The Tewksbury Historical Society

The Tewksbury Historical Society
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New Germantown (Oldwick) c. 1900
View of Main Street (Old Turnpike Road)

New Germantown (Oldwick) c. 1900
View of Main Street (Old Turnpike Road)


The Tewksbury Historical Society was established on February 19, 1989. The Society is organized exclusively to further research into and the preservation and dissemination of the history of the Township of Tewksbury, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

The Tewksbury Historical Society is a not-for-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code 501 (c) (3). The Society was incorporated as a New Jersey not-for-profit corporation on January 9, 1992 and is a NJ registered charity.

A 13 member Executive Board governs the Society. This Board is made up of four officers who are elected by the membership for two-year terms and the appointed chairs of standing committees. This Executive Board conducts all of the Society’s affairs as per the Society’s bylaws.

2015-2016 OFFICERS

Shaun C. Van Doren-- President
Janet J. Schmidling -- Vice President
Alice F. Walters -- Secretary
Elsie B. Ehmann -- Treasurer


Antique Show - Lyn Rahenkamp

Archivist - Phil Kane

Art Show - TBD

Barn Tour - Shaun C. Van Doren

Building - Kurt Rahenkamp

Flea Market - Fred Katnack & Shaun C. Van Doren - co-chairs

Garden Tour - Anita Sawczuk

Hospitality - Martha Wrede

Oral History - Stephanie Koven


The Society holds a number of meetings, events and programs throughout the year for you to attend and enjoy.

General membership meetings are held on the 3rd Sunday in the months of January, March, and May, with a covered dish supper held in November. An informative program is given on the history of Tewksbury or the surrounding area.

A flea market is held on the Saturday preceding Labor Day. The next Flea Market will be on September 5, 2015.

The Tewksbury Garden Tour, an idea conceived by lifelong Township resident Miller Craig, is the 2nd Saturday in June. Ticket holders can visit four gardens around the Township plus a fifth location with refreshments.  The next Garden Tour will be on June 13, 2015.

In July, the Society, along with the Tewksbury Trail Association, sponsors a Tewksbury Barn Tour. Barns include new and old, working and dormant, and those still maintaining livestock. The next Barn Tour will be in July, 2016.

The Tewksbury Art Show is our largest fundraiser. It brings many members and volunteers together to register over 140 artists from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut who enter over 325 pieces of art, all of which is for sale.  The Art Show is on hiatus in 2015 and will return in 2016.

The Tewksbury Antique Show is always the 1st full weekend in December at the Old Turnpike School on Old Turnpike Road (County Route 517) in the Fairmount section of Tewksbury.  Dealers come from the tri-state area.  The Show is managed by Bob Lutz and Ellen Katona.  All dealers spaces are sold out months in advance. This year's show will be December 5 & 6, 2015.


Society Headquarters is located at 60 Water Street in Mountainville. We're in a portion of the old Municipal Building/Mountainville Meeting Hall, which we lease from the Township of Tewksbury.
Currently our museum is open on select Saturdays and by appointment. Check the calendar for days and times we're open. The current displays are on the Rockaway Valley Railroad, the restored Stryker Dollhouse,and original vintage wines from the former Tewksbury Winery.  Call us at 908-832-6734 to schedule an appointment.

The Society acquired in 2014 the former Township Garage on James Street in Oldwick.  Plans are to use the building as an archives and storage facility and restore it to the Carriage House that it once was. It will be called the Oldwick Carriage House and is located at 5 James Street.  It will undergo a restoration project in 2015 & 2016.

Stryker Dollhouse
An exact replica of the former Stryker Home in Oldwick. Part of the Society's permanent collection.

Stryker Dollhouse
An exact replica of the former Stryker Home in Oldwick. Part of the Society's permanent collection.

21st annual Tewksbury Flea Market
Sat. Sept. 5 
8 AM to 3 PM
Rain Date:  Sun. Sept. 6
Johnson/Cedar Lane Farm Field
County Route 517, 1/2 mile north of Oldwick 
Admission $ 1
Early Bird Admission: 
$ 10 per person from 7 AM to 8 AM
Early Birds enter from Homestead Road 
115 vendors will be selling many quality items 
Breakfast & Lunch Available - Sold by Pottersville Vol. Fire Co.
Come enjoy your Labor Day Saturday in Tewksbury 



 Items for Sale

The Society has the following books and gifts for sale:

Tewksbury Art Show Notecards (scenes of 2001 & 2002 winners) 10 cards & envelopes

$ 15/pk

Churches Notecards 10 cards & envelopes (2 of each of Tewksbury's 5 churches)

$ 15/pk


Delft Blue and Cranberry Red

$ 45 each

Historic Notes on Fairmount, NJ by Freeman Leigh

Softcover - $ 15
Hardcover - $ 25

Tewksbury post cards (re-prints) - $ 2/pk (6)

A River Runs Through Tewksbury color pen & ink print of Tewksbury's roadway system by artist Lib Ryman.
Limited edition of 500

Artist signed - $ 35
Unsigned - $ 25


Folk Art Print of Oldwick by Ann Reeves - $ 75 each

Prints of Califon, Pottersville and Mountainville by Linda Jean - $ 75 each.

Artist Proof Prints of Mountainville, signed by lifelong Mountainville resident Charles Burrell - $ 125 each.

Print of New Germantown from Beer's Atlas, unframed - $ 15

Print of Tewksbury from Beer's Atlas, unframed - $ 15

Pair of Prints (New Germantown & Tewksbury) from Beer's Atlas, unframed - $ 25

Pair of Prints (New Germantown & Tewksbury), framed - $ 50

We can ship most of the above items for a fee.  Go to the forms page for an order form.

The Tewksbury Historical Society
P.O. Box 457
Oldwick, NJ 08858
Phone: 908-832-6734

Headquarters (GPS):  60 Water Street, Lebanon, NJ 08833



Saturday, September 5 Tewksbury Flea Market 8 am - 3 pm *

Saturday, October 31 Oldwick Tag Sale, 5 James Street 8 am to 4 pm, rain or shine

Sunday, November 8 5 pm Covered Dish Supper & Program

Sat. December 5 Tewksbury Antique Show 10 am to 5 pm, Old Turnpike School *

Sun. December 6 Tewksbury Antique Show 11 am to 3 pm, Old Turnpike School *



The Art Show will NOT be held in 2015 but will return in 2016.  

All general membership meetings are free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

In case of inclement weather check back to this website or call 908-832-6734 for further details.

*Note:  Some events have a ticket cost or admission fee*

Looking for information on a piece of Tewksbury's history, an old family name, road, property or just general information, send us an email to  Provide as much information that you can on your subject as well as your name, mailing address, phone number and email so we can contact you with our findings.

There is a nominal charge of $ 0.25 per page in copying costs.  Additional mailing costs may also apply.

We have information on various subjects althought we do not have extensive files on every aspect of Tewksbury history. We'll help as best we can.

Thanks for visiting our website.

Websites of Interest

To reach the Township of Tewksbury website go to

To reach the County of Hunterdon website go to

To reach the Hunterdon Tricentennial website go to

To reach the Hunterdon County Historical Society go to

To reach the County of Hunterdon Cultural & Heritage Commission go to

Society Newsletters

March 2015 Newsletter

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October 2014 Newsletter

May 2014 Newsletter

March 2014 Newsletter

January 2014 Newsletter

Fall 2013 Newsletter

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May 2012 Newsletter

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October 2011 Newsletter

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October 2010 Newsletter

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