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Friday, December 19, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 12/20/14 - 12/21/14

NJ WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Every Friday - Sunday through January 4, 2015 - West Orange, Essex County
Holidays at Glenmont
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Weekend Estate Sales: 12/19/14 - 12/21/14

WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Red Barn and Red Wine in Pittstown, New Jersey

A Red Barn and Red Wine in Pittstown, New Jersey
Written by NJ Historian

Farming is a deep-rooted tradition in New Jersey. Known today as "The Garden State," New Jersey has over 715,000 acres of farmland. We can take pride in the fact that we rank fifth in blueberry production, third in cranberry, spinach, and bell peppers, and fourth in peach production. Farmland preservation has been a top priority for local and state officials for a number of years now. Protecting our agricultural and rural culture is not an easy task. Suburban sprawl and increased development has put many acres of farmland in jeopardy due to the monetary prospects reaped from this prime real estate. Farmland Preservation programs enacted by the State of New Jersey have helped save these farms from future development while providing farmers a chance to continue farming and allowing fresh produce to fill local farmers markets and grocery stores. But it's more than just about the land; it's about the rich, long-standing agricultural tradition - the farmhouses, barns, silos, outbuildings - and what they represent to a people when you think of "rural New Jersey."

The restored 1811 barn at Mount Salem Vineyards.

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Closer Look at our Community: The Fine Art of Mark Oberndorf - Opens December 17, 2014

A Closer Look at our Community: The Fine Art of Mark Oberndorf
Exhibit Opens December 17, 2014

A new exhibit entitled A Closer Look at our Community: The Fine Art of Mark Oberndorf opens Wednesday December 17, 2014 in Lambert Castle (home of the Passaic County Historical Society) at 3 Valley Road, Paterson, NJ. The exhibit will remain open until Sunday March 29, 2015. This exhibit focuses on the sights of our local community, as shown in the paintings of Bergen County resident and artist Mark Oberndorf.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 12/13/14 - 12/14/14

NJ WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Friday, December 12 - Plainfield, Union County
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Children Friendly

The Historical Society of Plainfield invites one and all to the Eighteenth Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday at the Drake House Museum beginning at 6:30 pm. This is a festive evening of Christmas caroling, gift giving, and refreshments. This year's Gingerbread House will once again be generously awarded to one lucky winning family. 

Children are encouraged to participate, as Santa will make a surprise visit, with a gift for every child. In addition to the large Christmas tree in the ballroom, there will be three decorated theme trees in the period rooms of the museum. This program is free to the public. Due to space limitations and safety concerns we are unable to provide space for baby strollers or carriages.


The Drake House Museum is located at 602 West Front Street, Plainfield, NJ.For more information, call 908-755-5831 or visit www.drakehouseplainfieldnj.org.

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Friday, December 12 - Newton, Sussex County
Sussex County Historical Society Annual Holiday Open House

On Friday evening, visit the Hill Memorial Museum and view the oldest building continuously operating as a museum in the State of New Jersey, beautifully decorated for the holidays. The Hill Memorial Building was constructed for the Sussex County Historical Society in 1916 and dedicated June 8, 1917. The open house will take place from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Hill Memorial Museum, 82 Main Street, Newton, NJ. Free admission & refreshments. For more information, call 973-383-6010 or visit www.sussexcountyhistory.org.

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Every Friday - Sunday through January 4, 2015 - West Orange, Essex County
Holidays at Glenmont
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Weekend Estate Sales: 12/12/14 - 12/14/14

WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Along the Raritan River: South Amboy to New Brunswick

Along the Raritan River: South Amboy to New Brunswick
Written by Jason J. Slesinski

In 1650, Cornelius van Tienhoven, a Hollander traveling through the American colonies, described the region inhabited by the Raritong Indians as “the pleasantest and handsomest country that man can behold… furnishing the Indians with an abundance of maize, beans, pumpkins, and other fruits.” Trade flourished here as well, as “through the valley pass large numbers of all sorts of tribes, on the way north or east.” Worn over the centuries, the “Old Indian Path” crossed the Raritan at its furthest point of sloop navigation and grew into one of the nation’s busiest arteries, connecting New York City and Philadelphia via New Brunswick, which grew around this vital river crossing.

A ferry was first established here in 1681 by an Englishman named John Inian, where the Raritan’s freshwater turned tidal. Bridges followed, firmly establishing the route of the New Jersey Turnpike, Route 1, the Lincoln Highway, and Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. George Washington crossed the Raritan River here with his army many times during the American Revolution, both in victory and defeat. At the other end of the Lower Raritan, a place the Lenape called Ompoye, colonial Scottish investors envisioned a second London, a fortified deep-water port city that would outshine New York City. They called it the City of Perth.