NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Vermeule descendant John Daniel will be a special guest speaker at the Weekend Journey through the Past event to be held Sat. Oct. 12 and Sun., Oct. 13 at the Vermeule Mansion in North Plainfield.  The event is part of the larger event sponsored by the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission, the 15th year for the program, with approximately thirty historical sites participating in the weekend.  Complete information about the entire event and participating sites can be found at

“John visited us for the first time at the Journey event last year”, said Johanna Salvemini, president of the Friends of Vermeule Mansion (FOVM), the non-profit organization that manages the Mansion and its activities.  “We’re very happy to have a direct descendent of Cornelius Vermeule in our event.  His participation brings additional life to the story we’ve shared over the years about the important contributions the Vermeule family made to the revolutionary war effort right here in this part of NJ.

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As the fifth great grandson of Cornelius Vermeule, John Daniel has a special interest in NJ history and the part his family played in the success of defeating the British in the Revolutionary War.  His presentation this weekend is part of the material being prepared as a book to be published about the Vermeule family.  Daniel’s presentation is scheduled at following dates and times:

Saturday, Oct 12th at 11:00 am and Sunday Oct 13th at 12:30 pm

Presentation: The Vermeule Blue Hills Farm, a Revolutionary Campground

By John Daniel, Descendant of the Vermeule Family


The Vermeule Mansion also will have an informative presentation of Molly Pitcher.  Portrayed by Kim Hanley of the American Historical Theatre (AHT), the presentation is sure to be a great experience for young and grown-ups alike as a mix of story, song and dance.

Hanley, an actor, singer, costumer and dancer, trained and danced from an early age with the School of American Ballet and the Eglevsky Ballet in New York, as well as other notable schools and teachers.  Ms. Hanley is also an accomplished costumer whose specialty is historical fashion.  Kim began interpreting with AHT in 1997 and has appeared at many well-known venues throughout NJ and the greater Philadelphia area.  Hanley’s presentations are scheduled for:

Saturday Oct 12th and Sunday, Oct 13 at 2pm

Presentation: Molly Pitcher, portrayed by Kim Hanley of the AHT


Complete information about the event and participating sites can be found at


The Vermeule Mansion is open regularly on Saturdays from 10am-4 pm except holidays and is wheelchair accessible.  Have a passion for history and culture and sharing your time and knowledge with the community?  Join us on the Journey! Visit our website, and like our Facebook page at  Contact the Friends of Vermeule Mansion, or email or call or 908-755-8098.