Annual Historic House Tour Set for Saturday

Washington Township Historic Society to host 29th event.

The Washington Township Historical Society’s annual historic house tour will be back in action this year for the 29th tour, showcasing six properties in the area on Dec. 8, the group announced.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. that Saturday, attendees can learn more about the George S. Dufford home in Middle Valley–a saltbox style home built by John Hendershot in 1747. Also in Middle Valley will be a tour of the Scott Farm on West Mill Road. The federal style home was built in 1836.

The Middle Valley Community Center will also be on the tour, the group said.

Over in the Fairmount section of the township, the David Crater home will be open to visitors. The home is on Old Turnpike Road and sits on a 308-acre tract of land. The Fairmount Presbyterian Church will also be available to visitors on the tour.

The tour will wind through Fawnridge Drive for an open display of a Dicken’s Village.

The Long Valley Pub & Brewery will also give 10-percent off to all tour participants on any food items that day.

Tickets are available at the Washington Towsnhip Historic Society at 6 Fairview Avenue on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. Tickets are also available by mail. Checks can be made out to WTHS and sent to P.O. Box 189, Long Valley, NJ, 07853. 

Tickets are $20. Due to the age of the homes they are not handicap accessible.

Hookerman November 26, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I love these tours, but unfortunately, the number of houses keeps dwindling each year. If I’m reading this correctly, there are only three houses on this year’s tour.
ACE December 07, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Lunch has always been available at a reasonable cost at a local church for this event. It sounds like a 10% discount at the Brew Pub is is being offered instead this year. Does anyone know for sure?
LV Resident December 07, 2012 at 01:59 PM
According to the article, there will be 6 properties on the tour. I've never gone, so don't know if that's typical or not.
Eileen Stokes December 09, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Many thanks to all the tour patrons you attended yesterday's tour. The weather held and good cheer abounded. The Society hopes you enjoyed yourselves and had as much pleasure as we and the homeowners had in giving it. Yes, 6 properties is typical for a tour. We do sometimes duplicate a property--there might be a new owner, a new addition or just not have been seen in awhile. We have many new patrons each year who have never seen past properties. As to the luncheon this year, the Society is very appreciative of Andrea at LV Brew Pub who stepped forward at a crucial moment with a special offer for our tour patrons. Hurricane Sandy disrupted our lives in many ways, including House Tour preparations. Area churches were busy being warming stations and providing dinners. The luncheon has always been a separate fundraiser for one of the church activities.
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