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Four Centuries in a Weekend Open House

  • Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center 314 Mountain Avenue Westfield, NJ, 07090 United States (map)

Saturday & Sunday, October 20-21, 12:00 - 5:00 PM
Reeve House, 314 Mountain Avenue, Westfield NJ

Four Centuries in a Weekend at The Reeve and Miller-Cory Houses

WESTFIELD, NJ - The Westfield Historical Society invites visitors to the Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend Open House at the Reeve House and Miller-Cory House on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21 from 12:00-5:00pm.

 At the Reeve House, a brand new exhibit of items from the Belcher-Ogden Mansion which are on loan from the Historical Society of Elizabeth and Ken Ward will be on display. 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 will be distributed throughout the weekend to visitors who are collecting Union County’s history trading cards. Other trading cards available at the Reeve house are of Charles Addams, Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. Passports will also be stamped for those visitors traveling from site to site.

At varying times, during the weekend, there will be a reenactment of a Civil War encampment on the Reeve House lawn.  Stop by and talk to the “soldiers” to learn what their life was like during our Civil War.

The Miller-Cory House Museum will feature a presentation by Ms. Cathy Thek on Antique 18th Century Finery:  “Aprons to Wigs”.  Open Hearth cooking demonstrations will take place throughout the weekend.

The Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center is located at 314 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, NJ.  The Miller-Cory House Museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield.  Tours of both houses will be given throughout the weekend.  

The Westfield Historical Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Since 1968, the 501(c)(3) non-profit Westfield Historical Society has worked to preserve, interpret and encourage interest in history, Westfield, and its residents through educational efforts and community outreach programs.