MIDDLESEX COUNTY

CULTURALAND HERITAGE COMMISSION

East Jersey Olde Towne Village

MISSION

The Village is a collection of original, replica and reconstructed 18th and 19th century structures. While most of the buildings have been relocated to the site, others were constructed here. They represent the vernacular architecture typical of farm and merchant communities, once found in central New Jersey.

The Village functions as an educational model, dedicated to teaching the history, traditions, folk arts and craftsmanship of the people who lived and worked throughout the region. It offers [ public programs ]in the highest standard of excellence, among them: educational workshops, seminars and lectures, in-service training for teachers, exhibitions, concerts, storytelling session, community gatherings and theme based projects.

The Village is a model of access for persons with disabilities, providing barrier free activity areas, large type program materials and assistive listening services at all times. See [ Access] for more details.

Completed renovations and restoration work have brought six buildings into public use, following Americans with Disability Act (ADA) guidelines. They are: New Brunswick Barracks, Runyon House, Vanderveer House, Fitzrandolph House, Smalleytown Schoolhouse and the Six Mile Run House. By December of 2004, the Indian Queen Tavern will join the list of historic structures that have been restored to their original beauty and preserved for future generations.

[ PROGRAMS]

The Village presents original research and timely topics, interpreting the history, society and people of the Raritan Valley. No other museum or historic site in the state, presents compelling and fascinating historical narrative about the place where you live - Middlesex County and its neighboring towns along the Raritan River. Programs draw on expertise and experience from across New Jersey, and appeal to all age groups and interests.

LIBRARY

The village is developing an archive and lending library of published materials relating to central New Jersey and compiling first hand accounts and oral histories. The library is also home to a free public access computer to the Internet provided through a grant from the Benton Foundation and [ National Endowment for the Arts ]. The information available through this computer will provide visitors with a high tech cultural resource at the East Jersey Olde Towne Village. In fact, you are visiting the website made possible by the Benton Foundation Open Studio Arts Online funding.

Street address:

1050 RIVER ROAD PISCATAWAY NEW JERSEY Intersection of River Road & Old Hoes Lane Phone No: 732.745.3030

Hours of Operation: Tuesday Friday:8:30 am 4:15 pm Sunday: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pmGuided Public Tours:Tuesday - Friday and Sunday 1:30 pm No Tours on days when events are scheduled

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Funded in part by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission,

New Jersey State Council on the Arts-Department of State, a partner agency of National Endowment for the Arts

New Jersey Historical Commission a Cultural Division in the Department of State

Middlesex County Cultural Heritage Commission703 Jersey Ave,New Brunswick, NJ 08901-3605.(732) 745 4489 FAX (732) 745 4524 Email [culturalandheritage@co.middlesex.nj.us] TTY users only call (732) 745 3888