BASKING RIDGE, NJ  - Lord Stirling's estate at the Somerset County Environmental Education Center will slip back in time on Sunday, Oct. 1 for the Living History 1770s Festival.

Lord Stirling will be spending the day at his estate, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m., eager to answer questions from visitors about life in the 18th century. He'll talk about his  many business ventures and his successes in battle against the British. He'll also review his troops and visit with local craftspeople on his estate.

The event promotes historical and environmental education highlighting the unsung Revolutionary War hero William Alexander, Lord Stirling, who lived on the site and served under General George Washington.  Attired in replicas of 1770s clothing true to the period, meet a blacksmith, tinsmith, furniture maker, cooper, and other trades people of the times. Crafters make toys, lace, decorative arts, woodcarvings, and spin wool into yarn. Colonial women will demonstrate how butter was made and how simple household chores were done without the help of electricity and modern appliances.  No crafts will be sold at the event. 

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 The Environmental Education Center is at 190 Lord Stirling Road.

For more information about the 1770s Festival call the Environmental Education Center at 908-766-2489 or for Relay Service dial 711 for individuals with hearing impairments. Information on this event and other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found on the Somerset County Park Commission website at www.somersetcountyparks.org.