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Meeting – October 25, 2016 – Stories to warm or chill the heart

21 October 2016

The wit and wisdom, humor, horror and humanity of a people are found in their stories.  Compelling storyteller David Emerson retells (and embroiders) the colorful and ancient tales of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall that will “warm, tickle or chill the heart.” With or without a pint in his fist, MacCaffrey spins traditional lore of fairies, ghouls, ne’er-do-wells, tricksters, banshees, heroes and liars, plus original stories with an Irish tine.  In a style reminiscent of a cozy evening by a health at a family gathering, David will enchant us with his stories on Tuesday evening October 25th at the monthly program meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood which begins at 8:00pm.

David Emerson’s career as a storyteller, raconteur and prevaricator par excellence began back in the early 1980’s as a historical character interpreter.  David has fascinated visitors at such prestigious living history museums as Colonial Williamsburg, Plimoth Plantations, Morristown National Park and the Old Barracks Museum.  Striking out as a freelance interpreter in 1996 with partner Stacy Roth, David has become well-known in the mid-Atlantic for portrayals of real people such as George Washington and Davy Crockett and his own story spinning character David MacCaffrey and 19th century sea captain LeLand Emerson.

David has performed for hundreds of museums, festivals, cultural organizations, historical societies throughout the Northeast.  He is proud to be a popular speaker with the New Jersey Council for the Humanities’ Horizons Speakers Bureau which is funding this program for the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood.  David has several film projects to his credit.  He portrayed George Washington in New Jersey Network’s “The Ten Crucial Days” and played the feature role of Sergeant Smith in “The Battle of bunker Hill.”

Everyone is invited to attend this warm but mostly chilling meeting (since it is close to Halloween).   The meeting is free and open to everyone. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the program.  The meeting starts at 8:00PM on Tuesday October 25th.  The meeting is held at the Scotch Hills Country Club located at Plainfield Avenue and Jerusalem Road in Scotch Plains.

For more information about this meeting please write to us.


Osborn Cannonball House Museum open for the 2016 Union County Four Centuries in a Weekend Historic Sites Tour

8 October 2016

As part of the Union County “Four Centuries in a Weekend” event, The Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood will be exhibiting its collection of vintage wedding attire. More than a dozen selections from its collection of vintage wedding dresses and accessories will be on display spanning the decades from the 19th century to the present.

The display may be viewed by the public on Saturday October 15th, 2016from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday, October 16th, 2016 from noon to 5pm at the historic Osborn Cannonball House at 1840 East Front Street in Scotch Plains, NJ.
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Meeting – May 24, 2016 – The deserted village of Feltville

16 May 2016

Deserted HouseAbout 1736, Peter Willcocks built a sawmill along the Blue Brook to produce lumber needed by farmers as they settled this frontier area.  Hundreds of acres of forest were cleared by this sawmill operation.

In 1845 David Felt bought 760 acres of land and built a printing factory along the brook.  To support the mill operation, he built an entire town on the bluff above the brook.  He named it Feltville.  By 1850, 175 people were living here.  In 1860, Felt retired.  Other business ventures were tried but failed.  The town became deserted for a short time.

Warren Ackerman bought the property in 1882.  He converted the former mill town into a summer resort called Glenside Park.  Eventually the Jersey Short displaced the popularity of this mountain resort.  Glenside Park closed in 1916.

In 1921 the Union County Park System was formed and this area was incorporated into the Watchung Reservation.  Today ten historic building still remain on the grounds.  Some are still inhabited.

The Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood is thrilled to hold its monthly meeting at the Masker’s Barn of the Deserted Village.  Daniel Bernier, the resident caretaker of the Deserted Village since 1992, will tell us about the interesting history of Feltville.  For 30 years, Dan has supervised the restoration of the Deserted Village in Feltville.  He garnered 4 NJ historic preservation grants totaling $1.1 million that have helped the Board of Chosen Freeholders stabilize the 10 building in this historic mill town and summer resort.  Its Church/General Store Building and an 1885 carriage house known as Masker’s Barn have been restored.

Dan graduated from Seton Hall University with a B.A. in Anthropology.  He did graduate work in Anthropology at New York University and earned a Certificate in Public Administration from Kean College.  Since 1982, Dan has been employed by the County of Union in its Parks Department.  For 3 years he was a Park Naturalist and Museum Curator at the Trailside Nature & Science Center.  He then became the County’s park planner.

Everyone is invited to this road trip meeting.  The meeting starts at 7:00 PM on Tuesday May 24th.  The GPS address is 13 Cataract Hollow Road, Berkeley Heights.  Drive past the Road Closed signs and continue slowly about ½ mile to Masker’s Barn at the end where there is parking. You can also try this link for a closer address to the site.

If you want to carpool or fallow in a caravan, be at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building parking lot by 6:45pm.  Refreshments and fellowship follow the meeting.

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