July 2, 2014 at 11:05 PM
MONTVILLE, NJ - In honor of the Fourth of July Holiday, a reading of the Declaration of Independence will be held on Friday, July 4 at 10 a.m. at the Henry Doremus House, 490 Main Road (a.k.a. Rt. 202).
Attendees may also tour the circa 1760 Henry Doremus House after the ceremony with tours led by the Montville Twp Historical Society.
Montville Twp (as then part of Pequannock Twp) and the Henry Doremus House have roots in the American Revolution as the farm house was an eye witnesses to all the military traffic in the area during the Revolutionary War.
General George Washington occupied the house from June 25 - 27, 1780 during the American Revolutionary War after retreating from the Battle of Springfield. He was accompanied by 40 aides (including Alexander Hamilton, Tench Tilghman and Robert Hanson Harrison) and 2,000 Continental soldiers.
In 1781, as General Rochambeau and his troops of 5,000 men marched south for what would become the last major battle of the American Revolution, the troops rested in the orchard of this farm and patronized the Doremus Tavern.
Parking for this event is in Sea Breeze Parking lot across the street from the Henry Doremus House.
The event is being sponsored by the Montville area Tea Party.