Four Centuries in a Weekend – Explore the Historic Sites of Union County
Take a journey into history! During this annual fall ritual, more than 30 historic sites in our county are open to the public – many offering special activities, demonstrations, exhibits and events. Some sites offer refreshments.
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The Nathaniel Drake House, headquarters of the Historical Society of Plainfield, was built in 1746. Nestled within the towers and slate roof is the original farmhouse once used as George Washington’s headquarters during the Battle of Short Hills, June 25, 1777.
In 1864, John S. Harberger, a New York City bank president, enlarged and embellished the house in the Victorian style, making it his summer home during Plainfield’s development as a commuter suburb.
Today, period rooms portray both the farm life of the Drakes and the suburban life of the Harbergers. Significant American paintings, folk art, period furniture and decorative pieces make this site a museum of both history and art.
602 West Front St, Plainfield