On Leap Day 2024, we commemorate the 200th Birthday of Arabella Barlow, an extraordinary figure in American history, renowned for her bravery and dedication during the Civil War. Born in Somerville, New Jersey on February 29, 1824, Arabella’s legacy continues to inspire.

Andrea Quinn delves into the remarkable life of Arabella Griffith Barlow, tracing her journey from childhood in New Jersey to her untimely passing in 1864. Quinn provides an intimate portrayal of Arabella’s marriage to General Francis Channing Barlow and the personal trials they encountered while steadfastly serving the Union cause. Despite the inherent dangers, Arabella and Francis Barlow remained unwavering in their commitment to preserving the Union, driven by their unwavering sense of patriotic duty.

This enlightening lecture, presented online by Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Sites, marks the commencement of New Jersey’s tribute to Arabella Barlow’s bicentennial. A series of interpretive programs, made possible by the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association and sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, aims to illuminate the remarkable contributions of Somerville’s Civil War heroine.

This event takes place on 2/29/24 at 7:00 PM online.

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