The Next Phase of Restoration Has Begun!

The construction has begun on the Tavern Yard side of the Merchants and Drovers! This phase of work will include the restoration of the Tavern Yard side of the building and the kitchen exterior. Hopefully soon, this side of the building will look as wonderful as the Westfield Ave. side that was completed last year.

We’ll be posting updates regularly so you can see the progress!

This phase of the restoration of the historic Merchants and Drovers Tavern building (circa 1795) has been made possible by funding from the New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund administered by the New Jersey Historic Trust, and by the Preserve Union County Grant Program, a service of the Union County Board of Commissioners, your Trust Fund dollars at work for you!

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The tarps are down – and the siding is up!

There’s been a lot of progress this week on the tavern yard side of the building! Check out how beautiful our old building looks with the new siding installed!

Still lots of work to do, but we’re so glad to have the tarps down and the siding up!

Stay tuned for more updates!

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Upcoming Fall Events at the Merchants

Seems like fall is just around the bend already – and we wanted to get our upcoming Fall and Holiday Events out there so everyone can save the dates! We’ll have more details about the events listed soon, but for now – mark your calendars for Fall Fun with a History Twist!

Upcoming Events at the Merchants & Drovers Tavern Museum:

  • Moonlight Tavern Night – Sat, Sept 25, 2021 Enjoy a night of live music and refreshments in our Tavern Yard. Click for more info!
  • Ghosts of the Past Cemetery Tours – Sun, Oct. 3, 2021 A day-time tour of special graves in the Historic Rahway Cemetery, adjacent to the Museum. This year’s theme is First Responders.
  • Four Centuries Weekend – Sat & Sun, Oct. 16 & 17, 2021 Visit the Museum, take a free tour and learn about the history of our site.
  • Paranormal “Unplugged” – Sat, Oct 16, 2021 Join Brian Cano for an unusual old-school paranormal investigation
  • Spirits of Rahway Cemetery Tours – Fri & Sat, Oct. 29 & 30, 2021 Evening tours of the Historic Rahway Cemetery, featuring spooky tales told by your Spirit Guides.
  • Holiday Bazaar – Sat, Dec. 3, 2021 Find gently used and vintage Holiday items for sale in our Tavern Yard—an unusual gift for that friend who has everything.
  • Holiday Candlelight Evening – Sat, Dec. 11, 2021 Enjoy an evening of period song and celebration and ring in the holidays at our unique winter event.

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Peek behind the tarp

At a recent meeting to discuss the restoration, we were able to snap a few pictures from behind the tarps at the Museum – take a look!

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