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People of Pleasant Valley Tours & Juneteenth

Saturday, June 17 | 10:00–4:00

Children's Craft:  Faces of Pleasant Valley Mask (11:00–3:00)

New Story Featured in 2022 “People of Pleasant Valley Tours” Program in Honor of Juneteenth

On Saturday June 17, visitors can join historical interpreters on a free wagon ride and tour of the circa-1790 farmhouse where Revolutionary War-era New Jerseyans lived and farmed the land that now makes up Mercer County’s Pleasant Valley National Rural Historic District.

Tours begin at 10:30 a.m. in the barnyard—where visitors will board a wagon to travel down the driveway, across Moore’s Creek, and through the woods before disembarking at the Captain Henry Phillips House. There they’ll meet historical interpreters Ivey Avery of Trenton and Pete Curtis of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, who will be wearing period attire for a unique discussion of the history of the house and the people who lived in it before and after the 1804 passage of New Jersey’s Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery.

Avery and Curtis are experienced historical interpreters who have presented the lives of Black Americans throughout our history, in both first- and third-person styles. With additional support from Howell Farm historian Larry Kidder, they will guide visitors through the house and tell the story of Nance—an enslaved woman who lived there with her children—while also discussing the ways that other Black residents of Pleasant Valley lived before, during, and after the abolition of slavery in New Jersey. Following the tour, light refreshments will be served outside.

Wagon tours depart from the barnyard at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30, and are limited to 20 participants per session. Up to 10 spaces per tour may be reserved online via the Mercer County CommunityPass Portal and the remaining 10 will be kept available for walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis.

Guided tours of the circa-1900 “Howell Farm farmhouse” will also be offered throughout the day, beginning at 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00. Tours of both farmhouses, as well as admission to the farm, are free. 

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Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission

Brian M. Hughes, County Executive | Aaron T. Watson, Executive Director

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