Friday, October 4, 2013

Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/5/13 - 10/6/13

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, October 5 - Washington Township, Morris County
Autumn in Long Valley House Tour

The Washington Township Historical Society's 30th annual historic house tour, "Autumn in Long Valley," will be held on Saturday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Six historic homes and sites will open their doors to visitors.

In honor of the 275th Anniversary of the settlement of Washington Township the annual house tour will be a walking tour which showcases homes in the old German Valley area. Included with each ticket is a book that tells the history of each house with photographs. Guides, some in costume, will be stationed in the houses to explain the history and points of interest.

An optional luncheon, not included in the cost of the ticket, will be available at the Zion Lutheran Church located at 11 Schooleys Mountain Road. The Historical Society will display local historic artifacts at the luncheon.

The Washington Township Historical Society Museum, located at 6 Fairview Avenue in the center of Long Valley, will be open all day and will have items suitable for Christmas gifts available for sale in the gift shop.  As is the tradition, delicious home baked refreshments may be enjoyed in the museum at no charge. 

Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased in the Museum on Friday, October 4 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm or on the day of the event, beginning at 10:00 am. For more information, call 908-876-9696 or visit www.wthsnj.org.

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Saturday, October 5 - Freehold, Monmouth County
Open Hearth Cooking 

The Monmouth County Historical Association invites the public to enjoy Open Hearth Cooking Demonstrations at Covenhoven House on Saturday between 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm. Come and observe eighteenth-century-style cooking over the open hearth and experience colonial life as you tour the house.  Visitors will be invited to sample treats made from authentic "receipts" provided by the hearth cook, Glenn May.

Specialty dishes for this Open Hearth Open House include mulled cider, stewed apples, parsnip fritters, roast pork on a string with onion marmalade and beer batter bread.

Guests will be able to take guided tours of this landmark house built in 1752 for William and Elizabeth Covenhoven. The Covenhoven House later served as headquarters for British General Sir Henry Clinton before the Battle of Monmouth in June of 1778.

Admission is free - bring the family! Covenhoven House is located at 150 W. Main Street in Freehold near the Rt. 9 overpass. Parking is available at Grace Lutheran Church at the corner of West Main Street and Business Route 33. For more information, call 732-462-1466 or visit www.monmouthhistory.org.

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Saturday, October 5 - Watchung, Somerset County
Museum Opening and Civil War Encampment
Children Friendly

Visitors are welcomed by the Borough of Watchung and the Watchung Historical Committee to the Opening of the Watchung Texier House Museum, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 am. Refreshments and craft activities will be available. The Museum portrays many facets of the history of Watchung, including Moldenke’s Elsinore Castle, displays about Watchung sports champions, Congressman Charles A. Eaton, ice cutting on Watchung and Best Lakes, antique farm tools and more. The museum is located at 10 Mountain Boulevard, on the inside of the Watchung circle, opposite the Municipal Building.

As part of the opening celebration, the Historical Committee of Watchung is hosting the town’s first Civil War encampment on the Village Green. The Reenactor/Living history organization, the 3rd New Jersey Volunteer infantry, will encamp and portray an 1863 “post Gettysburg” recruiting encampment where “Company A” has returned, tired and depleted, to their native state to recruit, rest and refit.

Visitors can journey back in time to the Fall of 1863 and wander the camp or be treated to guided tours of “history stations” in the camping area. Reenactors will set up history stations covering cooking, tent equipment, a medical station, an officer’s tent, drill field firing demonstrations and uniform and equipment displays. A children's musket drill will be included in the day's activities. There will be prizes for children under 10 who can recite the entire “Gettysburg Address.”

For more information, call 908-432-1388 or visit www.watchungnj.gov.

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Saturday, October 5 - Cape May Court House, Cape May County
Remember the Ladies

The Cape May County Museum presents, "Remember the Ladies," a special day of programs for women, on Saturday from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. At 11:00 am, Dorothy Stanaitis, instructor of literature and television and radio hostess, will present "Let's Hear It for the Ladies." We know about Betsy, but what about the other ladies who played a role in the struggle for American independence? Dorothy will take us behind the closed doors of Colonial Philadelphia to meet these outstanding women. Following the morning program, a gourmet lunch will be served in the garden area of the museum. 

At 1:00 pm, Gordon Bond, author of Hidden History of South Jersey, will present a lecture on some of the little known history of our part of New Jersey, including Harriet Tubman's summers in Cape May. Following his program, Gordon will stay to autograph copies of his book, which will be available for purchase. Please join us for  this special day. Reservations are $20 and include lunch. 

The Cape May County Museum is located at 504 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House, NJ. For more information or to make reservations, please call the museum at 609-465-3535 or visit www.cmcmuseum.org.  

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Saturday, October 5 - Cape May, Cape May County
Harvest Festival
Children Friendly

Attend the Harvest Festival Crafts & Antiques Show at the historic Emlen Physick Estate on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Enjoy pony rides, pony painting, pumpkin painting, face painting, a bubble pond, hay rides for children ages 3 to 8, and a mummy candles craft project! Plus, the grounds of Cape May's only Victorian house museum become a shopper's paradise as crafters and antique dealers offer their wares. Parking and admission to the grounds are free. A separate ticket is required for the activities. The Emlen Physick Estate is located at 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 1-800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday, October 5 - Trenton, Mercer County
Trenton Museum Society's 40th Anniversary

On Saturday from 4:00 - 7:00 pm, the Trenton Museum Society will host a 40th Anniversary celebratory event that will show appreciation for current TMS members and encourage new membership in support of the Trenton City Museum's exhibits and programs.

Trenton Museum Society members are invited to sample foods from local restaurants, both 'old' iconic favorites and 'new' up-and-coming venues. Each participating restaurant will offer a selection from their menu for sampling. Wine and other spirits will also be available. The event is free to all Trenton Museum Society members; however, each member is encouraged to bring along a friend to join in the festivities at the membership rate ($45 per individual and $65 per family), which will include a free membership.

In addition to food, beverage and musical entertainment, participants will receive a sneak preview of two new second floor exhibits: Early and Unusual Gifts to the Museum and Their Donors as well as an exhibit of the art and artifacts that have been restored with funds generously donated by TMS members. The event will highlight TMS members and their support over the years.

The Trenton City Museum, Ellarslie Mansion, is located in Cadwalader Park, Trenton, NJ. Tickets are not required; however, an RSVP for the purpose of a head count is appreciated and can be done by e-mailing tms@ellarslie.org or calling 609-989-1191 and leaving a message. www.ellarslie.org

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Saturday, October 5 - Madison, Morris County
Bottle Hill Day
Children Friendly

Go back in time with the New Jersey Frontier Guard and  learn about life during the French and Indian Wars (1754 - 1765) on Saturday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Stationed on the front lawn of the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, members of the New Jersey Frontier Guard will recreate and demonstrate the crafts, skills, military activities, and daily life of the mid-eighteenth century New Jersey resident. In addition, visitors are encouraged to explore the Museum and its many exhibits. The event and museum are free on Saturday.

The Museum is regularly open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street in Madison, NJ just two blocks from the Madison train station. For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit www.metc.org.

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Saturday, October 5 - Jackson, Monmouth County
Fall Forestry Festival
Children Friendly

On Saturday, attend the Fall Forestry Festival, an annual festival held by the NJ Forest Service's Forest Resource Education Center, featuring over 40 nature themed exhibits, hikes, programs, and activities. Explore the pinelands forest and discover unique plants and creatures on interpreter led hikes. Get crafty and paint a pumpkin or make a wooden Smokey helicopter. Use your detective skills to find the cause of a wildfire. See foresters turn logs into lumber on sawmill and basket makers, chainsaw carvers, and traditional wood carvers demonstrate artistic uses for wood. The Fall Forestry Festival combines fun and learning for a enjoyable outing for the whole family. It will be held from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, rain or shine. There is no admission fee and parking is free. There is no reservation or fee for programs or activities.

Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring insect repellant. Refreshments will be available to purchase. The festival will be held at the Forest Resource Education Center on Don Connor Boulevard in Jackson, NJ. For more information, call 732-928-2360 or visit www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/forest/fall_festival.html.

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Saturday, October 5 - Westfield, Union County
Apple Fest
Children Friendly

The Westfield Historical Society (WHS) is hosting its fifth annual Apple Fest fundraiser on Saturday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm on the lawn of the historic Reeve House, 314 Mountain Avenue, Westfield. The rain date is Sunday, October 6.

Visitors to Apple Fest will have an opportunity to participate in docent tours of the Reeve house and grounds, adult and children's games, pumpkin painting, face painting, tin piercing, barbershop music, children's art contest, mum and homemade food sales and much more.

One featured event is the spectacular apple pie contest. After the judging by local chefs, the pies and pie slices will be for sale. The public is invited to participate in this community contest. There are new pie categories this year, including one for children and one for men. Members of the DAR will again be helping the effort by making pies for the sale.

This year the Apple Café, a 1910-themed café, will be unveiled; you can sit, have lunch, and watch the activities. Quiche and seasonal salad will be featured along with hot dogs for the kids.

Grandma Ginny's Trinkets and Treasures sale will be held in conjunction with Apple Fest. Donations from the membership and public have been coming in all summer and there are treasurers for both collectors and decorators. This event will be held on the grounds and in the basement of the Reeve House.

The Westfield Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and sharing Westfield's rich heritage for future generations. The newly renovated Reeve House serves as the organization's headquarters, museum, and history and cultural center. Proceeds from the event will be used to support these efforts and community outreach programs.

Membership in the WHS is open to all and a membership table will be open all day for those who would like more information on our activities or would like to join. For further information, call the Westfield Historical Society's office at 908-654-1794 or visit www.westfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, October 5 - 6 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Fall Festival
Children Friendly

A unique fall festival where visitors earn their share of the harvest will take place Saturday and Sunday. The Farm's 29th Annual Fall Festival is reminiscent of a time when giant threshing rigs rumbled through the Mercer countryside stopping at farms to help families thresh their wheat. Visitors to this festival take on the role of “helping neighbors,” joining farmers as they plant, thresh, winnow, and grind wheat.

Special maps with corresponding field markers are used to guide visitors to areas where they can watch or help with the harvest before sampling the finished product–freshly baked wheat bread. Visitors who have their maps stamped at each of six “Help-the-Farmer” stations will take home their share of the harvest - a bag of freshly milled whole wheat flour complete with recipe.

A highlight of this year's festival will be a threshing operation powered by a 10 ton Case steam engine. Children can help the engineer carry wood and water needed to run the big steamer.

In keeping with the festival's theme, “ A Celebration of Wheat,” there will be a whole wheat bake sale, crafts, and wheat straw wagon rides. The Jugtown Mountain String Band will provide live music during the Saturday program. Fall Festival hours are 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on Saturday and 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm on Sunday.

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 or to register for the program, call 609-737-3299. www.howellfarm.org

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Saturday - Sunday, October 5 - 6 - Old Bridge, Middlesex County
Old Bridge Speedway Reunion
Children Friendly

Old Bridge Speedway was a track way ahead of it's time. It not only hosted weekly oval track racing, but served as a drag strip, and a road course. Most times in the same week.

This weekend, those who were lucky enough to experience this facility in person, and those who wished they had, will gather at the Thomas Warne Museum, located only a few miles from the speedway's original location. Vintage cars, like those that competed at the track before it suddenly closed in August of 1968, will be on display. There will also be race cars that currently compete at tracks like Wall Stadium Speedway and New Egypt Speedway. Additionally, racing movies and historic racing memorabilia will be on display.

The show runs from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, both days, with an adult admission charge of $5. All proceeds of the show benefit the Madison Township Historical Society. For more information, call 732-566-2108 or visit www.thomas-warne-museum.com.

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Saturday - Sunday, October 5 - 6 - Passaic County
Passaic County History Fair
Children Friendly Events

On Saturday and Sunday, historic sites, museums, cultural centers, and other attractions all over Passaic County will be participating in History Fair weekend, an annual event highlighting the rich historical and cultural heritage of the area. The fair is your chance to take advantage of free admission at some of the county's most historic places, as well as specially designed exhibits, tours, discussions, and other events. The Passaic County Historical Society has announced that the fair itself will be held on Saturday, October 5. This year the fair will take place at the Passaic County Technical Institute, 45 Reinhardt Road, Wayne, NJ, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

This year's list of participants will include the Passaic County Historical Society/Lambert Castle Museum, Paterson Great Falls Historic Park, the American Labor Museum, the Hamilton House Museum, the Paterson Museum, the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society, and the West Milford Museum. There will be presentations from local historians throughout the day, on topics that include the Great Falls, the Paterson Silk Strike, the Pompton Mutiny, and New Jersey’s connection to the underground railroad. A complete list of scheduled presentations and speakers can be viewed here. In addition, several authors on Passaic County history will be at the fair to talk with visitors and sign copies of their books.

This is an exciting opportunity for the whole family to learn about Passaic County’s past, and to gather information for future trips to local historic sites. Admission is free, and there is abundant free parking.

A full schedule of events, plus links and other information on all the participating organizations, is available at www.passaiccountyhistory.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, October 5 - 6 - Millville, Cumberland County
Festival of Fine Craft

See over 125 juried artists from across the country present studio art glass, stained glass, creative jewelry designs, unusual metal sculptures, innovative wearables and accessories, intricate baskets, sculptural and functional clay pieces, woodcarvings and turned vessels, handcrafted furniture, and two-dimensional art and photography at the Festival of Fine Craft on Saturday and Sunday at WheatonArts. The event will be held from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm both days, rain or shine. WheatonArts is located at 1000 Village Dr, Millville, New Jersey 08332.

Also see artist demonstrations, participate in family activities, entertainment, food, vendors and a glass pumpkin patch.

On 55 wooded acres in southern NJ, WheatonArts is home to the Museum of American Glass, the CGCA International Fellowship Program, the largest folklife center in NJ, a hot glass studio, traditional craft studios, five museum stores and an event center. www.wheatonarts.org

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Saturday - Sunday, October 5 - 6 - Rahway, Union County
Ghosts of the Past Cemetery Tour Weekend

This year, the hour-long cemetery tour will feature stops at some of Rahway Cemetery’s most famous residents. You will hear stories from over a dozen costumed characters from Rahway’s Past; meet Abraham Clark, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Captain Walter Bramhall, a Civil War soldier who served at Harper’s Ferry, Va, The Unknown Woman, who’s unsolved murder still sparks theories and interest, and many more!

Tours begin at 1:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday and leave every 15 minutes. The last tour leaves at 4:00 pm. Reservations recommended. Call the Merchants & Drovers Museum to reserve your spot - 732-381-0441. The Merchants & Drovers Tavern is located adjacent to the cemetery at 1632 St. Georges Avenue (Route 27), Rahway, NJ. www.merchantsanddrovers.org

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Saturday - Sunday, October 5 - 6 - Hewitt, Passaic County
Civil War Living History Weekend and Candle Lantern Tours
Children Friendly

The Friends of Long Pond Ironworks is sponsoring a Civil War Living History Weekend and Candle Lantern Tours this Saturday and Sunday. The site will be open on Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

On Saturday there will be Candle Lantern Tours: A family tour will be offered at 7:30 pm. Children under 12 years of age will not be admitted. An adult only tour will be offered at 9:00 pm. Advance registration is required as space is limited. Tickets are $10/adult and $5/child.

To make reservations, call 973-657-1688 and please leave your name, tour time, number of tickets, and telephone number. They will confirm your reservation. Long Pond Ironworks is located at 1334 Greenwood Lake Turnpike, Hewitt, NJ. www.longpondironworks.org

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Sunday, October 6 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Walnford Day
Children Friendly

The sights and sounds of the past come alive at Historic Walnford in Upper Freehold on Sunday between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm. Plan on spending an afternoon taking a step back to explore the past! 

Activities planned for the day include:

• Quill Pen Calligraphy

• Blacksmith Demonstrations
• Old-Fashioned Games
• Dressing up in period garments
• Weaving & Spinning Demonstrations
• Exhibits about how homes were lighted before electricity and life at Walnford in 1862
• Horse Drawn Wagon Rides (1:00 - 5:00 pm) 

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, 08501. www.monmouthcountyparks.com

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Sunday, October 6 - Asbury Park, Monmouth County
Literary Readings

On Sunday afternoon, the Stephen Crane House in Asbury Park, NJ is pleased to host the creators of the literary journal ADANNA, in a reading of works from their latest (third) issue.

The public is invited to the free event that kicks off at 1:00 pm, with Adanna founder Christine Redman-Waldeyer joined by a company of writers and academics from all over New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Refreshments will be provided, and copies of the new Adanna issue (as well as the special Sandy issue) will be offered for purchase.

Fans of original prose/ poetry and the regional arts scene are invited to attend this intriguing guest event, inside the 19th century home of the classic American poet, journalist, and storyteller Stephen Crane. The Stephen Crane House is located at 508 Fourth Ave, Asbury Park, NJ. www.thestephencranehouse.org

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Sunday, October 6 - Whippany, Morris County
13th Annual Pumpkin Festival
Children Friendly

Spend the day at the Whippany Railway Museum and celebrate the Fall Harvest and the Season of the Witch, during the museum's 13th Annual Pumpkin Festival. The local area's highly anticipated family event will be held on Sunday from 12:30 - 5:30 pm, rain or shine.

Bring the whole family and join in the fun! Walk among the pumpkins, corn shocks, and grinning scarecrows, as you enjoy the wares of local craft merchants and railroad memorabilia dealers at the popular Pumpkin Market Place Crafts Fair, where you'll be sure to find that perfect autumn gift for family and friends.

Select a pumpkin from the Farmer's Market. With so many to choose from, you'll be sure to find one that's just right...It's Pumpkin Pick'n Time! You can also purchase a bounty of fall harvest and produce items at the festival.

Walk through a railroad yard, lost in time, where you'll see the finest collection of restored, historic railroad locomotives and cars in the state of New Jersey - some dating back well over 100 years!  

The kids will enjoy having their picture taken in front of our haunted house, and they will delight at the indoor and outdoor model train layouts that will be in operation throughout the day.

You'll see a unique collection of antique farm tractors. The museum has assembled an outstanding assortment of vintage, American-built, gas-powered agricultural tractors, which help to tell the story of how the railroads delivered the crops that fed a nation, to market.

Add even more fun to your day by climbing aboard the Pumpkinliner for a relaxing excursion train ride that follows the route of the Historic Whippanong Trail. The train will feature restored, antique cabooses that passengers can ride in. Make your day extra special by riding aboard the museum's elegantly restored 1927-era Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ) Club Car, Jersey Coast.  The car has the look and feel of a private club with individual leather chairs, mahogany interior accented with stained glass, built-in tables, and period ceiling fans. The Jersey Coast recalls the 1930s when the CNJ operated its deluxe coach train, the Blue Comet, between Jersey City and Atlantic City, NJ. The striking paint scheme of cream and blue reminds one of a comet streaking through space.  It is the only car of its type operating in New Jersey.

TRAIN FARE: Caboose seating: Adult: $14.00, Child (under 12): $9.00, Infants (1 year and under): Free. Club Car seating: Adult: $17.00, Child (under 12): $12.00, Infants (1 year and under): Free.Pre-order ticket online using a credit card at www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net. The Whippany Railway Museum is located at 1 Railroad Plaza at the intersection of Route 10 West & Whippany Road in Whippany, NJ. For more information, call 973-887-8177 or visit www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net.

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Sunday, October 6 - Basking Ridge, Somerset County
Lord Stirling Festival
Children Friendly

Step back in time to the colonial period at the Somerset County Park Commission's annual Lord Stirling 1770s Festival taking place on Sunday from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. 

Each year on the first Sunday in October, Lord Stirling's estate at Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge, NJ comes back to life in the late 1700s. Colonial craftspeople ply their trades, a town crier delivers the daily news, and Revolutionary War military detachments camp and conduct maneuvers on the former estate lawn. The event promotes historical and environmental education highlighting the unsung Revolutionary War hero William Alexander, Lord Stirling, who lived on the site and served under General George Washington.

Attired in replicas of 1770s clothing true to the period, meet a blacksmith, tinsmith, broom maker, cooper, and other trades people of the times. Crafters make toys, dolls, lace, decorative arts, woodcarvings, and spin wool into yarn. No crafts are sold at this entertaining and educational event. See sheep, goats, and chickens that were staples of colonial life in the 1770s. Children can try stenciling, quill writing, making clay pots, and playing colonial games. Drink a cup of cider made on site at the working cider press and hop aboard the hay wagon for a ride around Lord Stirling's apple orchard. Dress the part by trying on period style clothing or spend a few minutes in the Somerset Gaoler's wooden pillory while friends and family take photographs.

The event provides an educational and enjoyable way to learn about colonial times and the importance of New Jersey's role in the American Revolution. Visitors can question craftspeople about their trades, tour Lord Stirling's wine cellar, and enjoy the sights, sounds, and aromas of a colonial style autumn festival. Listen to colonial ballads played on instruments of the period. Visit the camps of Heard's Brigade, Captain John Outwater's Militia, Past Muster, and the Donegal Riflemen. Watch as the militias conduct maneuvers and children can participate in a musket drill. A professional Town Crier announces the events of the day and reads the Declaration of Independence. In the afternoon, meet Lord Stirling as he strolls around his estate.

Lord Stirling (the Scottish earldom and title acquired by William Alexander of Basking Ridge) was close friends with George Washington and served as a Major General directly under his command during the Revolution. Stirling built his manor house around 1762 and lived there for 20 years. An archaeological team sponsored by the Somerset County Park Commission excavated part of the site and has studied the recovered artifacts. See what they have found on the site and hear about the history associated with these artifacts. Part of the original Stirling manor house foundation still exists under the modern house now occupying the site and is open to the public for tours for the day. Artifacts unearthed by the Lord Stirling Field Project represent well over 250 years of site occupation.

This event is held rain or shine. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 per person. Call the Environmental Education Center at 908-766-2489 for more information.

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Sundays Through November 30, 2013 - Lakehurst, Ocean County
Pittis - Doctor - Mayor - Postmaster

The Borough of Lakehurst Historical Society announces a special exhibit about an important resident - "PITTIS - Doctor - Mayor - Postmaster". Dr. Pittis was the local physician for Lakehurst and Manchester from the turn of the 19th century until World War II.  He  would make house calls all the way to Whiting in his horse-drawn buggy. Later in life, he became a physician at the Jersey City Medical Center. Dr. Harold Pittis was the son of Thomas Kearn Pittis and Susan  null Henrietta Collins.  Harold was the fourth of ten children; eight brothers and one sister, all from Plainfield, New Jersey.

Dr.  Harold received his MD in 1901 from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, where he met his wife Ruth. He and Ruth were married on January 8, 1900 at St. Mark's Church in Malone, New York. In the 1910 census, Dr. Pittis was living on Union Avenue, Lakehurst, with his wife and son Harold, who had received his MD from McGill University in 1937.

Dr. Harold Pittis was not only the town physician, but also Lakehurst's first postmaster, beginning in November 1918. He was reappointed twice and served until August 16, 1929. He financed the construction of the first post office. 

The museum is open Wednesdays and Sundays from 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm. The Lakehurst Historical Society Museum is located at 300 Center Street, Lakehurst, NJ. For more information, call 732-657-8864 or click here.

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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 - LAST WEEKEND
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, NJ. For more information, call 973-247-0085 or visit www.lambertcastle.org.

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Through February 2014 - Madison, Morris County
Ghosts, Ghouls, & Gravestones Exhibit

The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts presents "Ghosts, Ghouls, & Gravestones: The Trades of Burial," which will examine the progression of the burial trade. Passing away from this world was once a family affair, but over time, the process spread through the social and economic ties of the community. By 1900, a robust funeral industry had developed that saw to a family's every need. The exhibit will also explore the strict protocols that dictated mourning and the artistry in gravestones.

Regular Museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, students & children (ages 6 and older), and free for members and children under 6. Family maximum admission $13.00. The Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street in Madison, NJ just two blocks from the Madison train station. For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit www.metc.org.

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Through Sunday, February 23, 2014 - Trenton, Mercer County
Historic Maps of the Garden State Exhibit

Often overlooked as a decorative art form, maps are ideal artifacts for exploring New Jersey history. Stories of New Jersey’s social, economic, military, environmental and political history – as well as the state’s role in the history of American transportation – can be told through the visual splendor of the Garden State’s historic maps.

Opening on September 7 and running through February 23, 2014, “Where in the World is New Jersey? Historical Maps of the Garden State” is comprised of nearly 100 maps depicting the colony and state of New Jersey from 1635 through 1950 on display at the New Jersey State Museum.

This unprecedented exhibition provides the visitor with an introductory survey of historical maps depicting the colony and state of New Jersey from 1635 until 1950. The nearly 100 maps on display – most of which are original hand-colored copperplate engravings or chromolithographs – come from the collections of four public institutions – the New Jersey State Museum, State Archives, State Library, and Special Collections and University Archives at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. They were selected for their rarity, their ability to convey aspects of New Jersey history, and their artistic merit – underscoring the dual role of maps as both works of art and utilitarian tools essential to the human experience. 

The New Jersey State Museum, located at 205 West State Street in Trenton, NJ is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 am - 4:45 pm. The Museum is closed Mondays and all state holidays. The NJ State Museum has a “suggested” admission fee. For more information, visit www.statemuseum.nj.gov or call the recorded information line at (609) 292-6464. On weekends, free parking is available in lots adjacent to and behind the Museum. Please visit www.trentonparking.com for a number of options for parking in downtown Trenton during the week.

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

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