MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Developed and hosted by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, the new 'Back in Time' history program aims to provide an interactive learning opportunity for County residents including those with disabilities and special needs. 'Back in Time' featured representatives in historically accurate costumes from the Deserted Village and two other historic sites in Union County: the Miller-Cory House in Westfield and the Caldwell Parsonage in Union.

Each of the sites portrayed a different time period: Colonial life for the Miller-Cory House, the Revolutionary War for the Caldwell Parsonage, and the Early Industrial Period for the Deserted Village.

The event was attended by 22 clients from the Arc of Union County, a nonprofit organization located with a mission to empower and support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

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The participants handled and smelled herbs commonly used during in Colonial times, played popular games of the Revolutionary War era like hopscotch and nine-pin bowling, and explored artifacts and documents at the Deserted Village, the site of an Early Industrial paper mill and planned community owned by the 19th century entrepreneur David Felt.

For information on Back in Time and other activities of the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, call 908-558-2550, contact, or visit

The 'Back in Time' program supports the goals of the Union County Office for People with Special Needs -- the first office of its kind in New Jersey. To learn more about services and resources provided through the Office of Special Needs, contact Manuel Ramirez at or call 908-527-4781.