Autumn Events are almost upon us at the Merchants and Drovers

Summer days are still with us – but soon, you’ll feel a crispness in the air, and you’ll know: Autumn is on its way!

Fall is a busy time at the Merchants and Drovers! Don’t miss any of the fun – mark your calendars for all of our upcoming events!

  • Ghost Hunters Returning to the Merchants and Drovers!
    Sept 15 & 16, 2023 – Start spooky season a little early and join Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango, and Bruce Tango for a weekend of paranormal fun! Get all the details at!
  • Moonlight Tavern Night
    Sept 23, 2023 – Join us for a Tavern Night under the moon! Featuring live music by the Brooklyn Bards, and beer, wine, and light hors d’oeuvres will be offered. Reserve your spot today!
  • Ghosts of the Past Daytime Cemetery Tour
    Oct 1, 2023 – This year’s theme, “Women in Rahway History,” will feature 12 women from the pages of Rahway’s past who played a part in the history of the city, exhibited admirable attributes, or represented universal qualities. During this unique educational experience, groups are guided to gravesites where costumed actors portray each woman and tell their stories.
  • Four Centuries in a Weekend
    Oct 21 & 22, 2023 – Along with many other locations throughout Union County, our museum will be open for tours, along with an opportunity to visit the neighboring Historic Rahway Cemetery. On Sunday, Oct. 22, join us for a daylong Hearth Cooking Demonstration, enjoy the sights and smells of the kitchen of days gone by, and sample our fare.
  • Lantern Lit Cemetery Tours
    Oct 27 & 28, 2023 – 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. Tickets go on sale on Sept 8, and will likely sell out – don’t wait!
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Hearth Cooking Comes to the Merchants and Drovers!

Thanks to a 2022 grant from the Union County HEART (History, Education, and Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program, Hearth Cooking is returning to the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum!

On a very warm day in August, our intrepid volunteers and board members participated in a “practice run” of traditional hearth cooking in our historic kitchen, in anticipation of the upcoming Four Centuries in a Weekend event, coming on October 15, 2022. The Bill of Fare for the day was roasted chicken, sweet potatoes, three sisters soup and of course, for dessert, an apple pie. And yes, it was REALLY hot in that kitchen!

Please mark your calendars for Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend, coming up on Oct. 15 and 16th. Our museum will be open both days, but the Hearth Cooking Demo will ONLY be on Saturday. For more info – check out event!

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June 11, 2022 – A truly fantastic day of base ball.

A truly fantastic day of base ball.

On June 11th, your Elizabeth Resolutes once again graciously accepted the invitation from The Neshanock Base Ball Club of Flemington to play at the beautiful grounds of The Howell Living History Farm near Lambertville, NJ. The staff at the farm are always accommodating and welcoming, and we enjoy our matches played here immensely. Not just because of the welcoming atmosphere, the spectators on hand, or the beautiful scenery, but we match up against a team that scorekeeper John Zinn of The Neshanock confirms as “New Jersey’s oldest vintage baseball rivalry”. The field was a bit smaller than one would expect, given the trees that were in the outfield, but once the ground rules were agreed upon, we moved on to play a game of 1864 rules base ball. (more below slideshow)

The Flemington Neshanock and The Elizabeth Resolutes have been playing vintage base ball together in The Garden State for over twenty years, and the history between the two clubs is highly respected and our games are eagerly anticipated each season. Saturday, June 11th was yet another crackerjack game that saw close and fun competition right up to the last at bat for Flemington. Having won the coin toss (a rarity in Resolutes history!), The Resolutes opted to strike at the bottom of the inning, bringing The Neshanock up to bat first. Defense was strong on both sides, though “muffs” were made by both teams, though pitching was a strong point on both sides. The Resolutes captain, Craig Combs, started the game and kept Flemington honest through seven innings, only allowing 13 runs total. Paul Wortman traded first base duties with Craig to finish out the game, not allowing another Flemington run while pitching. It must be mentioned that Flemington had incredibly strong pitching as well from Bob Ritter and Dave Harris to keep the score close.

Ultimately, The Resolutes came up victorious, tallying 14 runs to Flemington’s 13 at the bottom of the ninth inning. And while a victory is always nice to take away from a game, more importantly is the camaraderie that we share with The Neshanock Base Ball Club of Flemington, who share our passion to recreate the game as it was presented for the era that we play, share insights with the spectators on the differences in the game now as opposed to the era we play in, and to ultimately have fun on field with teammates and opponents alike. Our next match-up is another home game, and sure to be a slap-up day for base ball fans of any fanbase! We play host to The Connecticut Bulldogs of Hartford, CT and The Rising Sun Base Ball Club of Rising Sun, MD in a triple header that is sure to provide a clipping day of vintage base ball excitement!

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