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HISTORY OF THE SOCIETY

The Tewksbury Historical Society was established on February 19, 1989. The Society is organized exclusively to further research into and the preservation and dissemination of the history of the Township of Tewksbury, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

The Tewksbury Historical Society is a not-for-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code 501 (c) (3). The Society was incorporated as a New Jersey not-for-profit corporation on January 9, 1992 and is a NJ registered charity.

A 11 member Executive Board governs the Society. This Board is made up of four officers who are elected by the membership for two-year terms and the appointed chairs of standing committees. This Executive Board conducts all of the Society’s affairs as per the Society’s bylaws.

2020-2021 OFFICERS

Shaun C. Van Doren-- President
Joan Umholtz -- Vice President
Alice F. Walters -- Secretary
Pete Peterson -- Treasurer

 

STANDING COMMITTEES/CHAIRS

Antique Show - George Cassa

Archivist - Fred Katnack

Art Show - Andy Calamaras

House & Garden Tour - Ellen Dunnder

Hospitality - Martha Wrede

Oral History - Stephanie Koven

Property - Harold Wrede 

 

PROGRAMS & EVENTS


The Society holds a number of meetings, events and programs throughout the year for you to attend and enjoy.

General membership meetings are held on the 3rd Sunday in the months of January, March, and May, with a covered dish supper held in November. An informative program is given on the history of Tewksbury or the surrounding area.

The Tewksbury House & Garden Tour, in partnership with the Garden Club of Hunterdon Hills, is held in June of every odd numbered year and consists of tours on the interiors of Tewksbury's historic homes and/or exterior gardens of Tewksbury.  The Tour will return in June of 2021.

In July of every even numbered year, the Society, along with the Tewksbury Trail Association, sponsors a Tewksbury Barn Tour. Barns include new and old, working and dormant, and those still maintaining livestock. The next Barn Tour will be in July, 2020.


The Tewksbury Art Show is our largest fundraiser. It brings many members and volunteers together to register over 140 artists from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut who enter over 325 pieces of art, all of which is for sale.  The next Art Show dates have not been established.

The Tewksbury Antique Show is always the 1st full weekend in December at the Old Turnpike School 173 Old Turnpike Road (County Route 517) Califon (Fairmount section of Tewksbury). Over 50 dealers come from across the tri-state area.  The Show is managed by Bob Lutz.  All dealers spaces are sold out months in advance. The 2020 Show dates have not been yet been set.

 HEADQUARTERS

Society Headquarters is located at 60 Water Street in Mountainville. We're in a portion of the old Municipal Building/Mountainville Meeting Hall, which we lease from the Township of Tewksbury.
Currently our museum is open on select Saturdays and by appointment. Check the calendar for days and times we're open. The current displays are on the Rockaway Valley Railroad, the restored Stryker Dollhouse,and original vintage wines from the former Tewksbury Winery.  Call us at 908-832-6734 to schedule an appointment.

The Society acquired the former Township Garage on James Street in Oldwick having restored the exterior to its former carriage house design and renamed it the Oldwick Carriage House.  Currently the Society uses it for its furniture and large item archives and a storage facility for all of its fundaising supplies and signage as well as events processing and Tag Sale location.  It is located at 5 James Street in Oldwick.  In 2019 the Society acquired 49 Old Turnpike Road with future plans to have as its headquarters, offices and display space.  Check back for future updates.

Stryker Dollhouse
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An exact replica of the former Stryker Home in Oldwick. Part of the Society's permanent collection.

Stryker Dollhouse
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An exact replica of the former Stryker Home in Oldwick. Part of the Society's permanent collection.

Tewksbury Throw
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Tewksbury Throws Available for Purchase - $ 45 each

 
FALL TAG SALES

 
Sat. Oct. 17
Sat. Nov. 7

 
8 am - 4 pm
Rain or Shine
 
Oldwick Carriage House
5 James Street Oldwick

Lots of great items -
Dish sets, depression glass,
lamps, antiques, framed prints
and paintings, sterling silver & silver plate
as well as several pieces of furniture
antique drop-leaf table, multiple chair sets,
desk, Singer sewing stand and more.
 
 
All patrons entering our building
must wear face coverings &
abide by social distancing guidelines.

 
 
 

 
OUR 2020 ANTIQUE SHOW
HAS BEEN CANCELLED

  
OUR HEADQUARTERS IN
MOUNTAINVILLE REMAINS CLOSED.

 
 Items for Sale


The Society has the following books and gifts for sale:


Churches Notecards 10 cards & envelopes (2 of each of Tewksbury's 5 churches)

$ 15/pk

 

 Afghans

Navy Blue,Cranberry & Hunter Green

$ 45 each

 

Auto Tour of Tewksbury Township Booklet - $ 10 each



Historic Notes on Fairmount, NJ by Freeman Leigh

Softcover - $ 25

Hardcover - $ 40

 

 Tewksbury post cards (re-prints) - $ 2/pk (8)


A River Runs Through Tewksbury color pen & ink print of Tewksbury's roadway system

by artist Lib Ryman.  Limited edition of 500 

Artist signed - $ 35

Unsigned - $ 25

Matted - $ 95


PRINTS OF HISTORIC VILLAGES AVAILABLE

Prints of Califon, Pottersville and Mountainville by Linda Jean - $ 75 each. 

Matted prints of Califon, Mountainville & Pottersville - $ 140 each  

 

Artist Proof Prints of Mountainville,

signed by lifelong Mountainville resident Charles Burrell

 $ 125 each.

 

Print of New Germantown from Beer's Atlas,

unframed - $ 15

 

Print of Tewksbury from Beer's Atlas, 

unframed - $ 15

 

Pair of Prints (New Germantown & Tewksbury) from Beer's Atlas,

unframed - $ 25

 

Pair of Prints (New Germantown & Tewksbury), framed - $ 50

 

  We can ship most of the above items for a fee. 

Go to the Forms page and download an order form.


The Tewksbury Historical Society
P.O. Box 457
Oldwick, NJ 08858
Phone: 908-832-6734

tewksburyhistory@earthlink.net


Headquarters (GPS):  60 Water Street, Lebanon, NJ 08833

2020 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

TAG SALES - Sat. Oct. 17 & Sat. Nov. 7

Rain or Shine

Oldwick Carriage House

5 James Street Oldwick

 

Covered Dish Supper & Program

Sun. Nov. 8

CANCELLED

 

Holiday Shopping in Oldwick

Oldwick Carriage House

5 James Street in Oldwick

Sat. Dec. 12 - 9 am to 4 pm

Sat. Dec. 19 - 9 am to 4 pm

Sun. Dec. 20 - 12 pm to 4 pm 

 

 

     All general membership meetings are free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

In case of inclement weather check back to this website or call 908-832-6734 for further details.

*Note:  Some events have a ticket cost or admission fee*

 

Membership 

 

Join or Renew Today 


Individual $25


     Junior (Age 30 and below)  $30

 

     Family  $40 

Looking for information on a piece of Tewksbury's history, an old family name, road, property or just general information, send us an email to tewksburyhistory@earthlink.net  Provide as much information that you can on your subject as well as your name, mailing address, phone number and email so we can contact you with our findings.

There is a nominal charge of $ 0.25 per page in copying costs.  Additional mailing costs may also apply.

We have information on various subjects althought we do not have extensive files on every aspect of Tewksbury history. We'll help as best we can.

Thanks for visiting our website.

Websites of Interest

Township of Tewksbury www.tewksburytwp.net

County of Hunterdon www.co.hunterdon.nj.us

Hunterdon Tricentennial http://www.hunterdon300th.org/

Hunterdon County Historical Society http://www.hunterdonhistory.org/

Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/c&h/c&h.htm

Society Newsletters

January 2020 Newsletter

November 2019 Newsletter

May 2019 Newsletter

March 2019 Newsletter

January 2019 Newsltter

October 2018 Newsletter

May 2018 Newsletter

March 2018 Newsletter

January 2018 Newsletter

October 2017 Newsletter

May 2017 Newsletter

March 2017 Newsletter

January 2017 Newsletter

October 2016 Newsletter

May 2016 Newsletter

March 2016 Newsletter

January 2016 Newsletter

October 2015 Newsletter

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March 2015 Newsletter

January 2015 Newsletter

October 2014 Newsletter

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March 2014 Newsletter

January 2014 Newsletter

Fall 2013 Newsletter

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January 2013 Newsletter

May 2012 Newsletter

March 2012 Newsletter

January 2012 Newsletter

October 2011 Newsletter

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January 2011 Newsletter

October 2010 Newsletter

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October2009Newsletter

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January 2009 Newsletter

November 2008 Newsletter

May 2008 Newsletter

March 2008 Newsletter

January 2008 Newsletter

November 2007 Newsletter

 



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New Germantown (Oldwick) c. 1900
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View of Main Street (Old Turnpike Road)
New Germantown (Oldwick) c. 1900
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View of Main Street (Old Turnpike Road)