October 15-16: “Four Centuries in a Weekend”

On October 15 & 16th, the New Providence Historical Society will participate is Union County’s “Four Centuries in a Weekend,” celebrating the rich history of area in three ways:

Salt Box Museum at 1350 Springfield Avenue will be open Saturday & Sunday, 12 noon – 5 p.m. 19th-century tools will be exhibited outside including a restored hay wagon, laundry implements, including a hand-crank ringer, foot-powered tool-sharpening wheel, and ice plow. Tour the interior of this restored house, furnished to represent a typical mid-1800s New Jersey farmhouse, and displaying fascinating artifacts — some dating to before the American Revolution.

On Saturday, October 15th, Guided Cemetery Tour at New Providence Presbyterian Church, across from Salt Box at 1307 Springfield Avenue, departing 1 pm and 2 pm (registration required): Learn the history of this cemetery and visit the graves of founding families and Revolutionary War soldiers on this guided 45-minute tour. Limit 20 per tour. To register and request confirmation, email NPcemeterytours@gmail.com with name, preferred time and number of people. Meet 10 minutes before start time on the sidewalk by church parking lot. Sturdy shoes recommended, due to uneven ground.

Mason Room Archives; inside the New Providence Memorial Library at 377 Elkwood Avenue will be open on Saturday, 12 noon – 5 p.m. Explore the Mason Room Archives of New Providence Historical Society: View local maps, photos, newspapers, personal journals and records in the Mason Room, located at the rear of New Providence Memorial Library.

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