East Jersey Old Town Village in East Brunswick, New Jersey is a living history museum featuring over 40 historic buildings. It was originally built as the Piscataway Indian Nation and offers visitors a glimpse into what life would have been like back in the 1700s. Visitors can take guided tours of East Brunswick’s “living” village, explore more than 200 acres worth of trails, or relax on one of its shaded benches. East Jersey Old Town Village hosts special events throughout the year including festivals, performances by local artists, lectures from expert historians, and much more. Learn more here.
This East Jersey Old Town Village is a two-acre historical and archaeological site in Piscataway, New Jersey. It was first discovered in 1956 by James F. Hall Jr., who went searching for Native American artifacts after finding some arrowheads near the edge of Rutgers University campus when he was 15 years old. East Jersey Old Town Village offers tours that provide information about the Lenape tribe and how they lived off this land over 600 years ago as well as give visitors an opportunity to experience what it would have been like back then with demonstrations on flint knapping (the process of shaping stone into tools), pottery making, and weaving skills–all from traditional materials found locally such as animal hides, wood, plants, clay soil, and water. East Jersey Old Town Village also features a museum that tells the story of Dr. Robert Carr, East Jersey’s first European settler and his family as well as earlier Native American inhabitants who were able to resist displacement by living on this land for centuries before Europeans arrived in 1609 and renamed it New East Jersey. Learn more about Rutgers University Ecological Preserve in Piscataway, New Jersey: Nature at its Finest.