Friday, May 12, 2017


Although the organizers originally said "Rain or shine," the weather forecast is simply awful. Conditions might be dangerous with high winds in a heavily-wooded state park.  Almost surely, the organizers believed, the public would be sparse.

Accordingly, they have cancelled the event.  While I am disappointed, I must admit I did not look forward to standing outside the whole day in torrential rain.  We'll simply have to hope that next year's weather is more favorable. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Open House 2017 at Hoff-Vannatta

Just throwing up a few pictures from last weekend.  Please check back as I get a few minutes to add text.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A bit of beadwork...

From time to time, I make a bit of beadwork to go along with my impression, to show off as examples of trade beads to the public, or just to throw out on the trade blanket.  Here are two pieces I made last summer for fun, just to show them off...


I flatter myself that they came out decently...

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Hoff-Vannatta House Added to Calendar April 29th

For years now, the Frontier Guard has supported the Hoff-Vannatta House by appearing at its spring and fall open house events.  Truth be told, the biggest reason we keep attending is that it's a lot of fun - a nice setting, an interesting historic structure, and great people.  April 29th will be the spring open house; come see the progress the historical society has made since last fall, and stop by and see us!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Join us at the State History Fair May 13th!

The Frontier Guard will be one of the exhibiting groups at this year's Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair on May 13th.  As in the past two years, the Fair will be held at Monmouth Battlefield State Park.  There will be, as usual, a large number of demonstrations and historic preservation associations.  Check out the Fair's website here: 2017 Spirit of the Jerseys Fair

Monday, December 26, 2016

A Warmer Van Campen Day

This is a post that I started in October, but the end of the year was so hectic that I couldn't finish it up.  Therefore, with apologies
for being late, Here it is...

Last October we had snow flakes at the Van Campen Inn.  This year the weather, although cool, was seasonable and far more pleasant.  I brought our junior members along, and once again they did a nice job showing off colonial toys and fire starting.

The Colonial Musketeers Senior Corps was in attendance, providing fife & drum music for the steady stream of visitors.  The Walpack Historical Society also had a number of other artisans, demonstrating skills from blade smithing to cider-making and corn-grinding, as well as spinning/ weaving and chair caning inside the Van Campen house.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Join us tomorrow in Belvidere

Historic Farmstead Open House November 5, 2016 - 10AM - 4PM

Come and Celebrate the Harvest

- Live Demonstrations
- Open Hearth Cooking in the Summer Kitchen
- War Re-Enactors
- Admission is Free!
- Listed in the National Register of Historic Places
- Recognized by The Scenic, Wild Delaware River Geotourism Program

Visit us online at

Our mailing address is:
Historic Preservation Commission of Harmony Township

Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Few Pictures from Quiet Valley

Last weekend at Quiet Valley's Harvest Festival, the Frontier Guard put up our usual display of  French & Indian War-era items, depicting aspects of the material culture of both New Jersey soldiers and settlers, as well as items from the Indian inhabitants of the Eastern Woodlands, such as the Lenape and the Iroquois.

We had a steady stream of visitors throughout the day.  I have only a few photographs, taken at one of the few points in the day when we were not actively engaged talking to the public and demonstrating our items.

Quiet Valley is always notable for very nice displays of eighteenth and nineteenth century material culture, and this fall was no exception.  There were samples of delicious scrapple and sausage, made from pigs raised on the farm, demonstrations of linen production from flax - I picked up a bundle of waste tow and boon to use in starting fires - hat-making from rye straw, dyeing using natural vegetable dyes, and many other demonstrations of local history and farm life in centuries past.  Oh, yes, there was food galore - and very good food, too: sausage, Welsh cakes, pies, barbecued beef, and a host of other food.