The Tewksbury Historical Society

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

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

SOCIETY HISTORY

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 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

STANDING COMMITTEES/CHAIRS

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 - Anita Sawczuk

Hospitality - Martha Wrede

Oral History - Stephanie Koven

PROGRAMS & EVENTS

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 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 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, 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.

HEADQUARTERS

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

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

    

November 9, 2014 

Covered Dish Supper & Program

Fairmount Presbyterian Church Community House

147 Old Turnpike Road, Califon (Fairmount)

5 pm Dinner, 6 pm Program on 

Former Bomb-Making plant/Cleveland Industrial Center

 

 The Tewksbury Historical Society will host a talk on the former bomb making plant/Cleveland Industrial Center

located on Parker Road in the Fairmount section of Washington Township by Robert Stokes. Did you know there once was a bomb making plant just north of the

Tewksbury border on Parker Road (behind the Fairmount Fire House)?  The bombs, about three feet long and weighing about six pounds, would spew fiery balls of napalm

at 75 feet, setting everything in its path a flame. They were made between 1942 and 1944. The factory owned by Metals Disintegration Comp. but operated by

United Wallpaper Inc., a front company to throw off any Japanese or German spies that might be interested in a company called Metals Disintegration.  The company

operated 24-hours a day, seven days a week, building napalm bombs used to fire bomb Japanese cities. When the war ended, United Wallpaper was dissolved.

The Dinner & Program are both free and open to the public.  If you are attending the dinner please bring a covered dish or dessert to share.

 

 

11th annual Christmas Antique Show

Sat. Dec. 6, 2014 10 am to 5 pm

Sun. Dec. 7, 2014 11 am to 4 pm

Old Turnpike School 173 Old Turnpike Road, Califon

Admission $ 8.00 per person

55 Antique Dealers in Attendance

The Society will be selling donated antiques at its booth. 

 

Society Headquarters OPEN

Sat. Nov. 22 - 9 am to 12 Noon 

Sat. Dec. 13 - 9 am to 12 Noon

Fri. Dec. 19 - 7 pm to 9 pm

Sun. Dec. 21 - 10 am to 1 pm

Stop by to purchase the special Christmas gift

 

 

 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

Afghans

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

PRINTS OF HISTORIC VILLAGES AVAILABLE

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

tewksburyhistory@earthlink.net


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

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Sunday, Nov. 9 - Covered Dish Supper & Program, 5 pm

Saturday, Dec. 6 - Antique Show* 10 am to 5 pm

Sunday, Dec. 7 - Antique Show* 11 am to 4 pm

Saturday, December 13 - Headquarters Open 9 am to 12 Noon

Friday, December 19 Headquarters Open 7 pm to 9 pm

Sunday, December 21 10 am to 1 pm

Sunday, January 18, 2015 Annual Meeting & Program 1 pm

Sunday, March 15, 2015 Meeting & Program 1 pm

Sunday, May 17, 2015 Meeting & Program 1 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 tewksburyhistory@earthlink.net  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 www.tewksburytwp.net

To reach the County of Hunterdon website go to www.co.hunterdon.nj.us

To reach the Hunterdon Tricentennial website go to http://www.hunterdon300th.org/

To reach the Hunterdon County Historical Society go to http://www.hunterdonhistory.org/

To reach the County of Hunterdon Cultural & Heritage Commission go to www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/c&h/c&h.htm

Society Newsletters

May 2014 Newsletter

March 2014 Newsletter

January 2014 Newsletter

Fall 2013 Newsletter

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January 2013 Newsletter

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October 2011 Newsletter

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