Please stop in and experience Weekend Journey through the Past with the Friends of the Boudinot-Southard-Ross Estate! We’ve hosted some wonderful events here in 2017, including an ARTsee Happening, Colonial Day with the Oak Street 4th graders, live music, the 300th anniversary celebration picnic for the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church, the very recent Farm to Table Event and more, but this event is very special to us!
Come learn about the fascinating history of this site, which was home tos everal prominent figures who played critical roles in the founding and early years of the United States. Elias Boudinot, President of the Continental Congress, purchased the home in 1771. He sold the house to Henry Southard in 1785, and Southard did his part by serving in the House of Representatives for New Jersey from 1801 to 1821. His son Samuel, who attended the Brick Academy, later became the Governor, a Senator, and Secretary of the Navy.
Featured activities throughout the weekend include actors in costumes portraying historical figures, harpsichord demonstrators, displays from Boxwood Hall (the state museum dedicated to Elias Boudinot, a “Paint Out!” where artisits of all media are welcome to create works on the site, a traveling exhibition from the USGA Museum, scavenger hunts, Boudinot’s Garden tours, face painting and kite flying. The Boudinot play will be performed four times in the Barn on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for sale. 100 percent of food and beverage sales will be donated to the family of Katie King, a Basking Ridge fourth-grader who was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Ewing Sarcoma.
We are proud to be one of 29 historic Somerset County sites participating in this annual event! For more information about the other sites, please visit www.SCHistoryWeekend.com.
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