Are you feeling like a bit of time travel these days? Take a stroll through downtown Flemington and in a little less than an hour you’ll be treated to some of the most intriguing tales in New Jersey thanks to a new self-guided walking tour available in print and online.
Did you know, for instance, that Delaware Indian Chief Tuccamirgan was believed to have been buried in a sitting position facing east with his tomahawk on Bonnell Street in 1750? Or that wealthy gentleman farmer Hiram Deats made sure that the neighboring building – now the Flemington Free Public Library – would sit back from the road so he could have an unobstructed view of town?
Across the street, the striking Greek Revival masterpiece with huge white columns was built by Mahlon Fisher, a local country carpenter who became a master builder. Fisher also brought the Greek Revival style to the Samuel Southard Law Office on 59 Main Street, which in the 1920s was used as a women’s pubic restroom.
On nearby Chorister Place, in a building that was once a stable, young voices rang out with song in the Children’s Choir School from 1895 to 1958, which was credited with starting the national junior choir movement for singers from all denominations.
So, listen to the voices and discover the stories behind the richly diverse architecture of Flemington, with 30 sites to explore in this one-square mile walking tour. The printed brochure, created by the Hunterdon County Historical Society (once Mahlon Fisher’s home) and the Flemington Community Partnership, is available at the kiosk on Main Street.
If time-travel makes you hungry or thirsty, there are over 40 restaurants and eateries in Flemington borough, including great choices along the tour route.