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Thursday, June 30, 2016

4th of July NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 7/2/16 - 7/4/16

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Saturday, July 2 - Princeton, Mercer County
Celebrate Independence Walking Tour
Family Friendly Event

Wear your red, white and blue on this one-hour walk featuring locations central to Princeton’s role in the Revolutionary War. Perfect for the whole family!


Admission: $5 per person. Tours begin in front of the Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. Tour begins at 10:00 am and ends at 11:00 am. Walk up ticket sales are cash only; guides cannot provide change. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

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Saturday, July 2 - Morris Township, Morris County
Explore the Farm: Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, take a horse-drawn wagon ride! With an emphasis on sustainability, this narrated wagon ride explores the methods, equipment, crops, and enterprises of Fosterfields in the early 1900s. You can also make a special Independence Day craft! The tour runs from 10:15 am - 12:00 noon. Preregistration is required. Please call 973-326-7645 to register.

Admission: $6/adult, $5/senior (65+), $4/child (ages 4 -16), $2/child (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, visit www.morrisparks.net.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 7/1/16 - 7/3/16

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Independence Day at Ringwood Manor - July 4, 2016

Ringwood Manor July 4th Holiday Declaration of Independence and Colonial Celebration
Monday, July 4, 2016

The historic and educational event celebrates its 17th year!

The staff at Ringwood Manor is thrilled to once again announce the details for the annual Declaration of Independence celebration! Monday, July 4, 2016 marks the event'’s 17th year, having become an exciting and educational tradition for many families in the northern New Jersey area. The highlight of the event is a dramatic delivery and reading of the Declaration of Independence on the steps of the Manor’s porch along with colonial crafters, activities, and demonstrations. The front lawn of the Manor is transformed into a colonial town square with Revolutionary War reenactors from New Jersey Militia- Heard’s Brigade, the 35th Royal Sussex Regiment, Outwater’s Militia, the Friends of Long Pond Ironworks, and individual volunteers. All help to celebrate the 240th anniversary of American independence and bringing the historic experience to life.

Friday, June 24, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/25/16 - 6/26/16

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, June 25 - Fieldsboro, Burlington County
Paint and Party

Join the Friends of the White Hill Mansion on Saturday at 7:00 pm for a fabulous night of wine and fun! Bring your own beverage and some friends too! Hang out at White Hill and learn how to paint. They will provide the canvas, paint, brushes, and everything to enjoy step-by-step instruction with experienced local artist, Kate West. You'll leave with a one-of-a-kind creation and possibly a new found talent. Cost is $35 per person. Starts at 7:00 pm and runs about 2.5 hours. Cheese and crackers provided. White Hill Mansion is located at 217 4th Street, Fieldsboro, NJ. For more information, e-mail whitehillinfo@yahoo.com or visit www.whitehillmansion.com.

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Saturday, June 25 - Morris Township, Morris County
Tour the Creamery and Meet the Irish Servant and the Cook
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday from 2:00 - 2:45 pm, tour the Creamery at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm and discover how it was used for milk and butter processing. In the lower Barn, help the farmers brush the Jerseys cows, weigh the milk, and test its temperature. 

Also, discover the life of domestic help at the Foster home on a special hands-on guided tour. Assist the maid with household chores and see what the cook has prepared using the wood-burning stove. Two tours times available: 1:00 - 2:00 pm and 2:00 - 3:00 pm.

Admission: $6/adult, $5/senior (65+), $4/child (ages 4 -16), $2/child (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, visit www.morrisparks.net.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 6/24/16 - 6/26/16

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Doctor Who Wasn't at the Emlen Physick Estate

The Doctor Who Wasn't at the Emlen Physick Estate

Cape May is known for its Victorian architecture and plethora of beautifully restored homes, many of which function as bed and breakfasts. But unlike these B&Bs and private homes, exists Cape May's only Victorian house museum, just a few blocks in from the beach. The Emlen Physick Estate was built in 1879 for Dr. Emlen Physick, Jr.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

33rd Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival - June 25 and 26, 2016

33rd Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival
Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26, 2016

Celebrating the 100 Year Anniversary of Elizabeth C. White’s
Pioneering Work to Cultivate the Highbush Blueberry 

The 33rd Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival is just around the corner - Saturday and Sunday, June 25th and 26th, 2016 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at Historic Whitesbog Village. 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 tours, lectures, 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, we are celebrating the Centennial of the Blueberry, by commemorating the unique partnership between Elizabeth C. White and the USDA’s, Dr. Fredrick V. Coville, which resulted in the cultivation of the very first domesticated blueberry. The 33rd Annual Blueberry Festival will feature this extraordinary partnership, recognize the Pine Barrens’ woodsmen who helped Elizabeth White to identify and collect the region’s biggest and best wild blueberries, and ultimately, made her pioneering work possible. A special arts project will feature the traditional Pinelands crafts that helped to fuel the Pine Barrens’ economy during the same period. These featured exhibits and demonstrations will include basket making, woodworking, weaving and other notable ‘Pine Barrens’ crafts.

Monday, June 20, 2016

'What the Heck Is That Thing?' is New Theme in 2016-17 for Guided Tours of Cape May's 1879 Physick Estate

'What the Heck Is That Thing?' is New Theme in 2016-17 for Guided Tours of Cape May's 1879 Physick Estate

The Victorians used tools in the home that would bewilder the 21st century householder. Such gizmos as button hooks and magic lanterns had a specific use for Victorians, but today are obsolete.

Shown here, a magic lantern, one of the Victorian era gadgets visitors will see and hear about during guided tours of the 1879 Physick Estate house museum in Cape May, NJ offered daily, March-December. Magic Lanterns were the precursors to 20th century slide projectors and were used for entertainment and education.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

African Burying Ground Commemorative Marker Dedication - June 20, 2016

African Burying Ground Commemorative Marker Dedication
Monday, June 20, 2016

The Bedminster Township Committee, the Township's Historical Commission, and the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission cordially invite you to join us for the unveiling of a marker commemorating the African Burying Ground, located at 130 Hillside Avenue, Bedminster Township, NJ at 6:30 pm.

Friday, June 17, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/18/16 - 6/19/16

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, June 18 - Chester, Morris County
People Power Day
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, tour the Cooper Gristmill, and watch demonstrations of tools powered by hands and feet. Try some of these unique tools, yourself. Cost: Suggested donation. $3 per adult, $2 per senior (65+), and $1 per child age 4 - 16. FREE for children under age 4. Cooper Gristmill is located at 66 Route 513, Chester, NJ. For more information, call 908-879-5463 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday, June 18 - Morris Township, Morris County
Dairy Day
Children Friendly Event & Site

During National Dairy Month, visit the Jersey cows, help with cream separating, and butter churning at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. See how dairy products are prepared in the Farmhouse kitchen. At 3:30 pm, watch a cow milking demonstration. Admission: $6/adult, $5/senior (65+), $4/child (ages 4 -16), $2/child (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, visit www.morrisparks.net.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 6/17/16 - 6/19/16

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Abandoned America: The Old Essex County Prison

Abandoned America: The Old Essex County Prison
Written by Matthew Christopher

The Old Essex County Prison in Newark, New Jersey, was originally built in 1837 and closed in 1970 when a new jail was completed. As the oldest surviving government building in the county and one of architect John Haviland's finer works (he also designed Harrisburg State Hospital and Eastern State Penitentiary), the jail was added in 1991 to the historic register but by this point demolition by neglect has ruined much of the building.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/11/16 - 6/12/16

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Saturday, June 11 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale

Paulsdale is open to the public for Second Saturday Tours at 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm. Paulsdale is the birthplace of Quaker suffragist Alice Paul. Tours include a 15-minute presentation about Alice Paul's life and work and a guided tour of the first floor of the property where visitors learn about the Paul family's daily life in the house and its present day use as a girl's leadership center. Tours are $5.00 per person.

Paulsdale is located at 128 Hooton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ. For information about group tours or future tour dates, contact the Alice Paul Institute at 856-231-1885, e-mail info@alicepaul.org, or visit www.alicepaul.org.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 6/10/16 - 6/12/16

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Puzzling and Peculiar Winchester Mystery House

The Puzzling and Peculiar Winchester Mystery House

One of the most intricate, puzzling, and misunderstood houses I have ever visited is the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California. Construction on this 160-room house lasted 24 hours a day for 38 years under the guidance of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester. Construction proceeded until her death on September 5, 1922. But why did this house need so much continuous work? What was Sarah Winchester trying to achieve? Much of it will never be known or completely understood, but many theories exist.

Friday, June 3, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/4/16 - 6/5/16

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, June 4 - Haddonfield, Camden County
Revolutionary War Skirmish in Haddonfield
Children Friendly Event

Red Coats and rebels will face off once again when the American Revolution returns to South Jersey for the fourth annual "Skirmish on Kings Highway" on Saturday.

The event will mark the 238th anniversary of the British encampment in Haddonfield. Revolutionary reenactors - the Second Pennsylvania Regiment - will gather at the Indian King Tavern Museum beginning at 10:00 am. Around 1:00 pm, the Red Coats from the First Battalion of New Jersey Volunteers will march down Kings Highway.

When the two groups meet, the skirmish will begin, with the future of the colonies at stake. The fight will last about 30 minutes, and there will be space for people to watch along the street, which will be closed to traffic. Afterward, children will have a chance to march down the street with wooden muskets. Tours of the museum will be held throughout the day.

The Indian King Tavern Museum is located at 233 Kings Highway, Haddonfield, NJ. For more information, call 856-429-6792 or visit www.indiankingfriends.org.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 6/3/16 - 6/5/16

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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