The Hunterdon 300th is offering a very special double feature as part of their yearlong celebration of The American Revolution in Hunterdon featuring the theme of Colonel Thomas Lowery and his wife, Ester, who were great patriots during the Revolutionary War. “The Lowery’s Town & Country” bring attendees both to a historic church and graveyard out in the countryside of Kingwood Township and to the town of Flemington Borough over two consecutive weekends. “The Lowery’s Town & Country: A Talk and Graveyard Tour in the Country” on Saturday, October 8th at 2 pm is the first of the two part special event Revolutionary series. Part One in the country includes a talk by Kingwood Historian, Sal DeSapio, in the Old Stone Meeting House located at the corner of Route 519 and Oak Summit Road. The talk will be on the history of the area where, for a period of ten days in December 1778, the Continental Army camped while moving both Hessian and British prisoners to Virginia. Following the talk, Sal will bring the group to the historic Oak Summit School, a one room school house built in 1754, that has been preserved, and then the Oak Summit Cemetery, where the Lowrey family is buried. This cemetery contains the remains of at least four Civil War Veterans and five veterans of the American Revolution. Back at the Church, attendees will enjoy special 18th century style treats provided by Teaberry’s Tea Room in Flemington. The event is free but reservations are required.
Teaberry’s Tea Room in Flemington is the location of Part Two of the double feature on Sunday, October 16th. “The Lowrey’s Town & Country: A British High Tea in Town” is perfect for anglophiles, foodies and historians. Teaberry’s Tea Room sits where the Lowrey’s town home in Flemington Borough was originally located. Thomas Lowery served as a supply officer and was a Colonel in the New Jersey Militia. Elected to the first provincial Congress for New Jersey in 1775, Thomas Lowery served in the New Jersey General Assembly in 1791 and 1792, and was a member of the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1791 to 1794. His wife, Ester Fleming Lowrey, was the eldest daughter of Samuel Fleming, whom the town of Flemington was named. Ester was raised in what is now the Fleming House Museum and Garden on Bonnell Street in Flemington.
Teaberry’s will offer up a four-course meal of tasty delights true to the reputation of this highly rated restaurant. Often confused with Afternoon Tea, a proper British High Tea is a hearty meal at the end of the day — not the one served on Downtown Abbey where cake and finger sandwiches are served. This meal is equivalent to one’s evening dinner and no one will go away hungry! Teaberry’s owner, Susan Peterson will give a chat about the difference between a High Tea and Afternoon Tea.
To make the mood even more Revolutionary, Anne and Ridley Enslow, musicians who perform in 18th century period attire and playing on period instruments, will be on hand, moving about the rooms of the restaurant, serenading diners with songs of tea and stronger beverages all from the Colonial Period.
British High Tea begins at 5:30 pm at Teaberry’s Tea Room, 2 Main Street, Flemington. This event is limited to 50 guests, includes the meal, talk and music for $40 per person. Seating is open and small groups may be seated with new friends.
To make reservations for both or either event, contact the Hunterdon 300th at (908) 788-2030 or by ordering on line at their website, www.hunterdon300th.org.