Hopewell Valley to Celebrate First Heritage Weekend

On Memorial Day weekend, multiple organizations across Hopewell Valley have been presenting programs and events that celebrate its rich heritage, for decades.  Under the direction of the Hopewell Valley Heritage Committee, several of those organizations are now partnering to offer a full weekend of events nearly all of which are free to the public. Partnering organizations include the Hopewell Museum, Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum, Hopewell Valley Historical Society, Stoutsburg Cemetery Association, Pennington African Cemetery Association, Hopewell Valley Veterans Association, and Hopewell Public Library.

Not to be missed! The Hopewell Museum will partner with Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum to present an all-day historical reenactment of a Civil War encampment by the 6th Regiment Infantry USCT on the grounds of The Hopewell Museum. The 6th Regiment US Colored Troops Reenactors, Inc. (6th USCT) is a reenactment group that recaptures a proud American and local heritage, portraying the historic 6th Regiment, United State Colored Infantry (6th Regiment USCI), an African-American battle regiment which fought for freedom in the Civil War. The regiment saw action in Virginia as part of the Richmond–Petersburg Campaign and in North Carolina, where it participated in the attacks on Fort Fisher and Wilmington and the Carolinas Campaign. Several regiment enlistees were decorated with the Medal of Honor for their service.

For all the weekend events, please see this chart below:

FRIDAY, 5/25 6 – 9 PM – Opening Reception with M.C., Max Hayden – An overview of the weekend’s events and a special surprise! Hopewell Public Library & Hopewell Valley Historical Society Hopewell Train Station

2 Railroad Place, Hopewell Borough

SATURDAY, 5/26 10 AM – 4PM- Civil War Encampment – 6thRegiment Infantry USCT – Sponsored by the Hopewell Museum & Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum

1:30 PM – Firing Drill & Formations

The Hopewell Museum & Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum The Hopewell Museum

28 East Broad Street, Hopewell Borough

11 AM – 1 PM – Hopewell Valley Veterans Association Memorial Day Service & Refreshments Hopewell Valley Veterans Association Woolsey Park

221 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd., Hopewell Township

2PM – Lecture by Kellee Green Blake -Retired Director, National Archives – Mid-Atlantic Region -No Slave Beneath that Starry Flag: Civil War Heroes of the Pennington African Cemetery The Hopewell Museum & Pennington African Cemetery Association The Hopewell Museum

28 East Broad Street, Hopewell Borough

5 PM – Grammy Nominated, Alastair Moock Fundraising House Concert.  $15 suggested donation. Pennington African Cemetery Association Private Residence

114 Crawley Avenue, Pennington

SUNDAY, 5/27 1 PM – Hopewell Borough Memorial Day Parade American Legion & Memorial Day Parade Committee Broad Street, Hopewell Borough
3 PM – 4 PM – Stoutsburg Cemetery Association’s Memorial Day Service featuring Aaron Truehart – Living History – actor Arthur Gregory Pugh Stoutsburg Cemetery Association Stoutsburg Cemetery

Province Line Road, Hopewell Township

MONDAY, 5/28 11 AM – Pennington Memorial Day Parade Pennington Parks & Recreation Main Street, Pennington Borough
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Pennington African Cemetery Association’s Memorial Day Program featuring Cecelia B. Hodges former Associate Dean, Princeton University Pennington African Cemetery Association Pennington African Cemetery

413 – 417 South Main Street, Pennington Borough

For all the additional activities and events, please click HERE.

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