Go back in time in Flemington with walking tour

Written for MyCentralJersey.com on 7/25/17

Flemington, a borough which has a historic district that can boast that 60 percent of its buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, is a haven for history buffs.

And now, with the next Flemington Walking Tour set for Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m., anyone with an interest in learning more about the history of the borough can do so with a $5 suggested donation.

“Flemington is special because of its historic district and on the tour, one can see the changes in styles and building techniques over the span of hundreds of years,” said Patricia Millen, executive director of the Hunterdon County Historical Society, which is hosting the tour.

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According to Millen, Flemington has a plethora of historic homes and Greek Revival and Victorian buildings in excellent condition, making for an ideal locale to host the hour-long walking tour encompassing about a mile and a half.

Unlike other tours of Flemington, this tour will focus on the lesser-explored side streets of the area, Greek Revival and Victorian architecture in homes and businesses and local history of Mine and Park Avenue as well as Broad Street.

“Janice Armstrong, heritage educator and tour guide, wanted to focus on the side streets because other organizations have offered tours of Main Street over the years,” Millen said. “She wants to explore these homes and other great out buildings still standing such as carriage sheds and barns.”

Fleming Castle. Andrew Miller/Courier News

Some of the stops include the Flemington Library, the Deats Building, the Stangl Factory, the Doric House, the Reading-Large House, the Southard Law offices, Fleming Castle, the Fulper Building as well as private homes.

Armstrong, who is also a trustee of the Hunterdon County Historical Society, works as a consultant with Dennis Bertland Associates assisting with National Historic Register nominations and preservation documents.

A maximum of 20 people can join the tour, and history buffs are encouraged to preregister by calling 908-782-1091. If additional spots are available at the start of the tour, then those who have not preregistered can join. The tour will begin at the Hiram E. Deats Memorial Library at 114 Main St.

The Doric House. ~From the collections of the Hunterdon County Historical Society

Millen said that the Hunterdon County Historical Society plans to offer more of these tours due to the enthusiasm of the public since the tours have been announced. A tour also was conducted on Wednesday, July 12.

The Hunterdon County Historical Society decided to launch the tours as a way to offer more programs and also bring attention to its Wednesday night summer research hours, when they open the library to the public for evening research.

“The historic architecture makes you feel like you’re stepping back in time when you walk down the street,” Millen previously said of Flemington. “This is such a pretty, charming town with a high concentration of 19th century buildings, plus, it’s very walkable.”

Flemington historic walking tour

Where: Starts at the Hiram E. Deats Memorial Library at 114 Main Street in Flemington

When: Wednesday, August 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $5 suggested donation

Contact: Preregister by calling 908-782-1091

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