Bus Tours of "Montgomery As It Was" May 30th

Bus Tours of “Montgomery As It Was” May 30th

Posted on May 21, 2015

Its a very special “May in Montgomery’ event this year, to honor the Van Harlingen Historic Society’s 50th anniversary!

Two separate bus tours over our historic roads will explore changes in Montgomery from its earliest days, through lively narration and visits to preserved buildings, landscapes and villages. Participants will experience our history first hand. Space is limited. Western Montgomery will be explored in the morning and Eastern Montgomery in the afternoon. Registration will be closed upon filling of each bus, so register early.

Each area has a different story. Along the east side tourists will be driven by the lovely Victorian homes of Rocky Hill, once part of the township and, walk through Opie’s Mill converted into a charming home and visit the antiques-filled miller’s cottage across the way. Learn when and why Rocky Hill seceded from Montgomery and what Rev. War patriot was abducted from his dinner table and marched up River Road by the British. Another stop will be the Montgomery Farm Museum to see the antique tool and implement collection of our by-gone agrarian era with demonstrators on hand.

On the west side, tourists will step inside the delightful living-history, one-room 1853 Bedensville schoolhouse, visit the historic 18th century Jochem Gulick farm house, and travel through pastoral country side and rolling hills of the Sourlands, into the charming village of Blawenburg, to the site of the original Skillman Village, to the forgotten Stoutsburg and of course Harlingen village.

To register, go to www.vanharlingen.org to pay by Paypal or send a check to VHHS, P.O. Box 23, Belle Mead, NJ 08502.  You Must specify on check “Western Tour” or “Eastern Tour” or “Both Tours” with costs as below. For more info, contact info@vanharlingen.org

10:00 am: Historic Montgomery – The Western Tour includes Belle Mead, Plainville, Dutchtown, Old Skillman, Lost Stroutsburg, Blawenburg and Beldensville with stops along the way. Special inside tours of Jochem Gulick House and the Beldensville 1853 One-Room Schoolhouse.
Western Tour Non-Members:$25
Western Tour Members:$20
2:00 pm: Historic Montgomery – The Eastern Tour explores Bridgepoint, River Road, Rocky Hill, Harlingen and miles of preserved farmland cultivated by the earliest settlers with several stops. Special inside tours of Opie’s Mill and the Millers Cottage.
Eastern Tour Non-Members:$25
Eastern Tour Members:$20
Payment must be received in advance to board the bus, there will not be a ‘pay at the (bus) door’ option.  Both tours will leave from the parking lot of the Harlingen Reformed Church, Rt. 206 & Harlingen Rd., Belle Mead, NJ 08502.  Cars may be parked there during the tours.

Source: VHHS

Date: 4/15/15, Updated: 5/21/15