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Friday, May 27, 2016

NJ Memorial Day Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/28/16 - 5/30/16

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, May 28 - Princeton, Mercer County
Washington Returns!
Children Friendly Event

On Saturday from 11:30 am - 4:00 pm, find out how the Battle of Princeton on that cold winter’s day, January 3, 1777, saved the American Revolution. Military encampment and mini-reenactments of the Battle of Princeton, a critical turning point in the American Revolution and the first battle won by the Continental Army against professional British soldiers. The Second Pennsylvania Regiment will present drills and firing demonstrations with musketry, cannon, fife and drum.

As a special feature, we will have Jack Kelly, joining with us, author of Band of Giants! Band of Giants is a riveting account of those who worked along-side our most well-known founders, bringing to life those dedicated to fighting for our independence! Mr. Kelly has also authored the books Gunpowder and Heaven’s Ditch (about the Erie Canal), as well as several novels. He will have books for sale and will be happy to sign them!

With muskets, cannon, fifes and drums, there will be tactical formations and drills, and a combined arms assault re-enactment of the two-phased battle, with marching, loading, and firing volleys. A special feature will be the arrival of General Washington who will give his greetings and answer questions. There will also be a duel with pistols between two officers, all with the backdrop and activities of a typical American Revolution military camp with campfires and the cooking and other domestic activities of camp followers.

Another special feature will be a display of 500 flags honoring those who died at Princeton. And there will be a display of artifacts from the collection of Iain Haight-Ashton, a Board Member of the Battlefield Society. 

A special highlight will be training for Young Patriots and marching in formation. Presentations by Jerry Hurwitz, President of the Princeton Battlefield Society, who will explain uniforms, weapons and tactics. The Regiment also will be participating in the Princeton Memorial Day Parade and the Ceremony at the Princeton Battle Monument. The camp will be set up in the morning and struck after 4:00 pm.

Visit the Thomas Clarke House, which was constructed circa 1772 and witnessed the battle! Learn more about its future restoration. Presented by the Princeton Battlefield Society and the Second Pennsylvania Regiment.

This program will be held rain or shine unless it is storming. Free admission. Princeton Battlefield is located at 500 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ. For more information, e-mail princetonbattlefieldsocinfo@gmail.com or visit www.theprincetonbattlefieldsociety.com.

Friday, May 20, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/21/16 - 5/22/16

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Friday - Saturday, May 20 - 21 - Vineland, Cumberland County
Vineland Founder's Day

Thursday, May 19, 2016

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 5/19/16 - 5/21/16

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Friday, May 13, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/14/16 - 5/15/16

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Saturday, May 14 - Manalapan, Monmouth County
Spirits of the Jerseys State History Fair
Children Friendly Event and Site


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair - May 14, 2016

Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Free Admission
Parking/$10 per vehicle
Rain or Shine

The Spirit of the Jerseys Returns to Monmouth Battlefield!

Experience five centuries of New Jersey’s history all in one place at the annual Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair - a historical festival for all ages on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan, New Jersey.

This year’s SPIRIT of the JERSEYS State History Fair will be held on Saturday, May 14 at Monmouth Battlefield State Park from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, rain or shine. Five centuries of New Jersey’s history will be represented by exhibitors from all 21 New Jersey counties, Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. Highlights of the day’s programs will include an exhibit that features a replica of President Lincoln’s casket with the 14th NJ Volunteers serving as an Honor Guard. A series of historical presentations on such Civil War era topics as music, literature, and soldiers’ personal accounts of their service, will be presented in support of the exhibit. Kenneth Serfass, who will portray General Ulysses S. Grant, will talk about his relationship with the late President. Many other favorite activities will return including 19th c baseball, plowing demonstrations, Lenape foodways, antique cars and historical figures from NJ’s past.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The American Turtle Submarine, George Washington, and Us

The American Turtle Submarine, George Washington, and Us
Written by Robert J. Skead

I never knew the first submarine invented for warfare was created during the American Revolution. It wasn’t in any of my history books when I was a child. Had I known about it, my interest in the subject, which was already high (I was in sixth grade in 1976 during the Bicentennial), would have been SKY high.

I stumbled on the American Turtle submarine while searching for possible hooks for the second book in our American Revolutionary War Adventure series crafted with my father. Our goal with the books is to inspire kids and adults to do great things, nurture patriotism and educate readers about some “little known” facts or events during the American Revolution. The first book in our series—Patriots, Redcoats & Spies—used the Culper Spy Ring as a hook. When I saw the image of the American Turtle submarine on my computer screen, my eyes widened, and I had that “Aha!” moment. When I tell kids about it during my author visits, they too are fascinated. How can you not be—a submarine during the American Revolution! Who knew?!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Camden County History Museum Grand Reopening with New Major Attractions - May 15, 2016

Camden County History Museum Grand Reopening with New Major Attractions
Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Camden County Historical Society invites the public to the Grand Reopening of the Camden County Museum on Sunday, May 15, 2016 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. After a nearly three-year closure of the museum due to water damage, the Camden County Museum has been redesigned and will reopen with new exhibits and displays. One new special feature is an original RCA Victor "Nipper" stained glass window. Also unveiled at this special event will be the Camden City History Mural by local artist Donna Backues, featuring significant aspects of our city's history. Please join CCHS for this grand reopening as we celebrate the past, the present, and the future of Camden County!

Monday, May 9, 2016

2nd Annual Antiques & Artisan Festival in Keyport - May 21, 2016

2nd Annual Antiques & Artisan Festival in Keyport
Historic bayshore borough set for annual celebration of local art, artisans and antiques
Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Keyport Bayfront Business Cooperative (KBBC) is set to celebrate the work and wares of the area’s finest antique dealers, artists and artisans at the 2nd Annual Keyport Antiques and Artisan Festival.

The celebration takes place in the borough’s historic downtown district on West Front Street and Waterfront Park on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Friday, May 6, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/7/16 - 5/8/16

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Saturday, May 7 - Salem County
Open House Tour in Fenwick’s Colony

The Salem County Historical Society is pleased to announce that Open House in Fenwick’s Colony, our popular spring open house tour, will be held on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at historic sites around Salem County.

The 2016 Open House Tour will be highlighting historic sites of Southern Salem County, as we travel the old colonial roads from Salem through Alloway Township to Upper Pittsgrove Township. Many of the sites on the tour played a key role in the American fight for freedom - whether freedom to worship according to conscience, freedom from the British during the Revolutionary War, or freedom for refugees from persecution.

Visitors will have the chance to tour several 18th Century patterned-brick houses, including this year's featured house, the David Davis House in Upper Pittsgrove Township. This patterned-brick house was built in 1731 by David Davis, who was a founder of the Pilesgrove Friends Meeting. The diamond diaper pattern on the gable end was revealed when the stucco was removed from the house in 1981. Be sure to visit this historic treasure, now open for the tour for the first time in almost 20 years.

Patterned-brick enthusiasts will also have the opportunity to tour the John Dickinson House, the most ornate patterned-brick house in the United States. Built in 1754, the west gable wall showcases a variety of patterns created with vitrified bricks. Several other colonial brick houses will also be on tour, including the William Nicholson House (built 1730), Holmeland (built c.1729), the John Jarman House (built 1755), and the Hancock House (built 1734), which was the site of a Revolutionary War massacre.

Before these brick houses were built, many of the early settlers of Salem County originally lived in houses built of logs. Several log cabins will be open for visitors on the tour, including one which was the original home of the Swing family in 1750. Ye Olde Centerton Inn is another colonial frame landmark, which has served travelers in Pittsgrove Township since c. 1706 and is open for the first time as part of the tour.

In addition to private homes, the Open House tour will include several old houses of worship from a broad range of faiths, including a Quaker meeting house in Hancocks Bridge; Presbyterian, Baptist, and Lutheran brick meeting houses; and a Jewish synagogue built by the Alliance Colony in Pittsgrove Township. In 1882, a number of Jewish families fleeing from the pogroms of Russia founded the Alliance Colony near Norma as the first agricultural colony in the United States. Built soon after their arrival, this synagogue remains as a testimony of the refugees' fight for freedom. Be sure to visit this piece of Salem County's long heritage of providing refuge for religious groups seeking freedom to worship according to conscience.

Explore the villages of southern Salem County, with stops in Friesburg to see the Phillip Fries House from the Federal period, in Daretown to see the Old Pittsgrove Presbyterian Church which celebrates its 275th anniversary this year, in Alloway to see the Wistarburgh Glassworks exhibit at the Alloway Museum, and in Salem to see two beautiful Victorian homes and the Olde Salem County Courthouse. We are excited to celebrate the worthy heritage of the settlers of Daretown, Friesburg, Alloway, Hancocks Bridge, Salem, and other towns of Southern Salem County during this year’s tour!

In total, tour participants will visit 20 private homes and sites, all located in the southern section of Salem County convenient to Route 55, the Delaware Memorial Bridge, Route 295, and the NJ Turnpike.

Tickets may be purchased prior to the tour on the Salem County Historical Society's website, www.salemcountyhistoricalsociety.com. On the day of the tour, tickets may be purchased at the Salem County Historical Society (western side of the county) or New Dodge's Market (eastern side of the county). For more information, call 856-935-5004 or e-mail info@salemcountyhistoricalsociety.com.


Thursday, May 5, 2016

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 5/6/16 - 5/8/16

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Climbing Cape May's Lighthouse

Climbing Cape May's Lighthouse

Just shy of 200 steps, climbing the lighthouse at Cape May Point is good exercise and a good history lesson. One of three tall seacoast lighthouses in New Jersey (the others being Absecon and Barnegat), the present lighthouse was built in 1859 and marks the entrance to the Delaware Bay.

However, the current lighthouse was not the first one at Cape May Point. The first recorded lighthouse was built in 1823 and was 68 feet tall. Its walls measured six feet thick at the bottom and two and one-half feet at the top. The property for the first lighthouse was purchased by Congress from Mr. and Mrs. John Stites for $300 and measured one acre. The use of this lighthouse was discontinued May 1, 1847.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

John Phillip Osborne: An American Master - May 7-8 and May 14-15

John Phillip Osborne: An American Master
May 7-8 and May 14-15, 2016

The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House will host a special exhibition and sale of works by American master painter John Phillip Osborne with the J. M. Stringer Gallery of Fine Art (formerly of Bernardsville and now based in Vero Beach, FL).

“Patriots in the Snow” Oil on linen panel 16 x 12 in.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Salem County Historical Society’s Open House Tour in Fenwick’s Colony - May 7, 2016

Salem County Historical Society’s Open House Tour in Fenwick’s Colony
Sunday, May 7, 2016

The Salem County Historical Society is pleased to announce that Open House in Fenwick’s Colony, our popular spring open house tour, will be held on Saturday, May 7, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at historic sites around Salem County.

The 2016 Open House Tour will be highlighting historic sites of Southern Salem County, as we travel the old colonial roads from Salem through Alloway Township to Upper Pittsgrove Township. Many of the sites on the tour played a key role in the American fight for freedom - whether freedom to worship according to conscience, freedom from the British during the Revolutionary War, or freedom for refugees from persecution.