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!
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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Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 from 7:30 to 11pm, enjoy live music, firepits, light refreshments, even s’mores! Scroll down to reserve your spot! Enjoy live music under the stars by Sarah Teti in the tavern yard. And our authentic c 1795 … Continue reading →
Ghosts of the Past Cemetery Tour – Sunday October 3! “They Responded to the Call” Scroll to bottom to reserve your spot! In observance of the 20th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11 and to honor the brave men … Continue reading →
Paranormal “Unplugged” – Sat, Oct 16, 2021 Brian Cano returns to the Merchants and Drovers for a most unusual paranormal event! Join Brian with special guest Rev. Robyne Marie along with other metaphysical fanciers to witness old-school methods in action. … Continue reading →
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Mailing address: PO Box 1842 - Rahway, NJ 07065
Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Department of Parks & Recreation; by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders 2021 HEART Grant Program; by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities; by a 2019 Institutional and Financial Stabilization Grant from the New Jersey Cultural Trust; and by pandemic-relief funding from the New Jersey Arts & Culture Recovery Fund, New Jersey Economic Development Authority, Union County COVID-19 Relief, and New Jersey Council for the Humanities with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act. Phase III of the restoration of the historic Merchants and Drovers Tavern is currently funded by capital grants from the New Jersey Historic Trust and Union County.
The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association is supported by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the federal CARES Act. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this association do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
The MDTMA is dedicated to preserving the Merchants and Drovers Tavern (c. 1795/1820), the Terrill Tavern (c. 1735), developing the site as a tavern museum and to interpreting the important role played by taverns in early American history; to provide a regional educational, cultural and historic resource; and to preserve local history.