Four Centuries in a Weekend at the Deserted Village

Visit the Deserted Village of Feltville/Glenside Park during  the Four Centuries In A Weekend program on Saturday, October 18 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 19 from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m., free of charge. The day includes guided and self-guided tours, hayrides, apple cider pressing, old fashioned children’s games, an archaeological activity, lectures by archaeologists, book signings by authors, refreshments on sale in the General Store and by a food vendor, and the showing of a movie called “Silent”, which was filmed at the Deserted Village.  All of the activities are free of charge.

The Deserted Village is located in the Berkeley Heights section of the Watchung Reservation, just off of Glenside Avenue on Cataract Hollow Road.  Besides being a great activity for families, Four Centuries is a great program activity for Cub Scout dens and Boy Scout troops, who might want to combine the event with a hike on the 6-mile Watchung Reservation History Trail or the 10-mile Sierra Trail.

For the first time, visitors will also be able to get to the event via mass transit.  While shuttle buses will be available in many communities along NJ Transit’s Raritan Valley Line, Union County Parks & Recreation is joining with Mountainside and Westfield to provide shuttle service from the Westfield train station to the Deserted Village, with stops at three historic sites along the way in the two communities.   The shuttle service will run during the hours of the two-day celebration.

More information can be found at www.ucnj.org/dv