The Franklin Township Public Library maintains a collection of books, magazines, online resources, and historical collections of residents who have made a significant impact on its farming, transportation, and cultural history. There will be a screening of “Farming in the Millstone Valley.” Visitors will also learn about the special programs offered to adults, teens, and children.
The Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition maintains the Griggstown Bridgetender's House, also part of the D&R Canal system. Visitors will have an opportunity to view a recreated 1830s family kitchen; see an old-fashioned kitchen garden; watch films that tell the stories of Franklin Township during the Revolutionary War and early Industrial eras. There will also be an opportunity to take a stroll, bike ride, or rent a canoe along the towpath of the Griggstown Causeway.
The Griggstown Reformed Church, founded in 1842 by Dr. Mc Clelland and Rev. Dr. Proudfit, will feature tours of the church led by hosts who will talk about the history of the old building. There will be pictures and memorabilia on display. Home-made Dutch recipe cookies will be provided to honor the original founders of the church.
At the Kingston Locktender’s home, there will be models of the lock and the original “A’ Frame Bridge, copies for the 1937 Historic American Survey drawings of the Kingston Lock #8, the King Post Bridge, the Locktender’s House and the telegraph station on display. Visitors will also see the Kingston Basin, a double arch culver, and spillway along the D&R Canal.
There will be a guided tour of General George Washington’s final Revolutionary War Headquarters, the Rockingham State Historic Site. The tours of the Rockingham home and barn will commence at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm. The Rockingham Association will also show the Telly Award-winning documentary called “The Road to Peace,” about Washington’s Farewell Orders to the Continental Army.
At the Van Duyn-Wickle House visitors are invited to look through its Dutch doors before its extensive restoration project is underway. They will also see the beauty of the Delaware Raritan Canal on which the property sits.
At the Wyckoff-Garretson Home, docents will lead tours of a home filled with artifacts and items discovered after an archaeological dig on the property. Visitors can go on self-guided tours and take “What Is It?” brochures to look at items displayed and guess their use. In the media room, colonial cooking videos will be playing.