SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Hit by a cannon ball, it survived the Revolutionary War. Sunday, Feb. 18, there is the Springfield Historical Society Open House at the Cannon Ball House. It will be open to the public from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
In honor of it being Presidents’ Day weekend, two samples of presidential penmanship will be displayed. One is a letter that George Washington wrote from Springfield during the Revolutionary War and the the other is a piece of correspondence from Herbert Hoover. These letters are only displayed once a year. This is an opportunity to see them at the Historic Cannon Ball House.
Admission is $2 for adults, and free for children 12 and under. Please note, the Cannon Ball House will not be open Presidents’ Day. For more information call (973) 376 4784.
The Cannon Ball House was built, many believe, around 1760. It is one of only three or four houses in the area that survived the Revolutionary War. During the Battle of Springfield, it was hit by a cannon ball that lodged in the side of the house, and so its name. The house was donated to the Springfield Historical Society (SHS) in 1953 and has been the headquarters of the SHS since 1955. The house is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
The Battle of Springfield took place on June 23, 1780. Thomas Fleming, author of The Forgotten Victory: the Battle for New Jersey, wrote “…the battle of Springfield was one of the crucial turning points of the War for Independence.” The British advance stopped there.
The Cannon Ball House is located at 126 Morris Ave. in Springfield. Donations to support the house should be made through the Springfield Historical Society.