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VIDEO: After 240 Years, George Washington Revisits the Drake House Museum in Plainfield

George Washington visits the Drake House Museum again after 240 years; this time, he brings Martha. Credits: Jennifer Popper
George and Martha Washington Credits: Jennifer Popper
The Drake House Museum Credits: Jennifer Popper
Member Andrea Kee Credits: Jennifer Popper
History timeline of the Drake House Museum Credits: Jennifer Popper
Martha Washington Credits: Jennifer Popper
George Washington at the Drake House Museum Credits: Jennifer Popper
George Washington Credits: Jennifer Popper
Nancy Piwowar, President Credits: Jennifer Popper

PLAINFIELD, NJ - It's been 240 years since his last visit to the Drake House Museum in Plainfield, and this time, George Washington brought along wife Martha.

The 240th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Short Hills took place on Saturday, June 24. As a special treat, the Washingtons continued their tour of Union County on Sunday when they spoke to a group of Drake House members who gathered for their annual meeting.

Almost two and a half centuries ago, George Washington met with scouts, and commanded his troops from the Drake House for three days. Attendees were enthralled by the stories shared by Washington and his Patsy, as he affectionately called Martha. 

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Check out some video as George talks about joining the Continental Congress, reading the Declaration of Independence to his troops for the first time, and spending time at Valley Forge.

George Washington joins the Continental Congress:


George Washington becomes Commander-in-Chief:


George Washington reads the Declaration of Independence to his troops for the first time:


George Washington at Valley Forge:

The mission of the Historical Society of Plainfield is to present the history of Plainfield in ways that connect and inspire people to learn from the past and to help shape a better future, and to maintain the Drake House Museum for the citizens of Plainfield.  It is located at 602 West Front Street in Plainfield, and is open to the public on Sundays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, and by appointment.

Become a member of the Drake House Museum. Members receive the quarterly newsletter and invitations to programs throughout the year.

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