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Authors Offer Glimpse into Life in Somerville a Century Ago

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Authors Linda J. Barth and Robert H. Barth will share historic Somerville photos and stories from their recently published book "Somerville Through Time" on Sunday, May 1 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 158 West High St. at 2:30 p.m.

Admission is $5. The program is presented by the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association.

Published in 2015, the historic photos of "Somerville Through Time" provide a glimpse into the life of the village and the people of a century ago and, through comparison with modern views, show the growth of the borough.

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George Washington lived in Somerville’s Wallace House for six months during the Middlebrook Cantonment of the American Revolution. At the turn of the last century, Somerville, the county seat, was a very contemporary town. Main Street was an avenue of commerce, lined with stores, services, and entertainment.

In 1900 the town boasted three newspapers, a major shopping district, and lots of entertainment. People traveled from neighboring towns on the trolleys, and train service linked Somerville to New York, Trenton, Philadelphia, and more distant points.

The municipality was part of Bridgewater Township until 1909, when Somerville became an independent borough. The town celebrated its Centennial in 2009.

The Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association is a non-profit organization which supports the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage National and State Historic Sites located in Somerville, New Jersey. Visit www.wallacehouseassociation.com for more information.

 

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