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SPECIAL EVENTS & PROGRAMMING

UPCOMING EVENTS

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PAST EVENTS

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Sunday, April 14th, 2024

1:30 p.m.

Matthew Dodd returned to Rockingham to present “Songs and Stories of the American Revolution.”  Matt last presented this rousingly enjoyable program at Rockingham in 2016. Dressed in Colonial garb, before a set of a colonial tavern, Matthew took audiences back in time to the days of the American Colonial settlement and the American Revolution. Using rousing period songs and stories that put the songs into the context of the time, Matthew brought to life the exciting Days of 1776.

Saturday, February 24th, 2024

Rockingham extolled the results of the historic house’s exterior renovation and officially toasted the grand reopening (last September) of the house for tours with a ceremony from the second-floor porch that kicked off the afternoon’s celebrations. Then, George Washington was celebrated with an open house event commemorating his 292nd birthday. The downstairs parlors and the upstairs military office, featuring our life-sized Washington were open. The porch, normally closed to the public, was open for limited access.

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Saturday, June 10th, 2023

Alisa Dupuy of The Ladies of History presented a first-person portrayal of Annis Stockton. This program was held in the Dutch barn on the property.


Annis Boudinot Stockton was the wife of Richard Stockton, signer of the Declaration of Independence for New Jersey and owner of Morven in Princeton, the sister of Elias Boudinot, president of the Confederation Congress, while they were at Princeton in 1783 and an accomplished poetess. During the Revolutionary War and after, she wrote several poems about Washington and she and the Washingtons became friends, most likely exchanging visits while they were staying at Rockingham in 1783.  

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FROM COW TO CHEESE -- THE 18TH-CENTURY WHEY!

Sunday, June 25th, 2023

Susan McLellan Plaisted, Proprietress of Heart to Hearth Cookery presented “From Cow to Cheese: The 18th-Century Whey” on June 25, 2023, from 1 to 4 pm.  Susan showed the process of cheesemaking from rennet to cheese by making an actual fresh cheese, displaying her 18th-century cheesemaking equipment, and augmenting the program with selected slides of her preparing cheese with 5 to 8 gallons of fresh cow's milk.

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Saturday, November 20th, 2021

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Recent events have also included:

 

  • 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 Practitioners of 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.

 

OUTREACH 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?

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.

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