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Historic Chester Business Association

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Historic Chester Business Association

Rex and I took the girls out last night for dinner at the Publick House and picked up a copy of the 2008-2009 Historic Chester Business Association Shopping & Dining Guide for Chester, New Jersey. This helpful guide is available from many local Chester NJ merchants, and includes the all-important 2008 calendar of Historic Chester Business Association Sponsored Events:

  • Easter Egg Hunt: March 22, 2008
  • Spring Craft Show: May 31 and June 1, 2008
  • 8th Annual Car Show: June 22, 2008
  • 3rd Annual Black River Music & Art Festival: August 16, 2008 (Rain Date August 17th)
  • 35th Annual Fall Craft Show: September 6 and 7, 2008
  • Annual Harvest Celebration/Pet Costume Contest and Parade: October 11 & 12, 2008 (Rain Date October 18 & 19, 2008)
  • Holiday Shopping: November 24 – December 24, 2008

You’ll also find a brief history of the area:

Historic Chester, New Jersey, once known as “Black River,” was established in the early 1700’s. Its rich history includes professions in the early days such as farming the area’s rich and fertile lands, mining, milling and inn-keeping…until iron ore brought prosperity to the area in the latter half of the 1800’s. The majority of the buildings erected along Main Street in Chester during this boom period were used as shops for the merchants. Today, many of these same buildings are still used in that same capacity. Mining declined and the Chester area returned to farming as its primary business. Farms, their bountiful farm stands, and “pick-your-own” fields continue to operate in the Chester NJ area.

The Borough of Chester experienced a major change in the 1970’s with the establishment of unique retail shops featuring crafts, collectibles, clothes, gifts, eateries and numerous antique stores. Throughout the 1990’s, the town evolved from a well-known antique center to a more diversified shopping area, offering a selection of specialty stores. While there are still several excellent antique and memorabilia stores in Chester, you’ll also find over 100 shops including jewelry, unique gifts, furnishings, pets, confections, clothing, and accessories. A modern day visit to Chester allows you to go back in history, if only for a brief stay.

The membership of the Historic Chester Business Association sponsors numerous public events throughout the year, including one of the largest craft shows in the Northeast (always on the weekend immediately following Labor Day), car shows, a jazz festival and an apple festival. These events and the draw of surrounding farms, parks and scenery continue to attract visitors from points far and wide. For more information, you can call the Historic Chester Business Association at (908) 879-4814 or visit the Historic Chester Business Association web site.



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