The Runyon Barn

Jane Neill-Hancock

Wayne, United States

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The Runyon barn is part of East Jersey Olde Towne Village.

The Village is a collection of original, replica and reconstructed 18th and 19th century structures. While most of the buildings have been relocated to the site, others were constructed here. They represent the vernacular architecture typical of farm and merchant communities, once found in central New Jersey.

The Village functions as an educational model, dedicated to teaching the history, traditions, folk arts and craftsmanship of the people who lived and worked throughout the region. It offers public programs in the highest standard of excellence, among them: educational workshops, seminars and lectures, in-service training for teachers, exhibitions, concerts, storytelling session, community gatherings and theme based projects.

The Runyon House represents the wealth and changing needs of Piscataway’s settling families. A typical 18th century Middlesex County home of an established family, it originally stood at 175 Possumtown Road. It is said the house was used to conceal slaves fleeing via the Underground Railroad. The house was also reportedly served as a wayside inn. The Runyon family, as well as other families of the era had their own livestock which were housed in their barn which has also been relocated with the house.

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