Annual Historic Re-Enactment at the Livingston Benedict House


benedicthouseEach year in the spring a living history event is presented at the 250 year old Livingston Benedict House on Old Parsippany Road. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thirty-seven years after the American Revolution, the United States was divided about declaring war. The War of 1812, two hundred years ago now, was supposed to be “over in two weeks”, and it was said our armies would be greeted as “liberators” of Canada. After two and a half years of fighting, the burning of Washington DC, and the Battle of New Orleans, the war ended inconclusively, but with US control of lands west of the Mississippi and the end of Native American dreams of their own independent country.

Interesting stories linking Parsippany and Troy to this war will be presented on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5.

The house will be open for tours, and costumed volunteers will present stories of people who lived in Parsippany two hundred years ago.  The kitchen features hearth cooking. The barn will be open as well, and there will be demonstrations of old-time crafts and children’s activities.

The Livingston Benedict House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is protected from development by an easement held by the New Jersey Historic Trust.Governor William Livingston and his family lived in the house during the Revolutionary War, and it has been owned by members of the Benedict family since 1857.

This event is made possible by almost thirty volunteers: Girl Scouts, members of the Historic and Preservation Society, and friends. For more information, call (973) 887-2455. Free, donations accepted.