The weekend of October 16 and 17 marks the four centuries of Union County in a weekend event. Each year, Union County celebrates its important place in history by showcasing many historic sites across the county. The historic Hetfield House in Mountainside will be open to visitors on Saturday October 16 and Sunday October 17 from noon to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday there will be a miniature diorama simulation of a Revolutionary War battle. John Sileo, from Mountainside, a member of Tri-State Historical Education Simulations Inc., will be on hand to discuss two War of Independence battles that took place nearby: the Elizabethtown Skirmish and the Battle of Spanktown (Rahway ). The discussions will be complemented by a diorama of military actions with hundreds of hand-painted soldiers.
During their stay, visitors are encouraged to stop by the Levi Cory House Village Shop, circa 1818, which is located next door and will be open for shopping from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tours of the Hetfield House will be available throughout the weekend. Open houses and activities are free. Pandemic measures will be in place, including wearing a mask and limiting the number of visitors to the house and during visits.
Deacon Andrew Hetfield’s home is located at Constitution Plaza (Watchung Avenue, off Birch Hill Road) next to the Mountainside Library. The Mountainside Restoration Committee is a committee of volunteers whose purpose is to restore and maintain the Deacon Andrew Hetfield House and the Levi Cory House and to collect and save historical information and artifacts from destruction. For more information, call 908-789-9420 or visit www.mountainsidehistory.org.