Important message concerning the COVID-19 Virus

In response to growing concern over the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum will be closed to the public until further notice. We will be checking emails and phone messages periodically and will respond when possible.

We will also be postponing our upcoming Prohibition Night event, originally scheduled for March. 28, 2020, with the postponement date to be determined pending further developments. If you have already purchased tickets, you will be contacted separately. 

Please follow our social media on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for further updates as they become available. Updates will also be posted on our website, www.merchantsanddrovers.org.

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Children’s Ghost Story Night at the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum

Rahway, NJ – March 7, 2020 -The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association has announced the return of their annual Children’s Ghost Story Night on March 7, 2020 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

All children from ages 5 to 14 are invited to step back in time to the early 1800s to visit a candlelit tavern and hear true tales of ghostly happenings from the era. Visitors will be guided by candle light through the 225-year-old building by the “ghosts” of innkeepers and travelers who will share their strange and mysterious experiences. Parents are also welcome to join this spooky but fun evening event at this local historical landmark.

Stories will begin at 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. and last approximately one hour and will be followed by refreshments in the museum’s kitchen. Tickets are $5 (ages 5-14) for children and $7 for accompanying adults. Reservations are required and may be made through the museum’s website www.merchantsanddrovers.org or by calling the museum at (732) 381-0441.

The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association is dedicated to preserving the Merchants and Drovers Tavern (c. 1795), 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 and to preserving local history. The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum, located on the corner of St. Georges Avenue and Westfield Avenue, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is recorded in the Historic American Buildings Survey.

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All Seats Taken at Annual Member Dinner!

As has been the case since its inception, the Annual Member Dinner this year, held on Saturday, January 25, was completely sold out. Even though the dinner was postponed from the week before due to bad weather, all reservations were filled.

Those in attendance were treated to a potluck meal which featured everything from appetizers to main dishes to desserts

During the evening, President Rick Zdan thanked all those members who worked on this year’s programs and gave a preview of the programs to be featured this year. Director of Museum Operations Alex Shipley presented a brief history of our museum and thanked the members for their help in making our Association one of the most active in the state.

The association would like to thank the committee who organized and prepared the event. Committee members included Cathy and Joe Keefe, Annette and Dave Satkowski, and Betty Makarucha.

To become a member of the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum, click here or call us at 732-381-0441 for more info!

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