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Four Centuries in a Weekend Open House


Saturday & Sunday, October 20-21, 12:00 - 4:00 PM
Reeve House, 314 Mountain Avenue, Westfield NJ

The Westfield Historical Society invites visitors to the Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend Open House at the Reeve House on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21 from 12:00-4:00pm.

Special exhibits include an exhibit on loan from Ken Ward featuring items from the infamous Belcher-Ogden Mansion of Elizabethtown.  Items include 17th & 18th Century china (several Delft), serving pieces, tea/coffee service, a Noah's Ark toy set and shoe buckles. Elizabeth's Belcher-Ogden mansion (circa 1600s), was once the residence of 2 New Jersey governors in the 1700s, and many of the exhibited items belonged to the mansion's prominent families.

Another special exhibit will show information on the life and accomplishments of Dr. Virginia Apgar who was raised in Westfield and is a Westfield Historical Society Hall of Fame member. Dr. Apgar is renowned for establishing the method known as the Apgar Score, used by hospitals worldwide, to assess the condition of newborn babies.

Virginia Apgar’s trading card, among others, will be distributed throughout the weekend to visitors who are collecting Union County’s History Trading Cards. Passports will also be stamped for those visitors traveling from site to site.

The Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center is located at 314 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, NJ. Tours of the historic Victorian era Reeve House will be given throughout the weekend.