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Sunday, June 30, 2013

eBay Items of the Week: 6/30/13 - 7/7/13

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World's Fair Ashtray
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Vintage Milk Bottle Opener
Franklin Lakes

Purchased July 20, 1964

Published 1904

Printed 1906


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Friday, June 28, 2013

Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/29/13 - 6/30/13

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, June 29 - Pemberton Township, Burlington County
Whitesbog Blueberry Festival

Celebrate all things blueberry at this old-fashioned festival on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Enjoy blueberry picking, live country music, lots of children's activities, exhibits, great food, historical presentations and tours, Pinelands artists and crafters, our famous blueberry pie eating contest and lots more. This annual celebration of all things blueberry - the official state fruit of New Jersey - is considered to be one of the finest "old-fashioned" festivals in the tri-state region. The festival features the pioneering work of Whitesbog's own Elizabeth C. White to domesticate the very first blueberry, traditional Pinelands musicians, artists and crafters, fantastic festival food, wagon and walking tours, lectures, living history actors, demonstrations and dozens of children's activities will all be featured at the day-long festival. But the real star of the show is, of course, the blueberries!

This year, they are celebrating the Whitesbog Preservation Trust's 30th Anniversary along with the Centennial of the Blueberry, with a Special Art Project that features the blueberry (New Jersey's State Fruit), the cranberry industry, Whitesbog's rich agricultural heritage and the New Jersey Pine Barrens' natural resources. This special exhibit will include Whitesbog's cranberry-label collection along with cranberry-labels banners as barn art, blueberry sculpture, Pinelands photography and a real Jersey Devil, among the various school entries.

Top attractions at the day-long festival include fifty of the Pinelands best crafters and an "artists row" featuring fine art and photography, a Model-T exhibit, Pinelands Antique Engine Association's displays, living history tours, and interactive experiences festival goers can enjoy throughout the day. For the children, activities such as the outrageously fun blueberry pie-eating contest, a hunt for the Jersey Devil, face painting, hands-on crafts, traditional games and blueberry picking, will keep the young ones entertained all day. Live bluegrass music by Home Cookin', the Basement Musicians, the Bad Dogz, Clan Suibhne, Valerie Vaughn and others will provide the perfect atmosphere for the festival, which the Burlington County Times has described as "a reminder that good old country life is alive and well" in the region.

The Pinelands, New Jersey's blueberry and cranberry industries and our region's rich history intersect in delicious ways in this corner of the state. History buffs can tour explore Whitesbog's agriculturalmuseum, visit the newly restored Cranberry Research Substation, tour a cottage that depicts what life was like for Whitesbog's workers in the 1920s, and shop in Whitesbog's authentic General Store. Fresh fruit enthusiasts will delight in picking their own blueberries at the celebration. Whitesbog is home to the world's oldest test fields for domesticated blueberries, which will be open at the Blueberry Festival to give people an opportunity to experience firsthand a bit of our State's agricultural history.

Parking is $8.00 per car and $5.00 per person arriving by foot, bike, or bus. All proceeds benefit the Whitesbog Preservation Trust in their continuing efforts to restore and interpret Historic Whitesbog Village and the surrounding Pinelands. Parking is set on the Whitesbog airstrip - a 2-minute drive from the festival grounds. Shuttle buses bring visitors from this remote parking area to the village throughout the day. 

Historic Whitesbog Village is located at 120 North Whites Bogs Road, Browns Mills, NJ. It is located at mile marker 13 on County Route 530 (Pemberton Township). For more information, call 609-893-4646, e-mail whitesbogpreservationtrust@comcast.net or visit www.whitesbog.org.

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Saturday, June 29 - Union Township, Union County
Children's Afternoon Tea

What do a great book and a cup of tea have in common? The ability to transport you to another place and time! Bring your little adventurer to Storybooks & Scones and experience an afternoon tea like the Kean children enjoyed at Liberty Hall throughout the years. Includes yummy treats served on real china, a dress-up & play tent, games and prizes! The first fifteen children to reserve receive a free VIP bag! Program Fee: $25.00 per person. Reservations required. Call 908-527-0400. Program Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Liberty Hall Museum is located at 1003 Morris Ave, Union, NJ. www.kean.edu/libertyhall

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Saturday, June 29 - Morristown, Morris County
Pensions for Revolutionary Soldiers

Not everyone agreed that the men who sacrificed so much for American independence should receive financial assistance after the war. Discover the controversy concerning veteran’s pensions and the issues that caused the delay in providing them. Program at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm at the Wick House at Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. http://nps.gov/morr

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Saturday, June 29 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
Ocean County Red Wine & Blues Festival

Attend the Ocean County Red Wine & Blues Festival on Saturday from 3:00 - 9:00 pm at the Tuckerton Seaport. Uncork some fun and enjoy a perfect afternoon of wine tasting from NJ's finest wineries, including DiMatteo, Tomasello, and Valenzano, plus live blues bands such as JB's Cigar Box Stompers, Steve Guyger & the Excellos, the Billy Walton Band and James Day & the Fish Fry. Throughout the day there will be crafters, vendors, food and lots of fun. Complimentary Seaport wine glass! Members $15, non-members $20. The Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum is located at 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ. For more information, call 609-296-8868; or visit www.tuckertonseaport.org.

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Saturday June 29 - Morristown, Morris County
Kid's Costume Tea

Put on some historic clothes to travel back to another time! Kids ages 3-11 are invited to join Historic Speedwell for an afternoon of dress-up, treats, and history. Wear your own costume or try-on one of ours. Registration required. Please call 973-285-6550 to register and for admission cost. Historic Speedwell is located at 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit www.morrisparks.net/speedwell

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Saturday - Sunday, June 29 - 30 - Cape May, Cape May County
Quilt & Fiber Arts Show

Historic Cold Spring Village is featuring all things fiber arts at the 28th annual Cape May Quilt and Fiber Arts Show on Saturday and Sunday. Sponsored by the Chatlos Foundation, the event will be held from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm both days and will feature demonstrations and vendors of quilting, textiles, knitting, crocheting, lace making, basket weaving, broom making and more. Visitors are invited to take part in a “yarn bombing,” the newest expression of public art, which will be held at the Village Gazebo. Guests are encouraged to knit or crochet a section.

On Saturday, visitors may vote for their favorite quilts in the Welcome Center at the Viewer’s Choice Quilt Show, and on Sunday continue to enjoy the display and see the winners. A rare wedding quilt, c. 1714, handmade by Cape May Countian Sarah Spicer, will be on display in the Welcome Center for its annual appearance. The quilt was restored in 2012 through a grant from the Cape May County Culture and Heritage Commission.

Yesteryear Quilters, in period clothing, will present a ‘hand-turning’ of 19th century quilting techniques at the Gazebo. Regional vendors are attending with quilting and sewing fabrics, yarn, baskets, supplies, and equipment to help inspire the creation of an heirloom project. If you would like to learn some new skills, Kathe Cressman will share some tips and tricks for knitters on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Seasoned knitters and newcomers to the craft will learn from these discussions. The Corson-Hand House, home to fiber arts demonstrations at the Village, will feature use of the “Great Wheel” which will be used along with wool preparation and dyeing. Bobbin lace making and tatting will also be demonstrated by a fourth generation artisan.

Opened in 2012, the Needle Arts Coop, located in the Village's Octagonal House, serves as a learning center for interactive lessons and information on handmade crafts and skills. Take-home kits and supplies will be available for purchase along with specialty items made by local and Village artisans.

Historic Cold Spring Village is a non-profit, open-air living history museum that portrays the daily life of a rural South Jersey community of the Early American period. It features 26 restored historic structures on a 30-acre site. From late June to early September, interpreters and artisans in period clothing preserve the trades, crafts and heritage of "the age of homespun." Fun and educational activities for children are featured Tuesday through Sunday, with special events every weekend through mid-September.

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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Sunday, June 30 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
Asbury Park Exhibit Opening


A new exhibit entitled "Asbury Park: The History of a Jersey Gem," opens Sunday at the Eden Woolley House, home of the Township of Ocean Historical Museum, 703 Deal Road, Ocean Township, NJ. The opening will be held from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Artifacts and photos tell the story of the city from its beginning in 1870 as the brainchild of businessman and avid Methodist James Bradley to its current rebirth. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a full-size carousel animal - a sea dragon, hand carved by folk artist George Hoffman. The exhibit covers Asbury's distinctive history as both a legendary resort and a thriving retail center. It includes the rich cultural and musical contributions of the West Side. The Woolley House is open Tuesday through Thursday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm; Thursday evenings, 7:00 - 9:00 pm; and the first and second Sundays of the month, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission is free (donations are always welcome). The Asbury exhibit remains through spring 2014. For more information, call 732-531-2136 or visit www.oceanmuseum.org

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Sunday, June 30 - Morristown, Morris County
Nature Discovery Hike

Want to explore the natural wonders of Jockey Hollow? Join a Park Ranger and hike along Primrose Brook Trail, a 1.13 miles round trip hike and discover some of the natural wonders of Jockey Hollow. Hikes at 1:30 and 3:30pm at the Trail Center Parking Lot of Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. Call 973-543 4030 for further information. http://nps.gov/morr

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Sunday, June 30 - Park Ridge, Bergen County
Gettysburg: 150 Years Later

On Sunday at 2:00 pm, Dr. Anthony Troncone, Chair of the History Department at Dominican College, Orangeburgh, NY, and Chair of the Pascack Historical Society Historical Advisory Board will present "Gettysburg: 150 Years Later." Dr. Troncone's easy speaking style will transport you back to the Gettysburg battlefield on those three hot days of July 1, 2, and 3, 1863 where 50,000 brave men perished. Admission is free. The Pascack Historical Society is located at 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge, NJ. For more information, call 201-573-0307 or visit www.pascackhistoricalsociety.org.

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Sunday, June 30 - Montague, Sussex County
Open House and Farm Program

M.A.R.C.H., the Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History will host its annual seasonal opening of the 1790 Foster-Armstrong House on River Road and the early 1800s Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse on Route 206. 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 M.A.R.C.H. 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. Also on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm there will be a mini-farm presentation entitled "Mother Goose's Chickens," presented by Sharon Orce. It will include chickens and geese. Bring your children for a fun time at the Foster-Armstrong House! www.montaguehistory.org

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Sunday, June 30 - Bridgeton, Cumberland County
Cemetery Tours

The Broad Street Cemetery Association (BSCA) of Bridgeton, NJ will offer four intensive new guided tours of the cemetery this summer and fall. Each tour will feature one section and include recently uncovered cemetery history, colorful stories of the many interesting and sometimes influential people buried here, and discussions of the different styles (and eras) of monuments in each section.

The tours will all take place on Sundays: June 30th, August 25th, September 29th and October 27th, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Rain date will be on the following Sunday in each case (July 7th, Sept. 1st, Oct. 6th and Nov. 3rd). All will start at the burial "chapel," central to the cemetery, and only yards from the Broad Street Presbyterian Church, an historic structure maintained in virtually pristine original condition since the 1790s.

Tours will be led by cemetery historian James Bergmann, whose "Broad Street Cemetery, Bridgeton, N.J. - A History (1791-2013) and Guide" will be on sale for a $20 donation to the BSCA, a volunteer organization dedicated to the care of this beautiful and historic place. The cemetery is located in Bridgeton on Route 49, between West Avenue South and South Lawrence Street. For more information, call 856-575-0582.

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Sunday, June 30 Hardwick Township, Warren County
Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate the two hundred thirty seventh anniversary of our independence at the tenth annual Independence Day Celebration at Millbrook Village on Saturday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Join the townsfolk in the parade down Main Street at 1:00 pm and gather at the green in front of the general store for a patriotic speech given by one of our local celebrities. Make a hat and a flag, bring your tin whistle or drum, wear you patriotic clothes and enjoy yourself. Got an instrument? Bring it along and help liven things up.

Enter the water melon eating contest after the parade for some refreshing fun. Everyone is invited to the frolic; kids of all ages are welcome! There will be lots of things going on throughout the village all day. Old time games for the kids and tours of the village and demonstrations all around town. You'll find it fun and interesting.

Bring a picnic lunch and relax in the shade for a spell. Meet a new friend, learn about our history and take in the experience of a quieter time. The event is presented by the Millbrook Village Society in cooperation with the National Park Service. The event will be held rain or shine. Food is not available at the site, so plan accordingly. Restroom and picnic facilities are available. Millbrook Village is located at Route 602N and Old Mine Road, Hardwick Township, NJ.

As usual, everything is free of charge and is family oriented. For more information, call 908-537-2544 or 973-875-3461 or visit www.millbrooknj.com.

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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 July 28, 2013 - Cranbury, Middlesex County
Wedding Display

The Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society's temporary exhibit entitled "The Look of Love - Bridal Fashions of the Twentieth Century" features wedding gowns, dresses and accessories from 1901 though the 1990s. A large collection of photographs, cards, wedding gifts, and assorted ephemera that span the century will also be on display. The Cranbury Museum is located at 4 Park Place East, Cranbury. www.cranburyhistory.org

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

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Weekend Estate Sales: 6/28/13 - 6/30/13

WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Livingston, NJ 07039

Bottles, Beatles, Hess, Disney & More
Morganville, NJ 07751

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Nathanael Greene's Rhode Island Homestead

Nathanael Greene's Rhode Island Homestead
Written by NJ Historian

Situated on a hill, with what was once a commanding view of the the Pawtuxet River, is the Nathanael Greene Homestead in Coventry, Rhode Island. Although nature has reclaimed the view of the river, this 1770s homestead was saved in 1919 to serve as a museum and is an excellent example of the early preservation movement in the United States. For almost one hundred years, the Nathanael Greene Homestead Association has maintained the building and the property. The meadows that surround the building are being cleared once again by volunteers, a sign that possibly one day soon, a view of the river will be seen once again.


Nathanael Greene was born at the Forge and Grist Mill in Potowomut, Warwick, Rhode Island in 1742. His father, Nathanael Sr., was a Quaker minister. Nathanael Jr. received a traditional Quaker education in reading, writing, and simple math. He was trained in the family business as an ironmaster. The family forge was very successful and prompted the establishment of a second forge in Coventry, about ten miles away. By 1768, over one hundred families lived in the area surrounding present-day Coventry, which had become known as 'Greenville.' In 1770, Nathanael moved to 'Greenville' to oversee the forge and built a home for himself near it. The home and forge, which featured a trip hammer forge, covered eighty-three acres. In 1772, tragedy struck the site and a fire decimated the forge. The forge was rebuilt, but it did not survive into the nineteenth century.

The Georgian style home that Nathanael built was simple in design, reflective of his Quaker upbringings. The home is two-and-one-half stories tall and five bays wide. It is set on a foundation of random, sandy-brown granite ashlar. The exterior lacks ornamentation, but Nathanael's prosperity was demonstrated in the Greek-revival entrance, topped by a rectangular transom, flanked by fluted pilasters, and topped with a triangular pediment with dentils and a fan motif. This elaborate doorway draws the visitor's eyes to the main entrance. Each floor contains four rooms, two on each side, separated by a wide center hall. Each room has a paneled fireplace, connected to two large central internal chimneys. It has not been proven, but historians speculate that the hardware throughout the home may have been forged at the Greene family iron works. The home was originally called "Spell Hall," as indicated in one of Nathanael's letters. It is believed that one of the rooms in the home served as a classroom for the local children. Nathanael had a fondness for reading and had over three hundred volumes in his personal library.

Nathanael Greene
Nathanael married Catherine Littlefield on July 20, 1774 at her uncle's mansion in Warwick, Rhode Island. Catherine, or Caty, as she was called by most, was born on February 17, 1755, to John and Phoebe Littlefield on the island of New Shoreham, now known as Block Island. Catherine's mother died in 1765, when she was only ten years old. Her father realized that Catharine was of the age when a woman's influence was absolutely necessary, so he sent her to live with his late wife's sister, for whom she was named, Catherine Ray and her husband, William Greene, in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. William Greene was the third cousin of Nathanael.

Together, Nathanael and Catherine had five children. Their first child, a son, was named George Washington Greene. In 1777, they had their first daughter and named her Martha Washington Greene. The Greene's held George and Martha Washington in high regard. Their other three children were Cornelia, Nathanael Ray, and Louisa Catharine. All five children were born during the Revolutionary War.

Nathanael's military and political life began in 1770 when he served as deputy to the Rhode Island General Assembly. He served in that position until 1772 and again in 1775. In October 1774, he helped to organize a militia company, known as the Kentish Guards. But due to a stiff knee that he developed during childhood, his  fellow militiamen refused to allow him to act as an officer. After the first shots of the Revolution were fired in Lexington, Greene hurried to Boston. On June 22, 1775 Greene was made a brigadier general in the Continental Army. Quickly befriending General George Washington, he was placed in charge of the defenses of Brooklyn and on August 9, 1776 Greene was promoted to major-general in the Continental Army.

Nathanael Greene Homestead, circa 1902.
Greene became one of Washington's key advisers. He was present at the Battle of Trenton, New Jersey, on Christmas Eve, 1776, when he led the left column. On January 3, 1777 he again led the left column at the battle of Princeton and spent the winter of 1776-1777 at Morristown. In November 1777, after the fall of Fort Mifflin, Greene was sent to defend Fort Mercer, New Jersey, on the Delaware River, but he wisely evacuated the fort as powerful British forces started to encircle the garrison.

During the winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge, Greene was appointed to Quartermaster General by General George Washington. As quartermaster, his responsibilities included getting supplies to the army and organizing the army's camps. When he accepted the position, he reserved the right to also continue as a commanding general in the field. He used that right on June 28, 1778, at the Battle of Monmouth, when he assumed Line command after General Washington summarily ordered General Charles Lee from the field.  Greene took over Lee's command for the day. On June 23, 1780, Washington briefly allowed Greene to command troops in the battle of Springfield, New Jersey.

In the south, the Continental Army under the command of Horatio Gates fell to the British. On October 5, 1780, Washington chose Greene as Gates' replacement to lead the army south of Delaware. Greene essentially became the second-in-command of the entire Continental Army. In the south, Greene would divide his meager army and retreat throughout North Carolina, dividing the Redcoats and essentially exhausting them. Green's greatest achievement was his race to the Dan River, where he took all the boats across, leaving the British stranded on the other side. Although Cornwallis surrendered in 1781, the resilient yet exhausted British troops would not withdraw from the South until December, 1782.

A late eighteenth/early nineteenth century bedroom at the Nathanael Greene Homestead.
When Greene rode northward in 1783, he was greeted everywhere as a hero and he found himself as famous in the North as in the South. He met Washington at Trenton and together in October they visited the Continental Congress at Princeton. From Congress, Greene received permission to return home to Coventry, Rhode Island, and he resigned from the Continental Army on November 3, 1783.

That same year, General Greene's family moved from Coventry to Newport for a brief time and then to Mulberry Grove, Savannah, Georgia. The State of Georgia gave him a plantation on Cumberland Island as gratitude for his service. Greene sold his Coventry home to his brother, Jacob Greene and his wife Peggy, in 1783 and the structure remained in the Greene family for two more generations until 1899. Sometime in the mid to late-nineteenth century, a rear ell was constructed on the home and in the 1870s, the front door area was Victorianized with a bracketed hood and double window door. Upon the death of Elizabeth Margaret in 1899, the property was inherited by the children of her first marriage, Patience and Harris Inman. In 1915, the home was sold out of the family. For a brief period, the house was used an an apartment house and began to deteriorate.

Showing great concern for the property, four members of the Kent County Chapter of the Rhode Island Sons of the American Revolution purchased the property in 1919. The interior was restored in the early 1920s, shortly after the Nathanael Greene Homestead Association's purchase of the home. The first caretaker of the property actually lived in the house's rear ell, but by 1935, a caretaker's cottage was built  on the property and is still occupied.

A view of the Greene Cemetery, 1914.
A second interior restoration was completed in 1990, which included a paint and wallpaper analysis. This analysis finally allowed historians to interpret the original colors and wallpapers used throughout the homestead's history. All but one of the rooms on the second floor have been decorated as they would have appeared in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. One bedroom has been decorated in the Victorian style with wallpaper and lace curtains to interpret the building's last live-in owner, Elizabeth Margaret, who lived at the site until 1899. The Nathanael Greene Homestead was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1972.

A short distance from the house, near the river, is the Greene family cemetery. The cemetery was established as early as 1786 when Miss Margaret Greene, daughter of Jacob (brother of Nathanael Greene) and Margaret Greene passed away. Twelve identified burials have been recorded, in addition to four field stone graves identified from an 1859 Providence Journal article as being Revolutionary War soldiers who were being nursed for smallpox at the homestead and perished during their stay. General Nathanael Greene and his wife are buried at Savannah and Cumberland Island, Georgia, respectively. Over the past few years, the cemetery and surrounding meadows have been cleared of the brush and trees that blocked its view from the homestead. Thanks to a dedicated core of volunteers, carrying on in the same spirit as the original founders of the Association in 1919, the Nathanael Greene Homestead stands as a preserved piece of Revolutionary history.


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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mysteries of History: The Popsicle

Mysteries of History:
The Popsicle
Written by Scott M. Cooper

Summertime brings many things to the community, and one special thing that comes through without fail is the ice cream man. The whimsical music plays loud enough, that no matter where the kids are, their small ears will hear it and they will come running. The truck slowly rolls through the neighborhood, while harmonious music plays, signaling the area where it will stop and wait for everyone to show up waving their money. Snowcones, ice cream sandwiches, freeze pops, and the all time favorite, the Popsicle, are handed through the small window by the attendant. When all the people have their treats, the music becomes louder as the truck pulls away from the curb to deliver treats to another neighborhood.
  
Frank Epperson, an eleven-year-old native of San Francisco, California, was making a popular drink of 1905. One winter evening he mixed a soft drink powder, soda water, and tap water together in a glass and stirred it with a wooden stick, and then placed it on the porch outside to get cold. He became busy doing other things around the house and forgot about his drink. The next morning, as he was leaving for school, Frank came across the drink he had forgotten the night before. He picked up the glass and examined the frozen concoction; thus, the birth of the Popsicle. 

This was not the original name for the famous frozen juice. For eighteen years the frozen concoction had no name and was not for sale. During those eighteen years, Frank, along with his family and friends enjoyed the accidental invention and in 1923 he filed for a patent with the United States Patent Office. The first name he chose for the invention was “Frozen ice on a stick”. Soon he decided the name was too long so he shortened it to the “Eppsicle” ice pop. Frank began to produce the frozen treats in different flavors and his own children referred to them as Popsicles. Liking the new name, he changed it with the patent office and the invention became a household name that everyone knows today. In 1924, Harry Burt, owner of the Good Humor Company of Youngstown, Ohio sued Epperson for patent issues. The two settled out of court in October of 1925. Frank agreed to pay Burt a licensing fee for the manufacturing of what Burt called “Frozen Suckers”. 


Later that year, Frank sold the Popsicle business to the Joe Lowe Company of New York. The simple treat, frozen around a Birchwood stick, became a huge success and sold for five cents each. A short time later, the Lowe Company introduced the Popsicle with two sticks, so friends could share the same flavors. During the next 40 years the public experienced new flavors such as the Fudgsicle, the Creamsicle, and the Dreamsicle.

In 1945 Nathan Cummings, founder of Consolidated Foods Company (now known as Sara Lee Corporation), was so successful that Time Magazine named him “Duke of Groceries”. In 1965, Cummings bought the Popsicle product line from Lowe and started distributing the frozen treats across America. The marriage of twenty-one years did not last too long, because in 1986 Gold Bond Ice Cream Company of Green Bay, Wisconsin bought the product line. While the Popsicle brought sales up, alone it could not keep the company afloat for too long. Another food company once again acquired the product, but this time it was a blast from the past. In 1989, Unilever Good Humor Corporation of New York, bought the Popsicle line from Gold Bond foods, and added it to their long list of products, sold worldwide. 

In 1993, Unilever Good Humor purchased the Islay Klondike Company, which produced the Klondike Bar, and during that same year, they purchased the Breyer Ice Cream Company, changing the name to Good Humor-Breyer. Today the company employs over 3,000 people and operates in nine manufacturing facilities around the United States, making it the world leader in the ice cream market.



About the Author
Scott M. Cooper, the author of "Mysteries of History," is a Massachusetts native, now living in Florida. Cooper, a freelance writer, is the owner of The Elegant Quill, which offers ghost writing, fiction, non-fiction, editing, and proofreading services. He may be contacted at smcooper5289@gmail.com.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Organization of the Week: Nathanael Greene Homestead Association

Every Monday, I highlight a non-profit related to history or the arts, a historical society, preservation group or friends group whose main objective is to promote the historical and artistic history of the United States.

This week, I am featuring the Nathanael Greene Homestead Association in Coventry, Rhode Island. Founded in 1919, the Nathanael Greene Homestead Association owns and maintains the circa-1770 homestead that was originally built by Revolutionary War Major General Nathanael Greene. Since its original purchase, the Homestead Association has restored the structure to its late eighteenth century appearance by removing later additions. The Association also cares for the family cemetery located on the grounds and is in the process of clearing and restoring the surrounding woodlands to their period appearance. 

The Nathanael Greene Homestead Association relies on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs, special events, and exhibits hosted by the Nathanael Greene Homestead Association or to become a member or volunteer, please call 401-821-8630 or visit www.nathanaelgreenehomestead.org.

If you are a member of a non-profit organization or know of one that you would like to see featured on this site, please let us know in the comments or send an e-mail to kelly@thehistorygirl.com.


Sunday, June 23, 2013

eBay Items of the Week: 6/23/13 - 6/30/13

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/22/13 - 6/23/13

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Saturday, June 22 - Ridgefield Park, Bergen County
Juneteenth Celebration

On Saturday, Bergen County will hold its annual Juneteenth Celebration from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm. The theme of this year's Juneteenth celebration is "At the Crossroads of Freedom & Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington". The event will be held rain or shine at the New Overpeck Park in Ridgefield Park (entrance is off of Fort Lee Road in Teaneck/Leonia). The day will include entertainment, food, games,  cultural and historical displays, vendors, music and tours of Historical Gethsemane Cemetery.

While at the celebration, view the maquette of the life-size bronze statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to be erected on the Hackensack River Pathway on the campus of FDU in Hackensack. For information, call Theodora Lacey at 201-833-9180 or Arnold Brown at 201-745-6975. www.co.bergen.nj.us

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Saturday, June 22 - Kingston, Somerset County
Garden Clean-up

Join The Rockingham Association for a garden and orchard clean-up on Saturday  starting at 8:00 am! They will mostly be weeding, so volunteers may wish to bring gardening gloves, small tools such as a trowel or hand cultivator, and a pad to kneel on, as the aisles in the garden are gravel. The garden is also in full-sun so hats, water, or sunblock might be helpful. They may also do some work on the orchard including weeding and adding mulch around the trees. Please feel free to e-mail rmhistory1783@aol.com with any questions. Rockingham is located at 84 Laurel Avenue, Franklin Township, NJ. www.rockingham.net

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Saturday, June 22 - Lake Hopatcong, Sussex County
Antique Boat Show

The Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum invites you to the Lake Hopatcong Antique Boat Show on Saturday at the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club, 79 North Bertrand Road, Mount Arlington, NJ. The show will be held from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. It is free and open to the public. www.lhacbs.org

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Saturday, June 22 - Montague, Sussex County
Textile Preservation

M.A.R.C.H., the Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History , presents "Textile Preservation" with Lori Rohrer, National Park Service Museum Technician at the Foster-Armstrong House. This training is a mixture of lecture and hands-on activities on how to preserve and protect your textile collection. The program will be held from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Reservations required. Please call 570-426-2443. Program is limited to 12 participants. Please bring your own lunch, The Foster-Armstrong House is located at 320 River Road, Montague, NJ.  www.montaguehistory.org

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Saturday, June 22 - Union Township, Union County
Children's Afternoon Tea

What do a great book and a cup of tea have in common? The ability to transport you to another place and time! Bring your little adventurer to Storybooks & Scones and experience an afternoon tea like the Kean children enjoyed at Liberty Hall throughout the years. Includes yummy treats served on real china, a dress-up & play tent, games and prizes! The first 15 children to reserve receive a free VIP bag! Program Fee: $25.00 per person. Reservations required. Call 908-527-0400. Program Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Liberty Hall Museum is located at 1003 Morris Ave, Union, NJ. www.kean.edu/libertyhall

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Saturday, June 22 - Cranford, Union County
Garage Sale Fundraiser

The Cranford Historical Society will hold a Fundraiser Garage Sale on Saturday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Crane-Phillips House Museum, located at 124 North Union Avenue, Cranford, NJ. No early birds please! This fundraiser is to benefit the purchase of a miniature barn in memory of Donald Widdows, a member and former trustee of the Society. This miniature barn will be placed at the Crane-Phillips House Museum just as it was in the 1870s for all visitors and annual third grade school tours to see. If you have any questions about the garage sale, please call 908-447-6994. The Cranford Historical Society preserves and perpetuates the history of Cranford.  www.cranfordhistoricalsociety.com

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Saturday, June 22 - Morristown, Morris County
Marking History

Everyday history is made. Sometimes what we do is good for the environment and sometimes it is bad. Join a Park Ranger to learn if what you are doing can leave a positive mark on our environmental history. Programs at 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm at the Wick House at Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. http://nps.gov/morr

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Saturday, June 22 - Morristown, Morris County
Why Preserve the Ford Mansion?

Did you ever wonder how the Ford Mansion and Jockey Hollow became a National Park? Join a Park Ranger to discover how the Washington Association of New Jersey and the National Park Service preserved the Ford Mansion and Jockey Hollow. Program at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 pm at the Washington's Headquarters Museum, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: $4.00 per adult. http://nps.gov/morr

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Saturday, June 22 - West Cape May, Cape May County
Antique and Fine Crafts Fair

Come browse among the many dealers at the Antiques and Fine Crafts Fair on Saturday in West Cape May (Wilbraham Park, Broadway and West Perry Streets) from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Sponsored by the Greater Cape May Historical Society. Proceeds benefit the Colonial House Restoration Fund. For more information call Joan at 609-898-1236 or visit www.capemayhistory.org. Free parking. Rain date Sunday, June 23.

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Saturday, June 22 - Perth Amboy, Middlesex County
The Arrest of Royal Governor William Franklin

The Proprietary House Association is pleased to announce its annual reenactment of the arrest of Royal Governor William Franklin at The Proprietary House Saturday at 2:00 pm with a new script and a new cast! Kevin S. D. Connelly brings many years of acting experience to the role of William Franklin, having appeared on stages in New York City and New Jersey.

General Nathanial Heard, who led a detachment of militia troops from Woodbridge to arrest the Govenor, will be portrayed by Ed McGuinn. William Franklin's wife, Elizabeth, will be played by Kimberly Reddan, and their son, William Temple Franklin, by Kevin Connelly, Jr. Also appearing will be Jakob Trinidad as John Lazenby, Steven Allegretta as Private Preston, and Tony Sattilaro as Josiah Aubrey.

The new script is by Association First V. P. Greg Caggiano. There are some elements remaining, such as parts of the narration, from the original, decades-old script used by the association, author unknown. In late 2011, Caggiano and actors at the time, Gene Hoyas and Kurt Epps, began to tweak the script by adding some new characters and dialogue.

In January of 1776, New Jersey's Provincial Congress ordered William Franklin to be held under house arrest at his Perth Amboy mansion. He was ordered not to conduct any government business, but defiantly called for the assembly to convene as usual that spring. On June 19, 1776, a militia unit under the command of General Nathaniel Heard of neighboring Woodbridge arrived to place the Governor under arrest. He was sent to prison in Connecticut, never to see his wife Elizabeth or their home in Perth Amboy again. Elizabeth Franklin remained at the house until the British briefly occupied Perth Amboy in 1777, allowing her to flee to British-held New York where she died. William Franklin was released in a prisoner exchange 1778 and remained a leader in the loyalist communities of New York and Nova Scotia before being exiled to England 1782. He died there in 1814.

The arrest of Franklin marked the end of Great Britain's claim on New Jersey as an English colony. But it is also a poignant reminder of how the difficult choices people were forced to make had very real personal costs.

The reenactment of Franklin's arrest is the highlight of The Proprietary House Museum's events, providing a reminder of the rich history at the House and Perth Amboy. The Proprietary House Museum is located at 149 Kearny Avenue, Perth Amboy, NJ. For more information, visit www.theproprietaryhouse.org.

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Saturday, June 22 - Morris Plains, Morris County
Oakland-Pontiac Car Club Meet

Travel back in time via vintage automobiles! Meet members of an international car club as they show their autos and offer rides to the public at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm on Saturday from 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm! Be sure to visit the Fosterfields interactive Transportation Exhibit and Carriage House where vehicles owned by the Foster family are displayed. Cost: $6 Adults, $5 Seniors (65 and up), $4 Children 4-16, $2 Children (2&3), under 2 are free. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Rd, Morristown, NJ. www.morrisparks.net/aspparks/ffmain.asp

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Saturday, June 22 - New Brunswick, Middlesex County
Book Talk and Signing

On Saturday, author and historian Marc Mappen be giving a talk and signing copies of his new book "Prohibition Gangsters" at the Rutgers Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 100 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ. The talk will be held between 2:00 and 3:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. A parking discount will be available if you choose to park in the bookstore’s parking deck. For more information on Mappen’s book, visit http://rutgerspress.rutgers.edu/product/Prohibition-Gangsters,4780.aspx

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Saturday - Sunday, June 22 - 23 Roebling, Burlington County
Exhibit Opening

On Saturday and Sunday, the Roebling Museum opens their latest exhibit, "Steadfast Under Fire." This exhibit explores the role of Washington A. Roebling and other engineers during the Civil War and Gettysburg. The museum and grounds will be open Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. A living history encampment of Civil War reenactors on the museum's lawn will showcase a soldier's life on the battlefield - featuring a historic hydrogen balloon, Civil War period craftsman, military demonstrations, children's crafts, and more! The grounds will be free and open to the public! Regular museum admission applies to view the exhibit. $6.00 Adults; $5.00 Seniors and children ages 6-12; Free for museum members and children under 6. The Roebling Museum is located at 100 Second Avenue, Roebling, NJ. For more information, call 609-499-7200 or visit www.roeblingmuseum.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, June 22 - 23 - Cape May, Cape May County
'Paranormal Pursuits' Weekend

Interested in ghost hunting? Like learning about the supernatural and spooky?  Visit Historic Cold Spring Village for its ‘Paranormal Pursuits’: Spiritualism in the 1800s weekend event to be held on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. In addition to experiencing the Village’s 26 restored, historic buildings dating from 1691-1912, guests can enjoy various workshops, demonstrations and tours which highlight the study of spiritualism and the paranormal. 

The Virginia Infantry Ghost Hunters (www.tvigh.org) will share the results of their research at Gettysburg and various other battlefields throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Based in New Jersey, the group uses video and sound equipment to identify the presence of spiritual activity, in the form of orbs and electronic voice phenomena, and will present their evidence to HCSV visitors.

Local paranormal investigation group, Truth Paranormal Investigators of South Jersey, will also share the findings of their recent investigation at the Village and demonstrate their ghost hunting equipment in the Welcome Center throughout the weekend. Guests can also explore the Village’s own paranormal past and present during a ghost walk led by longtime Village staff member, Shirley Stefanovicz, at 11:00 am, 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. At various buildings throughout the Village, Stefanovicz will detail the supernatural experiences had by Village staff members as well as the evidence of ghostly presences discovered by visiting mediums and psychics.

Author Gregory Young will offer a reading from his book, A Father, A Son and A House Full of Ghosts, a true story of what it was like living in a real haunting, at 11:30 am and 3:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. In addition, visitors can experience the spirit photography of Greg Geraci, have their cards and palms read, try their hands at divining rods, and learn about phrenology and the rise of spiritualism in the 19th century.

Historic Cold Spring Village is a non-profit, open-air living history museum that portrays the daily life of a rural South Jersey community of the Early American period. It features 26 restored historic structures on a 30-acre site. From late June to early September, interpreters and artisans in period clothing preserve the trades, crafts and heritage of "the age of homespun." Fun and educational activities for children are featured Tuesday through Sunday, with special events every weekend through mid-September.

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, June 22 - 23 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
Baymen's Seafood and Music Festival

Enjoy delicious Jersey  fresh clams, crabs, scallops and shrimp from the finest local seafood purveyors at the Tuckerton Seaport on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm each day! Crafters, vendors, music, food, beer garden, family activities, demonstrations, boat rides, boat builders and decoy carvers. Speak with commercial fishermen to learn about occupations on the bay or take a clam shucking class. Entertainment by local favorites Motts Creek Pickers and the Billy Walton Band! Listed as one of the best outdoor festival by NJ Monthly Magazine. Presented by the Jersey Shore Folklife Center. General admission: adults $8, seniors $6, ages 5-12 $5, under  five free and Seaport members free. Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum is located at 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ. For more information, call 609-296-8868; or visit www.tuckertonseaport.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, June 22 - 23 - Morristown, Morris County
Civil War Weekend

The 2nd NJ Brigade brings the battle between the Blue and the Gray to life through camp life demonstrations, musket and artillery drills, mail call, bayonet drills, cannon firings, a medical demonstration, skirmishes, and more on Saturday and Sunday in Historic Speedwell! Cost: $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $5 for children 4-16. Children under 4 FREE! The event will be held from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on Sunday. Historic Speedwell is located at 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit www.morrisparks.net/speedwell

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Sunday, June 23 - Clinton, Hunterdon County
Antique Engine Jamboree


On Sunday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm, the Red Mill Museum Village will host its first ever Antique Engine Jamboree. Featuring antique engines, caterpillars, tractors, trucks and more, visitors will have the opportunity to view early farming machinery, engines and equipment demonstrations. There will be a range of engines from early to mid 1900s Fords and Chevys to Farmall and John Deere tractors. There will also be activities for families including antique toy tractor pulls.

The Museum and grounds will also be open for touring. The event will be held rain or shine. Free municipal parking is available nearby. Admission is $9/Adults, $7/Seniors, active military, and veterans, $5/children (6-12) and free for Museum Members and children under 6. The Red Mill Museum Village is located at 56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ. For more information, contact Amy Boyce, Curator of Public Programs at 908-735-4101 x102 or e-mail programs@theredmill.org. www.theredmill.org

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Sunday, June 23 - Flemington, Hunterdon County
Why Old Buildings are Important

Read any good houses lately? What?! You've never read an old house or barn before? Well, here's your chance to learn how at the Dvoor Farmstead in Flemington, NJ. Jeffrey Marshall, president of the Heritage Conservancy, will present three talks during the Hunterdon Land Trust's Farmers' Market the fourth Sundays of June, July and August teaching how to research and read historic homes and barns. The first talk on Sunday, is entitled "Why Old Buildings are Important and How to Research Them."

The presentation will run from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon in the Dvoor farm house, located at 111 Mine Street, Flemington, NJ. Admission is $5 per person. Future presentations  include: Sunday, July 28, "How to Look at Old Houses and 'Read' the Stories They Tell" and Sunday, August 25, "How to Look at Old Barns and 'Read' the Stories They Tell." For more information and to reserve a spot, please call 908-237-4582 or e-mail arleen@hunterdonlandtrust.orgwww.hunterdonlandtrust.org

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Sunday, June 23 - Paterson, Passaic County
Federici Film Screening

Gaetano Federici left his native Castlegrande, Italy as a young boy in the late 19th century and settled in Paterson, where his talent as a sculptor had made him so well known that his name is almost synonymous with that of the Silk City. His works have graced building facades, public spaces, and private collections far and wide. His subjects include a wide array of public figures, from Christopher Columbus, to Alexander Hamilton, to Lou Costello. The Passaic County Historical Society is proud to present a screening of Vincent Parrillo's PBS documentary entitled Gaetano Federici: The Sculptor Laureate of Paterson at Paterson's Lambert Castle on Sunday at 7:00 pm. The documentary was filmed partly at Lambert Castle and features works by Federici from the historical society's collections. The society is currently engaged in a project to restore and exhibit the Federici sculptures. More information on this project can be found at www.lambertcastle.org/federici.html.  For more information about the screening, call 973-247-0085 or visit www.lambertcastle.org.

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Sunday, June 23 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Historic Wedding at Allaire

Celebrate the wedding of James Allaire's daughter, Maria, with the Villagers at the Historic Village at Allaire! In a historic reenactment of the event, visitors are invited to the ceremony in the beautiful Allaire Chapel, where Maria and Thomas will be married at 1:00 pm on Sunday. Following the ceremony, visitors may join the happy couple in the Village where a wedding reception with wedding cake will be held! Visitors (especially kids!) are invited to join the Villagers in dancing, listening to historic music, eating cake, and celebrating the happy day. The Village is open from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission to the event is free but there is a $5.00 per car parking fee.

Allaire Village, Incorporated is licensed by the State of NJ to operate the 40-acre, state-owned Historic Village at Allaire, the site of James P. Allaire's Howell Iron Works Company in the 1830s. The Historic Village at Allaire is located at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. www.allairevillage.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 July 28, 2013 - Cranbury, Middlesex County
Wedding Display

The Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society's temporary exhibit entitled "The Look of Love - Bridal Fashions of the Twentieth Century" features wedding gowns, dresses and accessories from 1901 though the 1990s. A large collection of photographs, cards, wedding gifts, and assorted ephemera that span the century will also be on display. The Cranbury Museum is located at 4 Park Place East, Cranbury. www.cranburyhistory.org

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