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The Museum will host a ZOOM presentation on May 12 at 7:00 p.m. The talk will focus on the findings of the most recent archeological dig at the site of the original Woolley dwelling constructed on a site near Poplar Brook during the first decade of the 18th Century.  Sean McHugh, Senior Archaeologist at Richard Grubb & Associates, Inc. will share the unexpected finds of the excavation. He has over 19 years of experience in archaeology and historic preservation.  

Mr. McHugh holds an M.A. from Monmouth University in History, with distinction. As a Senior Archaeologist, Sean supervises and directs projects requiring approval from Federal and State agencies. He has authored, co-authored, and overseen over 230 cultural resource management projects. His background includes numerous historic and prehistoric archaeological investigations in many states including:  New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland, as well as the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico and the Island of Jamaica. 

His team recently conducted Archaeological Data Recovery at the Eden Woolley Farm Native American site near Poplar Brook. It yielded important new information about the Woolley family's earliest occupation of the property, as well as details related to the Native Americans who made camp in the area over the course of thousands of years. Additional analysis of the artifacts recovered by the prior site investigation firm from the Eden Woolley Farmstead site in 1999-2000, supports the circa 1750 constructing date and its subsequent add-on of the west wing of the house, constructed in 1768.  Artifacts uncovered at both sites suggest the family would have been considered "middle class" by today's standards.  The property, known as the Popular Swamp Tract, was owned by the Woolley family from 1697 to 1892 until Eden Woolley passed away.

Please join Mr. McHugh as he walks you back in time to discuss the Wooley site's inhabitants and the historic context associated with seventeenth to early-nineteenth-century affluent Quaker farmers within the central New Jersey Region.  This program is free and open to Museum members and the public.  Complete the registration below to receive an invitation to this informative event on Wednesday, May 12th at 7:00 p.m.