Presidential Comments

There is little that is more important for an American citizen to know than the history and traditions of his country. Without such knowledge, he stands uncertain and defenseless before the world, knowing neither where he has come from nor where he is going. With such knowledge, he is no longer alone but draws a strength far greater than his own from the cumulative experience of the past and accumulative vision of the future.
Excerpt from John Kennedy's (1962) essay "On History"

I cannot but remember the place that New Jersey holds in our early history. In the early Revolutionary struggle, few of the States among the old Thirteen had more of the battlefields of the country within their limits than old New Jersey.… Away back in my childhood, the earliest days of my being able to read, I got hold of a small book…Weem’s "Life of Washington". I remember all the accounts there given on the battle fields and struggles for the liberties of the country, and none fixed themselves upon my imagination so deeply as the struggle here at Trenton, New Jersey. The crossing of the river, the contest with the Hessians, the great hardhips endured at that time, all fixed themselves on my memory more than any single revolutionary event; and you all know, for you all have been boys, how these early impressions last longer than any others. I recollect thinking then, boy even though I was, that there must have been something more than common that those men struggled for; that something even more than National Independence; that something that held out a great promise to all people of the world to all time to come.... Excerpt from Abraham Lincoln's speech to the NJ State Senate, February 21, 1861

Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association Membership Information

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Upcoming Holiday Events

Two 18th Century Candlelight Concerts
at The Old Dutch Parsonage ~
Featuring Linda Russell
~ Sunday, Nov. 7 & Friday, Dec. 17, 2010 ~ 7:30 p.m. ~

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These Evening Concerts with Linda Russell feature Music of the 18th century performed in the Authentic Candlelit Atmosphere of the Old Dutch Parsonage.
Ms. Russell sings Popular Songs and Ballads
and Plays Instruments of the Period, including
Hammered Dulcimer, Guitar and Tin Whistle.
Seating begins at 7 pm. Call 908-725-1015 to reserve.

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"Six Days Before Christmas"
Colonial Christmas Tours
at the Wallace House
Sunday, Dec. 19, 5-8 pm
A special Christmas event featuring candlelight tours through the Wallace House. Guides in period clothing explain how Christmas was celebrated in the American colonies. Enjoy the holiday atmosphere of this Colonial-era home, decorated authentically in the 18th century manner to celebrate the season. Refreshments will be served.
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All Events: $10 per person. Reservations: in advance. Contact Jim Kurzenberger:
Phone: 908-725-1015 Email:
Parking for events: 71 Somerset Street, Somerville (Lot across from Circle Floors. There is a short walk to the houses.)
About the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage historic site:
Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Historic Site
71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
Office: 908-725-1015 Fax: 908-526-6187
State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
For more about Linda Russell:


The 2010 Annual Meeting of the Wallace House and the Old Dutch Parsonage Association
convenes on:

Sunday afternoon, November 7th
2:00 pm

At: The Old Dutch Parsonage
Parking at 71 Somerset Street
Somerville, N J.

Current, Former, and New Members Welcome
Brief Business Meeting

Presentation by:
Donald J. Peck, Author of
"A Spirited War: George Washington and the Ghosts of the Revolution in Central New Jersey"