PRINCETON —áThe city of Princeton will continue to celebrate Rev. Owen Lovejoy’s 200th birthday year during the annual Homestead Festival, Sept. 9-11.
Among the visitors that weekend will be more than 30 members of the Lovejoy family. They are gathering in Princeton to enjoy the Homestead Festival activities and celebrate a family reunion.
Over the years, Patricia Lovejoy Stoddard, a great-granddaughter of Owen Lovejoy, has made several visits to the Homestead and is looking forward to returning to the Midwest. She and her husband, Hudson G. Stoddard, reside in New Canaan, Conn., and will be joined in Princeton by other family members traveling from New Hampshire, California and Florida.
Also coming for the weekend is the Rev. Owen Bryant Lovejoy, who lives in Black Mountain, N.C. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister and will be delivering the sermon at the Hampshire Colony Congregational Church at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 11. His great-great grandfather and namesake, the Rev. Owen Lovejoy, was minister of the Hampshire Colony Church for 17 years, from 1838 to 1855.
Lovejoy family members will be the honorary grand marshals for the Homestead Festival parade on Sept. 10. Later that afternoon, they will be at the Lovejoy Homestead for a reception from 4 to 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend and meet the descendants of the Rev. Owen Lovejoy. Light refreshments will be served. Free tours of the Lovejoy Home and the Colton Schoolhouse are being offered during the Homestead Festival weekend.