MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Scarecrows greet visitors to the Deacon Andrew Hetfield House - not the modern type, but the kind made with pillow case heads and lots of straw. Most of them depict historical figures including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, but there is also one of Steve Jobs and another of Amelia Earhart. They were made by fifth grade students at Hetfield House, who walked over to the house last Tuesday and made them on site.
Inside are more figures...very tiny ones, on a giant diorama of the Battle of Monmouth built by Mountainside resident John Sileo, who will be on hand on Sunday, Oct. 22, to describe the battle for visitors.
There’s also a display of recently acquired Mountainside Pottery on the second floor as well as docents who will explain how the home was used by its residents.
The Deacon Andrew Hetfield House on Constitution Plaza, adjacent to the Library, was built around 1763 by Deacon Andrew Hetfield, who was a Presbyterian deacon in Westfield. It’s on the U.S. National Register Of Historic Places and is only one of the historic sites that will also be open today, Sunday, Oct. 22, for Four Centuries in a Weekend, an Annual Union County event that offers free admission to historic sites throughout the county. The Hetfield House will open at noon, today. See what else is open here.