On June 2nd – 4th, 2023, the Matawan Historical Society was proud to present a historic event in honor of the Burrowes Mansion of Main Street and its 300 years of history. The home was owned by the Burrowes family — true American Patriots who risked their lives and wealth to support America’s fight for Independence. John Burrowes, a member of the Sons of Liberty, and his family provided crucial supplies for Washington’s troops during the American Revolutionary War. The Burrowes’ home became the assembly spot of the first New Jersey Militia and was attacked in 1778, where several patriots lost their lives in the battle. An example was made of the Burrowes Mansion when all its contents were burned, along with all the surrounding granaries and family property.
The Matawan Historical Society went all out to commemorate this significant event in Matawan history. For the first time in nearly four decades, a reenactment of the raid was held at the Burrowes Mansion. The following is a video of this event.
Reenactment of 1778 Tory Raid: June 3, 2023
The complete list of events included:
- Burrowes Mansion Tours
- Firearms/Cannon firings & demonstrations
- Colonial Encampment
- Cocktail Sponsor Reception
- Craft & Trade Demonstration Kiosks
- Historic Sites Walking Tour
Thank you to all of the generous sponsors who made this celebration possible!