Cranford Historical Society’s Crane-Phillips House Museum will participate in Union County’s annual program, “Four Centuries in a Weekend”

CRANFORD — Crane-Phillips House Museum, an American Civil War veteran’s cottage, will be open Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20 from noon to 5 p.m. Volunteer docents will be on hand to speak with visitors and provide a guided tour of the museum.

“Clean As a Whistle” is this year’s theme.  Explore the beginnings of healthy living and sanitation from the 1860’s to 1920’s.  Exhibition includes the early days of indoor plumbing, the Civil War Sanitary Commission and Cranford’s role in the first U.S. Federal Food and Drug Act.

The Crane-Phillips House Museum is available as our own local history museum through the hard work of volunteers and members of the Cranford Historical Society.  It has received generous support from the Cranford Historical Society, Union County Freeholders, Cranford citizens and the Township of Cranford.

Various materials about the weekend-long self-guided tour are available from the Office of Union County Cultural and Heritage Affairs. Materials will also be at many of the sites. A booklet features photos and information about each site with a map showing the location.

For further information about Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend program, call Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 908-558-2550.

The Crane-Phillips House Museum, located at 124 North Union Ave. in Cranford, is open September through May on Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. or by appointment.  Admission is free.  Founded in 1927, the Cranford Historical Society’s mission is to preserve and perpetuate the history of Cranford.  To see the rest of their schedule, visit www.cranfordhistoricalsociety.com or call the office at 908-276-0082.

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