Friday, August 2, 2013

Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/3/13 - 8/4/13

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, August 3 - Paterson, Passaic County
"Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield"

Join the Passaic County Historical Society at Lambert Castle on Saturday at 2:00 pm to experience historical interpreter Pat Jordan's rendition of "Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield." Ms. Jordan, a member of the American Historical Theatre Group, will become Clara Barton as she describes life as a nurse during the American Civil War. The program will be held at Lambert Castle, home of the Passaic County Historical Society, 3 Valley Road, Paterson, NJ and is free of charge; however, regular admission to the museum applies ($5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children). Clara Barton was a strong-willed, intelligent individual who know what she wanted and found ways to accomplish her goals. Born Clarissa Harlowe Barton, the youngest of five children, Clara found her calling early in life, nursing wounded birds and cats. Clara answered Abraham Lincoln's call, signing on to support the Union efforts during the Civil War, frequently going to the front line, where most nurses did not go and preforming procedures most nurses did not perform. For more information, call 973-247-0085 or visit www.lambertcastle.org.

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Saturday, August 3 - Trenton, Mercer County
Fife and Drum 18th century Military "Taptoe"

On Saturday at 8:00 pm, the Fifes and Drums of the Old Barracks will present a sunset, 18th-century military "Taptoe" (when the musick and the guard would march about a garrison town signaling the time for the taps to close and the soldiers to be back in their barracks) that will feature marches from the American Revolutionary period by waning sunlight, torches, candles, and spotlights on soloists. The Barracks Band of Musick (oboes, bassoons, and horns added to fifes and drums) will perform British marches scored for an eighteenth-century military band of music. A special addition this summer will be selections from John Gay's famous, 1729, "The Beggar's Opera" will be performed by singers, Jennifer Bergevin, Robert Kramer and Andrew Monath, accompanied by the Barracks Band of Musick. Visitors may choose between bringing a lawn chair or a blanket to spread for a general admission price (reservations recommended), or special seating around the Barracks balconies with refreshments (reservations required). The grounds will open at 7:00 pm and the program will begin at 8:00 pm.

General admission is $10 adults and $5 children; special balcony seating is $30 and includes refreshments, reservations required. Contact the Old Barracks for special family rates. Experience a summer's evening experience unique to Trenton. The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ. For more information call 1-888-BARRACK or visit www.barracks.org.

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Saturday, August 3 - Morris Township, Morris County
Explore the Farm Horse-Drawn Ride
Children Friendly

Enjoy an interpretive horse-drawn wagon ride while discovering the importance of sustainable farming at Fosterfield's Living History Farm. Learn about the methods, equipment, crops, and enterprises of Charles Foster’s farm in the early 1900s. Wagon ride from 10:15 am - 12:00 pm. Pre-registration is required - call 973-326-7645. Cost: $6 Adults, $5 Seniors (65 and up), $4 Children 4-16, $2 Children (2 and 3), under 2 are free. Fosterfields is open Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm. The farm is located at 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. www.morrisparks.net

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Saturday - Sunday, August 3 - 4 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Mercer County 4-H Fair
Children Friendly

Attend the 95th Annual Mercer County 4-H Fair now in its sixth year at Howell Living History Farm! The fair includes 4-H animal shows and exhibits; food and homemade ice cream; hay rides; pony rides; music; farm tours and demonstrations; milking demonstrations; spinning, felting, and fiber demonstrations; children’s crafts and activities; and displays by organizations such as the Master Gardeners of Mercer County and the Mercer County Wildlife Center. The fair will be open Saturday from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Free admission, and free parking (suggested donation of a canned good in support of Rutgers Against Hunger).

Howell Living Farm represents typical farm life between 1890 and 1910. The farm is operated by the Mercer County Parks Commission. It is located at 70 Wooden's Lane, Lambertville, NJ. For more information about the fair, call Altaria at 609-989-6833 or visit http://mercer.njaes.rutgers.edu/4h/fair

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Saturday, August 3 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
19th Century Woodworking Demonstration
Children Friendly

On Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to see how hand-tools were used in nineteenth century woodworking. This free event runs from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit  www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

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Saturday - Sunday, August 3 - 4 - Cape May, Cape May County
28th Annual Antique & Folk Arts Show
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday and Sunday, Historic Cold Spring Village will host its 28th Annual Antique and Folk Arts Show & Sale. Antiques dealers, folk artists and crafters from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region will gather along the Village’s shaded, clamshell lanes to display and sell their wares. Featured items at the show include country and Victorian furniture, jewelry, hand-blown glass, linens and textiles, pottery, toys, books, home décor, and more! Sponsored by The Priester Foundation, this annual event has been a Village favorite since the mid-1980s.

The Village’s restored historic buildings, which date from 1691 to 1912, will be open with historical interpretations and demonstrations of the trades and crafts from the mid-1800s. The Country Store will also be open, featuring a selection of handmade artisan wares, heritage toys, books, preserves and more. Newly opened in 2012, the Needle Arts Coop is a learning center featuring interactive lessons and information on handmade crafts and skills. Take-home kits and supplies are available for purchase along with specialty items made by local and Village artisans. At 2:00 pm on Saturday, the Bob Ferris Orchestra will provide big-band entertainment for all ages.

Historic Cold Spring Village is located at 720 Route 9, three miles north of Cape May City and four miles south of Rio Grande. Admission during the season is $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Unlimited free admission is available with Village membership. As a member of the national Blue Star Museums program, Historic Cold Spring Village is proud to offer free admission to active duty military personnel and up to 5 family members. The Village Nature Trail at Bradner's Run is open to the public for free self-guided tours. For more information, call 609-898-2300, ext. 18 or visit www.hcsv.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, August 3 - 4 - Woodbridge, Middlesex County
Civil War Living History Weekend
Children Friendly

The Robert E. Lee Civil War Roundtable of Central New Jersey will present its annual Civil War Living History Weekend Saturday and Sunday at Parker Press Park, Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge, NJ. Each day will feature a soldiers’ drill, weapons demonstration, re-enacted battlefield skirmish, military camp life, period living historians, period civilian life, Civil War displays and activities. The event will include vendors, children’s activities, a Civil War library book sale and camp prizes. Camps are open to the public each day 10:00 am - 4:00 pmAdditionally, a special ceremony to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War will be held Saturday at 8:00 pm at Parker Press Park. Following the ceremony, the encampment will be open until 10:00 pm for candlelight visits. Parking and admission is FREE.

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Saturday - Sunday, August 3 - 4 - Clinton, Hunterdon County
Revolutionary War Days
Children Friendly

Don't miss out on a chance to walk into the past! The Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton, NJ will host its annual Revolutionary War Days. The event will feature Patriot and Loyalist encampments. Infantry, militia, artillery, and mounted cavalry units from the Continental Army and British Brigade will face each other in daring skirmishes. Demonstrations including mounted horsemen practicing cavalry tactics and so much more, will wow spectators each day from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Watch wartime drills, weapons firing, period demonstrations, first person portrayals of influential Revolutionary War figures, open fire cooking, a blacksmith and even a replica Revolutionary War boat. Come learn about how families in the town of Clinton and surrounding area felt about the war, while listening to the hammer dulcimer and fiddle carry the tunes of the 18th century. Learn about African American involvement through a special traveling exhibition provided by NJDEP called, "Oh Freedom" and enjoy children's activities such as quill and ink writing, candle making, and militia drills. The event will be held rain or shine at the Red Mill Museum Village, located at 56 Main Street in Clinton, NJ. Admission is $9 adults, $7 seniors, active military and veterans, $5 children 6-12, free for members and children under 6. Municipal parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.theredmill.org or e-mail programs@theredmill.org.

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Saturday, August 4 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
"You Scream, I Scream for Ice Cream"
Children Friendly

Family fun and food history intertwine at Historic Walnford as we crank and then sample batches of cold sweet ice cream made using historic recipes and techniques. Develop a new appreciation for a treat we may take for granted today. This program will be held from 3:00 - 4:00 pm and is FREE!

While there, visit the large, elegant Walnford home built in 1774, the 19th century gristmill and the farm buildings set in a beautiful landscape. Walnford is located at 62 Walnford Road, Upper Freehold, NJ. www.monmouthcountyparks.com

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Sunday, August 4 - Morristown, Morris County
Soldier at the Huts
Children Friendly

Visit a soldier at the huts and hear stories about life during the winter encampment. See the clothing, equipment, and weapons that a soldier of the Pennsylvania Line used at Jockey Hollow. Program from 1:30 - 4:00 pm at the Soldier Huts in Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. http://nps.gov/morr

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Sunday, August 4 - Morristown, Morris County
Wick House Guest
Children Friendly

Did you know a friend of George Washington spent the winter at the Wick House? Meet a Park Ranger to discover who it was as well as the impacts he made during the revolution and beyond as you tour the Wick House. Program at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm at the Wick House, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. http://nps.gov/morr


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Sunday, August 4 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Penny Rug Demonstration
Children Friendly Site

On Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to watch and learn about making penny rugs at a demonstration. This free event runs from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit  www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

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Sunday, August 4 - South River, Middlesex County
Open House

Stop by the South River Historical & Preservation Society on Sunday from 1:30 - 3:30 pm and view exhibits on all aspects of Borough history including: schools; churches and houses of worship; local businesses and organizations; daily life; events and celebrations; and more. While you are there, see the cemetery located behind the building, ask questions, drop off donations, or exchange hometown stories with the docents. The museum is located at 64-66 Main Street, South River. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njsrhps/museum.html

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Sunday, August 4 - Morristown, Morris County
Exhibit Opening: Thomas Nast Brings Down Boss Tweed

Opening on Sunday, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum presents a new exhibit, "Thomas Nast Brings Down Boss Tweed," in the second floor Thomas Nast Gallery. The exhibit will feature over twenty examples of the political cartoons Thomas Nast created attacking Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall. Thomas Nast (1840-1902) is one of the most recognized names in the world of political cartoons. Often called the father of American political cartooning, Nast's images remain popular today. His well-known depictions of the Democratic donkey and Republican elephant, conceived more than 100 years ago, continue to represent both parties today. Uncle Sam and Columbia, two of his favorite figures to draw, are still recognized as symbols for the United States of America. Nast's battlefront and home front images drawn during the Civil War were powerful tools for bringing the war into people's homes. His spirit lives on today through his iconic representations of Santa Claus. The classic images that Nast popularized of the jolly old elf still appear on a variety of surfaces each year during the holiday season. 

The campaign that contributed most to Thomas Nast's fame was the one he carried on so relentlessly against the Tammany Ring of New York in the 1870s. The target of Nast's attack was "Boss" William M. Tweed (1823-1878), the political leader of New York City's Tammany Hall. Tweed worked his way up from ward politician to become the most powerful political force in the city and state of New York. As head of the city's Commission of Public Works, Tweed was in position to hand out lucrative contracts to his cronies who "kicked back" a major part of their receipts to the Ring. By appointing his Tammany Hall associates to key public offices, Tweed was able to prevent disclosure of his fraudulent activities.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs. The Museum is open for house and exhibit tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The last tour leaves at 3:00 pm. Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 - 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free. The gardens are open (free of charge) during Museum hours. For more information, call 973-538-2404 ext. 10 or visit www.maccullochhall.org. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is located at 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ.

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Sunday, August 4 - Montague, Sussex County
"Genealogy How-To and Results"

The Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History (MARCH) will open the circa 1790 Foster-Armstrong House on River Road and the Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse, at 501 Route 206 for Sunday afternoon tours between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. Both are situated within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Montague, NJ and were originally part of the Tocks Island Dam acquisitions. These two sites are utilized by MARCH and portray the area's heritage. Tours will be conducted by docents at each house every Sunday through August from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. See the new display of hunting, fishing, and food preservation, ferry and lime kilns, a tavern room, an Indian exhibit, items from the Brick House Hotel, a special display of the Rock View Resort, a quilt collection, antique christening and baby clothes, hand-made covered bridges from around the United States, a Victorian bedroom, a school-room display, a military room with artifacts from five war periods, and old school books from Montague schools. There is no charge for either museum, but donations for house maintenance are welcomed.


On Sunday, attend “Genealogy How-To and Results” by M.A.R.C.H.’s genealogist and historian, Mim Carpenter, at the Foster-Armstrong House. Bring your personal family questions for assistance or just come to see local family history. For more information, visit www.montaguehistory.org.

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Sunday, August 4 - Jefferson Township, Morris County
Open House

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlin House, will have an  open house on Sunday  from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Costumed docents will give tours of the museum and the museum gardens will be in bloom for your enjoyment.  This month's exhibit theme will be "Summertime - Traveltime," an exhibit about travel and transportation, featuring toy trains, cars, planes, and books. Admission is free.

The Jefferson Township Museum is located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, Jefferson Township, NJ. Visit Miss Elizabeth's Shoppe located in the original kitchen of the museum, where small antiques, collectibles, handmade, handcrafted and seasonal items will be offered for sale. For further information, call 973-208-8601 or visit www.jthistoricalsociety.org.

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Tuesdays - Saturdays Through Sept. 15, 2013 - Cape May, Cape May County
Windsor Hotel Exhibit

The Greater Cape May Historical Society presents an exhibit on the Windsor Hotel, Tuesdays - Saturdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the Colonial House Gallery in the Colonial House Museum, 653½ Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. www.capemayhistory.org

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Saturdays and Sundays Through October 27, 2013 - Ringwood, Passaic County
Grounds and Garden Tour

Did you ever wonder what all that “stuff” is placed around the grounds at Ringwood Manor? What about all those other buildings on the property? What were they used for? If you have ever been curious about the estate at Ringwood Manor, this tour is for you! The 2-1/2 hour guided walking tour will take visitors around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens & landscape features, the out-buildings, and the cemetery. Historic photographs of the property will also be shown. These free tours meet at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm in front of Ringwood Manor every Saturday and Sunday from May 25 - October 27, 2013. It is advised that participants wear walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray and sun block. Steady Rain cancels. No reservations necessary. For more information and to call ahead to confirm a tour, call 973-962-2240. Ringwood Manor is located at 1304 Sloatsburg Road, Ringwood, NJ, within Ringwood State Park.

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Through June 30, 2014 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
Got Work? Exhibit

View the exhibit "Got Work? New Deal/WPA in New Jersey" at the 1741 Cornelius Low House Museum in Piscataway. The museum is open Tuesday - Friday, 8:30 - 4:00 pm and Sunday afternoons from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The exhibit will run through June 30, 2014.

The Cornelius Low House, built in 1741, was the home to its namesake and is only one of two remaining buildings from historic Raritan Landing. This high-style Georgian mansion is listed on the National Register and operated by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission. Admission to the museum is FREE. The museum is located at 1225 River Road, Piscataway, NJ . For more information, visit

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Through October 6, 2013 - Paterson, Passaic County
Remembering the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913

Lambert Castle, the Victorian-era mansion located on the Garrett Mountain Reservation on the border between Paterson and Clifton, will be home to an exhibit highlighting the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913 now through October 6, 2013. The exhibit, entitled "We Had to be Rebels: Remembering the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913." This year marks the centennial of the landmark 1913 Paterson Silk Strike, which would forever change the face of labor relations in the Silk City. Thousands of workers walked away from their looms to be herded into court rooms and jail cells in a strike that took months to resolve. The exhibit will be open during regular museum hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Lambert Castle is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson. For more information, call 973-247-0085 or visit www.lambertcastle.org.

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Sundays Through August 31, 2013 - Plainfield, Union County
Forty Years on the National Register: The Drake House Museum

The Nathaniel Drake House in Plainfield, New Jersey, was registered on June 19, 1973, by Charles H. Detwiller, Jr., who  was an architect and former president of the Historical Society of Plainfield. The photographer was Harold Morse, who was a local photographer and also a former president of the Historical Society of Plainfield. Since the Drake House was placed on the National Register in 1973, there are now nine individual sites and seven districts in the City of Plainfield. The City of Plainfield has a Historic Preservation Commission, and there are an additional twelve individual sites and three districts designated as historic within the City limits. The Drake House Museum is open on Sundays from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. The exhibit is dedicated to all who have preserved Plainfield in the past, present, and future. Photographs of the National Register sites and Historic Districts are on display in the second floor ballroom through the end of August. www.drakehouseplainfieldnj.org

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Some event listings courtesy of the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey

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