Somerset County Weekend Journey Through the PastThe Abraham Staats House participates each year in this event. The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, in conjunction with local historical organizations and tourism partners, offers this free weekend program annually, the second week of October “Weekend Journey through the Past.”

We look forward to welcoming you to Somerset County’s annual Weekend Journey Through the Past, a perfect opportunity to take your family on a weekend outing to visit and immerse yourself in the distant past. We invite you to satisfy your curiosity and expand your knowledge through the discovery of many fascinating aspects and oral histories surrounding more than two dozen significant historic sites open, free of charge, for touring all weekend-long. You’ll learn much about their former occupants, some among whom were quite distinguished statesmen and national leaders; how they occupied their day to day lives, from daily work responsibilities and pleasurable pastimes to the difficult hardships endured during the American Revolution.

As you journey from site to site you will discover that many have significant Revolutionary War histories, contributing to the area’s designation as the “Crossroads of the American Revolution State Heritage Area.” By the end of your journey, you will have a greater appreciation of the history of Somerset County and the lives of early settlers – who they were, where they came from, how they lived, and how they made a difference in the lives of their neighbors, in the growth and development of our county, and their contributions to the rich heritage and development of our great nation.

Participating sites are open free of charge for visitors on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and again on Sunday, Noon to 4:00 p.m

Many of the sites have significant Revolutionary War histories and have contributed to the area’s designation as the “Crossroads of the American Revolution State Heritage Area”. Local historians will be on hand to share their knowledge and stories about Somerset County’s history.

Schedule

Oct
10
Sat
2020
Somerset County’s Weekend Journey Through the Past (FREE) @ The Abraham Staats House
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday October 10, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday October 11, 12 pm – 4 pm

Sponsored by Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, many of the County’s significant historic sites open their doors for the weekend. Local historians will be available to share their knowledge and stories about Somerset County’s history.

The Abraham Staats House Presents Dana Bala  

Dressed To Kill

Dana Bala

From arsenic in clothing, blazing crinolines, and lead in cosmetics, throughout history we have worn deadly clothing and makeup to be the height of fashion even if it kills us.  Dana Bala will discuss some of the most lethal fashion practices in history, focusing on Victorian and Edwardian periods, when people were “dressed to kill.” Dressed in 19th century clothing while giving the folk arts presentation, Dana’s presentation is hands on, bringing many newspaper and magazine articles to pass around during the presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

Activities at the Abraham Staats House: Please Note : Social distancing rules apply.  Masks required. Hand sanitizer and wipes provided.

  • Outdoor Tent: Dana Bala “Dressed to Kill” program
  • In the House: 15-minute guided tours – (limit 6 persons per group, reserve as enter)
  • Exhibits: on grounds and indoors

ADMISSION to all participating sites is FREE.

Oct
11
Sun
2020
Somerset County’s Weekend Journey Through the Past (FREE) @ The Abraham Staats House
Oct 11 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Saturday October 10, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday October 11, 12 pm – 4 pm

Sponsored by Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, many of the County’s significant historic sites open their doors for the weekend. Local historians will be available to share their knowledge and stories about Somerset County’s history.

The Abraham Staats House Presents Dana Bala  

Dressed To Kill

Dana Bala

From arsenic in clothing, blazing crinolines, and lead in cosmetics, throughout history we have worn deadly clothing and makeup to be the height of fashion even if it kills us.  Dana Bala will discuss some of the most lethal fashion practices in history, focusing on Victorian and Edwardian periods, when people were “dressed to kill.” Dressed in 19th century clothing while giving the folk arts presentation, Dana’s presentation is hands on, bringing many newspaper and magazine articles to pass around during the presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

Activities at the Abraham Staats House: Please Note : Social distancing rules apply.  Masks required. Hand sanitizer and wipes provided.

  • Outdoor Tent: Dana Bala “Dressed to Kill” program
  • In the House: 15-minute guided tours – (limit 6 persons per group, reserve as enter)
  • Exhibits: on grounds and indoors

ADMISSION to all participating sites is FREE.