Thursday, July 7, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 7/9/16 - 7/10/16

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, July 9 - Princeton, Mercer County
Stony Brook Walking Tour

Following a portion of the trail George Washington took from Trenton to the Princeton Battlefield, this tour includes stops at the Stony Brook Meeting House and cemetery.

Admission: $5 per person and includes farmhouse museum admission. Tours begin at the Updike Farmstead farmhouse, 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ at 2:00 pm and ends at 3:30 pm. 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 9 - Chester, Morris County
Sail, Sail Your Boat
Children Friendly Event & Site

Decorate boats and sail them in the tail-race at the Cooper Gristmill in Morris County from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Please wear closed-toe shoes or boots. Cost: FREE. Boats can be purchased for $10 (Friends members $5), or borrowed for FREE. The 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, July 9 - River Edge, Bergen County
Vintage Baseball at New Bridge Landing
Children Friendly Event

Love baseball? Love history? Step back into yesteryear when the Bergen County Historical Society hosts an old-time game in the meadow at Historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge on Saturday from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Featuring the Flemington Neshanocks versus the Brooklyn Eckfords.

Experience the crack of wood against leather, the cheers and jeers of the crowd, and baseball the way great-grandpa saw it, when these reenactor teams play with 19th century rules, equipment, and uniforms in an open field. A great way for the family to enjoy America's game!

Watch for Casey at the Bat at this first big event in The Meadow. Make sure to bring a hat, blanket or chair, and sunscreen. Admission: $10 adults, $5 students, BCHS members free. Enter at the corner of Hackensack Avenue and Main Street. A hot dog vendor is scheduled for the area in front of the Campbell-Christie House and the gift shop will be open with new items. Short walking tours by BCHS interpreters will be available. New Bridge baseball scorecard available with each ticket - limited quantities. Historic New Bridge Landing is located at 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. For more information, visit www.bergencountyhistory.org.

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Saturday, July 9 - Morristown, Morris County
Rag-worn Army
Children Friendly Event

Why didn’t the colonists make clothing for the Continental Army? Visit the Wick House to learn what was needed to make one regimental coat. This is a hands-on weaving demonstration. Demonstrations start at 10:00 am, 1;30 pm, and 3:30 pm at the Wick House within Jockey Hollow at Morristown National Historical Park, 580 Tempe Wick Road, Morristown NJ (address is approximate). This is a FREE event. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Saturday, July 9 - Washington Township, Burlington County
Vintage Baseball Game at Historic Batsto Village
Children Friendly Event

On Saturday at 1:00 pm, watch the Philadelphia (Pa.) Athletic play the Bog Iron Boys of Allaire in a vintage baseball game at Historic Batsto Village at Wharton State Forest.

Vintage Base Ball is base ball (it was spelled two words prior to the 1880s) played by the rules and customs of the 19th century. Players (sometimes called ballists) wear period reproduction uniforms, either with long trouser and shield shirt, or a later style lace shirt and knickers. They recreate the game based on rules and research of the various decades of the mid-to-late nineteenth century. It is played on both open grass fields and modern baseball diamonds. Spectators may consider vintage base ball to be a new sport, however, some clubs have been in existence since the 1980s. Vintage base ball is a reflection of how baseball existed at an earlier time. 

Seasonal parking fees of $5 per car in-state and $7 per car out-of-state are in effect through Labor Day. Historic Batsto Village is located within Wharton State Forest in the Pinelands of Burlington County, South Jersey approximately 7 miles east of Hammonton on Route 542 and about 15 miles west of Exit 50 on the Garden State Parkway. For more information, call the Batsto Visitor Center at 609-561-0024.

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Saturday, July 9 - Trenton, Mercer County
Colonial Kids Day
Children Friendly Event



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Saturday, July 9 - Little Egg Harbor, Ocean County
Defense of Little Egg Harbor

On Saturday, learn "What the National Archives Tells Us about the 'Defense of Little Egg Harbor' in the American Revolution," presented by Dale F. Denda. The slide presentation, based on his 2008 "Batsto  Saved from the British: A Mullica River Legacy from the American Revolution," explores the geographical and 'strategic' dimensions of British goals in October 1778. An absorbing view of lost history emerges in the larger backdrop of the early war years when the 'United Colonies', transformed into "the United States in Congress assembled", sought to keep its army in the field and find allies abroad. From another perspective, the story can be seen within a framework of successive plans for the 'Defense of Little Egg Harbor' deliberated by the Board of War in Philadelphia. This picture presents an archival-grounded argument that that historical Little Egg Harbor spanned from the tip of Long Beach Island to 'Batsto at the Forks', and that all regional events were part of the same story.

This program will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 35 Leitz Blvd., Little Egg Harbor, NJ. For more information, call 609-294-1547 or visit www.tuckertonhistoricalsociety.org.

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Saturday, July 9 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Evening Hayrides
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday evening, Howell Living History Farm will have hayrides that last 20 minutes, carrying visitors over the lanes of the 130 acre working farm. During the program, visitors can also take self-guided tours, picnic in the picnic area and join a marshmallow roast.

Rides will leave the barnyard area every 25 minutes beginning at 5:10 pm, with the last ride departing at 8:00 pm. Rides will be given on a first come, first serve basis to the first 200 visitors. Rides are intended for individual and family participation; groups cannot be accommodated. There is no charge for the wagon rides.

A wheelchair accessible wagon is also available. Individuals who would like to ride on this wagon should call 609-737-3299 in advance, and ask for Kathy. On the dates when evening hayrides are offered, the Farm will be closed during the day.

Howell Living Farm represents typical farm life between 1890 and 1910. The farm is operated by the Mercer County Parks Commission. It is located at 70 Wooden's Lane, Lambertville, NJ. For more information. call 609-737-3299 or visit www.howellfarm.org.

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Saturday, July 9 - Ocean Grove, Monmouth County
Ladies, Land, Liquor, and the Lord

The first History Day of the season in Ocean Grove will be held on Saturday at Bishop Jane's Tabernacle from 10:30 am - 12:00 noon featuring historian, Dr. Dell O'Hara with a presentation on "Ladies, Land, Liquor, and the Lord: Women in the Stokes Era 1869-1897." This talk will be an in-depth introduction to the new exhibit at the Historical Society and is free and open to all. Join us for this exciting new venture as we explore the impact women had during the early days of the Camp Meeting. Bishop Jane's Tabernacle is located on Pilgrim Pathway in Ocean Grove, NJ. For more information, visit www.oceangrovehistory.org.

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Saturday, July 9 - 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.

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Saturday, July 9 - Hewitt, Passaic County
Long Pond Ironworks Historic District Walking Tours
Children Friendly

Join the Friends of Long Pond Ironworks on Saturday as they walk through the Historic District. Learn how Long Pond contributed to the American Revolution, Civil War, and the industrial development of New Jersey. Tours last about two hours and follow a circular route through the historic village. Tours are conducted rain or shine, and attendees should wear clothing and footwear appropriate for a walk through the woods. Tours take place at 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm.

Long Pond Ironworks is located at 1334 Greenwood Lake Turnpike, Hewitt, NJ. For more information, call  973-657-1688 or visit www.longpondironworks.org.

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Saturday, July 9 - Tabernacle, Burlington County
88th Annual Captain Emilio Carranza Memorial Service

The 88th Annual Captain Emilio Carranza Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, beginning at 1:00 pm. Captain Emilio Carranza has been called "Mexico's Lindbergh." In 1928, while flying a goodwill mission from New York City to Mexico City, his plane crashed near Tabernacle, New Jersey during a thunderstorm. Since his death, members of American Legion Post 11 in Mount Holly have continued to promote his goodwill mission by honoring the pioneer aviator Captain Emilio Carranza. The Ballet Folklorico Dancers from New York City have been invited to dance in full authentic costumes.


Guest should arrive around 12:30 with a folding chair so that you can find a shady place to view the event and a close parking spot. There is no rain date and the event will be held even during inclement or severe weather conditions. For more information, visit http://post11.org/carranza/carranza2016.html.

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Saturday - Sunday, July 9 - 10 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Threshing Demonstration
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday and Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to watch their antique threshing machine in action. The Longstreet Farm staff will use a 19th century, belt-driven “Champion” thresher to separate the wheat grain from the straw and the chaff. Come learn how this important crop grows and see how it was processed in the days before modern combines. The event runs from 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm both days. This event is free and open to the public. Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

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Saturday - Sunday, July 9- 10 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
NJ Bacon Fest at the Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum
Family Friendly Event & Site



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Saturday - Sunday, July 9- 10 - Cape May, Cape May County
Celebrate Jersey Cape Foodways at Historic Cold Spring Village
Children Friendly Event & Site

Join in a celebration of historic and traditional cooking techniques of Cape May County's past at Historic Cold Spring Village's Jersey Cape Foodways weekend event on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. Guests will have the opportunity to learn and experience the methods, styles and heritage of coastal South Jersey food preparation and recipes in the 1800s.

Observe open-hearth cooking, bake oven demonstrations, and other unique and fascinating historic cooking. Learn about herbs and their many uses, collect recipes from Villagers, and interact with various trades and crafts from the "age of homespun." Children can try their hand at special craft activities and participate in 19th century games and dress-up.

The Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern terminus of the Garden State Parkway. Admission during the season is $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Unlimited free admission is available with Village membership. The Village Nature Trail at Bradner's Run is open to the public for free self-guided tours. For more information, call 609-898-2300, ext. 10, or visit www.hcsv.org.

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Sunday, July 10 - Fair Lawn, Bergen County
Garretson Forge and Farm Open House

Garretson Forge and Farm will hold an open house on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The Gerretson, one of the oldest historic sites in Bergen County, was home to six generations of the Garretson family and remains a rare surviving example of simple farming life that was prevalent in the 1700s and 1800s. Admission is free but donations are welcome. The Forge and Farm are located at 4-02 River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ. For more information, call 551-206-4380 or 201-797-7545 or visit www.garretsonfarm.org.

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Sunday, July 10 - Montclair, Essex County
Second Sunday Family FUNday: Bucket Brigade
Family Friendly Event

On Sunday, bring your kids for tours and activities designed for the family at the Crane House/Historic YWCA in Montclair. Activities will incorporate what life was like revolving around your home and farm. They will host a bucket brigade challenge by our herb gardens - come dressed to take part in the activity with water!

The site is open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Tours of the museum on the hour at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm. Admission is $10/family. Members are free. The Crane House/Historic YWCA is located at 110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail mail@montclairhistorical.org, or visit www.montclairhistorical.org.

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Sunday, July 10 - Morris Township, Morris County
'Hay' There
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Sunday from 1:00 - 3:30 pm at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, watch as the farmers “make hay while the sun shines.” This program is weather permitting.

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.

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Sunday, July 10 - West Orange, Essex County
Nikola Tesla's 160th Birthday

Nikola Tesla's 160th birthday exhibit opens. Along with a Steampunk presentation and a wax cylinder demonstration with bands, A Halo Called Fred  and Eternal Frontier.

This event and exhibit is included with regular admission. Tickets must be purchased at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park Laboratory Complex Visitor Center at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. Admission is $10.00 for adults, and includes the Glenmont Estate and the Laboratory Complex. Children under age 16 are free. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x33 or visit www.nps.gov/edis.

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Sunday, July 10 -  Morristown, Morris County
Carriage House Craft Series: Weaving
Children Friendly Event and Site

The Factory Building at Historic Speedwell was once intended to house looms. Make a project on the mini loom to take home from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission: $7 per adult, $6 per senior, $5 per child age 4 - 16, FREE per child under age 4. Historic Speedwell is located at 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Sunday, July 10 - Bridgeton, Cumberland County
Historic Potter's Tavern Open house
Family Friendly Site

On Sunday, you are invited to stop in and tour the the historic Potter’s Tavern between the hours of 1:00 and 4:00 pm. The tavern is located at 51 West Broad Street in Bridgeton, NJ (opposite the Cumberland County Court House).

Potter’s Tavern will be open every Sunday during the month of July between the hours of 1:00 and 4:00 pm. Tavern keeper, Matthew Potter, Jr. came to Bridgeton from Philadelphia and opened the tavern in 1773. It became a favorite meeting place for the local young men just before the Revolutionary War. Today, it is one of New Jersey’s most significant historical shrines and is an excellent example of the type of frame houses built in New Jersey during the 17th and 18th century. It was here that the Plain Dealer, Cumberland County’s pioneer newspaper, was published for the purpose of supporting the drive for American liberty from the Crown rule. The fact that Matthew Potter gave a home to the Plain Dealer placed him in personal danger, risking a charge of treason during this time. The distinguished historian, John T. Cunningham, said that the fact the Plain Dealer appeared every Tuesday morning probably made it New Jersey’s first regular “newspaper.” For more information, call the Cumberland County Historical Society at 856-455-8580.

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Sunday, July 10 -  Paterson, Passaic County
Music through the Ages: Greatest hits from Opera to the Jazz Age

On Sunday at 5:00 pm in Lambert Castle, the Passaic County Historical Society welcomes the New Jersey Music Society as they present Music through the Ages: Greatest hits from Opera to the Jazz Age. Join members of the New Jersey Music Society in a concert of music taking you throughout the times of Lambert Castle. Featuring the greatest hits of Puccini and Verdi, Gershwin and Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and more, let us take you back in time in a truly unique performance. Featuring soprano, Brittany Hines-Hill (2011 National Semi-Finalist with the Metropolitan Opera), Sandy Taylor (acclaimed Jazz vocalist), and Jessica Davy, clarinet. Admission to the concert is $15. Seating is limited - no reservations will be taken.

This performance is a part of the 2016 Lambert Castle Concert Series. Featuring local musicians and a variety of musical genres, all concerts are performed in the beautiful atmosphere that is Lambert Castle. 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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Sunday, July 10 - Ledgewood, Morris County
Museums at Drakesville Open House and Ice Cream Social
Children Friendly Event


On Sunday between 1:00 and 4:00 pm, the Roxbury Historical Trust will host an open house at the eighteenth century Silas Riggs Saltbox House, the historic King House and the King Store Museums. There will also be an ice cream social to benefit the preservation and restoration of the sites. Each scoop is $1 and includes complimentary whipped cream and sprinkles. The sites are located at 213 Main Street in the Ledgewood Village section of Roxbury Township. Tours are free and historic interpreters will be on hand. For more information, call 973-927-7603 or visit www.roxburynewjersey.com.

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Sunday, July 10 - Sparta, Sussex County
Barns of Sussex County: The Paintings of Wendy Stamer



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Sunday, July 10 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
Annual American Doll and Teddy Bear Tea Party
Children Friendly Event

The Township of Ocean Historical Museum's annual American Doll and Teddy Bear Tea Party will take place under tents at the Eden Woolley house on Deal Road on Sunday from 1:00 - 3:30. The rain date will be Sunday, July 17. The girls again learn about the Woolley sisters and what it was like to live in the 1800s. Living history interpreters demonstrate skills of the past. Doll and teddy bear collections are on display. Outside, the girls participate in a fashion show featuring their dolls and their stories. They create a craft and enjoy a tea party with kid-friendly treats. A fully stocked Doll Shop offers handmade doll clothes and accessories. Tickets are just $30 for an adult and one child (5 years and older). Additional children are $10 each; additional adults, $25. There is limited seating. Reservations are a must. For tickets call 732-531-6040 or the Museum at 732-531-2136. You can also reserve on-line at www.oceanmuseum.org/DollTeaSignUp.html. The Eden Woolley House is located at 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ. For more information, visit www.oceanmuseum.org.

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Sunday, July 10 -  Paterson, Passaic County
Picnic with Washington and Hamilton at the Great Falls
Children Friendly Event



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Through Saturday, July 9, 2016 - Freehold, Monmouth County
19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking Exhibit

Monmouth County Historical Association's newest exhibition Of the Best Materials and Good Workmanship: 19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking at the Museum at 70 Court Street will remain open through July 9, 2016.

This exhibition explores the diversity of products made by chairmakers in New Jersey from the late 18th century through 1900 and explores four different galleries: the craft of chairmaking, Windsor chairs, common chairs, and factory made chairs. It draws from chairmakers from throughout the Garden State, including a large collection of chairmaking tools, equipment, benches, patterns and stencils collected by William H. MacDonald of Trenton. MacDonald, who had one time worked in Freehold, donated the collection to the Association in the mid and late 20th century. The exhibition represents the first time the entire collection of tools, equipment and patterns have ever been displayed together.

Hammond explained that the name for the exhibition is taken from the language commonly used by New Jersey manufacturers in their newspaper advertisements promoting themselves against craftsmen from New York and Philadelphia.

Many of the items in the exhibition come from throughout the Garden State, from Bergen to Cumberland and Salem counties, and span the era from 1780 to 1900. Some of the items on display are on loan from several different historical societies as well as the Rutgers archives’ special collection and are representative of both local and regional chairmakers.

Of particular interest is one section devoted to the Ware family of Cumberland County, a family that represents a unique chapter in the history of American furniture production. Nineteen members of the family spanning four generations made traditional slat back, rush-seated chairs in the Delaware Valley tradition from the late 18th century to about 1940.

The gallery portraying factory made chairs includes perforated furniture made by Gardener and Company in 1872, a business in Glen Gardner, folding chairs popular on ocean liners dating back as far as 1868 and made by the Collignon Brothers in Closter, in Bergen County, using wood from the sawmill across the Hackensack River from the plant, and the Cooper Chair factory of Bergen, noted for its delicate chairmaking styles.

The Gallery devoted to Windsor chairs includes the earliest known marked Windsor chair, one made by Ezekiah Hughes in Salem County in the 1780s. The exhibition at the Museum displays one of the largest collections of Windsor chairs ever shown.

Monmouth County Historical Association is a private non-profit organization that has been working to preserve history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898. The Historical Association’s Museum and Library is located at 70 Court Street in Freehold, NJ. Museum hours are: Tuesdays - Saturdays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. The Library is open Wednesdays through Saturdays. For more information about the Association, call 732-462-1466 or visit www.monmouthhistory.org.

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Through August 28, 2016 - Boonton, Morris County
Boonton and the Electronics Industry Exhibit

Our new changing exhibit features the numerous electronics companies that existed in Boonton during the infancy of electronics. Aircraft instrumentation, electronic testing instruments, and radios will be on display. Learn more about Boonton's significant contributions to the electronics industry by visiting us at the historic Dr. John Taylor House in Boonton NJ. The site is open on Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. The museum is located at 210 Main Street, Boonton NJ. For more information, call 973-402-8840.




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Through August 2016 - Cranbury, Middlesex County
Merchants of Main Street: A Stroll Through the Shoppes of Cranbury's Past

Stop by the Cranbury Museum to view "Merchants of Main Street: A Stroll Through the Shoppes of Cranbury's Past," the Cranbury Museum's current exhibit which celebrates the creativity, hard work, and entrepreneurial skills of the Main Street merchants of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

Main Street was filled with a diversity of businesses-general stores and candy stores, millinery and hat shops, blacksmith and harness shops, banks, and newspaper offices. Through the centuries, Main Street met the needs of the Cranbury shopper. Come take a stroll down Main Street, visit our merchants and view their wares and services. This exhibit will be displayed through August 2016 at Cranbury Museum, 4 Park Place East, Cranbury, NJ. The museum is open on Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 609-655-2611 or visit www.cranburyhistory.org.

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Through September 1, 2016 - Morristown, Morris County
Two Centuries of Cultivating Green Space: The History of Macculloch Hall's Gardens

The reputation of the "New Jersey Tomato" may be legendary, but George Macculloch, the original resident and builder of what is today known as Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (MHHM), is credited with growing the first New Jersey tomato. Writing in his journal in 1829, in what is believed to be the earliest mention of the tomato, George Macculloch listed his cultivation of "tomatas." George's journal, a detailed record of his gardening successes and challenges, is a major highlight of the new exhibition at MHHM, Two Centuries of Cultivating Green Space: The History of Macculloch Hall's Gardens, which will be on view in the Schoolroom Galley of the Museum through September 1, 2016.

This unique exhibition traces the history of the gardens established at 45 Macculloch Avenue by Louisa (1785-1863) and her husband, George Macculloch (1775-1858) in 1810. The Maccullochs were avid gardeners who cultivated their 26 acres for a variety of reasons: to feed their family, for profit, and as a form of creative expression. Through photographs, design plans, and the historic crop journal meticulously kept by George Macculloch from 1829-1856, this exhibition explores a variety of gardens at Macculloch Hall-from the early nineteenth-century kitchen garden and farm; to the later Victorian and early-twentieth century gardens favored by later generations of the Miller and Post families, to the mid-twentieth-century design created at the bequest of W. Parsons Todd by the Garden Club of Morristown.

Two Centuries of Cultivating Green Space: The History of Macculloch Hall's Gardens also anticipates the interest of children in gardens and includes a special children's display focusing on the plants and animals often found in the backyard gardens of New Jersey residents. Through interactive displays such as a tabletop flower garden and a puppet tree, children can explore pollination and learn about the bees, butterflies, worms, and birds that help to make our gardens thrive.

Children are also invited to participate free of charge in MHHM's summer garden program, Dig it! Plant it! Eat it! Programming for Two Centuries of Cultivating Green Space: The History of Macculloch Hall's Gardens includes special tours of the gardens, free with admission, Sundays in June, July, and August at 2:00p m.

The garden is open daily, free to the public from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. MHHM is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00pm. Admission is $8, Adults; $6, Seniors and Students; $4, Children 6-12; and free for Members and children under 5. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is located at 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-538-2404 or visit www.maccullochhall.org.

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Through Monday, October 10 (Columbus Day), 2016 - Bay Head, Ocean County
All Aboard!

All Aboard! is an insightful look at how the railroad impacted on the development of the northern Barnegat Bay barrier island. A model railroad diorama of the Bay Head Railroad Loop, photographs, maps, videos, and railroad memorabilia will be on display. The museum is open to the public and a small donation is suggested for non-members. The Bay Head Historical Society and the Loveland Homestead Museum is located at the corner of Bridge and Bay Avenues at the Bay Head/Point Pleasant border. Summer hours: Friday through Monday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. For more information, visit www.BayHeadHistoricalSociety.com.

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Through October 23, 2016 - Morristown, Morris County
"Fine, Fancy, and Fashionable: 125 Years Dressing the Bride"

"Fine, Fancy, and Fashionable: 125 Years Dressing the Bride" offers an opportunity to experience the joy, magic, and elegance of 30 different wedding days and a visual timeline of bridal dresses from Mary Johnson Condit's 1840 silk gauze A-line gown to Alice Woodridge's 1954 lace tea-length dress. Join a bride and groom as they arrive at their reception in the dining room, a bride and her mother on the special day, and a busy bride creating her gown on an 1852 Florence sewing machine. Bridal accessories including shoes, gloves, veils, headpieces, photos, invitations, newspaper clippings, diary entries, and even a cake-topper, complete the display. The exhibit is on view through October 23, 2016. Acorn Hall is located at 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-267-3465 or visit www.acornhall.org.

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Through December 31, 2016 - Far Hills, Somerset County
More Than a Game Exhibit at the USGA Museum
Children Friendly

Visitors to the USGA Museum in Far Hills will be surprised to learn that there is much to discover about the game of golf. Originally installed in February of 2014, the exhibit "More Than a Game" focuses on how the creation of African-American golf clubs positively impacted the community, despite the pervasive prejudice and racism of the Jim Crow era. They founded institutions that celebrated the game, and their culture, setting a new standard for what a free and open society could be.

Local schools and youth groups are invited to arrange a field trip to the museum to learn about diversity in golf through the exhibit's centerpiece which is the story of William "Bill" Powell and the Clearview Golf Club. Founded in 1946 in East Canton, Ohio, Clearview is the only public golf course in the United States designed, built, owned, and operated by an African American. Celebrating their 70th anniversary this year, its existence is a testimonial to the vision, determination and integrity of Powell, who overcame numerous obstacles in the pursuit of his dream. Lesson plans are available upon request for teachers and group leaders prior to or following their onsite experience.

Powell's Clearview Golf Club was not the only African-American golf institution founded in this era. The exhibit also honors other clubs that made significant contributions to minority golf including Shady Rest Country Club in Scotch Plains, NJ, home course of John Shippen, the first American and the first African American to play in a U.S. Open Championship in 1896. Also featured are significant trophies from the United Golfers Association and many other various artifacts that celebrate the men and women who made sacrifices in an effort to realize their dream of equality on the greens.

The USGA is one of the world's foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game's history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing "For the Good of the Game" grants program. Additionally, the USGA's Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

For more information about the museum, this exhibit and field trip opportunities, please contact Kim Gianetti at 908-326-1948 or by email at kgianetti@usga.org. For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.

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Through June 2017 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
Presidents at the Monmouth County Shore Exhibit

One hundred years ago this September, 25,000 people gathered on the grounds of what is today Monmouth University—then a private estate called Shadow Lawn—to see Woodrow Wilson officially accept the nomination of the Democratic Party for a second Presidential run. Wilson was following a popular tradition among American Presidents to retreat to our slice of the Jersey Shore to escape the heat and hubbub of Washington. At the Eden Woolley House, this major exhibit tells the wide-ranging stories of eleven Presidents who spent time here, at the Monmouth County shore.

Mrs. Lincoln got the ball rolling
There’s a case to be made that it all started with Mary Todd Lincoln. Mrs. Lincoln travelled to Long Branch in the summer of 1861, probably at the invitation of William Newell, family friend and then supervisor of the life-saving services in New Jersey. Long Branch was already a popular resort, and national coverage of the First Lady’s visit added immeasurably to its fame and appeal.

That fame and appeal continued to draw the wealthy and influential—including the seven presidents who vacationed in resort city, starting with Ulysses Grant.

Seven Presidents in Long Branch
In 1870, a group of wealthy businessmen who summered in the Elberon section of Long Branch presented President Grant with an oceanfront cottage where he vacationed for the next 15 years. When Grant died in 1885, city officials feared the resort might lose its cachet. They needn’t have worried. Six of the next ten Presidents--Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Harrison, McKinley, and Wilson--chose to spend time in Long Branch.

The most tragic of these Presidential visits was James Garfield’s last. Mrs. Garfield was in Long Branch recuperating from illness, when, on July 2, 1881, Garfield was shot by an assassin in the Washington train station. He was taken to the White House, where his condition worsened. In hope the sea air might help, Garfield was taken to Elberon. Famously, locals worked through the night to build the spur to carry the President’s railroad car from Elberon Station to the ocean side cottage. He died there 12 days later, September 19.

Beyond Long Branch
Long Branch was not the only Monmouth County destination of Presidents. Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, and Richard Nixon visited our area, if only, in some cases, for a political rally. And then, of course, there’s Warren Harding, whose local connection was a bit less public and a good deal more scandalous. Join us June 26 to learn the full story. The new exhibit is on view through June 2017.

The Township of Ocean Historical Museum offers exhibits on the history of coastal Monmouth County and a full calendar of events. The Museum also houses a library and archive of local history. It is open, free of charge, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm Thursday evenings, and 1:00 - 4:00 pm the first and second Sundays of each month. The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is located at 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ. For more information, visit www.oceanmuseum.org.

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

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