PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission is proud to present “Wintering in the Raritan River Valley: Historical Archaeology and the ‘Imagined’ Correspondence of a British Officer”, a free lecture that brings an overlooked perspective to light. It is scheduled for Sunday, September 20 at 2 P.M.

Imagine the New Jersey you know and love as seen through the eyes of someone who lived over two centuries ago, someone trying to survive a brutal winter and a war that changed everything- a war their side would eventually lose.

This is the story of the British troops of the American Revolution, and their time encamped in the Raritan River Valley.

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To add to the historical immersion of the event, the lecture will be held inside the Indian Queen Tavern at East Jersey Old Town Village, located inside Johnson Park at 1050 River Road in Piscataway. The hardships and challenges of the British will be explored in a multimedia presentation.

Lecturer Wade P. Catts currently serves as Director of Cultural Resources for a historic preservation consulting firm. He has used his multiple degrees in history to complete archeological research across the US, including here at Raritan Landing.

“The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission is committed to educating the public and making the past more accessible to them,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee. “This lecture perfectly complements East Jersey Old Town’s groundbreaking “Raritan Landing” exhibit and allows us to look even deeper into the area’s history.”

“It’s very rewarding to sponsor events that talk about our County’s history and its significance,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Hosting lectures is just one way in which the Cultural and Heritage Commission and East Jersey Old Town continue to enrich the life of this County.”

This program is free of charge, but registration is required. To register, or for more information, call 732-745-3030 (ext. 310). Persons with hearing disabilities may dial 732-745-3888 (TTY users only) or 711, the New Jersey Relay Service. 

East Jersey Old Town Village is a fully accessible site. An Assistive Listening System will be in use during the program.  An American Sign Language interpreter is available with by request two weeks prior.  Wheelchairs are also available for visitors who may need assistance from the parking lot to the program.  All special requests can be made at the time of registration. 

Village programs are funded in part by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.