SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The annual Scotch Plains Harvest Festival delighted kids and adults at the historic Frazee House on Raritan Road on Saturday, Oct. 19. \
The Fall festivities included food trucks, live music, bounce houses, haunted trails, pumpkin bowling, pony rides and a petting zoo -- on the site of the former Terry Lou Zoo.
The funds raised at the event will benefit the restoration of The Frazee House, a nationally designated historic site, significant for Elizabeth (Betty) Frazee’s rumored role in the American Revolution and an excellent example of 18th-century residential architecture.
The renovation of the historic Frazee House is sponsored by the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary, which took on this challenge in 2004. The club hopes to turn the house and adjacent one acre into a resource for the community, further distinguishing New Jersey as a key site in the American Revolutionary War. Contact the Rotary with questions, inquiries for information or to make a donation towards the restoration.
As the legend holds, after the Battle of Short Hills, General Cornwallis and his troops passed by the house while marching toward the Watchung mountains. Known to the locals as a prolific baker, Aunt Betty was baking bread at the time. Hungry and tired, the troops smelled the bread and Cornwallis approached her stating, "I want the first loaf of bread that next comes from that oven."
Betty is said to have replied, “Sir, I give you this bread through fear, not in love.” Evidently impressed by her courage, Cornwallis is said to have stated, “Not a man in my command shall touch a single loaf.”
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