Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/5/12 - 5/6/12
Here are a few of the best historical events happening this weekend. Hope to see you there!
Weekend in Old Monmouth
Saturday, May 5, 2012 and Sunday, May 6, 2012
The purpose for the coordinated open hours is to stimulate visitation by making available a lot of history in a single two-day period. Since the 40-site itinerary cannot be seen in one weekend, choosing one's preferences will help make the tour more enjoyable and leave other possibilities available for another year. The simplest division, geographical, has been outlined in advance as the tour is divided geographically into three sub-tours.
The tour can be done by location or theme. If you like historic houses, you can organize your own historic house tour. The same applies for museums. Several sites have a Revolutionary War tie. If churches are your preference, there are outstanding examples that date from the mid-18th century to the early 20th century. The tour also includes two of the most important lighthouses in the nation, two former one-room schools, a former industrial village (Allaire), a working mill, an active farm with live animals, two colonial taverns and the oldest medical office building in New Jersey and possibly the country. In short, there is something for everyone and a lot for most.
Sussex County History Day
Saturday, May 5, 2012
The Sussex County Historical Day will be held on Saturday, May 5 at the Sussex County Community College, One College Hill, Newton, N.J. The event will take place in the gymnasium of the college. The hours will be 9 am -3 pm and admission is free. The day will reflect the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. There will be an encampment by the 15th and 27th N.J. Volunteers, vendors selling items used during the Civil War, lectures, and music performances of Civil War songs.
Historic Whitesbog Moonlight Walk
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Whitesbog Preservation Trust (WPT) will host a moonlight walk at Historic Whitesbog on Saturday, May 5, at 7 PM. By the soft glow of moonlight, walk through the dark, mysterious pines, along white sugar sand roads, to the shimmering cranberry bogs. The air will be alive with birdsong. The leader will offer stories of the people who built Whitesbog, the local "Piney" folk, and the more recent American immigrants, all of whom worked here to make it one of the most successful agricultural enterprises in New Jersey.
Fee is $5 per person. Call 609-893-4646 or email to WhitesbogPreservationTrust@comcast.net. Visit www.whitesbog.org for more information about moonlight walks and other upcoming events.
Macculloch Hall Civil War Event
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Visitors are invited to visit a living history program in the garden of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum. Reenactors with the 12th NJ Company "K" will be available to meet visitors, answer questions and share camp life information with visitors. This demonstration is presented to complement the current "Gone for a Soldier:" Jerseymen in the Civil War exhibit. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in collaboration with the New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee (NJCW150) created this major exhibit which commemorates the participation and heroism of Jerseymen in a major turning point in U.S. history. The exhibit brings together for the first time nearly two hundred objects from the Civil War from over thirty museums, historical societies, and private collections
Also in attendance on Sunday, May 6, accomplished author and Civil War historian Joe Bilby will be available in the "Gone for a Soldier" exhibit. Mr. Bilby will be selling and signing New Jersey Goes to War: 150 Biographies of New Jerseyans of the Civil War Era, New Jersey's Civil War Odyssey: An Anthology of New Jersey Civil War Stories, Freedom to All: New Jersey's African American Civil War Soldiers, as well as some other titles from his collection to museum visitors.
The Museum is open to tour the house and view exhibits on Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 - 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free. Call the museum weekdays at 973-538-2404 ext. 10, visit our website www.maccullochhall.org. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960.
Mark your calendars for Next Saturday, May 12, 2012
It's the annual New Jersey History Fair at Washington's Crossing State Park!