PISCATAWAY, NJ – The East Jersey Old Town Village in Johnson Park helped commemorate the 350th Anniversary of Piscataway’s founding by taking a ‘Step Back in Time’ on Sunday.

The afternoon event was an open house where attendees could tour the village’s festively decorated permanent display of historic exhibits and buildings that include a school house, tavern, wheelwright shop, church and homes of early settlers from the Raritan Valley.

Girl Scouts and Brownie Troops from around Piscataway greeted visitors to each house, passing out candy canes and holiday postcards as they invited guests inside for their self-guided tours or to make paper chain garlands, gingerbread door hangers and other winter-themed crafts.

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Some guests braved the crisp afternoon temperatures, taking horse and carriage rides and listening to winter tales and Christmas carols on the village green where performers dressed in reproduction 19th century clothing played strings, recorders, tin whistles and concertinas.

The free holiday event was sponsored by the Middlesex County Office of Culture & Heritage and included appearances by Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. and Mayor Brian Wahler who both read proclamations marking the 350th anniversary celebration of Piscataway, the fifth oldest municipality in New Jersey and one of the fifty oldest towns in the nation.

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