Four Centuries In A Weekend Activities At Dr. Wm. Robinson Museum

Dr. William Robinson Plantation House Museum (Photo credit: KForce/Wikimedia Commons)

Dr. William Robinson Plantation House Museum (Photo credit: KForce/Wikimedia Commons)

CLARK – The Dr. William Robinson Plantation House Museum will again participate in Union County’s Four Centuries In A Weekend local history event.

The museum, located at 583 Madison Hill Road in Clark, will be open Saturday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 21 from noon – 5 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

In addition to the museum’s normal exhibits, special demonstrations are planned throughout the weekend.

Blacksmith Jonathan Nedbor will share information about his trade with visitors on Saturday and Sunday. A full time blacksmith for 40 years, he has specialized in the reproduction of historic forged ironwork, with a focus on the early forged hardware or New York’s Hudson River Valley. While much of Nedbor’s work is used on historic houses and museums, he also manufactures a wide variety of forged items including furniture, tools, fireplace doors and hearth equipment. Visitors are encouraged to bring examples of old ironworks and hardware for discussion and identification. There will also be a display of Nedbor’s work along with many interesting pieces from his collection.

Bee keeper Joe Lelinho will offer information about his trade on Sunday. He has been keeping honeybees since the summer of 1996 and harvested his first crop of honey in 1997. He presently operates over 50 colonies of honeybees in commercial and residential colonies spread over the Caldwells, Glen Ridge, Montclair, Livingston, Roseland, Fairfield, Little Falls, Essex County Environmental Center, and, in the summer, South Kearny & Chatsworth (Blueberry’s). Lelinho also mentors newbeekeepers and has helped many of them grow their hobby into a profitable business. He has won many awards for his honey which he will have available on Sunday for purchase.

Kathy Ormosi will demonstrate cooking techniques on an open hearth on Saturday and Sunday. She will demonstrate techniques used to prepare food over the open fire, using only the tools of the early Americans. You can also sample her food throughout the day. Lorraine Danischewski will demonstrate how butter is made on Saturday, and visitors are invited to try samples.

The Four Centuries in a Weekend history program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.


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