Upcoming East Amwell Historical Society Presentations

Jim Walker will discuss the postal history of East Amwell on Friday, Feb. 17.

Learn about early post offices in the community, recreation in the Sourland Mountain area and ghosts in the township in three upcoming East Amwell Historical Society presentations. All presentations will be held at the East Amwell Township Municipal Building, 1070 Route 202/31 in East Amwell.

The Postal History of East Amwell: Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.

Wait a minute, Mr. Postman! Where have all the post offices gone?

Where was and what happened to the Rileyville Post Office? Where was the Amwell Post Office? These and other interesting postal facts will be discussed by local philatelist Jim Walker discusses the Postal History of East Amwell at town hall.

Author of the acclaimed 2008 book Postal History of Hunterdon County, Walker will talk about the Swift Sure Stage Line hauling mail along the Old York Road, mail on the Delaware and Raritan Canal and mail even posted on the Black River and Western Railroad line. He’ll also will tell you about the great increase in the number of post offices in East Amwell in the mid 1800’s and how their demise came about in the 1900’s. His PowerPoint presentation showing local pictures and postal history from his vast collection will be an interest to all.

Cost is $5, and no reservations are required. Proceeds from this event will benefit work on the Clawson House.

Early Recreation: Enjoying the Sourland Region: Friday, March 10 at 7 p.m.

At a time when the social, economic and natural landscapes in the area were changing, people began interacting with the natural world in different ways. The Sourland region became a popular destination for city folks, hunters, hikers and nature lovers alike.

These social changes and other fascinating stories about early recreation will be the topic of a presentation by Jack Koeppel at town hall. Koeppel’s program, Early Recreation: Enjoying the Sourland Region, is drawn from a collection of 700 photographs (originally 4” x 5” glass plates) discovered in an old home in Pennington.
Cost is $5, and no reservations are required.

Ghost Hunting in East Amwell: Friday, March 17 at 7 p.m.

The Paranormal Activity Research Society of New Jersey (PARS) has been ghost hunting in East Amwell, and are ready to share their spooky discoveries with you. PARS members will show you the tools of their trade — cameras, K2 meters, REM-Pods and more.

Then they’ll tell you about their visit to the Clawson House before discussing one of the most haunted homes they’ve ever investigated: a 1760 farm house in East Amwell. They will play for you the eerie audio voices and a conversations that occurred while no earthly being was in the room, and then show you what they captured on camera. Don’t miss this fascinating program!

Suggested donation $10. Come to town hall early as seating is limited.

For more information, visit EAHS website at www.eastamwellhistory.org.


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