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Conversation was the order of the day in Lottsville on Saturday. This included State Senator Scott Hutchinson speaking to voters.

Those conversations took place Saturday in Lottsville during the 16th annual Lottsville Heritage Day held on township property. The event was hosted by the Lottsville Heritage Committee and included the dedication of the Freehold Township Records Hall, food and vendors, horse-drawn carriage rides, antique tractors, an auction and many conversations.

Don Martin, co-chair of the event, said the goal was to “preserving the heritage of our community.

It provides an opportunity, he said, to expose younger generations to the heritage of their local town.

“We love our community” added co-chair Ruth Ann Devore.

Bill Nichols shares some of his grandmother’s stories from 1940s Lottsville at the grand opening of the Freehold Township Records Hall, part of the 16th annual Lottsville Heritage Day.

Many township residents will have the chance to see the new records room on election day – it is located in the same room as the polling station.

Many images and objects are exhibited.

Martin called this effort a “work in progress” but said he recently acquired the 1916 and 1918 degrees from Freehold Township High School or Lottsville High School, depending on who writes the degree.

The dedication attracted a few notable guests – State Senator Scott Hutchinson and State Representative Kathy Rapp.

Hutchinson said it was “Impressive” to see a community the size of Lottsville preserve its history in this way.

Times Observer photos of Josh Cotton Carriage were part of Saturday’s festivities in Lottsville, along with food and vendors, a bouncy house and an auction.

“We can use these memories to improve our lives,” he said, “It is important for us to think about the past. Keep doing what you are doing.

Rapp echoed those sentiments.

“Looking back is extremely important for future generations,” she says.

Bill Nichols said the community story is “hiding in plain sight.”

He shared stories he heard from his grandmother, particularly from the Second World War years – letter-writing campaigns, local air raid siren shifts, folding bandages and waving flags to passing troop trains.

He fondly remembered that the stories were told with “the same freshness as if it were yesterday.”

Warren County Fair Queen Cassie Dalrymple, a native of Lottsville, was also present for the event. There was some pride expressed in the fact that she is the second consecutive Lottsville resident to claim this title.

This year marks Lottsville’s 207th anniversary.

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