PISCATAWAY – Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission announced Washington’s Visit on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m., at East Jersey Olde Towne Village, 1050 River Road, Piscataway.
On Sunday, December 5, journey back to 1783 and celebrate the anniversary of the day George Washington came to the Indian Queen Tavern. The afternoon will begin with a portrayal of George Washington by John Lopes from the American Historical Theatre. As General, and the first President from 1789-1797, George Washington remained faithful to the principles for which he and his country had fought. In 1797, after two terms as President, Washington declined a possible third term. Although his well-earned retirement to his beloved Mount Vernon farm lasted less than three years, he and Martha enjoyed their years there.
The program will continue with a reenactment of the visit of George Washington to the Indian Queen Tavern, located then in New Brunswick, on the evening of December 5, 1783. The Indian Queen Tavern first floor rooms have been interpreted to reflect tavern owner James Drake setting-up for the festivities that would take place. Details of the event were published in a local New Brunswick newspaper, providing historians with an important look at what transpired that evening. In addition to the thirteen toasts, the newspaper printed two speeches from that gathering.
Commission Staff Douglas Aumack, dressed in 18th century clothes, will read the address that was presented to Washington by the citizens of New Brunswick at the Indian Queen Tavern. George Washington (as portrayed by John Lopes) will then respond by reading his address. A recitation of the thirteen toasts will follow and be read by volunteers from the audience.
After the presentation, visitors can see the newly installed 1796 piano donated by Paul Boyd of Atlantic Highlands. This square piano was made by John Broadwood of London around 1790. Square pianos were developed in the 1740s and are representative of the necessity for compact instruments in the new row homes of the burgeoning middle class.
For more information and to register for this free program, call 1-732-745-3030.
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