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Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead festival rescheduled for August


The Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead festival in Lambertville, N.J., has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2.

Named as one of Hunterdon’s Unique Historic Treasures by the Hunterdon 300th, HJ is the oldest farmstead in Hunterdon County.

Planned activities for the festival, which was rescheduled from May due to the restrictions from COVID-19 pandemic, will be reviewed for their adherence to the COVID-19 social interaction requirements that exist on Aug. 2.

Morning events scheduled to be offered with the price of admission include: make a rope bracelet for yourself with a machine more than 100 years old; dip your own wax candle; make a pottery plate for your very own; visit the Hunterdon County 4H Fur and Feathers’ Petting Zoo of small creatures; learn to play an Outside Kids’ game from yesteryear; visit the museum barns and the 1711 House filled with memories; and visit the Barn of Toys.

Other sites to see include a country store, a Post Office and a barbershop, a mini-craft fair in the Kean Barn, the Delaware Valley Herb Society’s “International Herb Garden” and the 1920s machine shop.

Afternoon events offered with the price of admission include: live Western and Blue Grass music provided by the “Red Oak Country Boys”; take a tractor/wagon ride across the lower field; print a postcard on the farmstead’s 3 by 5 Letter Press from 1880 (print shop) and learn how paper printing has changed; watch the blacksmith make a hook – Can you try? Check out the Visiting Antique Cars from the 1920s; and see the Black and River Railroad display on restoring service to Lambertville, and Operational Road Equipment may be there also.

Food will be offered for sale by Hunterdon County 4H, including hamburgers, hot dogs and more, plus there will be a homemade ice cream vendor, and free coffee and snacks will be available in the office.

Admission to the festival at 1605 Daniel Bray Highway (Route 29) is $5 per adult or $10 per family, or become a member for $25. Visit the farmstead online at All events are weather and health permitting.