Museum. The Museum is located at 1225 River Road, Piscataway.

This seven-room exhibit contains artifacts that date to the 1700s and includes handcrafted furniture from New Brunswick, paintings by artist Micah Williams, a document signed by Cornelius Low and his wife Johanna, portrait miniatures of several Low family members and a chair that George Washington used on a visit to the New Brunswick area.

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These items are on loan from the DAR Jersey Blue Chapter Buccleuch Mansion, the Suffolk County Historical Society and private collections.

“Join us as we celebrate 275 years of local history,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Immerse yourself in the home and history of the prosperous Low family, their lives in Colonial America and the impact they had on trade, the Revolutionary War and early days of this nation.” 

Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee said: “I hope that many people will visit the exhibit and enjoy the research and items on display. It’s a great way to learn about life in Colonial Middlesex County.”

The grand opening of A Revolutionary Legacy: the Cornelius Low House 275 will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9. The event is free of charge, but registration is required.  Please call 732-745-3030 to register.

The exhibit is offered without charge and will be open to the public 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and Sundays (except holidays) through June 2017.  For more information please call the museum at 732-745-4177.

Persons with hearing disabilities may dial 732-745-3888 (TTY users only) or 711 the New Jersey Relay System. The first floor of the Museum is accessible to people with disabilities; the second floor is available via narrated presentation on computer tablet.  An Assistive Listening System is available and will be in use at all times.  An American Sign Language interpreter can be provided without charge with a two-week advance request.  Wheelchairs are on site and may be borrowed by visitors during their stay or for those who may need assistance from the parking lot to the Museum. Call ahead and you will be met at your car.

Group tours and school groups are welcome. On-site workshops are led by the Museum Educator. To schedule a school tour please telephone 732-745-3030.  Middlesex County Schools call for information on bussing assistance.

A Revolutionary Legacy: the Cornelius Low House 275 is funded in part by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage and the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

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