PLAINFIELD, NJ — Joshua Lang of North Plainfield, a 16-year-old Life Scout from Troop 73 in Westfield, is working on his Eagle Scout service project that is designed to support The Drake House Museum and, as he says, to maintain it for the residents of Plainfield.

According to Lang, the museum's rear yard area needs a makeover, and his project will consist of restoring and repairing the shed, constructing an 18th century herb garden, assembling seating for guests, and cleaning the rear yard area. This will enable the Historical Society of Plainfield to host outdoor events. The installation of the herb garden will educate visitors and students on the eighteenth-century lifestyle.

Lang has created a GoFundMe campaign to help offset the cost of supplies and materials for the project.  He has raised $915, including offline donations, of his $1,500 goal.  Any additional funds will be donated to the Drake House Museum to help with preservation.

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The Historical Society of Plainfield/The Drake House Museum is a registered 501 (c) (3) charitable organization under of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.  The Drake House Museum is located at 602 West Front Street. It is open to the public on Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. To learn more, visit or call 908-755-5831.

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It was at the Drake House that George Washington consulted with his officers during and after the Battle of Short Hills fought over the entire Plainfield area on June 25-27, 1777. On permanent display at the Drake House Museum are three Colonial-era rooms — the kitchen, the Queen Anne dining room, and the Washington bedroom. The parlor and the Harberger Library are interpreted as period Victorian rooms.

The Drake House Museum also displays two large paintings by noted Civil War painter Julian Scott, a Plainfield resident and a Medal of Honor recipient.  A National and New Jersey Historic Site, the Drake House Museum is an exciting link to Plainfield’s Revolutionary War history.