History in a Weekend: Sussex, Somerset and Union Counties

If you’re looking for a great way to connect to history in New Jersey, taking advantage of the weekend-long history events should be on your list!  This year, October is packed with multiple opportunities in over 80 locations in three counties.

Sussex County Heritage Weekend
Saturday, October 8th
Enjoy Columbus Day weekend and take a self-guided tour of Sussex County’s historic sites! Visit and view Sussex County during its most splendid weekend! The Heritage Weekend Tour provides you with an opportunity to visit a number of Sussex County’s historical sites and museums. While touring the county, stop at farms, farmers markets, and wineries. There are also locations for apple and/or pumpkin picking.

On October 8th and 9th, historical museums and heritage organizations throughout Sussex County will join with the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council for a Heritage weekend. It is a wonderful opportunity to explore the history and uniqueness of Sussex County. Several participating organizations will be open – Visitors Welcome!


Weekend Journey through the Past: Somerset County
Saturday-Sunday, October 8th – 9th
During this two-day period, twenty-six (26) of the County’s significant historic sites will be open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, and 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Sunday. This year’s event features three early schoolhouses, of particular interest to educators and their students.

For those who enjoy a challenge, a fun and educational detective investigation activity, What in the World is That? created for kids & the entire family, will test your powers of deduction to solve 26 mysteries complementing the various special exhibits, programs, and tours planned at each historic site.


Four Centuries in a Weekend: Union County
Saturday-Sunday, October 15th – 16th
Hear Union County’s stories of evolution and growth, as told through 34 historic structures built in the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries — restored properties that reflect the lives of former owners and residents. Whether an early mansion or a farmhouse, business establishment or historic cemetery, these sites together illustrate history — from colonial discontent and revolutionary fervor, to placid farm life, Victorian elegance, early medical care, and even an original one-stop shopping store.

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