Want to Spread The History?

Support the New Jersey History Trails App here!

Where to?

Somerset County, Morris County... even Cape May County!

No Place is too Small...

What may seem minute and insignificant is what makes history!


Not only do I like to write about history - I love covering events too!

Spread the History!

Help bring awareness to the historic sites in your area.

From historic figures to historic places...

I want to teach America just how significant New Jersey is!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Climbing Cape May's Lighthouse

Climbing Cape May's Lighthouse

Just shy of 200 steps, climbing the lighthouse at Cape May Point is good exercise and a good history lesson. One of three tall seacoast lighthouses in New Jersey (the others being Absecon and Barnegat), the present lighthouse was built in 1859 and marks the entrance to the Delaware Bay.

However, the current lighthouse was not the first one at Cape May Point. The first recorded lighthouse was built in 1823 and was 68 feet tall. Its walls measured six feet thick at the bottom and two and one-half feet at the top. The property for the first lighthouse was purchased by Congress from Mr. and Mrs. John Stites for $300 and measured one acre. The use of this lighthouse was discontinued May 1, 1847.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

John Phillip Osborne: An American Master - May 7-8 and May 14-15

John Phillip Osborne: An American Master
May 7-8 and May 14-15, 2016

The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House will host a special exhibition and sale of works by American master painter John Phillip Osborne with the J. M. Stringer Gallery of Fine Art (formerly of Bernardsville and now based in Vero Beach, FL).

“Patriots in the Snow” Oil on linen panel 16 x 12 in.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Salem County Historical Society’s Open House Tour in Fenwick’s Colony - May 7, 2016

Salem County Historical Society’s Open House Tour in Fenwick’s Colony
Sunday, May 7, 2016

The Salem County Historical Society is pleased to announce that Open House in Fenwick’s Colony, our popular spring open house tour, will be held on Saturday, May 7, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at historic sites around Salem County.

The 2016 Open House Tour will be highlighting historic sites of Southern Salem County, as we travel the old colonial roads from Salem through Alloway Township to Upper Pittsgrove Township. Many of the sites on the tour played a key role in the American fight for freedom - whether freedom to worship according to conscience, freedom from the British during the Revolutionary War, or freedom for refugees from persecution.

Friday, April 29, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/30/16 - 5/1/16

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
Want to submit an event? Use our event submission form.

Saturday, April 30 - Princeton, Mercer County
Reopening of Updike Farmstead
Children Friendly Event & Site

The Historical Society of Princeton is marking the first spring at its new headquarters, Updike  Farmstead. To celebrate, the community is invited to a free Spring Family Festival on April 30, from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

There will be something for everyone: at 11:00 am, Kids Music Round will present a music and dance class for infants to preschoolers. Ongoing family/children's activities include an American Girl Doll inspired craft, colonial games and interactive tables with touchable artifacts. Adults can join a tour of Historic Stony Brook at 12:00 noon and a talk on women's roles in the Civil War at 2:00 pm. There will be a needlework demonstration by members of the Princeton chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America between 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m.

Updike Farmstead is located at 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ. For more information, contact Eve Mandel, Director of Programs and Visitor Services, at 609-921-6748 x102 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Double Header 19th Century Baseball Game at Ringwood Manor - May 1, 2016

Double Header 19th Century Baseball Game at Ringwood Manor
The Hoboken Nine to play the Flemington Neshanocks
Sunday, May 1, 2016

Batter up! On Sunday, 19th century baseball returns to Ringwood Manor, and this year, it’'s a double header between two historic New Jersey teams! The Hoboken Nine and the Flemington Neshanocks will be facing off with one another, with the first pitch being tossed out for games beginning at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. A local fan favorite event, baseball enthusiasts both young and old are encouraged to come see America’s favorite pastime played according to 1873 rules and regulations. The teams play following the rules and customs of the time, use period baseball equipment, wear typical 19th century baseball uniforms, and even use language and phrases of the era! During the 7th inning stretch, hear a retelling of the classic baseball poem, Casey at the Bat. Bring your chair, a blanket, your picnic lunch, and cheer on your favorite team. The public is invited to come see how the game of baseball has evolved and changed over 125 years!

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 4/29/16 - 5/1/16

Click on each link for more information on the estate sale!
Find something neat at an estate sale? Let us know!
Hosting an estate sale? Send me an e-mail to be featured in our weekly post!
Be the first to know about these sales on Facebook!

Highland Park, New Jersey Historical Society Finally has a Home

Highland Park, New Jersey Historical Society Finally has a Home

The Highland Park Historical Society has had bits and spurts of active and inactive periods over the years. In December 2014, after a period of inactivity, the Society came back to life at the behest of Jean Kolva, long-time Highland Park resident and Historical Society member, who has also written two books about the town. The impetus for this resurgence was to find a place for both the Historical Society’s and Kolva’s extensive collections of Highland Park-related antiques and memorabilia, which, until now, had been stored in Kolva’s home. Historical Society members were motivated to find a place where the interesting historical artifacts could be displayed for public view, catalogued, and possibly used for research purposes.

A limited portion of the collection was displayed in 2015 at the Highland Park Library.