Hopewell Valley Historical Society Presents The Mercer and Somerset Railroad Story

Hopewell Valley Historical Society Presents The Mercer and Somerset Railroad Story


Hopewell Valley Historical Society will be hosting an informational presentation about The Mercer and Somerset Railroad Story on the 140th Anniversary of Hopewell’s Frog War on Wednesday January 6th at 7 pm at Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 80 West Broad Street in Hopewell.

Railroad historian John Kilbride will present an illustrated program on the history and legacy of the Mercer and Somerset Railroad. This obscure and rural New Jersey rail line became famous not for the trains it ran, but for its fate as a Pennsylvania Railroad proxy in a post Civil War “frog war.” This event occurred in Hopewell Township exactly 140 years ago.

The history of the line and its role in the 1876 skirmish and the resulting development of the state’s rail network will be covered. John will review its short corporate life and the balance that its long legacy has contributed to the state’s railroading heritage. Although it was abandoned more than a century and a quarter ago, John will show numerous portions of the right-of-way and several surviving structures which remain as its legacy.

This program is free and open to the public and appropriate for all ages. Curbside parking is available along West Broad Street and Louellen Street in Hopewell Borough. For more information, visit www.hopewellvalleyhistory.org. Please RSVP to hvhist@aol.com

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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