BERNARDS TWP., NJ – Each October, the Lord Stirling 1770s Festival portrays life the way it was lived here in Somerset County in the 18th century _ with volunteers helping to guide activities and play roles at the annual event.

The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center is again seeking volunteers to support the 1770s Festival, this year scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge.

The volunteers are needed to assist with children’s games, the clay table, the quill writing table, the stenciling table, hay rides, and other crafts, as attendees step back in time to the Colonial era in American history.

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The 1770s Festival 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.  

Each year the estate at Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge comes back life in the late 1700s, as Lord Stirling himself joins visitors, answering questions about his many business ventures and his successes in battle against the British. Visitors can join Lord Stirling as he reviews his troops, visits with local craftspeople, and tours his personal wine cellar. 

On the day of the festival, volunteers are asked to arrive at 10:30 a.m. to receive training for their areas and stay until 5 p.m. to help with clean up.

With re-enactors attired in replicas of 1770s clothing, visitors will meet a blacksmith, tinsmith, militias, and other trades people of the times. Crafters make toys, lace, decorative arts, woodcarvings, and spin wool into yarn. No crafts are sold at this entertaining and educational event.  

For more information about volunteer opportunities call 908-722-1200, ext. 5002.

Information on this event and other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found at