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Thursday, March 31, 2016

New Jersey Weekend Estate Sales: 4/1/16 - 4/3/16

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Friday, March 25, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/26/16 - 3/27/16

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, March 26 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Allaire Village's Easter Egg Hunt
Children Friendly

Celebrate Easter at Allaire Village! On Saturday, from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, join us for an Allaire Village Easter Egg Hunt! There are over 10,000 eggs in the village! Hunts are divided into age groups: 0-2 (with an assisting adult), 3-4, 5-7, 8-10, 11-12, and special needs. A hunt takes place every 15 minutes and hunts are continuous throughout the day from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm.

The Easter Egg Hunt is $5 per person, children under age 3 admitted free! Pre-registration is highly recommended; all members of your party must have tickets, not only the children participating in the hunt. Children under 3 years old are free. Tickets are available below or over the phone at 732-919-3500.  Tickets will be reserved under your name and can be picked up upon your arrival. Registration and pre-registration check in takes place in the Visitor Center beginning at 11am. Egg hunt times are assigned upon your arrival.

Other activities include:
* Story time with Clifford the Big Red Dog at 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:30 pm
* Visits from the Easter Bunny continuously from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
* Bonnet Parade and Contest begins at 3:00 pm in front of the General Store.
* Guess how many jellybeans are in the jar! If you guess them correctly, you get to take the jar home! Jar is located in the bakery.
* Historic Building are open for tour and craft demonstrations from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Recording History – Recommendations from Personal Experience

Recording History – Recommendations from Personal Experience
Written by by Rudy Garbely, Owner & Editor-in-Chief, The Garbely Publishing Company

Sometimes history is best recorded under the most perilous of circumstances.

On a Thursday morning in early November of 2011, I was passed out on the kitchen counter in my dorm’s common area. I woke up surrounded by empty Coke cans and an empty bottle of Jack Daniels – things were not looking good. I was a senior history major at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, and for the past eleven months I had been working on my thesis. This was minimum 100-page paper on a topic of my choosing, replete with all of the most arduous and grueling practices of professional research. The final paper was due on November 17th, less than two weeks away.

A trio of Lehigh Valley Railroad locomotives burst out of the Musconetcong Tunnel in Bellewood, NJ on February 23, 1974. (Bob Wilt photo)

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/19/16 - 3/20/16

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, March 19 - Hamilton, Mercer County
Archaeological Society of New Jersey Meeting/Program

Talks on archaeology at the Lazaretto in Philadelphia, the origins of the Munsee, Hurricane Sandy archaeology, and Native American tools in Cumberland County will take place at 1:00 pm at the Tulpehaking Nature Center (John A. Roebling Park), 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton, NJ. The program is free and open to the public. Please see www.mercercountyparks.org/parks/john-roebling-park-at-abbott-marshlands for directions. Parking is located in the lot near the Watson House, on the right just before the road descends downhill. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.asnj.org.

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Saturday, March 19 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Visit from the Horse Doctor, Dentist, and Shoer
Children Friendly

When is a 3/4 ton workhorse a chicken? When the doctor, farrier, and dentist come...maybe. Keeping the horses in tip top shape is very important to our farmers. This annual well visit allows a head to tail examination and is just one of the many ways we can be sure our horses are healthy and happy.

Besides seeing some of the tools, techniques and products that relate to horse care as it was practiced during the farm's circa 1900 time period, visitors will be able to meet a veterinarian, horse dentist, and farrier and even try their own hand at a bit of horse doctoring.

With the veterinarian's help, visitors will be able to listen to a horse's heart through an antique stethoscope and watch the doctor give spring vaccines and worming medicine. The dentist will need assistance counting teeth to determining the age of the horse and leveling any teeth with a dental rasp. The special hoof care that is needed, will be demonstrated by the farrier, this will include trimming and balancing of hooves and re-set shoes if needed.

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.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Seminar on Chairmaking in Monmouth County - April 2, 2016

Seminar on Chairmaking in Monmouth County
April 2, 2016

On Saturday, April 2, Monmouth County Historical Association will hold a day-long seminar on eighteenth century chairmaking in Monmouth County. The program will be led by Joseph W. Hammond, Curator of Museum Collections for the Association.

Focus will be placed on locally produced bannister-back, fiddle-back and slat-back chairs of several different types. Approximately twenty examples with histories of ownership among the old families of Monmouth County will be studied in detail. They will be drawn from the Association’s extensive collection of documented local furniture, and also from private collections.

A very distinctive fiddle-back chair, ca. 1770, made in the Holmdel area and owned by the Bucklin family of Colts Neck, Monmouth County. Gift of Mrs. J. Amory Haskell, 1936.

Friday, March 11, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/12/16 - 3/13/16

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, March 12 - Morganville, Monmouth County
New Jersey Scout Museum Open House

The Board of Trustees and Operating Committee of the New Jersey Scout Museum invite you to join us on Saturday from 4:00 - 7:00 pm for this celebratory open house featuring two major new displays along with our standing collections.

One hundred years ago on Treasure Island in the Delaware River, the Order of the Arrow was founded as the honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. Since then, tens of thousands of members have provided cheerful service in support of Scouting throughout the United States. To celebrate the Order of the Arrow Centennial, an exhibit documenting its history in New Jersey is on display with patches and artifacts.

The NJSM is also pleased to present an exhibit that shows the evolution of present New Jersey Girl Scout Councils, their legacy Councils that preceded them and all the way back to the pre legacy ones. This display also traces the evolution of the present Girl Scout camps in the Garden State and their predecessors. Be sure to look at the patches and postcards for your favorite camp.

This is our last open house at the MCBSA Service Center because by the end of June we will be vacating this location and relocating - so don't miss your chance to see these unique exhibits. The New Jersey Scout Museum is located at 705 Ginesi Drive, Morganville, NJ. Please RSVP for your family or Scouting unit to 732-862-1282. For more information, visit www.njsm.org.

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Saturday, March 12 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Work Horse Rides 
Children Friendly

On Saturday, Children will be riding high at Howell Farm when the Farm's big workhorses will be drafted to "pony ride" duty.

Riders will not sit on saddles, nor will they ride bareback, but will sit atop fully harnessed, three quarter ton workhorses. The horses won't mind, according to the farmers, since giving rides is easier than pulling the plows and wagons used to run the 130-acre living history farm.

The program is intended to give children a taste of early 20th century farm life. So, in order to get a ride, children must first do their farm chores, which include shelling and grinding corn, pumping water, and making fence rails. Riders must be between the ages of 5 and 12 years old, without exception.

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.

Friday, March 4, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/5/16 - 3/6/16

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Saturday, March 5 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County
Walking Tour of the Delaware & Raritan Canal

The Delaware & Raritan Canal Watch will hold another in a series of free interpretive walking tours of the D&R Canal on Saturday. The walk will be between Bulls Island and the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum on the D&R Canal feeder north of Lambertville, with the option of a shorter walk.

The 5.7-mile walk will be conducted by Pamela V'Combe, who will explain the many historic aspects of this section of the canal, which passes Prallsville Mills and Stockton. The shorter 3-mile walk will end at Prallsville Mill.

Meet 10:00 am at the canal parking lot on the Delaware River, beyond the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum. The museum is located off Route 29 (1605 Daniel Bray Highway) north of Lambertville and south of the Route 202 overpass. Carpools will be arranged to allow a one-way walk.

For further information or weather-related updates e-mail Ms. V'Combe at pjvcombe@gmail.com to be placed on an update list. The nonprofit D&R Canal Watch helps promote, enhance and preserve the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park. Donations to support the park are appreciated.

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Saturday, March 5 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
19th Century Woodworking Demonstration
Children Friendly

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to watch a 19th century woodworking demonstration where you can see how hand tools were used in woodworking. This free event runs from 12:00 - 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.