Upcoming Events at the Merchants and Drovers

Click for more information on each event!

Oct
9
Sun
Ghosts of the Past Cemetery Tours -The Case of the Unknown Woman @ Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum
Oct 9 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ghosts of the Past Cemetery Tour The Case of the Unknown Woman

Due to the forecast for severe weather tomorrow, Sunday, October 2, the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum is rescheduling the 2022 “Ghosts of the Past: The Unknown Woman” Cemetery Tour to Sunday, October 9. The tours will still run from 12-4pm on the 9th, as originally planned.

If you purchased tickets in advance, they will be honored on the new date, and all reservations from October 2 will be transferred to the same time on October 9. If you are unable to attend on Sunday, October 9, and require a refund, or if you can come on the new date but need to reschedule for a different time slot, please call the museum office at 732-381-0441.

The ghosts of Rahway’s past are still eager to meet you and share their stories, so we hope you will be able to make it on Sunday, October 9!


On the cold, Friday evening of March 25, 1887, the life of a young woman, whose identity has never been established, was snuffed out by a fiendish killer, who, like the victim, has never been named. The unusual and intriguing story of the Unknown Woman Murder Mystery will come to life on Sunday, October 2nd when the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association presents its 28th Annual Cemetery Tour. On the afternoon of the tour, visitors will be escorted to the graves of more than a dozen persons who were in some way involved with the case.  Costumed interpreters will be stationed at the sites to portray the individuals and tell their stories. Tour groups will meet Frank Worth, one of the brothers who found the body, Daniel Ryno, the undertaker, Dr. Walter Cladek, the doctor who performed the autopsy, and Mayor John Daly, whose city was unnerved by the murder, along with many more. The Unknown Woman Mystery Tour was last presented in 2017 and was attended by over 400 visitors.  Since we anticipate large crowds again, reservations are recommended.   Tours start at noon and leave every fifteen minutes.  The last tour will go off at 4 P.M.  Each tour takes approximately two hours.  Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for members of the Association and seniors (65+), and $5 for children (12 and under). Reserve your spot via Paypal below, or, call the Museum office at (732) 381-0441 for tour time availability and for more information or to reserve by phone. Reserve your time:
Options
Tour Time
Where did you hear about the event?
Contact Phone Number
Contact Email
Oct
15
Sat
Four Centuries in a Weekend at the Merchants & Drovers
Oct 15 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

On Saturday, Oct 15 Sunday, Oct 16 over two dozen museums and historic sites across Union County will e open, giving history  buffs a chance to take a journey through mor than 400 years of history.

The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum will be open both days with member volunteers in the building to provide tours and showcase your local history.  On Saturday, October 15th only, hearth cooking demonstrations will be given throughout the day. Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit the gravesite of Abraham Clark, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, who is buried in the historic Rahway Cemetery.

Stop by the Museum and receive a booklet listing all the participating sites and get a Four Centuries Passport stamped.

All locations will be open from 12-5 both days. See as many sites as you can!

Oct
16
Sun
Four Centuries in a Weekend at the Merchants & Drovers
Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

On Saturday, Oct 15 Sunday, Oct 16 over two dozen museums and historic sites across Union County will e open, giving history  buffs a chance to take a journey through mor than 400 years of history.

The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum will be open both days with member volunteers in the building to provide tours and showcase your local history.  On Saturday, October 15th only, hearth cooking demonstrations will be given throughout the day. Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit the gravesite of Abraham Clark, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, who is buried in the historic Rahway Cemetery.

Stop by the Museum and receive a booklet listing all the participating sites and get a Four Centuries Passport stamped.

All locations will be open from 12-5 both days. See as many sites as you can!

Oct
28
Fri
The Spirits of Rahway – A Lantern Lit Tour of the Rahway Cemetery
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Centuries of the Unexplained within the Gates of the Rahway Cemetery


Reserve your spot online or call 732-381-0441!


This October, the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum will once again host The Spirits of Rahway: A Lantern Lit Tour of the Rahway Cemetery. Taking place on Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29, this nighttime tour will showcase the sinister side of Rahway’s history. Guests will be escorted through the cemetery by their “Spirit Guide” who will relay thirteen true stories of murder, tragic deaths, and the unexplained goings on within the cemetery gates. 

The Rahway Cemetery dates to 1724, and many famous -and infamous- characters are buried within its wrought iron gates. For decades, stories of ghostly encounters have been reported by caretakers, visitors, and museum staff. 

Tours begin after sundown at 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, and 9:30 p.m. Tours last approximately one hour. Reservations are required. Tickets are $20 per person. After the walk, guests are invited back to the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum for hot mulled apple cider and refreshments. Attendees are also welcome to take a self-guided tour of the candlelit floors of the 227-year-old building. 

Reserve your spot online or call 732-381-0441 as this tour sells out every year!

Oct
29
Sat
The Spirits of Rahway – A Lantern Lit Tour of the Rahway Cemetery
Oct 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Centuries of the Unexplained within the Gates of the Rahway Cemetery


Reserve your spot online or call 732-381-0441!


This October, the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum will once again host The Spirits of Rahway: A Lantern Lit Tour of the Rahway Cemetery. Taking place on Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29, this nighttime tour will showcase the sinister side of Rahway’s history. Guests will be escorted through the cemetery by their “Spirit Guide” who will relay thirteen true stories of murder, tragic deaths, and the unexplained goings on within the cemetery gates. 

The Rahway Cemetery dates to 1724, and many famous -and infamous- characters are buried within its wrought iron gates. For decades, stories of ghostly encounters have been reported by caretakers, visitors, and museum staff. 

Tours begin after sundown at 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, and 9:30 p.m. Tours last approximately one hour. Reservations are required. Tickets are $20 per person. After the walk, guests are invited back to the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum for hot mulled apple cider and refreshments. Attendees are also welcome to take a self-guided tour of the candlelit floors of the 227-year-old building. 

Reserve your spot online or call 732-381-0441 as this tour sells out every year!

Comments are closed.