Thursday, August 11, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/13/16 - 8/14/16

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Friday, August 12 - Saturday, August 13 - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania
50th Annual Goschenhoppen Folk Festival
Children Friendly Event

The Goschenhoppen Historians will be hosting their annual folk festival this Friday and Saturday. Learn about the Antes Plantation on Friday between 12:00 noon and 8:00 pm and Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Enjoy the authentic interpretation of the Pennsylvania German folk culture. Become a part of and learn the traditions, skills and trades of the Pennsylvania Germans. Eat some old fashioned Pennsylvania Dutch foods and listen to the folk music as well at this family oriented event! The Henry Antes Plantation is located at 318 Colonial Road, Perkiomenville, PA. For more information, visit http://goschenhoppenevents.com.

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Saturday, August 13 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Vintage Baseball: Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club vs N.Y. Mutuals
Children Friendly Event

On Saturday, spend a summer afternoon at Holmdel Park and enjoy one of America’s favorite pastime and see how it started. Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club (formerly known as the Bog Iron Boys) vs the N.Y. Mutuals will be playing vintage baseball, rules from the 19th century. Players will be dressed in uniforms appropriate to the time period. The styles and speech of the 19th century are also used while playing the game. Game begins at 12:30 pm and should end around 3:00 pm. 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, August 13 - Hewitt, Passaic County
Long Pond Ironworks Historic District Walking Tours
Children Friendly Tours

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, August 13 - Hewitt, Passaic County
Shakespeare in the State Park - "Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2"
Children Friendly Event

The Hudson Shakespeare Company, a nonprofit theater troupe that “utilizes the best young and experienced actors, directors and crew from around the tristate area” returns to Long Pond Ironworks on Saturday at 5:00 pm for the 14th annual "Shakespeare in the State Park." This year, "Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2" will be presented in front of the 18th century Stone Double House. In case of rain, the performance will be relocated to the park's Visitors Center.) Please bring lawn chairs and bug spray. This performance is FREE.

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, August 13 - 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, August 13 - Little Egg Harbor, Ocean County
Native American Indian Local History

On Saturday, learn about Native American Indian Local History at the Tuckerton Historical Society. John H. Yates will discuss where Native American Indians came from, how they lived and interacted with Europeans, and what happened to them. 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, August 13 - Morris Township, Morris County
Dig Spuds!
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, dig in, and find the potatoes from the crop that was planted this past spring. At the Farmhouse kitchen, see how potatoes are prepared. Two separate programs run from 10:30 - 11:30 am and from 1:00 - 2:00 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.

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Saturday, August 13 - Hamilton, Mercer County
Artifacts Show-n-Learn at the Tulpehaking Nature Center

Have you found something unique in your backyard? Do you collect artifacts? Do you want to learn more about them? You are invited to bring your finds to the Artifacts Show-n-Learn at the Tulpehaking Nature Center on Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Archaeologists will be on hand to look at your artifacts and collections and help you identify them.

The Tulpehaking Nature Center and the Archaeological Society of New Jersey have teamed up for this focus on the archaeology of the area. The nature center is part of the unique and special Abbott Farm National Historic Landmark located right here where numerous significant Native American and historic archaeological sites have been identified along the Delaware River and tributaries since the 1800s.

To kick off the event, noted archaeologists who have excavated and studied sites around the landmark and the nature center will talk about local excavations and why our region is so special. Artifacts from the archaeological excavations conducted at the nature center, Point Breeze, and other nearby sites will also be on display.

The Archaeological Society of New Jersey (ASNJ) is a statewide organization founded in 1931 to promote and encourage the study of New Jersey's fascinating historic and prehistoric archaeology. The ASNJ supports preservation of important archaeological sites and artifacts, provides grants for researchers and students, and creates a forum for good archaeology through our meeting programs and publications.

The rest of the afternoon, archaeologists will be on hand to look at collections that visitors bring in for identification. Identification is for educational and informational purposes only. No monetary valuations or appraisals will be done. This program is free. Pre-registration is requested. Please call 609-888-3218 or e-mail natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

The Tulpehaking Nature Center provides programs and exhibits that encourage visitors to explore the cultural, historic and natural resources of the Abbott Marshlands. Owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission, the Tulpehaking Nature Center is located at 157 Westcott Avenue in Hamilton and is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sundays from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. For more information about the nature center, programs, and schedule of events, visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

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Saturday, August 13 - Chester, Morris County
Sail, Sail Your Boat
Children Friendly Event

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, August 13 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Wyckoff-Garretson House Paranormal Tour

On Saturday, the historic Wyckoff-Garretson House is being opened to the public for a ghost hunt! Come join professional ghost hunters from New Jersey Paranormal, learn about the house's past, and share in the hunt! Learn how to use professional equipment and fee free to bring your own. Space is limited to the first 22 paid registrants, so reserve your space ASAP. The tours will be conducted from 7:30 - 10:30 pm. $25.00 per person - ages 18 and over only. Includes history/tour, ghost hunting 101, an investigation, and refreshments. The Wyckoff-Garretson House is located at 215 S. Middlebush Road, Somerset, NJ. For more information, visit www.themeadowsfoundation.org or e-mail Sue Ann Derkach at sueanndvought@aol.com.

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Saturday, August 13 - River Edge, Bergen County
Countdown to America’s 250: The Protest and Repeal of the Stamp Act

The Stamp Act was passed by parliament in March of 1765 to help raise revenue to pay for soldiers being quartered in the 13 Colonies as a result of the British victory in the Seven Years War or more commonly known as the French and Indian War. It placed a tax on all paper products, newspapers, marriage licenses, and even playing, proving to be wildly unpopular in the colonies.

On March 18, 1766, the Stamp Act was repealed due to protests from the colonists themselves, and a growing understanding of what it means to be British - American Colonists.

The Bergen County Historical Society is excited to announce the first, in a series of events called "Countdown to America's 250: The Protest and Repeal of the Stamp Act."

This one-day event, occurring at Historic New Bridge Landing, will have lectures providing the background of events leading up to and repeal of the Stamp Act along with the role Liberty Pole, a neighborhood in Englewood, played in the American Revolution. But how did the area get its name? As a sign of protest or defiance, a liberty pole was erected in Englewood. The event will be capped off by the raising of a new liberty pole at Historic New Bridge Landing.

Event Schedule:
11:00 am - Site opens to the public, Work will begin on carving a "liberty pole."
12:00 pm - America and the Jerseys in the 1760s Lecture - Jim Smith and Kevin Wright
1:30 pm - Reenactors gather at the Black Horse Tavern and discuss their issues with the King, harass effigy of tax collector
2:00 pm - Lecture - Liberty Pole in the American Revolution by Todd Braisted
3:00 pm - Raising the Liberty Pole! Gather near the barn as we march through New Bridge with the pole and raise it near the Christie Tavern.
4:00 pm - Site closes to the public

Also that day, see a new exhibit: New Bridge and Maps of the American Revolution. Seven framed and enlarged copies of historical maps (2 in color) showing New Bridge, includes interpretive panels.

This event takes place at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ. Admission: Adults $10, Students (6-21 yr) $7. BCHS members admission free. Refreshments will be available. For more information, visit www.bergencountyhistory.org.

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Saturday, August 13 - Cape May Court House, Cape May County
Eerie Encounters

Spine-chilling stories await you when The Museum of Cape May County opens its doors on the evening of August 13 for tales of eerie encounters. The museum, nationally recognized for its exquisite collection of Cape May County historic artifacts, also boasts of another kind of collection - the legion of ghosts and spirits who have inhabited it since 1704.

Many visitors to the museum, as well as volunteers and employees, have experienced touches from the other side. Over the years, multiple paranormal investigators brought their equipment to the museum to see if the place was "alive" with spirits. After their extensive investigation, not only is the museum alive, the place is jumping.

According to the ghost whisperers, the museum doesn't just have a ghost; it has a small village of them including children running across halls, a small child who tags along on every tour and a man who stays in the basement with his tools hammering away while mumbling about visitors who pass through. There's a group of men in the dining room who continue to discuss how they are going to get rich by selling off the land and there really is a party going on in the second floor Victorian music room. Even Lily, the woman who stands near the vintage Symphonian, is in a good mood. Right next door, however, in the colonial bedroom, a young mother paces back and forth while she looks out the window for the doctor. Her infant in the cradle has a high fever and she is afraid her baby will die before the doctor gets there. And the list of other worldly visitors and their stories goes on and on.

On Saturday at 7:00 pm, two award-winning journalists who have personally experienced The Museum's resident ghosts, will take you on a tour of the museum and share the stories of their ghostly encounters. Just like the resident spirits that haunt the museum's three buildings, the Eerie Encounters tour is open to all ages. Admission is free for museum members and $5 per person for non-members. The Museum of Cape May County is located at 504 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House, NJ. For more information, call 609-465-3535 or visit www.cmcmuseum.org.

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Saturday, August 13 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Tomato Day
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday, visit Howell Living Farm for tomato 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 - Sunday, August 13 - 14 - Cape May, Cape May County
Annual Classic and Antique Car Show at Historic Cold Spring Village
Children Friendly Event & Site

Cruise into Historic Cold Spring Village for the Annual Classic and Antique Car Show on Saturday and Sunday. Cars will be on display each day from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. See beautifully restored and preserved vehicles, from muscle cars to light trucks, from the 1910s to the 1980s parked along the Village's tree-lined, shell-paved lanes.

Talk with the owners and learn about the process of restoring a classic automobile as well as the fascinating stories behind their development and use. On Saturday, members of the Jersey Cape Auto Club will show their antique vehicles, while hotrods and other classics will be presented by the Greater Wildwood Hotel & Motel Association on Sunday. The Village's historic buildings will be open during regular museum hours, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm, with interpreters in period clothing teaching guests about the crafts, trades and lifestyles of Early America.

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

Historic Cold Spring Village is located 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, August 14 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Going Bunkers: Battery Mills
Children Friendly Tours

Experience history at Sandy Hook, part of Gateway National Recreation Area with a tour of one of two of Fort Hancock's long range and well-hidden gun batteries that went into use shortly after WWI through WWII. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a flashlight and insect repellent. Tour starts at 6:00 and ends at approximately 7:30 pm. For more information, call 718-354-4606 or visit www.nps.gov/gate.

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Sunday, August 14 - New Providence, Union County
New Providence Historical Society Ice Cream Social
Children Friendly Event


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Sunday, August 14 - Princeton, Mercer County
Historic Princeton Walking Tour

Enjoy a 1.9 mile, two-hour walk around downtown Princeton and the University campus as you learn about historic sites in the area, including Bainbridge House, Nassau Hall, the University Chapel, and Palmer Square. The early history of Princeton, the founding of the University, and the American Revolution are just some of the stories from Princeton’s history that you will learn on your tour.

Admission: $7 per adult; $4 children ages 6 to 12; free for children age 5 and under. Tours begin in front of the Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. Tour begins at 2:00 pm and ends at 4:00 pm. 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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Sunday, August 14 - Sparta, Sussex County
The Barns of Sussex County: The Paintings of Wendy Stamer



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Sunday, August 14 -  Morristown, Morris County
The Art of Preserves

In the days before refrigeration, foods were preserved using a variety of methods. Enjoy a demonstration of preserving techniques and get recipes to take home on Sunday 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, NJ. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Sunday, August 14 - West Orange, Essex County
Geothermal Tour at the Glenmont Estate

Go "behind the scenes" at the Edison home. Join a guide for a walk through the basement of the famous house and learn about its new geothermal heating and cooling system. This program will last about 30 minutes at take place at 1:30 and again at 2:30 pm. It focuses on the technical aspects of the environmentally friendly geothermal system. The basement is not wheelchair accessible.

The tour 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, August 14 - 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, August 14 - Holmdel, Morris County
Blacksmith Demonstration & Turn of the Nineteenth Century Music
Children Friendly Event

On Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to watch blacksmiths perform their craft. They will be shaping iron into everyday products. Blacksmiths were as common as an auto mechanic in towns and on farms of the 1890s. 

Also on Sunday, join music man Rich Marzec as he performs songs on the piano from the turn of the century in the farm house. 

These free events run from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. 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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Sunday, August 14 - Randolph, Morris County
Gizmos, Gadgets, and Peach Festival
Children Friendly Event

The Historical Society of Old Randolph (HSOR) invites one and all to attend its Gizmos, Gadgets, and Peach Festival at the Randolph Museum on Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The museum is located on Millbrook Avenue at the entrance to Freedom Park, between Carrell and Schoolhouse roads.

This hands-on event will allow visitors to see gizmos and gadgets from the past in action. In addition, the HSOR is getting out the punch bowl and everyone is invited to enjoy peaches and cream and other light refreshment! The tree-ripened peaches come from Sun High Orchards, one of Randolph Township’s preserved farm lands. For more information, call 973-989-7095 or visit www.randolphnj.org.

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Sunday, August 14 - Ledgewood, Morris County
Museums at Drakesville Open House

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. 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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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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1st and 3rd Saturdays through November 2016 - Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County
Atlantic Highlands Architectural Walking Tours



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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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