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Rockingham offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year. Our largest annual events are the Holiday Candlelight Tour in early December and Children's Day in early May, both presented with the help of the volunteers from The Rockingham Association, the Montgomery High School Live Historians and the Stony Brook Garden Club.

CALLING CHILDREN OF ALL AGES!

OYEZ! OYEZ! (Hear ye! Hear ye! as the town crier used to shout.)

photoOn Saturday, May 17, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm, Rockingham will offer its Annual Children’s Day. The site, which served as General George Washington’s final wartime headquarters in later 1783, will be offering activities and demonstrations of 18th-century life with support from the Montgomery High School Live Historians Club and the Rockingham Association.

In addition to some of our regular activities such as trying on replica 18th-century clothing and learning to write with quill and ink, this year children will have the opportunity to play historic games like Battledore & Shuttlecock and Trap Ball, an early form of baseball or try crafts such as making paper aprons and paper baskets. Past Muster will be on hand to talk about soldier’s life and musket drilling and the house will be open for mini tours. You can visit the Museum Store with its many interesting wares and trinkets for sale and there will be light refreshments available. 

No registration is required. While admission to the event is FREE, donations are very gladly accepted! The event is held rain or shine, though in the case of rain some activities may have to be curtailed. For further information, please call 609-683-7132.


 

ROCKINGHAM CELEBRATES GEORGE WASHINGTON’S 282ND BIRTHDAY

photoAnd he doesn’t look a day over 51!  Well, at least his life-size mannequin doesn’t. You can see for yourself during Rockingham Historic Site’s annual George Washington Birthday Celebration tours on Saturday, February 22, during which you can also learn about our first president’s life before, during and after his stay at the Berrien Mansion near Princeton.

photoThe special event tours, which emphasize details of Washington’s life instead of the regular history tour of the house, will be offered between 11 am and 4 pm (last tour at 3:30 pm) with refreshments served after each tour. The Museum Store will also be open during this special event and, if you haven’t already, you can view the progress on the Dutch barn going up on the property.

Tour size is limited and reservations are required.  Please call 609-683-7132 for reservations.



 

Other programs focus on various aspects of Colonial life and may be more appropriate for adults only or may be of interest to children as well.

Recent events have included: photo

  • a workshop "From Fleece to Wool and Flax to Linen",  explaining harvesting, preparing and spinning sheep's wool and flax in the 18th century; attendees were given the chance to card wool and spin yarn on a drop spindle.
  • a celebration of George Washington's birthday. Director Lisa Flick designed an afternoon of special Washington themed tours and trivia questions for which visitors--adult and children alike--could win prizes. Special birthday tri-corner hats, Washington cake and punch were provided to all those who attended.
  • "Anatomy of a Death: Death and Dying in the 18th Century" - Volunteer actors re-enacted the activities which occurred after a death in the colonial period. Participants then followed a trail along the Delaware and Raritan Canal to the Kingston Presbyterian Church Cemetery for a tour of the gravestones there.
  • entertainment by The Practioners in Musick with English flute and harpsichord.
  • reenactments of the Berrien family and Revolutionary War artillery units

Please check the website regularly for announcements of future events and programs.

History to Go!  

The Children's Museum at Rockingham sponsors an outreach history project: History to Go!. This program is an opportunity for your groups to prepare to come to Rockingham, or to have Rockingham come to them! This program enables groups to see and use some of the most popular items from our Children's Museum in the convenience of their own classroom, living room or civic center.

How did this program begin?

Rockingham, with the support of the New Jersey State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, realized that many people of all walks are interested in learning about American History. The most effective way of teaching is a "hands-on" approach where one can touch items, play games, and try on clothing from Colonial times. Rockingham wanted a program that would be available to all, regardless of their ability to come to our historic site.

Who can use this program?

Anyone who wants to learn! Classroom groups that are planning to come to Rockingham while studying the Revolutionary War may use History to Go! In preparation for their visit. Other schools who are unable to come to Rockingham may want to use this project to supplement textbook explanations of the Colonial period. Scout troops, church groups, community centers, clubs, families, or home school organizations and all interested parties are encouraged to contact the site office for further information.

What is included in the project?photo

The basic program consists of lesson plans, recipes, children's period-style clothing pieces, accessories, hats, personal items, games, books and craft projects all housed in three baskets. Extra quill pens with ink can be requested (must be ordered in advance) for an additional charge of $4.00 each.

What is the fee for?

There is a $35 fee for this program, to be paid at the time the baskets are picked up.

To Reserve the Program:

Call the Office (609) 683-7132 when the site is open to arrange a time to see the baskets and contents. We will help you to tailor the program to the needs of your group!

Or write:

Rockingham State Historic Site
P.O. Box 496
Kingston, NJ 08528

This program was made possible by a generous donation of the New Jersey State Society of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Children of the American Revolution, Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission, and Forbes Newspapers.