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Balladeer Performs 18th Century Music at Somerville Historic Site

18th Century balladeer and musician Linda Russell will perform “Songs of Nature” Sunday, July 23 at the Old Dutch Parsonage, 71  Somerset St. in Somerville. Credits: Courtesy Old Dutch Parsonage


SOMERVILLE, NJ – 18th Century balladeer and musician Linda Russell, who brings America’s past to life through song accompanied by traditional instruments, will perform “Songs of Nature” Sunday, July 23 at the Old Dutch Parsonage, 71  Somerset St.

Russell has served for many years as musical historian for the National Park Service at Federal Hall National Memorial and has performed at historic sites throughout New York and New Jersey.

Playing the hammered and mountain dulcimers, penny whistle and guitar, she sings and plays ballads, love songs, dance tunes, and working songs written in early America and brought over from the Old World.

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Set at a historic site in an intimate setting, the performance begins at 1:30 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

Call 908-725-1015 or email

The Old Dutch Parsonage is adjacent to the Wallace House at 71 Somerset St.

Wallace House was the home of a wealthy 18th-century merchant, John Wallace. George Washington stayed there during the Continental Army winter encampment in central New Jersey of 1778-1779. The Dutch Parsonage was the home of Jacob Hardenbergh, who founded Queen's College, now Rutgers University in 1766.

Both sites are administered by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, and are open to visitors Wednesday through Sunday. The Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage are both listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. For  more information about the sites, visit

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