Tewksbury Historical Society to Host May 7th Talk On New Jersey’s Colonial Architecture by David Veasey


The Tewksbury Historical Society will host author David Veasey, who will give a presentation on New Jersey’s wide variety of 17th and 18th century extant architecture at the Tewksbury Historical Society Headquarters, 60 Water Street, Lebanon (Mountainville), NJ 08833, on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at 1 pm.  The talk is based on Veasey’s book, New Jersey’s Colonial Architectural Told in 100 Buildings.   A short business meeting will precede the lecture. The meeting and presentation are open to the public.   Refreshments will be served.


In this most crowded and developed state in the union, a substantial number of buildings remain from our Colonial past, including Royal Governor’s Mansion in Perth Amboy,  still functioning Black Horse Inn in Mendham, Nassau Hall on the grounds of Princeton University, to Washington’s Headquarters in Morristown, to Union Iron Works office building in High Bridge, to Sandy Hook, Lighthouse, oldest lighthouse in the country.


And the past isn’t really dead either; several of our contemporary architectural styles can trace their roots to the Colonial Era.

New Jersey’s first settlement began in 1636 when Dutch residents of Manhattan crossed the Hudson River to what is now Jersey City Heights. Swedes and other Scandinavians began moving into the southern part of the state several years later from their initial base in Wilmington, Delaware. The English settlement in Elizabeth in 1664 marks the official founding of New Jersey (350 years in September 2014).

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Sandwiched between Philadelphia and New York City, Benjamin Franklin’s proverbial barrel tapped at both ends, New Jersey often doesn’t get due credit for its contributions to colonial and early American life, including its rich and diverse architectural heritage. This diverse architecture reflects its early settlers who were the most varied in all the colonies, with each group bringing their building traditions with them.


Hunterdon County buildings in Veasey’s talk and book are: Zion Lutheran Church, Tewksbury; Vought Farmstead, Jones Tavern, both Clinton Twp.; Old Stone Mill, Franklin Twp; Office Building, Union Iron Works, Iron Masters House, Solitude House, all three High Bridge; and the Eversole-Hall House, Readington Twp.

David Veasey, the speaker, is a life-long New Jersey resident and has given illustrated talks all over the state. He has also written other books about the state. Veasey lives in Morris Plains, and was graduated from Drew University, Madison, and holds a Master’s Degree from New York University. Veasey has worked as a writer his entire career.