Posted Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
Hanover Township Landmark Commission Plans Events Over Three Days
The Hanover Township Landmark Commission is celebrating the Tricentennial of a historic gem, the Whippany Burying Yard. It is the site of the first church, school, and military training ground in the region.
Members of the public are invited to three events, Oct. 20-22.
A luncheon and speaker program entitled “A Gathering of Friends and Neighbors of the Whippany Burying Yard” will begin the festivities on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Whippany, 494 Route 10 West in Whippany.
Speakers will talk about the historic significance of the site and those who rest there, and artifacts will be on display. For additional information, download the flyer here. The cost is $25 and includes a catered luncheon. To register, download the form here or register in person at Hanover Township Recreation Center. The deadline is Oct. 10. Space is limited. Payment by check is required.
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Participants of Saturday’s luncheon are encouraged to bring their ancestral stories, memories, photos, artifacts, postcards, and old recipes to share with one another and the members of the Landmark Commission. Those who wish to become a part of township history by documenting their stories will have the opportunity to write on a Memory Board or verbally convey what they’d like to relate in a recording room the commission will make available during the event expressly for this purpose.
Not surprisingly, the Landmark Commission’s motivation for making the Burying Yard Tri-centennial celebration a “gathering” is itself rooted in history. In the past, stories shared among friends and neighbors became part of history.
“Over 158 years ago during an earlier ‘Gathering’ a young Reverend Tuttle from Rockaway recognized that his elderly relatives who had lived through the American Revolution were close to passing,” said Landmark Commission Chairman Mike Czuchnicki. “Reverend Tuttle recorded their memories, and his written accounts were published as 19 installments, representing one of the most important recollections of daily life in the colonial era ever written.”
Historical notes about the history of the Whippany Burying Yard: