Friday, October 3, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/4/14 - 10/5/14

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Friday - Saturday, October 3 - 4 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe at Allaire Village



Allaire Village, Inc. is hosting a weekend of Halloween Classics at the Historic Village at Allaire. This year, nationally renowned Helen McKenna from the Edgar Allan Poe House, a national historic site in Philadelphia, will perform a dramatization from the haunting tales of Edgar Allan Poe. The performance will take place in the Allaire Village Chapel. A brief biography of this gifted, yet tragic author will give you insight into his life and renowned works.

The presentation will take place on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. The Allaire Village Chapel is limited to 100 people so pre-registration is a must! Only ticket-holders will be admitted to the performances. This show is a must-see for Halloween devotees and is great for people of all ages. Ticket cost is $15 per person. Call 732-919-3500 for tickets, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and have your credit card ready. Tickets can also be purchased online at http://www.allairevillage.org/tickets.html.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park, 4265 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

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Saturday, October 4 - Washington Township, Morris County
"Autumn in the Valley" Historic House Tour

The Washington Township Historical Society's 31st annual historic house tour, "Autumn in the Valley", will be held on Saturday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. This year's tour is a tour of homes in the section of Washington Township once known as German Valley and a farmhouse and converted barn on the mountain in what was once part of the Middle Valley district.

The Miller's House is located on East Mill Road and was renovated several years ago into a commercial property. It sits across the street from the Obadiah Latourette Grist and Saw Mill which is located on the South Branch of the Raritan River. The miller had only to walk across a field to work as the road at one time actually went behind the house. 

The apartment of the current owners and local interior designers of Cottage Treasures is also located in downtown Long Valley. This building was at one time Welsh's and then Swackhamer's Garage. Both names are well known family names of original settlers of Middle Valley and German Valley.
       
The third home on the tour was built in the last  quarter of the 19th century and is a Folk Gothic/vernacular Italianate house. It was built as a worker or tenant house which was not common in Washington Township. The home is furnished with many European antiques.

The two homes on Schooley's Mountain in the Middle Valley area are the Zellers' Farmhouse and the Zellers' Barn. The farmhouse is dated as being built in the early 1700s and has exposed stone walls in the original part of the house as well as the original fireplaces. It has had sections added on and renovations done throughout the years but still retains the charm of an early farmhouse in Washington Township.

The Zellers' barn was renovated into a home in the early 1980s and all the stone walls were left exposed. It was common for a farmer to build his barn before his home so as to take care of his livestock so this bank barn probably was built before the farmhouse next door. Iron rings are still visible on the stone walls in what were the cow and horse stables.

The Zion Lutheran Church, which recently celebrated their 250th year as a congregation, on Schooley's Mountain Road was consecrated on November 25, 1832 and its spire remains an iconic landmark in the valley. The optional luncheon for the tour will be held in the new hall.  

Visitors on the tour are encouraged to stop in the local businesses on the tour route both on East and West Mill Roads and Schooley's Mountain Road. All of the businesses are housed in buildings which have been businesses or private homes since the turn of the last century.

Parking will be available in both the Zion Lutheran Church and The Long Valley Brew Pub parking lots when visiting the homes in the downtown area. The Museum Store at 6 Fairview Avenue will be selling seasonal items as well as copies of old maps of the area, books, and note cards made of paintings done by a past resident, Jean Marshall Edwards.

House tour tickets are $25 the day of the tour. Tickets will go on sale the day of the tour at 10:00 am. Proceeds from the tour provide operating expenses for the Washington Township Historical Society and Museum. For more information, call 908-876-9696 or e-mail info@wthsnj.org.

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Saturday, October 4 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Grand Reopening of the Henry Phillips Farmhouse
Children Friendly

County Executive Brian M. Hughes and Park Commission Executive Director Kevin B. Bannon will open the door to one of Mercer County’s most well-known houses on Oct. 4, when they host the grand opening of the Henry Phillips Farmhouse.

A ribbon-cutting will take place at 1:00 pm and will be followed by a reception with music, refreshments, and exhibits. Members of the public are invited to participate in a special walk-through of the house that showcases the restoration process as well as furnished rooms. 
During the morning, games, ice cream making, and other children’s activities will be offered on the farmhouse front lawn. Exterior tours of the house will feature the kitchen garden, windmill and icehouse. Admission to the farm and grand opening is free.

Howell Living History 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. call 609-737-3299 or visit www.howellfarm.com.

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Saturday, October 4 - Trenton, Mercer County
Archaeology Plus Apple Day at the Trent House Museum
Children Friendly

The 1719 William Trent House Museum in Trenton announces new archaeological research on its property to locate the distinctive kitchen addition, including the quarters for the enslaved servants referenced in 18th century maps and documents. The public is invited to witness the opening "dig" at the Trent House on Saturday from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, and talk with the principal archaeologists of Hunter Research of Trenton. The archaeology project is one of a series  of activities marking the 75th anniversary of the 1719 William Trent House opening as a museum.

Apple Day will also be celebrated at the Trent House on Saturday. Participate in the process of making fresh pressed apple juice the old-fashioned way, and enjoy apple crafts and activities for the whole family. Complimentary refreshments from Terhune Orchards.

The new archaeology at the Trent House will further the scholarly documentation of this important historic landmark. Its builder, William Trent, had immigrated to Philadelphia from Scotland and became a very successful and wealthy merchant trading with Great Britain and the colonies. About 1719, William Trent built his country estate at the Falls of the Delaware River in the settlement that would come to be known as Trenton. It is a large, imposing brick structure, built in the Georgian style.

After Trent died in 1724, "300 acres plus the brick dwelling house" were sold, and from 1742 to 1746, the house was leased to the first British Governor of New Jersey, Lewis Morris. Upon taking residence, he requested that a separate kitchen be built, connected to the main house by a "gangway", and which would also be large enough to "lodge servants."

Early maps dated 1750 and 1789 depict the Trent House with the attached two-storey kitchen. A 1759 advertisement of the building for sale actually details the brick kitchen addition dimensions and "handsome apartments" above the kitchen. Unfortunately, subsequent 19th and early 20th century modernizing additions to the Trent House altered its early appearance, and Governor Morris's distinctive kitchen was lost.

In addition to seeking evidence of the actual location of Governor Morris's kitchen, another goal is to pinpoint the original well location. Artifacts from pre-contact Native Americans may be found, as well as artifacts from the various notable families who occupied the Trent House over the centuries. Of particular interest would be artifacts indicating the use and occupation of the Trent House by enslaved people of African heritage during the 18th and early 19th centuries.

The archaeological research will continue in the spring of 2015 with school and other groups invited to participate. For more information, call 609-989-0087, e-mail trenthouseassociation@verizon.net, or visit www.williamtrenthouse.org.

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Saturday, October 4 -  Morristown, Morris County
Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride
Children Friendly

Enjoy an interpretive horse-drawn wagon ride at Fosterfields Living History Farm on Saturday while discovering the importance of sustainable farming. Learn about the methods, equipment, crops, and enterprises of Charles Foster’s farm in the early 1900s. Wagon ride from 10:15 am - 12:00 noon and included in regular admission.

Admission: $8 for adults; $7 for seniors (65+); $6 for children ages 4 – 16; and $4 for children ages 2 and 3. FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members with a current membership card. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-326-7645 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday, October 4 - Jackson, Ocean 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 4 - Morristown, Morris County
African American Patriots
Children Friendly

Did you know that more than 5,000 African Americans served in the Continental Army? Join a Park Ranger at the Wick House to learn about the contributions of these patriots to American independence and the complicated choices they faced about liberty and freedom. Programs at 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm at the Wick House at Jockey Hollow within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Saturday, October 4 - Morristown, Morris County
Mrs. Hamilton Returns!
Children Friendly

Join Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, wife of Alexander Hamilton, on a tour of the Ford Mansion! Find out who concocted a plan to bring them together in Morristown and how they conducted their courtship. Explore Hamilton's incredible and lasting contributions to the American Revolution and to the fledgling republic! Programs at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm at the Ford Mansion, within Morristown National Historical Park. Cost: $4 per adult. For more information, call 973-539-2016 ext. 210 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.
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Saturday, October 4 - Morristown, Morris County
People of the Continental Army
Children Friendly

Visit Continental soldiers and others who worked with and for the army. Hear what they have to say about army life, their duties, equipment and experiences in the Continental Army. Stop in between 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm at the Soldiers Huts at Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Saturday, October 4 - Princeton, Mercer County
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Updike Farmstead
Children Friendly

On Saturday, October 4 at 3:00 pm, local musicians Canto del Sur will perform selections of folk music and stories from Latin America at the Historical Society of Princeton's Community Day at Updike Farmstead. The group plays in costume, and features string, wind, and percussion instruments.

Updike Farmstead, a community resource offering education, timeless beauty and wonder, is open the first Saturday each month from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Special themed activities are planned each month, including walking tours, workshops and crafts for children.

Admission is $4, and includes all exhibits and activities. Bring a camera to capture the incredible beauty of this historic site, surrounded by acres of preserved farmland. Browse the museum galleries, which include "Princeton's Portrait: Vintage Photographs from the Historical Society of Princeton" and "A Morning at Updike Farmstead: Photographs by the Princeton Photography Club."

The Updike Farmstead is situated in the Princeton Battlefield/Stony Brook Settlement Historic District at 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

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Saturday, October 4 - Milltown, Middlesex County
125th Anniversary of the Raritan River Rail Road in Milltown
Children Friendly

On Saturday in Milltown, the Raritan River Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) will celebrate at "Milltown Day" the 125th anniversary of the construction  of the Raritan River Rail Road (RRRR) reaching Milltown.

The RRRR began construction of the railroad in May 1888 in Sayreville, NJ and by October, 1889 the western bound tracks had reached Milltown. Learn about the history of the railroad, the organization, and plans to save Milltown Station which is the last remaining structure of the RRRR.

The event runs from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm and is held in Borough Park at Violet Terrace and JFK Boulevard, Milltown, NJ. Rain date is Sunday, October 5, 2014.

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Saturday, October 4 Through March 29, 2015 - Princeton, Mercer County
Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860

This landmark exhibition will be the first to focus on the important contribution of New Jersey in the creation of schoolgirl needlework in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. With over 150 works on view, this exhibition will undertake the first survey of schoolgirl needlework completed in the state or by New Jersey girls prior to 1860. This exhibition and accompanying catalogue will create a lasting record of the best known examples. As part of the museum’s mission to showcase the cultural heritage of the Garden State, the curators will bring new light to the needlework done in New Jersey during this important period of American history.

Organized geographically, the exhibition will feature works from every region of the state. Although many elaborate and important examples of New Jersey needlework will be featured in the exhibition, the curators have also included more modest examples that highlight other aspects of the educational environment, social class and familial situation experienced by young girls in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In some cases, the exhibit will reunite, for the first time, needlework created by the same girl; sisters; cousins; schoolmates and other close relations.

The exhibition will feature loans from across the country including needlework completed in every New Jersey County (accounting for the numerous re-organizations of New Jersey counties in the nineteenth century). In presenting examples from every part of the state, the exhibition will distill the educational environment that existed in New Jersey from Cape May to Sussex. The exhibition will also compile an accurate picture of girls academies and the instructresses who taught at them.

The exhibition will occupy 1,709 square feet in five galleries within the second floor of the Morven mansion. This exhibition also coincides with the 350th anniversary of New Jersey and extensive state-wide celebration and programming.

The title of the exhibition is borrowed from a needlework stitched by Trenton-born Anne Rickey (1783-1846) “Hail Specimen of Female Art” was stitched onto her sampler in 1798. Anne Rickey was the daughter of Quaker merchant, John Rickey (1751-1829) and his wife Amey Olden (1757-1849).

Morven Museum and Garden is located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit www.morven.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, October 4 - 5 - Morganville, Monmouth County
New Jersey Scout Museum Tenth Anniversary Open House
Children Friendly

On Saturday and Sunday, the New Jersey Scout Museum will be open to the public as they commemorate their tenth anniversary. The museum will be open Saturday from 4:00 - 8:00 pm and Sunday 5 from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm for this celebratory open house.

The New Jersey Scout Museum currently features a series of exhibits that document the history of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts in New Jersey, presenting comparisons of parallel programs such as Boy Scout Sea Scouts and Girl Scout Mariners. Also on exhibit are materials documenting the origins of the NJSM and one of our founders, Dave Wolverton, and exhibits from our Ann Nally collection showcasing her national role in Cub Scouting. These exhibits  were originally unveiled as part of the grand reopening of NJSM in 2013.

Linking their anniversary to commemoration of the NJ350, the NJSM will present programs at 6:00 pm on Saturday evening and at 4:00 pm Sunday that feature New Jersey's role in the national Scouting movement, including the Order of the Arrow and the Eisner uniform factory in Red Bank. If you are a family or scout unit, please RSVP to 732-862-1282. The New Jersey Scout Museum is located at 705 Ginesi Drive, Morganville, NJ. For more information, call 732-862-1282 or visit www.njsm.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, October 4 - 5 - Browns Mills, Burlington County
Whitesbog's Fiddling in the Forest Concert Series & Open House

On Saturday, attend Whitesbog's Fiddling in the Forest Concert Series finale from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Featuring Denise Sullivan singer/songwriter and acoustic guitar player. She enjoys playing acoustic versions of many classic songs from the 1960s to the present - from the Beatles to Neil Young, CCR to Stevie Nicks, and many, many more in between. She also invites her friends to accompany her from time to time. $5/donation per person. The Whitesbog General Store will be  open for restrooms facilities and refreshments. Enjoy a picnic dinner at their picnic tables or bring your own lawn chair. 

All donations requested directly support the musicians appearing, with Whitesbog providing the musicians and the community with the public venue free of charge. All other proceeds benefit the Whitesbog Preservation Trust's on-going efforts to restore, protect and interpret historic Whitesbog Village.

On Sunday, attend Whitesbog Village Open House and Birthday Celebration from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Celebrate Elizabeth White's birthday and recognize her pioneering efforts to cultivate the first highbush blueberry. Tour her historic home, gardens, and blueberry fields and enjoy a piece of birthday cake with Elizabeth, played by Stephanie Schrader. Learn about Whitesbog's founder and legendary cranberry grower, Joseph J. White, and other residents of Whitesbog from scientists to berry pickers. Docents in period dress will guide you through the Village's fascinating buildings. Reservations required. $5 donation per person. For more information, call 609-893-4646 or visit www.whitesbog.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, October 4 - 5 Hardwick, Sussex
Millbrook Days at Millbrook Village
Children Friendly

Are you tired of the fast pace of the 21st century? Step back to a quieter time where the high price of gas, credit cards, cell phones, and computers are not found. Experience Millbrook Days where Millbrook Village comes alive as it was over a century ago on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Volunteers in period clothing will demonstrate 19th century crafts and trades recreating the atmosphere of a late 19th century rural farming community. Try the stilts, jump rope or roll the hoop. There will be kid’s games throughout the village. Marbles, checkers, ring toss, tug of war, sack race and corn husk doll making to name a few. Kids of all ages can join the fun. No batteries needed!

Millbrook’s “residents” will be busy plying their trades and doing everyday chores and activities. Woodstove cooking, butter churning, spinning yarn, weaving, natural dyes, gardening, lace making, sewing, quilting, food drying and preserving, gourd decorating, open hearth cooking and other things will be demonstrated.

The blacksmith, wood workers, wheelwright, carvers, slate splitter, tinsmith, miller, rope maker, chair caner, shaker box maker, chair maker, wooden pitch fork maker, wet plate photographer and other craftsmen will be demonstrating their skills. Step in and ask if you can help; there are lots of hands-on things to try.

An assortment of hit and miss engines will be setting the tempo for the corn Sheller, grinder and other vintage machinery. To some the sound of the old engines is music too. I hear they‘ll be making some ice cream with an engine driven ice cream churn, too. What flavor might that be?

Apples are in season. The grinder and press will be turning out some fresh cider and the kettle will be cooking down some apples for delicious apple butter. Lend a hand, it’s fun.

There’s something for everyone to see and enjoy. A friendly atmosphere abounds and new friends are sure to be found at Millbrook Village. Everything is free of charge and family oriented. Donations are accepted.

Picnic and restroom facilities are available. A food concession is available on both days provided by the Harmony Hill Presbyterian Church. Parking and admission is free. Shuttle bus service is provided between the Watergate & Turtle beach area to Millbrook Village from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily – free of charge. This event will be held rain or shine.

Millbrook Days is presented by the Millbrook Village Society in cooperation with the National Park Service. 
Millbrook Village is part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Millbrook Village is located in Hardwick Township, NJ at the intersection of Old Mine Road and Millbrook Road, County Route 602N. 
For more information and directions, call 908-841-9531, 908-537-2544, or 973-875-3461 or visit www.millbrooknj.com.

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Saturday - Sunday, October 4 - 5 - 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. Tours last approximately 75 minutes. Reservations are recommended but not necessary. $10 for adults and $5 for students. 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. For more information, visit www.merchantsanddrovers.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, October 4 - 5 - Millville, Cumberland County
Festival of Fine Craft
Children Friendly

See over 130 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, wood carvings and turned vessels, handcrafted furniture, and two-dimensional art and photography at the Festival of Fine Craft on Saturday and Sunday at WheatonArts. Also see artist demonstrations, participate in family activities, entertainment, food, vendors and a glass pumpkin patch.

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, NJ. Admission $10.00 Adults, $9.00 Seniors (62+), and $7.00 students. Children 5 and under are free.

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. For more information, call 856-825-6800 or visit www.wheatonarts.org.

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Sunday, October 5 - Princeton, Mercer County
Dr. Maxine Lurie to open "Nova Caesarea" exhibition on October 5th

Dr. Maxine Lurie (emeritus professor, Seton Hall University) will formally open the exhibition "Nova Caesarea: A Cartographic Record of the Garden State, 1666-1888" on Sunday at Princeton University. Her illustrated talk will be on "A New Jersey Dozen: Maps That Changed/Defined the State."

Dr. Lurie's talk begins at 3:00 pm at 101 McCormick Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. This event will be followed by a reception in the main gallery of nearby Firestone Library, where the maps are currently on view. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Lurie is well-known throughout New Jersey academic circles for her numerous publications and lectures on historical New Jersey subjects. Recent projects include the Encyclopedia of New Jersey (co-editor) and the Mapping of New Jersey (co-editor). For more information, visit https://blogs.princeton.edu.

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Sunday, October 5 - Westampton, Burlington County
The Story of Indian Ann
Children Friendly

Indian Ann, a full blooded Native American, lived in Tablernacle, New Jersey until 1895. Storyteller and educator Doreen Shepard shares Ann's love of nature, her kindness, and her deep friendships in her community. On Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Peachfield, hear Doreen talk about Indian Ann's life.

Admission is $5 per person and Friends of Peachfield admitted free of charge. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. This program is well-suited for children of all ages. The program will be held at Peachfield, the Headquarters of The National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Jersey, 180 Burrs Road, Westamption, NJ. For more information, call 609-267-6996 or e-mail colonialdamesnj@comcast.net.

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Sunday, October 5 - 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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Sunday, October 5 - Morristown, Morris County
Colonial Games
Children Friendly

Have some old-fashioned fun as you take on the same games that the soldiers and the Wick family played. Try your hand at nine-pins, quoits, trap-ball, nine-man morris, fox and geese, and other eighteenth century games. Program runs continuously from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon and 1:30 - 3:30 pm at the Wick House in Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Sunday, October 5 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Harness Racing History
Children Friendly

Meet trainers, owners, and drivers that have made the standardbred horse an important part of New Jersey's past, present, and future at Walnford on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Learn about the evolution of harness racing and hear stories of races won or lost by a nose at the opening reception for "The Story of Harness Racing by Currier and Ives".

While there, visit the large, elegant Walnford home built in 1774, the 19th century gristmill and the farm buildings set in a beautiful landscape. Walnford is located at 62 Walnford Road, Upper Freehold, NJ. For more information, call 609-259-6275 or visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

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Sunday, October 5 - Old Bridge, Middlesex County
Old Bridge Speedway Race Car Show
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.

On Sunday, 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 with an adult admission charge of $5. Kids 12 and under free. 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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Sunday, October 5 - Montclair, Essex County
Grand Reopening of the Crane House and Historic YWCA

There's something about a blank slate that gets the creative juices flowing. When we emptied the Crane House rooms for the painters this summer, the rooms that had been always been "the back parlor" and the "warming kitchen" began to take on new personalities, new possibilities. Although the planning has been in the works for the last three years, the painting made it begin to come to life, a process that will be complete by Sunday, when the Montclair Historical Society hosts a grand reopening from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

But the rooms really aren't blank slates at all. Even in the empty rooms, you can hear the echoes of the people who lived there, worked there, learned there, and danced there. These are the echoes - the "voices" if you will - that we are capturing in our new "Many Voices" tour. The stories they encapsulate include stories about Israel Crane's role in the development of Montclair, the heartache of loving and losing a young son in the 19th century, the pride of the women who moved north as part of the 20th century Great Migration to find work, and the often untold tales of de facto segregation right in our own community. 

Free admission this day to the public - opening ceremony at 1:15 pm. The Crane House is located at 110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. For more information, call 973-744-1796 or visit www.montclairhistorical.org.

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Sunday, October 5 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
General William Howe

On Sunday at 1:30 and 3:00 pm meet with General William Howe at the East Jersey Olde Towne in Piscataway, NJ. General William Howe challenges us to understand the other side of the Revolutionary War. A relative of Great Britain's King George III, William Howe was sent to end the colonial rebellion quickly and at a minimal cost. England had already spent vast sums of money to develop their colonies' raw materials and to protect her lands from the French and Indians. Howe was to protect this substantial British investment.

William Howe told King George he did not think this war could be won. Howe knew how vast the territory was and he knew how difficult it would be to get reinforcements. Howe would not only be fighting George Washington, he would be fighting all of America and its geography: the land was not flat, there were woods rather than roads, and there was not merely one capital to capture but there were thirteen. In Europe, the British could replace fallen soldiers and gain new supplies. In America, the British were 3,000 miles from new men and new resources. To make matters worse, Americans could run away faster than the British could drag their equipment behind them.

William Howe was a practical man who didn't want to take on a war he couldn't win. And he was a compassionate leader who didn't want to win battles with high British casualties. By Philadelphia, Howe realized he would have to capture every capital of every colony. A show of force wouldn't be enough, so he requested 100,000 additional troops. Howe's timing could not have been worse - France had joined the fray and Britain was now engaged in a world war. George III could not spare the troops.

This program is free and open to the public. East Jersey Olde Towne Village is located at 1050 River Road (Johnson Park). For more information and to register, call 732-745-3030.

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Sunday, October 5 - Whippany, Morris County
14th 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 14th 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 5 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County
Lambertville Historical Society Monthly Walking Tours

The Lambertville Historical Society will offer a guided walking tour (approximately 60 - 75 minutes) on the first Sunday of each month through October. The tour begins at the James Marshall House, 60 Bridge Street, Lambertville at 2:00 PM.  The tour is free but donations are welcomed. For more information, call 609-397-0770 or e-mail info@lambertvillehistoricalsociety.org.

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Saturdays and Sundays Through October 2014 - 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 hour guided walking tour will take visitors around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens and landscape features, the out-buildings, and the cemetery. Historic photographs of the property will also be shown. These free tours meet at 2:00 pm in front of Ringwood Manor every Saturday and Sunday from June - October. 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. For more information, visit www.ringwoodmanor.org.

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Through Sunday, October 5, 2014 - Paterson, Passaic County
The History of the Silk City Diner Company of Paterson Exhibit

On exhibit through Sunday October 5, 2014 in Lambert Castle, home of the Passaic County Historical Society, view "Pancakes, Patties, and Pies...the History of the Silk City Diner Company of Paterson." The humble origin of American diners can be traced back to 1872. Since then, diners have evolved to become an iconic representation of the American lifestyle. This type of dining, with its comfort foods, distinct architecture, and unique aesthetics has captivated the appetites and imaginations of generations. In this exhibit, learn how the Paterson Vehicle Company contributed to this phenomenon with their  Silk City Diners. Exhibit co-curated by Clifton native and author Michael Gabriele. Visitors can access the exhibition during regular museum hours (Wednesday-Sunday). General museum admissions apply.

Admission: Adults $5.00, Senior Citizens (65+) $4.00, Children ages 5-17 $3.00, and children under age 5 and members of the Historical Society are free. 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 Sunday, October 12, 2014 - Trenton, Mercer County
"Before There Was Trenton" Exhibit

This year New Jersey observes the 350th Anniversary of its political establishment in 1664. To commemorate the event, the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie in Cadwalader Park is hosting a display of items related to the mid-1600s - before there was a place called Trent's-town. "Before There Was Trenton," on view through October 12, 2014 is curated by Trenton Museum Society Trustee David Bosted and son Nicholas Bosted. A formal lecture, "Before There Was Trenton" will be given by the curators on Sunday October 12, at 2:00 pm, on the last day of the display. 

Prior to 1664, New Netherland was a colony founded by the Dutch on the east coast of North America. The Dutch colony extended from Hartford, CT in the east to Albany, New York, in the north to Delaware in the south, encompassing parts of what are now the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and Delaware. The New Netherland colony included three major Rivers: Nord (North River, now the Hudson River), Sud (South River, now the Delaware River) and the Versche (Fresh) River (now the Connecticut River). The English wrested control of the colony from the Dutch in 1664, turning its capital, New Amsterdam, into New York City.

The Dutch colonial efforts were mostly directed toward trade with Native Americans. However, their permanent settlements in some cases caused conflict with native peoples as well as with several other European powers, especially England, Sweden and France. 

Beaver pelts were especially sought after for the fur trade. Marten, fox, otter and mink were also bartered.  In 1624 (the year New Amsterdam was first settled), Dutch settlers shipped 1,500 beaver and 500 otter skins to Europe. Thereafter, the fur trade grew enormously under the Dutch. Fort Orange (now Albany) and New Amsterdam (now New York City) were the centers of the fur trade, reaching deep into the Lenni Lenape and Mohawk tribal territory, and promoting contact between the Dutch and the Native peoples.

"Before There Was Trenton" recalls that early period of exploration, contact and settlement. Among the items on display are items highly valued in the fur trade: hand-forged trade axes, knives and other metal tools; easily transportable and popular trading commodities like the red "white heart" glass trade beads made in Venice; objects reflecting Dutch nautical exploration and the fur trade; and Lenni Lenape stone tools from the Delaware Valley as well as early agricultural items. Tobacco, another highly desirable trade commodity, is represented in the display by early tobacco pipes. Because tobacco was so expensive, the 17th century pipe bowls were small, holding only a pinch of tobacco.

The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie is located in Cadwalader Park in Trenton, NJ. For more information about the exhibit or the talk, call 609-989-1191, e-mail tms@ellarslie.org, or visit www.ellarslie.org.

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Through October 31, 2014 - Plainfield, Union County
The Charles H. Detwiller, Jr. Architectural Drawings Collection, 1887-2002

The Plainfield Public Library announces a new exhibition in honor of New Jersey's 350th anniversary celebration. The library is displaying never-before seen examples from its collection of historical blueprints that date back to 1887. The 70-piece exhibit consists of wall exhibits and display cases on both levels of the library. The featured blueprints represent thirty-five different sets of drawings by 24 architects. The oldest drawing on exhibit is of the Plainfield Golf Club dating from 1896.

The Charles H. Detwiller, Jr. Architectural Drawings Collection contains over 16,000 sets of drawings, documenting over a century of residential and commercial architecture in the greater Plainfield area. This collection of blueprints that document the growth of a suburban community is unique in the United States.

Over 500 architects are represented, including African-American architect George Ernest Robinson, who was a nationally known architect in firehouse design. Plainfield's Fire Headquarters building, designed by him in 1925, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Preservation of the aging documents began by the library in 1998. The processing of the collection is still ongoing. The cost of microfilming, digitization, and cataloging is entirely supported through grant funding and volunteer assistance. Major funders include The Institute for Museum and Library Services; The New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State; the Plainfield Foundation; and the Friends of the Plainfield Public Library.

The exhibition will run through October 2014 and is free to the public. The Plainfield Public Library is located at 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ. For more information, call 908-757-1111 or visit www.plainfieldlibrary.info.

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Through October 31, 2014 - Trenton, Mercer County
Trenton's Old Barracks Museum Shows Iron Art

The Old Barracks Museum will feature the sculpture of AbOminOg Intl. Arts Collective in an exhibit entitled "Founding the Future: A Continuum of Iron Casting in Trenton with AbOminOg Intl. Arts Collective." The exhibit will run from April 26 to October 31, 2014.

The Old Barracks Museum is pleased to feature the metal sculpture of members of one of Trenton's illustrious artist collectives in an exhibit entitled, "Founding the Future: A Continuum of Iron Casting in Trenton with AbOminOg Intl. Arts Collective." Exhibiting artists include Kate Graves, Aylin Green, Bruce Lindsay, Rory Mahon, Steve Morse, Joanna Platt, Matt Reiley, David  Robinson and Scot Thompson.

This outdoor exhibit is part of the statewide celebrations of the 350th anniversary of the founding of New Jersey by representing the connection between the history that the Old Barracks Museum interprets and AbOminOg Intl.'s focus on the revolutionary industrial material of iron. As the first art installation at the Old Barracks, it will allow the visiting public a new perspective on the relationship between the past and the present in the formation of the future.

The Old Barracks Museum is adjacent to Petty's Run, site of the only excavated Colonial steel furnace in America. Trenton's history of industry, manufacturing and self-reliance is reflected in the AbOminOg Intl. model of collaboration through sweat equity, upcycling crushed iron scrap into sculpture. The essence of the artist collective's cause- to teach and facilitate artists of diverse backgrounds, age groups and skill levels in the creation of cast-metal sculptural artworks within an inspiring, supportive and sustainable setting while positively affecting the community and the art world at large- has remained the same since their inaugural iron pour in a Trenton backyard on December 31, 1999. The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barracks Street, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-396-1776 or visit www.barracks.org.

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Through November 2014 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
New Exhibit - The Story of the Morro Castle
Children Friendly

On Saturday, September 8, 1934, the burning hulk of the disabled luxury liner Morro Castle broke free of its towline and drifted dangerously near Convention Hall to run aground just yards off the Asbury Park beachfront.  The tragedy (at the time the worst in U.S. merchant marine history) made national headlines. It turned local lifesavers into heroes and Asbury into a sightseeing mecca for the next six months.

Eighty years later, the Township of Ocean Historical Museum, located in the Eden Woolley House at the Ocean Township Library complex on Deal Road, opens a mini-exhibit remembering  the Morro Castle.  The highlight of the September 7 opening is a dramatization of a radio interview with fictional Morro Castle survivor Ellen Van Brunt. Imagining a WCAP ("City of Asbury Park") broadcast from Convention Hall, the performance, scheduled for 1:30 pm and repeated at 3:00 pm, brings events to life.

Visit the Eden Woolley House through November to learn the full story of this tragedy. The exhibit will be up through the end of November.

The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is located in the Eden Woolley House, one of the few 18th century structures still in existence in Ocean Township and is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (1:00 - 4:00 pm), Thursday evenings (7:00 - 9:00 pm), and the first and second Sundays of each month (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm). The Museum is located at 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ. For more information, call 732-531-2136 or visit www.oceanmuseum.org.

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Through December 29, 2014 - Woodbury, Gloucester County
Be Prepared:  Scouts of Yesteryear
Children Friendly

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have been a tradition in America for over a century. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum is presenting a remarkable exhibit with scouting artifacts from over the decades. Numerous uniforms, merit badges, equipment, manuals, and accessories from the 1930’s on are on display.  

The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and the last Sunday of the month from 2:00 - 5:00 pm. Adult admission $5; children 6-18 years $1; children under 6 free. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum is located at 58 North Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ. For more information, call 856-848-8531 or visit www.rootsweb.com/~njgchs.

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Sundays through January 25, 2015 - Trenton, Mercer County
Form, Function and Fine: Two Hundred Years of American Ceramics

From teacups to chamber sets, New Jersey to California, the Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society presents a new exhibit, providing a sample of American ceramics from the 19th and 20th century. Redware, yellowware, spongeware, and salt glazed crocks will be displayed along with early Lenox and Trenton pottery. Roseville, Stangl, Pfaltzgraff and Homer Laughlin pieces are some of the other American ceramics featured. The exhibit will continue through January 25, 2015. Come to the table and join us on a Sunday afternoon from 1:00 - 4:00 pm to view this exhibit! The Cranbury Museum is located at 4 Park Place East, Cranbury, NJ. For more information, call 609-409-1289 or visit www.cranburyhistory.org.

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Saturdays through December 31, 2014 - Freehold, Monmouth County
Farm: Agriculture in Monmouth County 1600 - 2013 

Monmouth County Historical Association's newest exhibition, "Farm: Agriculture in Monmouth County 1600-2013," is open to the public at the museum in Freehold and will be on display through December 31, 2014. The history of agriculture and farming in Monmouth County has long roots deep in the past, as does New Jersey itself, from earliest days of pre-European settlement, when Lenape Indians harvested corn, squash, and beans to the modern reintroduction  of organic agricultural practices.

Monmouth County Historical Association's exhibition, "Farm: Agriculture in Monmouth County 1660 - 2013," explores and celebrates Monmouth County's vibrant agricultural past, present, and future. The exhibit examines the means by which Monmouth men and women worked with their surroundings to feed themselves, their families, the community, and the rest of America as well. Through artifacts, diaries, letters, maps, paintings, prints, and photographs, Farm will bring Monmouth's rich agricultural history alive. Visitors will appreciate the innovation and diversity of Monmouth farmers, horticulturalists, gardeners, and livestock breeders who overcame challenges and secured the county's reputation as a source of high-quality produce and livestock for more than two hundred years.

The Monmouth County Historical Association's museum is located at 70 Court Street, Freehold NJ. Regular admission to the museum is $5 and $2.50 for students and seniors. Admission is free for members. Museum hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 732-462-1466 or visit www.monmouthhistory.org.     

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Through February 13, 2015 - Madison, Morris County
The American Revolution in New Jersey
Children Friendly

New Jersey spent much of the American Revolution as a theater of war. A new exhibit at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, "The American Revolution in New Jersey: Where the Battlefront Meets the Homefront," explores the rarely told story of New Jersey's farmers, women, and tradesmen and their actions during the war. Topics discussed include the local civil wars that erupted between revolutionaries and loyalists, the multiple roles that women took on as their men went off to war, and how civilian life was affected by the regular presence of troops. The exhibit will be open until February 13, 2015. 

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 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday from 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 more information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit www.metc.org.

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1st and 2nd Sundays through June 2015 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
The History of Houses and the Things That Make Them Home

Since prehistoric times, where we live has been about much more than shelter (think of those cave paintings). A new exhibit explores just how our human instinct to nest has played out in the structures we inhabit and the stuff we put in them. "The History of Houses and the Things that Make Them Home" is on display in the Richmond Gallery of the Eden Woolley House / Township of Ocean Historical Museum.

The exhibit examines the influences on the design and content of the American home - from the traditions early settlers brought with them, to the availability of materials, to the transforming power of technology. It takes guests on a virtual house tour, revealing room by room how things have changed and how those changes have shaped our lives.

What is home? It's where the heart is and there's no place like it. Beyond shelter, our homes express our tastes, values, and social status. Our neighborhoods abound with homes that illustrate the point, and the new exhibit asks us to see our familiar surroundings in a new light. It reveals the lineage of familiar house styles--colonial, neoclassical, Victorian, and modern, for example. It explains that the colonists of the new world built houses in the style of the old. That the founding fathers, all men of the Enlightenment, adapted the designs of Greeks and Romans whose rationality they admired. That the clutter and ornamentation of the Victorians expressed their fascination with goods made possible by the Industrial Revolution and made available by the railroads. And that twentieth century architects rejected Victorian fussiness in favor of designs that challenged old assumptions and took advantage of new technologies and building techniques.

House design is just the beginning. The exhibit takes us inside, room by room. For all but the rich, our earliest homes were one-room dwellings. The very concept of a single-purpose room (living, dining, bathing, etc.) is relatively new. And even in early multiple-room houses, people moved from room to room more in pursuit of sunlight and warmth than specific activity. In effect, all rooms were "living rooms."

Revolutionary new technologies - indoor plumbing, central heating, and electric light, in particular - made room specialization practical. The bathroom, bedchamber, dining room, library, and parlor emerged as distinct spaces in ways that both reflect and influence life style.

Take the living room (aka parlor, drawing room, sitting room, and salon). It has come full circle. As parlor, it was a room often reserved to receive visitors. In time, it became the place where the family "withdrew" to gather around the piano - later the radio and then television. Today, the "great room" has assumed that role and in many homes, the living room is again a more formal space reserved for entertaining guests.

The exhibit makes that case that every house has a story, every room has a history. "The History of Houses and the Things that Make Them Home" will be up through June 2015. The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (1:00 - 4:00 pm), Thursday evenings (7:00 - 9:00 pm) and the first and second Sundays of each month (1:00 - 4:00 pm). The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is located at 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ. For more information, please call 732-531-2136 or visit www.oceanmuseum.org.

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Through June 2015 - Morristown, Monmouth County
The Civil War through the Eyes of Thomas Nast


Before radio, TV, or the Internet, there was political cartoonist Thomas Nast. Nast illustrated battles, Union and Confederate troop movements, and their activities throughout the Civil War. He also captured the poignancy of those back home, who worried about their family members in combat. Nast covered both the home and battle fronts; his work was the main source of information about the war for many people. His illustrations in publications like "Harper's Weekly" brought the information about what was happening into the homes of the American public, the way mass media does today. Like all media agents, he not only depicted what was happening by reporting on the events taking place, but also created propaganda by trying to stir emotions and support for the Union side. Mounted to commemorate the final year of the Civil War Sesquicentennial (2011-2015), this second floor exhibit will include a number of these stirring images. "The Civil War through the Eyes of Thomas Nast" opens September 7, 2014­ and will be on exhibit through 2015.

Thomas Nast (1840-1902) is one of the most recognized names in the world of political cartoons.  Often called the father of American political cartooning, Nast's images remain popular today.  His well-known depictions of the Democratic donkey and Republican elephant, conceived more than 100 years ago, continue to represent both parties.  Uncle Sam and Columbia, two of his favorite figures to draw, are still recognized as symbols for the United States of America.  His spirit lives on through his iconic representations of Santa Claus. The classic images which Nast popularized of the jolly old elf still appear on a variety of surfaces each year during the holiday season, and Nast's Civil War images of battlefront and home front were powerful tools for bringing the war into people's homes.

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

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

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