The pre-Revolutionary War Coddington
Farmstead in Warren attracted more than 200 visitors this weekend as
part of the Somerset County's annual Weekend Journey Through the Past,
when many historic sites are open to the public, said Warren Township
Committeewoman Carol Garafola.
Doug Reeder, lead docent, assisted
in the photo below by Hannah Feldman, docent in training from Watchung
Hills High School, lead a group of visitors in the Coddington
Homestead's living room.
Reeder coordinated the Eagle
Scout restoration projects at Coddington Farmstead in 2006 that enabled
township to open the historic site for tours.
room, on the mantle, displays a portrait of Lora Coddington who passed
away at 92 years of age and was a major donor to the Warren Library and
to the Mt. Horeb Methodist Church.
Lora Coddington was the last of the family, and she lived in the
historic home at the time it was sold to Warren Township along with 50
acres of trails behind the home. The portrait was painted by Ralph
Garafola and the original hangs in the Warren Library.
also is shown standing next to the most recent donation from the Salvato
Estate, a stone grinder to the Codington Homested. The late Frank
Salvato was a former mayor and township official who passed away at the
age of 98 in the fall of 2011 while still in office.
Salvato's daughter, Hope, donated the antique stone grinder upon the
request of Doug Reeder. Frank Salvato had lived all his life in Warren
and went to the one-room schoolhouse with Lora and Lester Coddington,
and he knew the entire family, Garafola said.