Sunday, November 27, 2016

Batsto Village 250th Anniversary Holiday Celebration 12/4

After a year of celebration, the public has one last chance to join The Batsto Citizens Committee to mark the 250th Anniversary of Batsto village, at the Holiday Celebration on Dec. 4, from 12:30 to 4 p.m.
The day will include a holiday musical production by the Pitman Original Hobo Band from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Batsto Visitor Center auditorium.
Carriage rides through the village will be conducted by the South Jersey Carriage Co. starting 12:30 p.m. The Victorian-design carriage will wind its way around several of the buildings in the upper village.

To make the day more festive carolers from the Aurora Choir will stroll through the village entertaining visitors with songs of the season.
The Batsto mansion will be decorated and will be available for tours, while the Batsto Post Office will be open to hand cancel holiday mail in the tradition of Batsto, with no ZIP code, due to its age and historical significance.

Demonstrating some of the techniques and tools of the blacksmith trade in the blacksmith shop will be Toby Kroll, of Three Cedars Forge.
Several other displays will be available for both adults and children.
Light refreshments will be served in the Exhibit Room that adjoins the Batsto Post Office.
There is a $5 per person admission fee for the Hobo Band and a $3 per person charge for the carriage ride.
The Batsto Museum Shop will also be open with holiday gift ideas including a large selection of Pinelands books, jewelry, ornaments, apparel and other Pinelands-related items.

The roots of Batsto Village can be traced back to 1766. Two centuries of American history are available to visitors, with the Pinelands environment as a scenic backdrop.
The Batsto Citizens Committee was founded in 1956 to aid the state in the development of Batsto Village as a historic site. Its purpose was to advise, assist and promote the restoration and interpretation of the historic and natural aspects of Batsto Village. In 1997, the committee reorganized and became incorporated as the Batsto Citizens Committee.
Batsto is on Route 542 in Washington.

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