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)


Former Tewksbury resident Maude Kenyon founded the Tewksbury Historical Society 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 12 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.

2014-2015 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 - Alice Walters & Helen Farrant- co-chairs

Barn Tour - Shaun C. Van Doren

Building - Kurt Rahenkamp

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

Garden Tour - J. Miller Craig

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 August 30, 2014.

The Tewksbury Garden Tour, an idea conceived by lifelong Township resident Miller Craig, is the 2nd Saturday in June of every even year. Ticket holders can visit four gardens around the Township plus a fifth location with refreshments.  The next Garden Tour will be on June 14, 2014.

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 held on July 20, 2014 to celebrate Hunterdon County's 300th anniversary.

The Tewksbury Art Show, held annually in October, is our largest fundraiser with this year bringing our 24th annual show. 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 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 6 & 7, 2014.


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.

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.

Potterstown Skirmish presented by Chip Riddle.


Sunday, March 16 1 pm - Society Headquarters


 The Potterstown skirmish took place in September of 1777. Three groups of Tories, one from Pennsylvania, one from Sussex County and one from Hunterdon County, were trying to reach Staten Island and the British to join the New Jersey Volunteers. They were discovered and chased to Piscataway where they were captured. Thirty-five were sentenced to hang but only two suffered that fate. Chip Riddle was a 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies teacher for 38 years and an historian with special interests in Revolutionary Hunterdon County, the Alamo and the Civil War.


The talk is free and open to the public.  Seating is on a first come, first served basis.  Refreshments will be served. 





Sunday, April 13 11 am to 4 pm. 

Celebrate our 25th anniversary with us. 

 A light lunch will be served.  Free and open to the public.

Come see documents and records from the Society's archives, view our latest oral history videos, search our birth & marriage records or our old cemetery records.  Lots to see and do. 


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

Encyclopedia of New Jersey by Maxine Lurie and Marc Mappen

Hardcover - $ 45

Mapping New Jersey by Maxine Lurie

Hardcover - $ 35 

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
Fax: 908-832-6734 call 1st before sending

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


Saturday, March 15, 9 am - 12 Noon Headquarters Open - Workday

Sunday, March 16, 1 pm, General Meeting & Program - Battle of Potterstown by Chip Riddle

 Saturday, April 5, 9 am - 12 Noon Headquarters Open - Workday

 Sunday April 13, 11 am to 4 pm, Come Celebrate our 25th Anniversary - OPEN HOUSE - Refreshments - Free & Open to the Public

 Saturday, May 3, 9 am - 12 Noon Headquarters Open - Workday

 Saturday, May 10 - Walking Tours of Oldwick * Multiple times . Tours limited in size

Sunday, May 18, 1 pm, General Meeting & Program - Tewksbury Scenic Roads Tour - an informative slide lecture.

Saturday, June 14, Tewksbury Garden Tour, 12 Noon to 4 pm* 


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

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