In celebration of the 275th anniversary of the historic 1742 Union Iron Works in Hunterdon County, The Union Forge Heritage Association (UFHA) is hosting a year long calendar of events to commemorate and preserve the lasting legacy of this important company. Kicking off a busy year, the association will host its first event on May 20th from 12-5pm at their home base of operation at the historic Joseph Turner House located at 117 Van Syckel’s Road in Hampton NJ.
This event “Forged with Fire” will feature forging demonstrations by the NJ Black Smith Association, an interactive lecture on the French and Indian War and a talk on colonial to modern firearms and a mock demonstration of an antique flint lock rifle. Also on tap will be the unveiling of the Union Iron Works dedication plaques that will be part a proposed Iron Works memorial garden being planned by the Association.
Iron Works artifacts will be on display, the groups museum will be open for tours and a dedication tree will be planted to commemorate this milestone event. Suggested donation is $7 PP. Rain date will be May 27th. The Union Forge Heritage Association, an all volunteer 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 2002, operates and manages the historic 1760 Joseph Turner house and museum.
The association’s mission is to preserve and protect the rich history and natural environment of Hunterdon County and the State of New Jersey and is the only organization in the county dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Union Iron Works and the working men and women of the company. The museum is open for guided tours the first and third Sunday of each month May-November from 2-4pm. The UFHA can be reached at UFHA275@hotmail.com and unionforgeheritage.org for more information about this event.