SPRINGFIELD, NJ - As part of Union County's "Four Centuries in a weekend, historic sites all over the county open their doors to visitors.
That includes Springfield's Cannonball House, a building that survived the Battle of Springfield in 1780, and has been standing ever since. Over the past weekend, the house was open as it regularly is for tours.
Inside the house, the interior is painted and furnished accurately for the colonial style. The upper floors contain a variety of exhibits that catalog, the military, cultural, sporting and historical record of Springfield from its founding in 1794 until today.
Of the dozens of guests who visited over the weekend, Springfield resident Brad Weinberger and his son Zach were among the local contingent.
While it was his second time in the house, Weinberger was bringing Zach for his first visit. As a third grader at James Caldwell School, Zach will be going on a tour of the historical sites in town when he reaches fourth grade.
For Weinberger, being able to explore the house again was fantastic, and an opportunity he wishes was available more times each year.
"[It's] fantastic and long overdue," Weinberger said. "He's been asking me [to come] for the last two years. The only thing I would say is we need to have this local treasure open more often than a handful of times a year. Great experience, lot of fun."
His statements were partially echoed by Linda Jurczak. She is a member of the Springfield Historical Society and the Daughters of the American Revolution, and gives tours of the house during open events. For Jurczak, the opportunity to show the house and its contents off to visitors during events like four centuries is fun for her and other presenters.
"It is always wonderful," Jurczak said. "Some people are interested in the artifacts, some people are interested in the history. Fortunately there are a lot of people who are interested in both, and we love to share it."
"It's our pleasure to be able to share with the community as often as we can," she added.
The house will not be open for its traditional December date due to renovations, however, it will be open in February for President's Day Weekend