Several years in the making, the East Amwell Museum will open its doors for the first time on Sept. 22 with an invitation-only event from 1 to 4 p.m. featuring food, wine from local vineyards, music, short speeches by local officials and tours of the home. A second invitation-only event will happen on Sunday, Sept. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. The museum will be open to the public starting Sept. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m.
The new home of the East Amwell Historical Society, the museum in the former Clawson House, features several furnished rooms – including a Victorian-era bedroom, living room and 1920s-era kitchen complete with a Hoosier cabinet and icebox and antique kitchen items. There are children’s toys and books from the 1800s and other antique furnishings. Most of the furnishings in the house have been donated by local residents.
The museum, located at 1053 Old York Road in East Amwell, has been restored and decorated to reflect the building during the period 1880-1920. It fronts Marion F. Clawson Memorial Park.
Its first special exhibition will showcase the art of Fred Gardner. The East Amwell resident works with oils, watercolor and pastels, and his art can be found in collections throughout the tri-state area. Gardner also has donated paintings to several non-profits organizations, including D&R Greenways, New Jersey Conservation and Princeton Academy.
The show will include Gardner’s hand-painted Christmas cards along with a selection of his paintings. To celebrate the opening, Gardner has painted a portrait of the Clawson House which will hang permanently in the front hallway of the building. Gardner’s work will be on display until Nov. 4.