Rockingham Holds Candlelight Tours


The Rockingham house and kitchen garden. Photo: NJ Department of Tourism.


Submitted by Victory Chase.

Rockingham State Historic Site, 64 Laurel Ave., General George Washington’s final wartime headquarters, will be holding its annual Candlelight Tours of the house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 11.

The theme for this year focuses on the help foreigners provided the colonies during the course of the American Revolution, and the holiday traditions they brought with them.

Visitors will be led through the rooms of the historic house by 18th-century-clad members of the Montgomery Township Live Historians Club. The candlelight tours will also feature period music by John Burkhalter of Practitioners of Musick.

Holiday goodies and warm drinks will be provided in the Children’s Museum near the house, and the Museum Store will be open for holiday shopping, with such items as period toys, quills and tricorn hats, honey from Rockingham bees, books, and a DVD about Rockingham during General Washington’s time. If temperature permits, the site’s restored 18th century Dutch Barn will be open for viewing.

Advance tour reservations are required for admission, and can be made by calling (609) 683-7136. There is a suggested donation of $8. Tours will be offered at least every half-hour, with 3:30 p.m. being the last tour.

Rockingham is located midway between Route 518 and Route 27, near the Village of Kingston in Franklin Township.

This program is made possible by the MTHS Live Historians, the Rockingham Association, the Stony Brook Garden Cub, and the NJ Division of Parks and Forestry. The site is part of the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park.


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