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The Readington Museums were established to promote an understanding and appreciation of Readington New Jersey's history and culture through education, research, preservation, collection, and interpretation. The properties constituting the Museums are intended to be utilized as educational living history experiences for the community; to provide an appropriate setting for interpreting and preserving collections of artifacts relating to the history of the Township; and to offer an historic venue for a broad range of activities for Readington residents, such as educational programs, community cultural events and meetings of groups interested in local history.
The Readington Museums currently consist of the three buildings and a mill. The Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, a Dutch bank farmstead purchased in 1740 with the home built circa 1741. Broadway writer Howard Lindsay purchased the property for his actress wife Dorothy Stickney. The couple lived in the home until it was purchased by the township. The farm is now part of the Round Mountain Trail, part of the Open Land preservation of Hunterdon County.
The Eversole-Hall House can be found on maps dating back to the Revolutionary War. Expanded in the 1800's the home now interprets 1830's life. Cold Brook School is a reconstructed, one room school house, over its original foundations. The original school was built in 1826 and was used into the 20th century. It now serves as a living history classroom experience. Taylors Mill is currently awaiting restoration.
The Readington Museums hold several living history events and open houses each year. Other activities include a summer lecture series and interactive programmng for the township's 1-5th grades.
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