Wash Day Blues

November 16, 2008, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Speaker Jane Chrysostom, an expert in woman’s pioneer history, will “edutain” visitors in the once essential, now bygone skill of making soap for clothes washing and bathing will describe the fabled beginnings of soap and demonstrate the original process of soap making using a 100-year-old recipe. The public will see the steps of the process of combining natural rendered animal fat with other ingredients to create the chemical reaction called saponification. Ramon Green from Maplewood will be exhibiting samples from his collection of 19th c. irons, tubs and other washday accessories.

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October 17, 2021, 1:00 PM

The Forgotten Victory: The Battle of Springfield of 1780

Come to the Durand-Hedden House on Sunday, Oct. 17 to learn about the critical Revolutionary War battle of 1780 that was fought just down the road from here, in Vauxhall, the Short Hills, Springfield and Connecticut Farms (Union).

Historian John Kieser will bring to life this often-overlooked conflict, in which the New Jersey militia held off the British and prevented them from getting to Washington’s troops in Morristown.

House and Country Store open 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Presentation at 2:00 pm

Proof of vaccination and masks required.


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