During the 18th century, taverns were an integral part of every community. After a long weary day of work, the Tavern was a place to relax with friends, play a game or two and have a hearty meal while they gossiped about the day’s events. Beyond being a place to eat and drink, Taverns served as a meeting space where business transactions could take place and where locals could share ideas, and learn of news from out-of-towners. The Tavern was where the local militia drummed up support and recruited for soldiers to join in the Fight for Independence.

In the spirit of the 18th century Tavern, on June 7, 2018 The Dey Mansion held its first ever family-friendly Tavern Night and while we did not recruit for the local militia we did have a great time enjoying the sounds of the Zachary Baransky band, beer from the River of Beer and food by Big Johns Gourmet Burgers. It was a chance for us to gather our own community for games and laughter with a relaxing evening under the stars, and, of course, the Museum was open free of admission.

Wayne, NJ - The Dey Mansion is hosting an encampment in commemoration of General George Washington's visit to the Preakness Valley on Saturday, July 21st and Sunday, July 22nd from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

During July of 1780, General George Washington and his troops were encamped at the Dey Mansion, home of Colonel Theunis Dey, as well as the surrounding area to await word on the arrival of the French Army. The Dey Mansion offered abundant food and a safe haven for the Continental Army.

Come and learn what life was like as a soldier during the American Revolution. Watch soldiers cleaning their muskets while women prepare meals. Some officers may be drilling with their men while others plan for battle or play cards. Special appearances will be made by New Jersey’s local militia. The day will be filled with 18th century games, music, demonstrations and crafters.

Self-guided tours of the Mansion will be offered, admission into the Mansion will be $5.00 per person, children, 6 years of age and under are free. Parking and outdoor activities are free to the public.

The Dey Mansion is an excellent example of Georgian architecture of the mid eighteenth century, which served as Washington’s Headquarters in July, October and November of 1780. Today, the Dey Mansion is owned by Passaic County and operated by the Department of Cultural and Historic Affairs. The Dey Mansion is open to the public for tours and programs. For more information on the Dey Mansion please contact us at 973-706-6640 or visit our website at www.DeyMansion.org.


199 Totowa Road, Wayne, NJ 07470



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