PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Historical Society of Plainfield will host Gordon Thomas Ward in his program entitled “Historic Haunts of Central Jersey" on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. at the Drake House Museum.  Ward is an author, singer, songwriter, and has over 40 years of experience in the field of paranormal investigation.

“Historic Haunts of Central Jersey" is based upon Ward’s book, “Ghosts of Central Jersey.”  The event will include a presentation that mixes photographs of investigation sites, documented tales, and live music.

Ward says, “What ghosts roam within historic sites and buildings of central New Jersey? How accurate are the traditional stories?”  From the shadowed woods of the Somerset Hills to the dappled banks of the Delaware River, Historic Haunts delivers a mix of factual history and the sound investigation of ghostly phenomena.

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“I look forward to hearing Gordon Thomas Ward’s stories.  Many people who come to the Drake House ask the tour guides if the House is haunted. Come and hear some Drake House stories, too,” Nancy Piwowar, President of the Historical Society of Plainfield, said.

This history program is made possible in part by a 2019 HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the Historical Society of Plainfield/Drake House Museum members.

Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Light refreshments will be served.  Admission for members is free, and donations from non-members are appreciated.  The Drake House Museum is located at 602 West Front Street, Plainfield, NJ 07060.


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 displays two large paintings by noted Civil War painter Julian Scott, a Plainfield resident and a Medal of Honor recipient.  A Union County history card exhibit panel about Caesar, a freed African American and Revolutionary War teamster, is located in the Queen Anne dining room.  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 a city-owned public museum administered by the Historical Society of Plainfield and 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

Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of Department of State through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Department of Parks and Recreation; New Jersey Council for the Humanities; a 2019 HEART Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders; the City of Plainfield; the Plainfield Cultural and Heritage Commission; the Hyde and Watson Foundation; the McCutchen Foundation; the Plainfield Foundation; and the Gannett Foundation.