“Time & Again” House Tour

Have you ever driven past the many beautiful historic homes in Hightstown and wondered what they look like inside?  You will have a chance on Sunday, October 21, 2012, from 1-5 p.m. during the Hightstown-East Windsor Historical Society’s biannual house tour.  Titled  “Time & Again”, this tour will feature 7 private homes.

The Ely House

All of the homes have been preserved, refurbished, or renovated and present a variety of styles representative of New Jersey history.  Antique cars will be at each of the houses as well.  The tour is being held as a fundraiser to help the Society maintain Ely House and update its library.  The Ely House stands on the land originally settled in 1721 by John and Mary Hight.  It houses a museum and reference library in the Sara Hutchinson West Educational Center freight station behind the house.

The Pullen-Black House c. 1850′s

This year’s tour features a Greek Revival farmhouse known as the Pullen-Black House on Old York Road, built in the 1850’s.  This house sits on land farmed during the Revolution.  By the Civil War period, there had already been two homes built on this property.  The front of the present house:  the parlor, dining room, and upstairs bedrooms, were built by Isaac Pullen (c. 1850), a successful nurseryman who served three terms as Representative in the State Legislature.  In 1878, Charles Black, a relative of the Pullen’s by marriage, bought the nursery business and the farmhouse.  He “updated” the house by adding the luxurious porch, quarter-round attic windows and gingerbread detail.  The present owners have continued to restore and improve the house, most recently  remodeling the upstairs bath and the kitchen.  In the living room there is elaborate egg and dart style molding.  Through the French doors is the greenhouse, where it is interesting to see the exposed brick facing of the original house and the builder’s original marks on the beams to show how they were connected.  Upstairs, the bedrooms contain an eclectic mix of Victorian oak pieces and each bed contains a handmade quilt designed by the present homeowner.

Other Homes on the Tour:

The Woolsey Baldwin House Built 1789
the oldest house on the tour
The William Norton House Built 1853
George W. Ford House, Built 1917 Davison Barn; Ivins/Redler House – Barn built between 1926 and 1940. Converted into a house between 1940 and 1944. Rear addition added 2000.
Willis R. Hancock , Sr. House 1922,
a fine example of “Arts & Craft” design
The Sumner G. Norton Cottage, built 1929
Pre-sale tickets for $17
will be available after Oct. 8 at:
• Perennial Home, 119 W. Ward St. Hightstown
• Weichert Realtors, 417 Route 130, East Windsor
• Hair by Sharon, 128 Stockton Street, HightstownDay of Event tickets will be $20, children $5.
Available at the Ely House,
164 North Main Street, Hightstown, NJ.
A Guide to the Architecture of Hightstown Houses will be available for purchase at the Ely House (home of the Historical Society), 164 North Main Street, Hightstown. The book is an excellent companion to the house tour, allowing visitors a firsthand experience of the various architectural styles illustrated in the book. 20% of book proceeds on tour day will be donated to the Historical Society. For more information about the book, visit http://www.stocktonstreetsolutions.com/publications.html  

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