Spirits of Hopewell Valley – October 15

Save the Date: Spirits of Hopewell Valley – October 15th 2 p.m – The Old Methodist Cemetery, Pennington-Titusville, Road, Pennington

(Between Rt 31 and Scotch Road; Parking available)

SPIRITS – Celebrating Our Kindred Heritage

Ever wonder how Hopewell Valley, New Jersey became what it is today?

We who live here take pride in its towns and township, its schools, libraries, churches, its local governments, and all the clubs and charitable organizations that make it outstanding. Through its people, Hopewell Valley has engendered a thriving community where neighbors care about neighbors. People often say: We’re proud of where we live!

Spirits is another way of expressing it.

On Sunday, October 15th at 2 p.m., Spirits, a historical reenactment, featuring eight personages buried in local cemeteries, will be presented at the Old Methodist Cemetery on Pennington-Titusville Road. (Raindate: Oct. 22) These idyllic burying grounds contain the remains of some of Hopewell Valley’s first settlers, dating back to the early 18th and 19th centuries. Spirits will also feature personages from the Valley’s black community buried at the Pennington African Cemetery, returning to recount their lives in turbulent times.

The historical theatre production is directed by Virginia Barrie, written by Julie Aberger, with historians Jack Davis, David Blackwell and Algernon Ward, Jr. Period music will be performed by the Hopewell Hall, a small a cappella ensemble specializing in 18th and 19th century repertoire, directed by Annie Anderson.

History is more than dates and times. It is people: their stories of hopes, joys, successes and failures, revealing how our communities today are shaped by what was built yesterday. Come and listen to how life was lived right here in Hopewell Township in its earliest years. You’ll leave understanding that it is our ancestors – their values and diligence and courage – to whom we owe our gratitude today.

A reception after the performance will be held at the Pennington Public Library, featuring photography by Cheryl Jackson who specializes in photographing old  burying grounds, including several local cemeteries.

This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Pennington Public Library, the Hopewell Valley Historical Society and the Pennington United Methodist Church.

*Photograph © 2014 Cheryl Jackson

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