ELIZABETH, NJ – National Parks lovers may be very happy with the news that Union County’s historic sites are about to unveil nearly 30 unique “Passport To Your National Parks” cancellation stamps at the upcoming Union County Four Centuries in a Weekend event.
The Four Centuries in a Weekend event allows visitors to explore and experience the rich history that has been preserved throughout Union County, through tours, demonstrations, displays and reenactments at over 30 historic sites.
People will bring their Passport books to national parks, and monuments managed by the National Park Service (NPS). The national park passport stamp program began in 1986. The stamps and passbook help visitors commemorate their trips.
Union County is one of 14 New Jersey counties that make up the NPS’ Crossroads of the Revolution National Heritage area that highlights the important role that New Jersey played in the Revolutionary War. The county was one of the earliest regions to be settled and there are numerous significant sites from the Revolutionary War era. These sites will now have their own unique stamp recognizing their inclusion in the National Heritage Area.
The Boxwood Hall State Historic House, Boudinot Mansion in Elizabeth is one of the stops on the Four Centuries event being held October 21 and 22.
“It is a great feeling to be able to help our local historical societies promote their sites,” Union County Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, who attended a recent Four Centuries meeting and helped distribute the new stamps said in a statement.
“We know that there are people who travel to sites, in part, to add another stamp to their Passport book,” Kowalski said, noting that there have already been inquiries from Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., as word has started to leak out about the new stamps.
“The Passport stamps, along with our new History Trading Card series, will encourage visitors to see more sites and gain a deeper appreciation of just how rich our history really is,” she said.
The new stamp program was coordinated by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and funded by the County. Stamps will be available In Elizabeth, at Boxwood Hall, First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, Snyder Academy, Nathaniel Bonnell Homestead & Belcher-Ogden Mansion, and St. John’s Parsonage.
For more information about the Passport To Your National Parks program visit, eparks.com/store/category/30/278/Passport.
To learn more about the Four Centuries in a Weekend event visit ucnj.org/4C.
To learn more about the Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs visit ucnj.org/parks-recreation/cultural-heritage-affairs.