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Friday, August 29, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/30/14 - 8/31/14

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, August 30 - Oldwick, Hunterdon County
20th Annual Tewksbury Flea Market

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Weekend Estate Sales: 8/29/14 - 8/31/14

WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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1920s Speakeasy Night at Acorn Hall

The Morris County Historical Society Presents:
1920s Speakeasy Night - September 11, 2014

Join the Morris County Historical Society on Thursday, September 11 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm for a 1920s Speakeasy Night, an evening celebration of its current exhibit "Bottoms Up: Cocktails, Cider, and Civil Rights." The evening features light refreshments, historically-inspired spirituous beverages, 1920s-themed tours of Acorn Hall, and at 5:00 pm, Professor Peter Mabli of Fairleigh Dickinson University is on tap with a lecture on the history of whiskey.

Diamond Spring Inn, Denville, NJ. Courtesy of the Denville Historical Society

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian Masterpiece

Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian Masterpiece
Written by NJ Historian

I often travel to historic sites that were built in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Once in a while, I will come across one from the early twentieth century that is intriguing. However, a structure dating from 1941? While I am not usually one for this time period's architecture, I absolutely fell in love with the Pope-Leighey House in Alexandria, Virginia!

The Pope-Leighey House in Alexandria, Virginia.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mysteries of History: William Ellsworth “Dummy” Hoy

Mysteries of History: William Ellsworth “Dummy” Hoy
Written by Scott M. Cooper

William Ellsworth “Dummy” Hoy was born in 1862, in Houcktown, Ohio. He was born with the ability to hear, but lost his hearing after a bout with meningitis at age three. Hoy graduated from the Ohio State School for the Deaf in Columbus as class valedictorian and began his professional career in 1886. Hoy was a gentleman and very polite. He was a small man, 5’4”, and weighed around 145 pounds; he was probably the shortest major-league outfielder in history. But what he lacked in heft, he made up for in swiftness. Hoy played for several major-league teams from 1888 to 1902.

William Ellsworth “Dummy” Hoy

Friday, August 22, 2014

"Rare Images of Antietam" August Book Giveaway


Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/23/14 - 8/24/14

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, August 23 - Wharton, Morris County
Wharton Canal Day Music & Craft Festival
Children Friendly

The Wharton Canal Day Music & Craft Festival is an old-time country fair that celebrates the Morris Canal and its contributions to the development of the communities along its banks. The festival is now in its 39th year. Come to a day of free family fun featuring unique craft and fine art items from 150 vendors. Learn about local history by taking a guided Morris Canal walking tour provided by the Canal Society of NJ. Visit a Civil War encampment or learn the art of blacksmithing. Experience life on the canal first-hand on a free boat or kayak ride. Take a hayride on the canal towpath or enjoy a free pony ride. The Wallaby Tales Traveling Zoo will delight children of all ages. Dress up your furry friend and enter the Pet Parade and Costume Contest for a chance to win prizes. View the high energy of Roller Derby competition or lay back and enjoy listening to 10 of New Jersey's best musical performers. The festival is held at Hugh Force Canal Park, 170 West Central Avenue, Wharton NJ from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, rain or shine. For more information, visit www.canalday.org.

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Saturday, August 23 - Sayreville, Middlesex County
Along the Raritan River Book Signing

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Weekend Estate Sales: 8/22/14 - 8/24/14

WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Antique Furniture
Plainfield, NJ 07060
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday & Saturday (Same Time)

Furniture, Trunks, Lamps, & Clocks

Help Support Heritage Tourism in New Jersey!

Help Support Heritage Tourism in New Jersey!

Whether it’s Washington Crossing State Park where General George Washington and his troops crossed an icy Delaware River to attack Hessian soldiers resting in Trenton, or Ellis Island where millions of immigrants first entered America, or Menlo Park where Thomas Edison’s research laboratories churned out world-changing inventions, or Whitesbog Farm where blueberries were first cultivated for consumption by people around the world, or the Cape May Lighthouse, which at 150 years of age is one of the nation’s oldest lighthouses in continuous operation, or, well, you get the point - New Jersey has always been a place where history is made!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Finding Rare Images of Antietam in New Jersey

Finding Rare Images of Antietam in New Jersey
Written by Stephen Recker

An unfortunate fact about early photographs of Antietam Battlefield is that there are darn few of them. Unlike Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where photographers roamed the blood-soaked fields continually after the armies left, the town of Sharpsburg, Maryland was in the theater of war for years after that battle, the area was in a depression for over a decade, and the town had no professional photographers.

Looking north up the Hagerstown Pike toward the New Jersey Monument at Antietam, circa 1920.
Courtesy Stephen J. Recker Collection.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/16/14 - 8/17/14

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, August 16 - Montague, Sussex County
"Harmony in Motion" Performance

"Harmony in Motion" will be performing for the Montague Association for the Restoration of Community, on Saturday from 1:00 - 1:30 pm at the Foster-Armstrong House in Montague. "Harmony in Motion" is a group of singers dedicated to the preservation of barbershop style four part a cappella harmony. They enjoy developing the skills involved in both the musical and visual aspects of their performance. They treasure the lifelong friendships made in an atmosphere of fun and camaraderie. Two groups will be singing for our performance, so come early to reserve your seat. The Foster-Armstrong House is located at 320 River Road, Montague, NJ. For more information, vsit www.facebook.com/MontagueNJHistory.

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Saturday, August 16 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
2nd Annual Sweet Corn Festival
Children Friendly

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Weekend Estate Sales: 8/15/14 - 8/17/14

WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Crocks, Dolls, Lamps, & More!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Uncovering Jamestown, Virginia

Uncovering Jamestown, Virginia
Written by NJ Historian

Over 400 years ago, on May 14, 1607, settlers with the Virginia Company landed on James Island, present-day Historic Jamestowne, Virginia. These first 104 settlers were set with the task of settling Virginia, finding gold, and discovering a water route to the Orient. However, they were almost immediately met by opposition from the Algonquian Native American tribe and quickly needed build a system of defense, shelter, and agriculture in order to survive and establish a successful colony at Jamestown. Through their written accounts, the first settlers described harsh living conditions, internal strife, suffering, and death. It would be almost 400 years later that modern-day historians, researchers, and archaeologists would rediscover Jamestown, dispel myths, and learn more about the structures, lifeways, and people that resided there through their garbage and material remains, located less than two feet below the surface. These discoveries have drastically changed the way we view and interpret Jamestown as the first permanent English colony in North America.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Organization of the Week: Preservation Virginia

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 New Jersey and beyond.

This week, I am featuring Preservation Virginia. Founded in 1889, Preservation Virginia holds the notable distinction of being the first statewide historic preservation organization in the nation. Preservation Virginia is dedicated to perpetuating and revitalizing Virginia's cultural, architectural, and historic heritage thereby ensuring that historic places are integral parts of the lives of present and future generations. Since its founding, the organization has a proud legacy of saving, preserving, promoting, and serving as an advocate for Virginia’s historic places which total more than 160.

In 1893, Preservation Virginia acquired 22.5 acres of Jamestown Island, now part of Historic Jamestowne. In 1994, they began an archaeological project called Jamestown Rediscovery to find the remains of the original James Fort, circa 1607 - 1624. Since then, the project has yielded more than 2 million artifacts and is on-going. Many notable discoveries have been made and a portion are on display at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium at the site.

In addition to Historic Jamestowne, Preservation Virginia manages and maintains Bacon's Castle, Cape Henry Lighthouse, The John Marshall House, Patrick Henry's Scotchtown, and Smith's Fort Plantation as historic sites open to the public.

Preservation Virginia relies on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs, special events, and exhibits hosted by the Preservation Virginia at its many historic sites or to become a member or volunteer, please call 804-648-1889 or visit www.preservationvirginia.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, August 10, 2014

Antique Items of the Week: 8/10/14 - 8/17/14

Antique Items of the Week!
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Direct Sale Items
If you have any questions, need additional photos, or are interested in any of the items below, please send an e-mail to kelly@thehistorygirl.com. Payment via PayPal and all items will be shipped via regular U.S. mail.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/9/14 - 8/10/14

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, August 9 - Hewitt, Passaic County
Long Pond Ironworks Historic District Walking Tours
Children Friendly

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Weekend Estate Sales: 8/8/14 - 8/10/14

WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Trip to the Prallsville Mills Along the Mighty Delaware

A Trip to the Prallsville Mills Along the Mighty Delaware
Written by NJ Historian

Adjacent to the Delaware River and Delaware and Raritan Canal is a complex of eighteenth and nineteenth century mill buildings and associated structures. They were once a hub of commercial activity along the now-sleepy bedroom community of Stockton, located less than four miles north of Lambertville and twelve miles south of Frenchtown. The Prallsville Mills, aptly named after the site's most successful and significant owner, John Prall, Jr. demonstrates an evolving industrial history along the banks of the Delaware and how it today has become a hub for environmental and artistic talents.

The 1877 Prallsville Mill (right) and grain silo (left).

Monday, August 4, 2014

Organization of the Week: The Delaware River Mill Society

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 New Jersey.

This week, I am featuring the Delaware River Mill Society in Stockton, New Jersey. In 1969, Donald Jones bought the Prallsville Mills property for the purpose of transferring it to the State of New Jersey, which happened in 1973. In 1976, when the State of New Jersey was unable to fund the restoration of the complex, local citizens formed Delaware River Mill Society and obtained a long-term lease, which gives the Mill Society the responsibility to “restore, preserve, operate, maintain and interpret” the site. Today the complex includes a linseed oil and saw mills, grain silo, lumber shed, the miller’s residence, feed storage building, pork salt house, and other sheds and storage facilities.

Since founding the organization, the mill complex has become a hub of cultural and environmental events. Concerts, art exhibitions, antique shows, holiday parties, school fund-raiser auctions, meetings, as well as private parties, are a source of income for restoration and maintenance of the site. Buildings on the property also serve as office space for non-profit organizations such as the Delaware River Scenic Byway, Delaware River Greenway Partnership, Artsbridge, and River Union Stage.

The Delaware River Mill Society relies on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs, special events, and exhibits hosted by the Delaware River Mill Society or to become a member or volunteer, please call 609-397-3586 or visit www.drms-stockton.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.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/2/14 - 8/3/14

WEEKEND HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS
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Saturday, August 2 - Spring Lake, Monmouth County 
Summer Walking Tour - Third Avenue Business District

Travel back in time with the Spring Lake Historical Society on Saturday morning. Members of the Spring Lake Historical Society will guide tours of the Third Avenue Business District. Walk through the Third Avenue of horses and carriages, pharmacies, soda fountains, specialty groceries, movie theaters, tailor shops, coffee shops, and more. Those interested in the walking tour should meet at Divine Park flag pole at the intersection of Third and Passaic Avenues in Spring Lake, NJ. Tours will begin at 9:00 am and continue until 12:00 noon. The tour is free and open to the public.

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Saturday, August 2 - Morris Township, Morris County
Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride and Wash and Wear Sheep
Children Friendly