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A History High

Did you know that George Washington camped out for the winter in Somerset County during the Revolutionary War? This February, visit the places where the most important generals stayed one cold winter.

Towards the end of 1778, George Washington and four of his top generals made various houses in Somerset County their winter encampment, bringing almost 10,000 troops to the area. Today these houses have been preserved and, thanks to the Heritage Trail Association, have been linked together for one history-filled bus tour this February!

These houses have been a part of Somerset County for centuries, so take this unique opportunity to learn about the important role Somerset County played in the Revolutionary War. Tour the Van Horne House, Van Veghten House, Abraham Staats House, Jacobus Vanderveer House, and the Wallace House where Washington himself stayed and learn about the houses and the generals who borrowed them for this important time in history.

This tour comes around just one time a year, so be sure to reserve your spot in one of the five timeslots throughout the day on February 17th. Buses leave at 10 am, 11 am, noon, 1 pm, and 2 pm, and if you register with advanced payment, tickets are just $5.

Can't get enough? Celebrate George Washington's 281st Birthday at Rockingham Historic Site in Kingston on Febuary 24. Special tours of the house, with an emphasis on details of Washington’s life from his birth to his death will be offered between noon and 3 pm. Refreshments will be served after each tour. Tour size is limited and advanced reservations are required for a specific hour time, so please call 609-683-7132 to reserve your spot.

Somerset County’s historical sites host multiple events each calendar year. Some of our other February events include Tory Jack Day at the Abraham Staats House on February 7th and evening candlelight tours at the Wallace House.

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