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Volunteers needed for 'Four Centuries' events

on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 02:16

Appearing in on October 7, 2014

Fanwood will be part of a two-day "Four Centuries" observance coming up later this month. On Saturday, Oct. 18, a trail hike will use Fanwood's historic train station as a rest stop. The next day, the museum located in the station will highlight information marking New Jersey's 350th birthday.

The NJ Freewalkers, in cooperation with Union County Parks, is sponsoring the Battle of the Short Hills Historic Trail hike on Oct. 18. The hike starts in Metuchen and ends at the Deserted Village in the Watchung Reservation, where there will be a host of activities and historic tours that Saturday and Sunday. The entire hike is 13 miles long but hikers can join up at any point. Click here for more information and links to an interactive map of the route.

Refreshments will be provided at Fanwood's train station for the hikers. Volunteers are needed to help at the train station on both Saturday and Sunday. If you are interested, contact Adam Kois at

The hike retraces the steps of the American revolutionary war soldiers who engaged the British in Metuchen on June 26, 1777, and then fought a running battle across what is now Edison and Scotch Plains before retreating to the safety of the Watchung Mountains.

The "Four Centuries in a Weekend" observance marks the 350th birthday of New Jersey. The annual public heritage event will take place Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, and Sunday, Oct. 19, from noon-5 p.m.

Fanwood's train station is the oldest Victorian Gothic railroad station in Union County and is one of the 16 historic sites included in the observance. Click here for details on this family oriented weekend.