Van Harlingen Historical Society’s May in Montgomery is only getting better. Gracious owners of historic houses in Blawenburg village are opening the interior of their homes for tours when the annual celebration of the township’s heritage returns on Saturday, May 19 with Back to Blawenburg: Tall Tales and Then Some. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with $15 per person donation tickets at the door at Blawenburg Reformed Church located at 424 County Road 518 in the Blawenburg section of Montgomery Township.
“We are delighted to have the beautiful interiors of historic homes added to the afternoon architectural tour. Blawenburg has such charm and character and yet there is such diversity as well,” historical society president Anne Woolley said. “The whole day is going to be so interesting and a lot of fun.”
Newly added to the event are tours of the old Blawenburg Tavern – circa 1816, the oldest structure in the village proper and now a charming home with lovely gardens; the beautifully restored 1856 William Sherman House; the Nevius/Hobler Barn circa 1845, where noted New Jersey photographer Clem Fiori’s artistic wood sculptures and works will be on display; the magnificent 1831 Blawenburg Reformed Church with its soft blue interior, rising-to-the-sky steeple, and doored pews; the 1920 Blawenburg Village School, in its earliest form a one-room school house and the exteriors of two side-by-side 1936 Sears bungalow homes.
Back to Blawenburg will introduce attendees to a lively little yesteryear community of farmers and merchants, bootleggers and churchgoers. Whether Guernsey cows, the Green Flash, the imbibing judge or the perpetual postmaster who served 69 years, the tales live on as told by entertaining presenters inside the historic church in the morning session.
Plus there will be a wealth of exhibits, some from the VHHS Montgomery Farm Museum and the 1752 Dirck Gulick House Collection, others on loan, including maps and images of Blawenburg as the little town used to be, including several of the famed Blawenburg Band.
May in Montomgery organizers have even put together a replica general store with ice cream molds, great signs, old tools and much more. After enjoying a savory lunch priced at just $5 in the church community hall, attendees may journey to the east end of the village, where Blawenburg’s fire company will hold an open house to show off their memorabilia, as well as their big, red machines.
At the west end, patrons may enjoy a tour the picturesque old Blawenburg Cemetery and learn about many of the old Montgomery families like Skillman’s, Van Zandt’s and Terhune’s.
Tours of the historic church will also be available.
There is no rain date and the ticket includes a keepsake program booklet of Blawenburg lore and historic images.
For more information, call (609) 466-0141 or visit www.vanharlingen.org.