A Legacy of Historic Preservation
Hosted in the Parry Mansion, the exhibition titled “Odette Myrtil: Honoring A New Hope Legend,” will feature an array of historic artifacts from the boisterous venue, helmed by actress and musician Odette Myrtil, that once served as the stomping grounds for the town’s creative to coincide with International Women’s Day
Explore distinctive gardens among legendary historical landmarks, inspired private gardens and romantic public gardens. Seven gardens to tour, two lectures with A Garden in Thyme, The Enchanted Garden, Mary Roth on the Dulcimer, expert-led garden tour, docent-led history presentations and more! Tickets $35
Historical Society Coach Tour to visit Olde Towne Village and the Proprietary House in New Jersey
East Jersey Olde Towne Village in Piscataway, NJ Photos by Roy Ziegler
The New Hope Historical Society’s 2022 Dee Rosenwald Memorial Coach Tour will trace the history of the Fitz Randolph Family—a founding family of New Jersey and ancestors of Rachel Randolph, daughter-in-law of Benjamin Parry, the “Father of New Hope.”
The tour will begin with a visit to Princeton University, whose original land was donated by Nathaniel Fitz Randolph. The Fitz Randolph Gate, dedicated in his honor, is the main entrance to the campus, leading to Nassau Hall which was built on the 4 1/2 acres originally donated by Fitz Randolph. Then it’s on to Piscataway, New Jersey for a tour of the East Jersey Olde Towne Village, an assembly of pre-Revolutionary War buildings including a 17th century Fitz Randolph homesite, and the historic Indian Queen Tavern where Benjamin Franklin and John Adams once shared a room.
The Proprietary House
Following a deluxe luncheon at The Barge, a perennially popular restaurant located on the Raritan Bay, the trip will continue with a special tour of the Proprietary House in Perth Amboy, once the home of Governor William Franklin, Benjamin’s son. It is the only surviving Proprietary House in America and was recently featured in the PBS acclaimed special, Benjamin Franklin, A Film by Ken Burns.
Tickets including all museum admissions, gratuities, snacks onboard the bus, and lunch are $135. Reserve now at newhopehistory.org. The tour will depart at 8:30 am sharp from the McCaffrey parking lot on West Bridge Street in New Hope and return there at 5:30 pm.
Benjamin Parry is known as the “Father of New Hope”. When he named his flour mill, New Hope Flour Mill, the name, New Hope, later replaced the town’s former name, Coryell’s Ferry in 1837. Parry was a community leader in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, spurring commerce and industry in New Hope for nearly half a century. $7 per person.
Discover our fascinating history with a Walking Tour of downtown New Hope!
Take our expertly guided walking tour to see the places and hear the tales that make New Hope such a fascinating place. The tour is approximately one mile long and lasts about one hour. Tours meet at The Parry Mansion Museum. $10 per person.
The New Hope Historical Society has over 500 members from the area and a Board comprised of local business executives and luminaries who care about New Hope's rich history. Membership is less than a night out on the town and the rewards are year long! Please join us!