LIVINGSTON, NJ — Eagle Scout and Livingston High School senior Donnie Jones will share his research of the array of the old, handmade tools found in the Barn at the Force Homestead Museum to the Livingston Historical Society on Monday at the Livingston Senior Community Center, 204 Hillside Ave.
Livingston Historical Society meetings are open to the public and free of charge. Refreshments will be served at 7:00 p.m. with the program beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Jones attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the most distinguished rank in scouting, in Troop 5 of Maplewood last June after completing his Eagle Scout Project at the Force Homestead Museum. The building located at 366 S. Livingston Ave. is owned by the township and is the headquarters of the Livingston Historical Society.
Built between 1745 and 1748, it is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and is used to educate the Livingston community and visitors who are curious about life in the past.
As part of his Eagle Scout project, Jones volunteered countless hours of his time to create an exhibit of the array of old handmade tools that were stored in the barn section of the Force Homestead. He worked with Livingston Historical Society Trustee Rick Meeker to identify, and organize the historic tools, dating from the 1700’s, 1800’s and early 1900’s, many of which differ from those in use today.
“At first, I had no idea what I was looking at,” said Jones, but he added that he did research online and in books and magazines in order to create descriptions of each of the implements on display.
Jones built a display case and boxes to hold additional items. He also worked with his fellow boy scouts in his troop to vacuum and sweep up the barn before categorizing and displaying all of the tools. He also helped repair windows and doors at the Force Homestead.
The Livingston Historical Society meets the fourth Monday of the month September through April at the Livingston Senior Community Center. Members of the community are welcome to attend for no fee. Monetary donations to the Society are greatly appreciated.
The Force Homestead Museum is open for tours on the second Sunday of the month in April, May, June, September, October and November from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.