Do you read all the plaques on vacation? Do you read gravestones of people you don’t know when you are in a cemetery and wonder about their origin? If so you might belong in a historical society, August and September is the perfect time to take a historical society test drive with the Hunterdon County Historical Society.
You can get a sneak peek at the historical society happenings at the end of this month at the Hunterdon County 4-H Agricultural Fair at South County Park in Ringoes.
On Thursday, August 23, the Cemetery Committee will be at the booth talking about photographing headstones, find-a-grave volunteering and helping to maintain local cemeteries. There will also be local experts on hand to talk about the civil war and on Sunday, August 25, they are going to talk about notable people buried in East Amwell Township, such as a revolutionary soldier and granddaughter of a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
On Saturday, September 15 the community is invited to be part of their Cemetery Seminar. This year will feature Dr. Greg Herman and his study of suspected Indian Burial Vaults in Hunterdon County. For $10 you can visit Flemington Presbyterian Church at 10 E. Main Street in Flemington and hear about his research, which has led to the possible rediscovery of ancient stone burial mounds atop the Cushetunk Mountains. His discovery is still awaiting peer review.