A Peek Beneath the Tarps

So you’ve noticed the tarps are up.

But I bet you’re wondering, what’s underneath? What did we find when we peeled back a layer of history?

Well, here are a few quick shots of what lies beneath.

Stay tuned for more updates!


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How to Eat and Drink French Fluently – at the Merchants!

A sold-out Wine Pairing event – “How to Eat and Drink French Fluently” – was a huge success this weekend at the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum!

Chris Asay, Sommelier
Our marvelous Sommelier, Chris Asay

The parlor was packed with patrons, drinking and eating their way across France, with the help of our Sommelier, Chris Asay, who enthusiastically explained the finer points of each wine we sampled, all while listening to the live jazz music from the taproom, provided by The Hub Kings.

The Cheese Course

After the champagne course, the cheese course, the dinner course, AND the dessert course, we were surprised by a very special Cognac to finish the evening off perfectly.

Chris and Walter

A big THANK YOU to everyone who contributed, including of course the marvelous Chris Asay as well as Frederick Wildman and Sons for the donation of the tasting wine, Il Forno a Legna for providing the wonderful food, and Grape Expectations for the donation of a case of wine for door prizes.  We’d especially like to thank to Walter and Betty Makarucha, who put together this whole event, as well as all the volunteers to helped make this event a success!

Please enjoy some pictures of the event.  And if you missed out – make sure you join our mailing list so you don’t miss the next one!  Or consider becoming a member, and you’ll always get first notice of upcoming events at the Merchants!

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The Westfield Avenue work has begun!

Did you notice the ladders? The tarps? Did you wonder what we were up to?

We’re thrilled to report that spring is on the way – and that contractors have arrived at the museum! As of March 8, the restoration of the Westfield Avenue side of the building has begun!

Over the course of the next few months, you’ll be able to spot progress when you drive by the corner of St. Georges and Westfield Avenues. Workers have started by removing the siding, in preparation for evaluation by the engineer, after which the structural repairs will begin.

We’re thrilled to be moving forward with restoring our circa 1795 building, to ensure its stability for the next 214 years and beyond.  Soon we’ll be able to say “two sides down, two to go!”

We’d like to thank all of our supporters – from members to our county, state, and foundation funders – who have made this phase of the work possible, and whose support the building counts on!

Keep watching this blog for more updates!


Help the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Restore Our Legacy and keep Rahway’s history alive!  Your donation is fully tax-deductible, and will help us restore, maintain, and share one of Rahway’s most historic sites for our community and for future generations!


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