PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Historical Society of Plainfield invites you to two special events this Holiday season: a Holiday Craft event on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and the 2017 Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 8, starting at 6:30 p.m..

Come to the Holiday Craft event on Sunday, Dec. 3, starting at 2:00 p.m..  Enjoy craft making and storytelling, and make reservations for the 2017 Annual Tree Lighting. 

Due to the record number of visitors and safety concerns, the Historical Society of Plainfield is introducing timed entry ticket reservations for the 2017 Annual Tree Lighting. Historical Society President Nancy Piwowar says: “Timed tickets will help us make everyone’s visit more enjoyable by giving everyone the time and leisure to enjoy the event in a more relaxed environment.”

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Timed tickets are free and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis on Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Holiday Craft event at the Drake House Museum. Tickets are limited. Timed tickets are not available via phone.  

Only scheduled timed tickets will be allowed entry to the Annual Tree Lighting.  Each timed ticket group is allotted 30 minutes for the visit.

Join the fun for this festive evening of merry making and tree lighting.  Children are encouraged to participate as Santa will be making a visit with a gift for every child under 12. In addition to the large Christmas tree in the ballroom, there will be three decorated theme trees in the period rooms of the Museum.

This program is also made possible by the Historical Society of Plainfield/Drake House Museum and by a generous gift from a local Plainfield resident.  Light refreshments will be served.  Donations are always appreciated.

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

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; a HEART Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders; the City of Plainfield; the Plainfield Cultural and Heritage Commission; McCutchen Foundation; and the Plainfield Foundation.

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