At the open house on a beautiful Sunday afternoon Jeff Finnegan, who is an expert on George Washington, enthralled the audience with a recounting of significant events in Washington’s life. No, Washington never slept in the Roseberry House, but its construction was more-or-less contemporary with Washington’s assuming command of the Continental army. Finnegan’s was a lively account of Washington’s early years, his development as a public figure at the same time as he was deeply involved in expanding Mount Vernon and engaged in other money-making activities. The windows were all in, the plywood removed and extensive displays of artifacts from the archaeological work were set up inside the house. Announcements had been sent home with students from several of the elementary schools in town, and there were quite a few parents with kids in tow, who toured the house, although I saw no little ones in the audience for Jeff’s talk. High school students from PASS–the town’s alternative high school–assisted with preparations, tours and greeting guests. They were invariably cheerful and very helpful; we hope to see more of them.
The Roseberry House will be open for tours and inspection on October 23rd (Sunday) between 1 and 5. Artifacts from the archaeological dig will be on display–some dating from the early 18th century. At approximately 2 pm there will be a talk by guest speaker Jeff Finegan. Mr. Finegan lives in an historic house which has been featured for many years on the Tour of Historic Pohatcong; he will be talking about one of his passions – “George Washington: His Life from Birth to Death”. C’mon and bring the family.