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Thursday, September 29, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/1/16 - 10/2/16

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Friday - Saturday, September 30 - October 1 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe at Allaire Village

Allaire Village, Inc. is hosting a weekend of Halloween Classics at the Historic Village at Allaire. This year, nationally renowned Helen McKenna from the Edgar Allan Poe House, a national historic site in Philadelphia, will perform a dramatization from the haunting tales of Edgar Allan Poe. The performance will take place in the Allaire Village Chapel. A brief biography of this gifted, yet tragic author will give you insight into his life and renowned works.

The presentation will take place on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. The Allaire Village Chapel is limited to 100 people so pre-registration is a must! Only ticket-holders will be admitted to the performances. This show is a must-see for Halloween devotees and is great for people of all ages. Ticket cost is $20 per person. Call 732-919-3500 for tickets, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and have your credit card ready. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.allairevillage.org.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park, 4265 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.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 9/30/16 - 10/2/16

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Toy Collector's Heaven
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
10:00 am - 3:30 pm Friday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm Saturday

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Victorian Mourning Theme of Hampton Historic Home Tour - October 9 and 16, 2016

Victorian Mourning Theme of Hampton Historic Home Tour
Sundays, October 9 and 16, 2016

Please join the Union Forge Heritage Association for Victorian Mourning-themed house tours on October 9 and 16. During the Victorian era from 1837 to 1901, grieving families often engaged in elaborate, and what might be regarded macabre, customs to commemorate their dearly departed.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Laced Up in Love: A Tale of Two Weddings at the Morris County Library - September 28, 2016

Laced Up in Love: A Tale of Two Weddings at the Morris County Library
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Step back in time with Drew University Ph.D. candidate Nicole Rizzuto as she describes the late 19th century marriages of Acorn Hall’s Mary Crane to John Hone IV with Florence Vanderbilt to Hamilton Twombly in a special presentation at the Morris County Library, 30 East Hanover Avenue in Whippany. On Wednesday, September 28 at 2:30 pm, Ms. Rizzuto will compare the lifestyles, marriages, and motherhood of these notable Morris County women: the “upper middle class” Crane marriage to the “old money” Hones of New York, and the financial opulence displayed by the “new money” Vanderbilts.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/24/16 - 9/25/16

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Saturday, September 24 - Trenton, Mercer County
"19th Century NJ-Based Photographers" Lecture

Of the approximately 3,000 different photographers who were active in New Jersey before 1900, more than 250 lived or worked in Mercer County, most of them in Trenton. In a slide lecture, Gary D. Saretzky will profile these pioneers, including Edward H. Stokes who lived in what is now the William Trent House, and discuss them within the larger context of New Jersey photography in the nineteenth century. As you will see in the slides, these photographers documented the people and places of their times but, in addition, their individual histories provide insight into social conditions of their era.

Gary D. Saretzky, archivist and photographer, has worked as an archivist for more than forty-five years at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Educational Testing Service, and the Monmouth County Archives, where he has been County Archivist since 1994. Saretzky taught the history of photography at Mercer County Community College, 1977-2012, and coordinated the Public History Internship Program for the Rutgers University History Department,1994-2016. He has published more than 100 articles and reviews on the history of photography, photographic conservation, and other topics, including “Nineteenth-Century New Jersey Photographers,” in the journal, New Jersey History, Fall/Winter 2004. In 2012, he received the Maureen Ogden Award for Lifetime Achievement in New Jersey History at the New Jersey History Issues Conference.

Admission: $8 members/$10 non-members. Includes refreshments and tours of the museum. Lecture begins at 1:00 pm.

Owned, maintained and operated by the City of Trenton with assistance from The Trent House Association, the historic house museum is regularly open to the public for tours Wednesdays through Sundays, 12:30 - 4:00 pm and by appointment for school and group tours. Located at 15 Market Street in Trenton, NJ adjacent to the Hughes Justice Complex. Ample free parking. For more information, call 609-989-3027 or visit www.williamtrenthouse.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 9/23/16 - 9/25/16

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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A Variety of Antiques
Bridgewater, NJ  08807
10:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monmouth County Historical Association Offers Free Admission - September 24, 2016

Monmouth County Historical Association Offers Free Admission
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Each of Monmouth County Historical Association’s five historic house museums, together with the museum at 70 Court Street, will be open free of charge in celebration of Smithsonian Magazine’s 12th annual Museum Day Live! on September 24. This is the last weekend to visit our historic house museums before they close for the season.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Railroad Museum [For A Day] Ticket Giveaway! September 25, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/17/16 - 9/18/16

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Saturday, September 17 - Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County
Atlantic Highlands Historical Society Outdoor Flea Market

The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society will hold its 37th annual Outdoor Flea Market at the Atlantic Highlands Marina (off First Avenue) on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. The rain date is Saturday, September 24, 2015.

Over 100 vendors will offer a variety of antiques and collectibles, crafts, second time around, and some new items. Among the merchandise to be found is furniture, tools, fishing equipment, jewelry, books, postcards, tee shirts, handbags, clothing, toys, art, glassware, etc. Also an eclectic array of bargains can always be found at the society's Treasures Table as well as a variety of food, refreshments, and baked goods. Members will also be on hand to answer questions about the society, its mansion, and our other ongoing programs and events.

All proceeds from this event will be used towards the restoration of the AHHS Museum, the Strauss Mansion, at 27 Prospect Circle, as well as educational programs throughout the year. For more information, call 732-291-4313 or 732-291-9337 or visit www.ahhistory.org.

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Saturday, September 17 - Byram Township, Sussex County
Waterloo Canal Heritage Day
Children Friendly Event

Come visit Waterloo Village between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm for a day in this historic Morris Canal town. Enjoy boat rides on the Morris Canal, Smith's Store - a furnished canal-era store with hands-on activities, blacksmithing, see the operating gristmill, seamstress shop, carpenter's shop, take guided tours of 1859 Methodist Church, the Canal Museum - with exhibits and videos, and guided walking tours of the village. Admission is free but there is a $5 per car parking fee. Waterloo Village is located at 525 Waterloo Road, Byram, NJ. For more information, call 973-292-2755 or visit www.canalsocietynj.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 9/16/16 - 9/18/16

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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A Variety of Antiques
Lakewood, NJ 08701
7:30 am - 4:00 pm 
Saturday & Sunday

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Meet “Green Witch” Robin Rose Bennett at Medicinal Plant Walk at Durand-Hedden House & Garden - September 18, 2016

Meet “Green Witch” Robin Rose Bennett at Medicinal Plant Walk
Durand-Hedden House & Garden hosts ‘Weed Walk’ and more
Sunday, September 18, 2016

"Green Witch” Robin Rose Bennett, always spellbinding, will once again share her wisdom with Durand-Hedden visitors about the beautiful herbs and the weeds we pull from our gardens. These plants, say Robin, offer a treasure trove of gifts for us, providing an abundance of zesty tastes, nutritive value, and, perhaps most surprisingly, medicinal benefits!
  • Common plantain can reduce the itch of a mosquito bite or the pain of a wasp sting. 
  • Three dandelion leaves provide 20,000 IU of Vitamin A in the form of natural beta-carotene. 
  • Sweet blue violet leaves can dissolve breast cysts in the breasts.
Come learn about these and much more first-hand in an experiential plant walk on Sunday, September 18 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm in Grasmere Park and the herb garden. There you'll identify, smell, touch, and taste these beneficial plants with herbalist and author of The Gift of Healing Herbs: Plant Medicines and Home Remedies for a Vibrantly Health Life, Robin Rose Bennett (www.WiseWomanHealingWays.com).

Photo of Robin Rose Bennett by Shannon Mulligan Photography.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Rising from Despair: Waldwick Station and Erie Interlocking Tower

Rising from Despair: Waldwick Station and Erie Interlocking Tower

Waldwick, New Jersey is a relatively small town, with just over two square miles and a population over 9,000. It is home to two historic railroad structures which are important locally because they are rare surviving examples of late nineteenth century railroad architecture in Bergen County. As these structures became obsolete, they remained abandoned rather than being demolished. However, time took its toll on them, bringing them to the brink of no return. But both structures have been meticulously restored over time and finally reopened to the public this year.


Waldwick Station
The Waldwick Train Station was built in 1886 on the Erie Railroad line. It was primarily a commuter rail station but it also received freight. The building contained a sizable waiting room, ticket office, and semi-outdoor toilet facilities in a narrow space about four feet wide attached to the waiting room. Through the twentieth century, until it was boarded up by 1977, plumbing was never installed. The building was heated by pot belly stoves, of which the original waiting room stove is on display. After the building was boarded up in the late 1970s, the structure sat uncared for and unused.

By 2005, due to a lack of any regular maintenance, the building looked as if it was nearing the end of its life. There were gaping holes in the roof, broken windows, peeling paint, graffiti, rotted framing, and severe structural issues with the foundation.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/10/16 - 9/11/16

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Saturday, September 10 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
Ye Old Clamtown Antique Flea Market

On Saturday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, the Tuckerton Historical Society hosts its annual Ye Old Clamtown Antique Flea Market at Tip Seaman Park in Tuckerton, NJ. The flea market will feature about 70 vendors. Support the Tuckerton Historical Society as they celebrate 42 years of hosting this event. Rain dates are Sunday, September 11 or Saturday, September 17. For more information, call 609-685-1528 or visit www.tuckertonhistoricalsociety.org.

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Saturday, September 10 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Meet John Adams

On Saturday, Mr. Peyton Dixon, as John Adams, will give a talk in the barn at Rockingham about his life, his relationship with George Washington, and his time as Vice President. The program will start at 1:30 pm.

John Adams, third President of these United States, was an imperfect, burdened, yet ever-striving man. In him we recognize the desire to be something more, the concerns about what others might see in us, the struggle for balance between our personal opinions and our public persona. Throughout his life, Adams faced many challenging situations, but perhaps what is even more impressive than how he tackled these issues, or his list of accomplishments, is his humanity. While he did not necessarily believe in the innate goodness inside man, he did something remarkable, though sometimes unintentional-he strove for goodness.

Peyton Dixon, an interpreter with over a decade's experience in interpretation, has been a professional actor for over twenty-five years. He has been seen as John Adams at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., Wilmington's Delaware Art Museum, and regularly at Independence Hall. He is a graduate of DuPont Manual/Youth Performing Arts School of Louisville, Kentucky, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from Otterbein College of Westerville, Ohio. Peyton has traveled the country, performing in over 40 states (and commonwealths) in the continental United States.

Rockingham is located at 84 Laurel Avenue, Kingston-Rocky Hill Rd. (Rte. 603) in Franklin Township, 1 mile north of Rte. 27 in Kingston, and 1 mile south of Rte. 518 in Rocky Hill. For more information, call 609-683-7132 or visit www.rockingham.net.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 9/9/16 - 9/11/16

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A Conversation with Amy Stewart: "Lady Cop Makes Trouble"

A Conversation with Amy Stewart: "Lady Cop Makes Trouble"


The Kopp sisters are back for another installment. Were you always planning to write a series?
Yes, actually, from the very first day I discovered them. There’s something about their true-life story that lends itself to a series. Their lives were very episodic in a way that made it easy to envision each book. First came the buggy accident that let the Kopp sisters do a little amateur crime-fighting, and then Constance was hired on as deputy sheriff, and—well, it wouldn’t be giving too much away to say that World War I is coming, and that changed the course of everyone’s lives. I could see almost immediately how each installment would come together.


How much of LADY COP MAKES TROUBLE is based on a true story?
Almost all of it, really. I’m lucky to have a huge treasure trove of newspaper clippings covering 1914 and 1915. Constance was in the paper all the time. This book covers one particular incident that made headlines nationwide: the pursuit of a convicted criminal. I don’t want to give too much away, but Constance was just starting to work for Sheriff Heath as a deputy when this case came along. It was meticulously documented in the papers, so I was able to use so many real-life details, such as the address of a tenement apartment in New York where Constance hid out one night, and the names of witnesses and accomplices. I even dropped in real-life fictional details, meaning that if I wrote a fictional scene about her ducking into a restaurant cloakroom, I picked the actual restaurant and researched the cloakroom. So there are lots of small, seemingly insignificant details that are real, even if I’m using them fictitiously.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Thursday, September 1, 2016

NJ Labor Day Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/3/16 - 9/5/16

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Saturday, September 3 - Tewksbury, Hunterdon County
22nd Annual Tewksbury Flea Market

The Tewksbury Historical Society is hosting its 22nd annual Flea Market, which is one of its main fundraisers, on Saturday, from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm in the Johnson Family/Cedar Lane Farm Field located ½ mile north of the village of Oldwick on County Route 517. The rain date will be Sunday, September 4th. This is one of the largest flea markets in New Jersey on Labor Day weekend. There will be 116 vendors in attendance; all vendor spaces were sold out August 6th. Last year saw over 1,200 people in attendance. There will be a $1/car suggested donation, collected at the exit. Vendors will display old and new items of all types including antiques, toys and collectibles, farm fresh produce, household items, and more. The Pottersville Volunteer Fire Company will be serving breakfast and lunch to benefit their operations.  Early birds can gain admission from 7:00 am - 8:00 a.m. at a cost of $ 10 per person.  Early Birds should enter the site via Homestead Road. The Tewksbury Historical Society booth has an eclectic mix of multiple items, all donated by Society members and residents of Tewksbury. All proceeds benefit the Society's building fund.

The Tewksbury Flea Market is easily accessible off Exit 24 of the Interstate 78.  Following the signs for Oldwick/County Route 523/517 north or from Route 206 south from Chester. For more information, contact the Tewksbury Historical Society at 908-832-6734 or visit www.tewksburyhistory.net.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 9/2/16 - 9/4/16

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