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Somerset County presents History on the Green

originally published: 07/10/2024

Somerset County presents History on the Green

(SOMERVILLE, NJ) -- Discover the remarkable connection between Somerset County and the Revolutionary War at this year's History on the Green. On Saturday, July 20, 2024, join General George Washington and his valet, William "Billy" Lee, on the Courthouse Green in downtown Somerville to enjoy a living history event.

“History on the Green provides a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to learn about Somerset County’s decorated history,” said Commissioner Melonie Marano, liaison to the Cultural & Heritage Commission. “The entire event is not only fun and interactive, but educational and informative for all ages.”

The third annual event, hosted by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, returns with an abundance of family-friendly activities that everyone can enjoy.

2024 History on the Green Activities – 10:00am to 4:00pm (Please note that the activities are ongoing throughout the event day.

Meet & Greet - Revolutionary War Soldiers, General George Washington and his valet, William “Billy” Lee on horseback



 
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Liberty Hall Museum - Colonial toys & games

New Jersey Fifes & Drum - Live performances

Early American Artisan Demonstrations - Mary May – Basketweaving; Lauren Muney – Hand-cut colonial-style silhouettes; Heart to Hearth Cookery – 18th century ice cream making demonstration; Stationer Benjamin Bartgis – Iron gall ink making, quill writing, and letter sealing

Join the Parade! 

In addition to historical reenactors, pop-up encampments, and time-period festivities, this year’s event will also feature a special parade. The public is welcome to join this parade to the Courthouse Green and become part of General Washington’s army

10:00am – General George Washington and accompanying reenactors will assemble for a lecture at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage at 71 Somerset St in Somerville.

12:00pm – Reenactors will ride on horseback down Main Street to the Somerset County Courthouse Green.



 
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Collect them all! – History on the Green Trading Cards 

The second edition of History on the Green trading cards will be available this year. Each card features a notable person, place, event, or theme from Somerset County’s rich history and deals out unique facts and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

History on the Green is made possible by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New Jersey Historical Commission.


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