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East Jersey Olde Towne Village



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.


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.


One of the most historic of all the Village structures, the Indian Queen Tavern was the site of social gatherings, travelers meals and repose and the center of patriot meetings during the Revolutionary War. Its most famous patrons were General George Washington who attended a dinner given in his honor by the people of New Brunswick in 1783, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams prior to his presidency. In its time, the Tavern was considered upscale. Its remarkable restoration reflects this - follow the link to Tavern images.

Street address

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 pm
Guided Public Tours: Tuesday - Friday and Sunday 1:30 pm
No Tours on days when events are scheduled


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Photography: Sharon Marsh

The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission is funded in part by the
New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts
New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State

Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission 703 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