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Monday March 19, 2018


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Rockingham Candle Light Tour Dec 10

On Sunday, December 10th from 11-4, Historic Rockingham, during its annual Candlelight Tour, will celebrate some of the Americans who gave their blood, sweat and tears to defend our unalienable rights. Many of these heroes served in the Continental Army and helped our troops to ultimately achieve the impossible—the surrender of the British Army and the concession of our independence from British rule. Some gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives, and others survived to enjoy the peace. Some served through written or verbal inspiration; others, by deeds done off the battlefield or by carrying vital information and protecting the lives of others, civilians and soldiers alike.

A few of these heroes will be remembered during the tour, with an emphasis on military campaigns in New Jersey. Visitors will be led around the rooms of the historic house by members of the Montgomery Township Live Historians club and hear tales of these brave few, which may include soldiers such as Washington and lesser-known John Glover, members of the Culper spy ring, poetess Phyllis Wheatley and William Lee, Washington’s body guard and personal slave. The candlelight tours will also feature period music by John Burkhalter of the Practitioners of Musick. Holiday goodies and warm drinks will be available in Rockingham’s Children’s Museum, and the Museum Store will be open, with its period toys, local honey, books, Rockingham DVD, quills and tricorn hats.

Because space is limited, tour reservations are required and must be made by calling 609-683-7132 through Nov. 19 or 609-683-7136 after Nov. 19. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person or $10 per family. Tours will be offered at least every half-hour, with 3:30 being the last tour. This program is made possible by the Live Historians, Rockingham Association, the Stony Brook Garden Club and the NJ Division of Parks & Forestry.

Rockingham is located on Laurel Avenue/Kingston-Rocky Hill Road (County Route 603) between Route 518 in Rocky Hill and Route 27 in Kingston. For further information or directions, please call (609) 683-7132 or visit www.rockingham.net.

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