PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Historical Society of Plainfield will host the Twentieth Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 9, 2016, at 6:30 PM, in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Drake House Museum.   This is a festive evening of caroling, gift giving, and refreshments.  Santa will be making a special guest appearance. All are welcome to attend.
In addition to the large tree in the ballroom, there will be three decorated trees in the period rooms. The Historical Society of Plainfield is fortunate to have Leanne Manna from Linden, NJ, a Kean University student and Historical Society Trustee, and new volunteer and prospective Trustee Nikki Butkiewicz from Plainfield, serving as decorators for this tree lighting event.

The Historical Society of Plainfield welcomes new unwrapped toys.  Please call (908) 755-5831 to schedule a drop-off time.

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It was at the Drake House that George Washington consulted with his officers during and after the Battle of Short Hills fought over the entire Plainfield area on June 25-27, 1777. On permanent display at the Drake House Museum are three Colonial era rooms--the kitchen, the Queen Anne dining room, and the Washington bedroom. The parlor and the Harberger Library are interpreted as period Victorian rooms.

The Drake House Museum also displays two large paintings by noted Civil War painter Julian Scott, a Plainfield resident and a Medal of Honor recipient.  A National and New Jersey Historic Site, the Drake House Museum is an exciting link to Plainfield’s Revolutionary War history.   

The Drake House Museum is located at 602 West Front Street, Plainfield, New Jersey. Donations are always appreciated.  Onsite parking is available. For directions and more information about the Drake House and the Historical Society of Plainfield, visit

The Historical Society of Plainfield received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State. Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Department of Parks and Recreation; the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust administered by the New Jersey Historic Trust/State of New Jersey; the Union County Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund; a HEART Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders; the City of Plainfield; the Plainfield Cultural and Heritage Commission; McCutchen Foundation; the Plainfield Foundation; the 1772 Foundation in cooperation with the New Jersey Historic Trust; the New Jersey Cultural Trust Fund; and the Gannett Foundation.