Museum Association To Host Antique Appraisal Program

RAHWAY — The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association will be holding their annual Antique Appraisal Program on Saturday, April 9, from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. This event is open to the public and the proceeds will benefit the continued restoration and interpretation of the 220-year-old tavern building housing the museum.

Appraisals will be conducted by professional antique appraiser and dealer Robert Smith of Westfield Antiques in Woodbridge. The event will be held in the museum located at 1632 St. Georges Avenue, on the corner of Westfield Avenue in Rahway. The program is designed to help participants learn more about antiques, what makes them valuable, and perhaps learn what of their own family heirlooms may be of interest or even a rare find. This is a perfect opportunity for members, friends and visitors to bring in their treasures, collectibles, hand-me-downs or old curiosities tucked away for years in the attic (except jewelry or coins), and find out if its value is more than sentimental.


Bill Rack, museum association board treasurer noted “This annual event always reveals some surprising items and last year was no exception. Attendees have shared marvelous antiques, from a rare 16th century leather-bound book, to an 18th century cross-stitch sampler created by the owner’s great-great-great grandmother. We can’t wait to see what surprises we have in store for us this year.”

Doors will open at 10:45 a.m., and the program will begin promptly at 11 a.m. Participants’ items will be appraised in order of arrival and registration at the door. The fee for participation is $3 for the first item and $2 for each additional item, with a limit of 5 items per person. Call Museum Director, Alex Shipley at 1-732-381-0441 for additional information. Visit for driving directions and to learn more about this unique site.

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