Thursday, June 29, 2017

4th of July NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 7/1/17 - 7/4/17

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Saturday, July 1 - Princeton, Mercer County
History Bike Tour on the D&R Canal Towpath

On Saturday at 10:00 am, take a history bike tour on the D&R Canal towpath from Kingston to Griggstown and back, 10 miles round trip. Explore the structures along the D&R Canal with Canal Watch trustee Bob Barth. Meet at the locktender's home in Kingston at 10:00 am. Bring water; helmet required. For more information, call Bob Barth at 201-401-3121 or e-mail bbarth@att.net.

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Saturday, July 1 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Ice Cream Party
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday, Howell Living History Farm invites the public to enjoy an old fashioned "ice cream party."  Featured activities include music, wagon rides, games and contests, a children’s craft program and lots of ice cream making and eating.

Ice cream making will begin and visitors are invited to help draw and grind ice from the Farm's ice house. The first batch of homemade ice cream will be ready for dipping at 12:00 noon. Ice cream sodas and sundaes will be served until 3:30 pm.

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 1 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
A Star Spangled Sing-Along at the Metlar-Bodine House Museum

Start your July 4th holiday at a Star Spangled sing-along on Saturday from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm! Join Piscataway Township school students and adult vocal and instrumental groups on the lawn at the Metlar-Bodine House, Piscataway Township's official historical museum, in singing traditional 18th century-to-present-day American patriotic songs! And everyone will sing "Happy Birthday" to America before enjoying birthday cake!  Guests must bring their own chairs.  The Dutch Door Gift Shop will be open.

There will be NO rain date. In the event of rain, the program will be cancelled. Admission and parking is free. For more information, call 732-463-8363 or visit www.metlarbodinehousemuseum.org.

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Saturday, July 1 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Explore the Farm: Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, take a horse-drawn wagon ride! With an emphasis on sustainability, this narrated wagon ride explores the methods, equipment, crops, and enterprises of Fosterfields in the early 1900s. You can also make a special Independence Day craft! The tour runs from 10:15 am - 12:00 noon. Preregistration is required. Please call 973-326-7645 to register.

Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors (65+); $4 for children ages 4 – 16; and $2for children ages 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 - Sunday, July 1 - 2 - Cape May, Cape May County
Independence Day Celebration at Historic Cold Spring Village
Children Friendly Event & Site

Celebrate all things American at Historic Cold Spring Village's annual Independence Day Celebration, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. A variety of patriotic family activities, programs and music will be taking place and the Village's restored historic buildings will be open, featuring demonstrations of Early American trades and crafts. This event is generously sponsored by the Brigantine VFW.

At 11:30 am on Saturday, at the Dennisville Inn, there will be a War of 1812 Militia Muster for children ages 5 to 12. At 12:30 pm the Village's Deputy Director for Education, Jim Stephens, will present The Story of Old Glory, a fascinating look at the origins and history of our nation's flag at the Village Gazebo. At 2:00 pm, the John Walter Cape Community Band will perform American heritage tunes at the Village Gazebo.

On Sunday at 1:00 pm at the Dennisville Inn, there will be a War of 1812 Militia Muster for children ages 5 to 12. At 3:00 pm, the Village's Deputy Director for Education, Jim Stephens, will again present The Story of Old Glory.

The Family Activity Area will feature children's historic games, and take-home patriotic crafts including an American flag. Kids can also take part in the "Patriot Spy Game," visiting Village buildings to look for clues using a real Revolutionary War cipher.

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 - Tuesday, July 2 - 4 - Morristown, Morris County
Revolutionary Times 2017
Children Friendly Events

For the fifth year in a row, visitors to, and residents of, Morris County will have the opportunity to enjoy an authentically, patriotic 4th of July the way the Founding Fathers might have imagined it. The schedule of events spans July 2 to July 4, a period during which Morristown National Historical Park will be free and open to the public in honor of the July 4th holiday.

Sunday, July 2nd
* 9:30 am - 5:00 pm: Free admission to Morristown National Historical Park's Washington's Headquarters, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, New Jersey 07960.
* 1:00 - 3:00 pm: The Old Barracks Fife and Drum Corps will perform on the lawn at Morristown National Historical Park's Washington's Headquarters. Bring chairs or blankets. Rain or shine. In case of rain, the concert will be held inside the Washington's Headquarters Museum auditorium. The Old Barracks Fife and Drum Corps will perform two 45-minute sets between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 pm.

Monday, July 3rd
* 9:30 am - 5:00 pm: Free admission to Morristown National Historical Park's Washington's Headquarters, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, New Jersey 07960.

Tuesday, July 4
* 9:30 am - 5:00 pm: Free admission to Morristown National Historical Park's Washington's Headquarters, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, New Jersey 07960.
* 10:00 am: The Hanover Township Landmark Commission will offer a free tour of its 1718 Burying Yard located off of Route 10 East in Whippany. This one-hour tour will highlight people who first settled Morris County and are buried in the cemetery. Meet at the J&R Cigar parking lot at 301 Route 10 East, Whippany. Please call 973-631-5151 to register.
* 12:00 noon: Annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Morristown Green featuring costumed reenactors. Audience participation and a musical sing-a-long with Gordon Thomas Ward. Musket salute. In the event of rain, the event will move indoors to the Presbyterian Church at 57 East Park Place, Morristown, NJ..
* 1:00 pm: Following the reading there will be free guided tours of the Presbyterian Church of Morristown's church and Colonial-era graveyard, which is the burial place of over 140 Revolutionary War soldiers.  The cemetery is located behind the Church at 57 East Park Place, Morristown, NJ.

For more information, contact the Morris County Tourism Bureau at www.morristourism.org or call 973-631-5151.

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Every Sunday through September 3 - Walpack Center, Sussex County
Rosenkrans House and Museum and Van Campen Inn - Open House

Visit the Rosenkrans House & Museum, one of the oldest buildings in Walpack Center. Volunteers from the Walpack Historical Society will be present to answer any questions you may have about the area and its history.  The grounds at Walpack Center are open from dawn to dusk. 

The open houses are made possible by volunteers from the Walpack Historical Society, and may be subject to their volunteer schedule. Call 973-948-4903 for any updates on their scheduled Sunday open hours. The Rosenkrans House & Museum and the Van Campen Inn are part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/dewa.

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Every Sunday through September 3 Hardwick, Warren County
1800's Village Life at Millbrook Village

Stroll at your leisure through Millbrook Village on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Several buildings will be open and staffed with rangers and volunteers demonstrating traditional skills and reminiscing about 1800's life in the village. By 1875, Millbrook had reached a peak of 75 inhabitants and about nineteen major buildings. Today's Millbrook Village does not replicate the Millbrook of 1832 or 1900. Rather, it evokes the feeling of countryside hamlets where most of the nation's people lived until the end of the 19th century. Please take a step back in time and see how things have (or haven't) changed! Millbrook Village is free to tour. Millbrook Village is part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Millbrook Village is located in Hardwick Township, NJ at the intersection of Old Mine Road and Millbrook Road, County Route 602N. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/dewa.

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Sunday, July 2- Piscataway, Middlesex County
Guided Tours of the Metlar-Bodine House Museum

Curious about the yellow house situated on the hill above River Road, opposite Johnson Park, in Piscataway? On Sunday from at 12:30, 2:00, and 3:00 pm, visitors are welcome to discover the story behind Piscataway's exceptional history, view artifacts from a unique collection of area memorabilia and marvel at the architecture of a house built, over three centuries, in the NJ vernacular style. Visitors even have the option of using a 21st century resource (not usually available in a small museum): an app, designed for the comprehensive map exhibit - a splendid pictorial display of the museum's theme: From Indian Trail to Interstate. Tours are approximately one hour. The Metlar-Bodine House Museum, circa 1728, is listed on the National and NJ State Registers of Historic Sites and is the official historical and cultural museum of Piscataway Township.

Guided tours start at 12:30, 2:00, and 3:00 pm only. Pre-tour registration is required. Admission: $5 per person. The Dutch Door Gift Shop will be open. The museum is handicap accessible. Handicap parking is located in the lower parking lot. All parking is free. The Metlar-Bodine House Museum is located at 1281 River Road, Piscataway, NJ. For more information and to register for tours, call 732-463-8363. For more information, visit www.metlarbodinehousemuseum.org.

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Sunday, July 2- Bedminster, Somerset County
Community Picnic & Field of Honor® in Bedminster's River Road Park

On Sunday, Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum will welcome Congressman Leonard Lance, local officials, veterans, West Point alumni, and the public to a community picnic, featuring a Field of Honor® display of 200 3’ x 5’ American flags, at River Road Park from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Live musical entertainment will be provided by the popular New Jersey band Hoi Polloi.  Admission is free, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

During the Independence Day celebration, the public is invited to stroll through the Field of Honor®, which pays tribute to men and women who have served our country. The event, sponsored by Investors Bank, Far Hills Pharmacy, Ferriero Engineering, and Lighting Elysium, will benefit VetRest, a non-profit organization helping veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS).

Field of Honor® flags will be displayed in the North Field of River Road Park in Bedminster through Tuesday, July 4th. Each flag may include a personal dedication and can be picked up from River Road Park on Wednesday, July 5 after 4:00 pm.

Docents will be available for guided tours of the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum and informational material about the 1772 Dutch-Colonial home, period rooms and furnishings are available throughout the house. The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road (in Bedminster’s River Road Park), Bedminster, NJ. For more information, visit www.jvanderveerhouse.org.

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Sunday, July 2 - River Edge, Bergen County
Lantern Tour

Celebrate our country's birthday on the grounds where its independence was forged. Bergen County Historical Society Past President Jim Smith leads a lantern tour of Historic New Bridge Landing on Sunday at 7:00 pm. Meet at the Campbell-Christie House. Experience history in one of the storied places where it was made! Historic New Bridge Landing is located at 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. Admission: $10 adults, $7 children, BCHS members free. For more information, visit www.bergencountyhistory.org.

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Sunday, July 2 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Independence Day Celebration
Children Friendly Event & Site

The members of the Howell Iron Works celebrate the founding of our nation with an Independence Celebration on Sunday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Experience a day in the life of people during the 1830s. The school master will be holding school lessons for visitors and villagers alike. Participate in a Militia drills and parade.  The  Declaration of Independence will be read at 2:00 pm in front of the General Store. There will also be speeches, and fanfare. The ladies of the Temperance and Charitable Society present prizes to the best presentations.  Then join the ladies for the Temperance Rally.  This event is free for the public but there is a parking fee of $5.00 collected at the park entrance.

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.

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Sunday, July 2 - Morristown, Morris County
Revolutionary Era Powder Mill Walking Tours

On Sunday at 2:30 pm, the Morris County Historical Society will offer an interpretive walking tour to the site of a Revolutionary era Powder Mill located just behind Acorn Hall, along the Whippany River. The guided walking tours follow Patriots’ Path to where the mill once stood, giving an opportunity to learn more about this important archaeological resource and its history. The Morris County Historical Society is pleased to offer this program as part of Revolutionary Times 2017, sponsored by the Morris County Tourism Bureau and the Morristown National Historical Park. Additionally, the walking tour offers a view of the Society’s progress recovering its historic woodlot, lost during Superstorm Sandy. The admission to participate in a Powder Mill site walking tour is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for students. It is Free for children under age 12 and MCHS members.

For a guided tour of Acorn Hall and to see the current exhibit “1917: World War, Women's Rights, and Weaponry Sciences" and the new, limited-engagement exhibit, "Sabers, Swords, Guns, and Glory: Militaria in Morris County,” there is a separate admission of $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for students. Free for children under age 12 and MCHS members. To see the exhibit, only, is one half of the price of a regular admission. 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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Sunday, July 2 - Morris Township, Morris County
Huzzah for King George!
Children Friendly Event and Site

Loyalists! On Sunday at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, visit the Ogden Farmhouse for a spot of tea, and help a genteel colonist with her textile projects. Program runs from 1:00 - 3:30 pm.

Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors (65+); $4 for children ages 4 – 16; and $2for children ages 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 2 - Princeton, Mercer County
Historic Princeton Walking Tour
Children Friendly 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, July 2 - Wayne, Passaic County
Alexander Hamilton at the Dey Mansion


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Monday, July 3 - Princeton, Mercer County
Celebrate Independence Walking Tour
Family Friendly Event

Many of our founding fathers spent time in Princeton, including George Washington, John Adams, and Alexander Hamilton. Learn where and why on this one-hour walk featuring locations central to Princeton’s role in the Revolutionary War.


Admission: $5 per person. Tours begin in front of the Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. Tour begins at 3:00 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 x102 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

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Monday - Tuesday, July 3 - 4 - Cape May, Cape May County
Dinner & Fireworks

Here's an exclusive chance to see the area's Independence Day fireworks from the ideal vantage point: atop the Cape May Lighthouse. Participants will be transported by trolley from the Washington Street Mall Information Booth to the Red Store in Cape May Point for a delicious, seasonal, five-course dinner prepared by Chef Lucas Manteca. After dinner, hop back on board the trolley for a short ride to Cape May Lighthouse, where you will climb to the top to watch the fireworks from the watch gallery. Reservations necessary - limited to 12 people each night. Event starts at 6:15 pm. Tickets $100. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Tuesday, July 4 - New Brunswick and Piscataway, Middlesex County
A Revolutionary Celebration: Independence in the Raritan Valley
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Tuesday, July 4 - Shrewsbury, Monmouth County
Annual July 4th Celebration at Allen House at Allen House
Family Friendly Event

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Join the Monmouth County Historical Association for a historic celebration in honor of Independence Day with a public reading of the Declaration of Independence on Tuesday, at Allen House, 400 Shrewsbury Avenue, Shrewsbury, NJ starting at 10:00 am. Association President Linda Bricker will act as master of ceremonies. Mayor Donald W. Burden of Shrewsbury, Reverend Lisa Mitchell from Christ Church along with Church Historian Bob Kelly will also join in the festivities.

The bells at Christ Church will ring in honor of the signing. Members of the public are invited to participate in reading parts of the Declaration. Shrewsbury Boy Scouts, along with their Troop Leader, will serve as color guard during the Pledge of Allegiance. Attendees will have the special opportunity to see one of the original copies of the Declaration, on loan to the MCHA from the archives of the Monmouth County Library in Manalapan for this day only.

Costumed interpreters will welcome guests and the Allen House will remain open for tours and visitors until 12:00 noon. Cookies and lemonade will be served following the ceremony. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs. Parking is available in the Shrewsbury municipal parking lot across the street from the Allen House. This event is free.

Allen House was initially built circa 1710 as a second residence for a wealthy merchant, his wife and eight children. By 1754, Josiah Halstead had purchased the property and transformed the home into the Blue Ball Tavern, "the most noted tavern in Shrewsbury." Taverns served as community centers in the 18th century as well as places to drink and eat. Today, the house is furnished to reflect its early use as a tavern. For more information, call 732-462-1466 or visit www.monmouthhistory.org.

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Tuesday, July 4 - Ringwood, Passaic County
July 4th Celebration - CANCELLED DUE TO GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
Family Friendly Event

The staff at Ringwood Manor is thrilled to once again announce the details for the annual Declaration of Independence celebration! Tuesday marks the event's 18th year, having become an exciting and educational tradition for many families in the northern New Jersey area. The highlight of the event is a dramatic delivery and reading of the Declaration of Independence on the steps of the Manor's porch along with colonial crafters, activities, and demonstrations. The front lawn of the Manor is transformed into a colonial town square with Revolutionary War reenactors from New Jersey Militia- Heard's Brigade, the 35th Royal Sussex Regiment, Outwater's Militia, the Friends of Long Pond Ironworks, and individual volunteers. All help to celebrate the 241st anniversary of American independence and bringing the historic experience to life.

Following its creation, news of the Declaration spread to the colonists through public readings, which took place in large centralized spaces such as town squares, churches, and taverns. The Declaration was formally adopted on July 4th, 1776. The first public readings of the document took place four days after its creation in front of large crowds in Philadelphia, PA, Trenton, NJ, and Easton, PA. A day later, on July 9th, 1776, it was read aloud to Washington's Continental troops in New York City. Readings of the document continued throughout the colonies during the months of July and August of 1776, with readings taking place from Watertown, MA and Portsmouth, NH to Halifax, NC and Savannah, GA. The celebration at Ringwood Manor attempts to recreate the same excitement felt by colonists when they first heard those famous words 241 years ago.


The public is encouraged to arrive early to avoid traffic and potentially missing the event. You can start the day by visiting 30 of the 51-rooms in historic Ringwood Manor, which will be open to the public in a self-guided format between 10:00 am - 1:30 pm. The Manor will close at that point to allow the ceremony and celebration to proceed as scheduled. The fee to enter Ringwood Manor is $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, with children 5 and under free.


The festivities will begin in front of Ringwood Manor at 1:00 pm, when colonial era toys and games will be available for visitors to play with. Visitors young and old can try to sign their "John Hancock" on a copy of the Declaration using a traditional quill pen and ink. Colonial crafters, demonstrations, and displays will turn the front lawn of Ringwood Manor into an 18th century town square. An exhibit on Ringwood's own Surveyor General Robert Erskine and his role in the American Revolution will also be on display.


The ceremony itself will begin at 2:00 pm with a short introduction about the history of the event, noting that the afternoon recreates events that happened in the area spanning a three-year period, from 1775 to 1777.  A lively debate among members of the crowd will break out, involving British soldiers, area Loyalists, and the supporters of the cause for independence, the colonial rebels. After the debate concludes, the local militia unit will form and muster up as it did original in 1775. Soon after, the Declaration will be delivered to the front steps of Ringwood Manor by a horse and rider. The document will then be read to the crowd by local reenactor, Larry Stephan, at 2:30 pm. Visitors are encouraged to listen closely and cheer and jeer during the reading. Following the reading, the British "Grand Union" flag will be replaced with the first version of the new country's flag, known as the "Hopkinson" flag. It was designed in 1777 by Francis Hopkinson, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence representing New Jersey. After the flag is raised, the militia will perform a ceremonial musket volley. The bell atop Ringwood Manor will then be rung thirteen times, concluding the ceremony.


But the fun does not stop there! The public is encouraged to stay after the ceremony as the celebration continues, with children able to join the Continental Army and learn military drills with the reenactors. The North River Historical Dancers will perform 18th century dances in the back gardens with members of the public who wish to join in!  Along with the activities, the Sugar Loafe Baking Company will be back again, selling delicious 18th century baked goods to the crowd. Free watermelon slices are available to everyone who attends. All are welcome to join the fun!


While there is no charge for the Independence Day celebration, there is, however, a parking fee of $5 per car for in-state residents and $7 per car for out-of-state residents to enter Ringwood State Park. The event will take place rain or shine. Ringwood Manor is located at 1304 Sloatsburg Road, Ringwood, NJ, within Ringwood State Park.


Independence Day at Ringwood Manor is sponsored by the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society and the Ringwood State Park staff. For information, call 973-962-7031 ext. 0 or visit www.ringwoodmanor.org.


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Tuesday, July 4- Piscataway, Middlesex County
Guided Tours of the Metlar-Bodine House Museum

Curious about the yellow house situated on the hill above River Road, opposite Johnson Park, in Piscataway? On Sunday from at 12:30, 2:00, and 3:00 pm, visitors are welcome to discover the story behind Piscataway's exceptional history, view artifacts from a unique collection of area memorabilia and marvel at the architecture of a house built, over three centuries, in the NJ vernacular style. Visitors even have the option of using a 21st century resource (not usually available in a small museum): an app, designed for the comprehensive map exhibit - a splendid pictorial display of the museum's theme: From Indian Trail to Interstate. Tours are approximately one hour. The Metlar-Bodine House Museum, circa 1728, is listed on the National and NJ State Registers of Historic Sites and is the official historical and cultural museum of Piscataway Township.

Guided tours start at 12:30, 2:00, and 3:00 pm only. Pre-tour registration is required. Admission: $5 per person. The Dutch Door Gift Shop will be open. The museum is handicap accessible. Handicap parking is located in the lower parking lot. All parking is free. The Metlar-Bodine House Museum is located at 1281 River Road, Piscataway, NJ. For more information and to register for tours, call 732-463-8363. For more information, visit www.metlarbodinehousemuseum.org.

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Tuesday, July 4 - Caldwell, Essex County
Ice Cream Social
Family Friendly Event

In between viewing spectacular fireworks and attending family barbecues on this upcoming 4th of July weekend, be sure to take part in another summertime American tradition - enjoying ice cream. Ice cream, a magician, soft drinks, popcorn, lemonade, burgers ‘n’ dogs by the Cloverleaf, and tours of the Grover Cleveland historic birthplace are all part of the fun at the ice cream social, to be held on Monday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Take a stroll through history with free tours of the historic birthplace museum and peak into the past with the traveling trunks. Enjoy entertainment from a strolling magician and of course free ice cream for everyone! Children may dress up in Victorian costumes, watch Phydeau's fleas perform, enjoy Cleveland era games such as marbles, and potato sack races. Food services are by Cloverleaf Tavern, and old fashioned lemonade and popcorn are also available.

The Grover Cleveland Birthplace is located at 207 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, NJ. While there are no admission charges and many events are free, donations are accepted. For more information, call 973-226-0001 or visit www.presidentcleveland.org.

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Tuesday, July 4 - Haddonfield, Camden County
Independence Day Celebration
Children Friendly Event

On July 4th, before Haddonfield's annual parade on Kings Highway, an interpreter will read the Declaration of Independence at 9:30 am on the steps of the Indian King Tavern. At 10:00 am the parade through Haddonfield begins! An open house will follow the parade until 2:00 pm. Revolutionary War reenactors from the Second Pennsylvania Regiment will be encamped at the Indian King hanging out to celebrate, so be sure to join them! The Indian King Tavern is located at 233 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ. For more information, visit www.indiankingfriends.org.

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Tuesday, July 4  - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Independence Day Celebration
Family Friendly Event & Site

Independence Day was a festive time in the 1890s at Longstreet Farm. Patriotism was celebrated with music, games and good picnic food. Join the staff at Longstreet Farm on July 4th as they celebrate the holiday with games and contests from 12:00 noon - 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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Tuesday, July 4 - Bridgeton, Cumberland County
Historic Potter's Tavern Open House
Family Friendly Site

Celebrate the Fourth of July by visiting the historic Potter’s Tavern on Saturday. You are invited to stop in and tour the 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 (2016) 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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Tuesday, July 4 - Princeton, Mercer County
July 4th Jubilee
Children Friendly Event

Celebrate July 4th at Morven, the former home of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence! This FREE family event will take place on the front lawn from 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm! The Ocean Country Band will be performing live Bluegrass music on the front porch and various activities including a "Meet and Greet with George Washington", portrayed by William Agress, a dramatic presentation highlighting the lives of women who “belonged to the army” during the American Revolution by Stacy Flora Roth, an opportunity for children of all ages to “sign” the Declaration of Independence, games, and MORE! Oink & Moo BBQ,  Tower Dogs, and Halo Farm ice cream will also be on-site to provide refreshments! This event is SHINE only (due to the outdoor activities, it will be cancelled if there is prolonged rain). Guests are invited to use the Princeton Theological Seminary or Monument Hall parking lots, or can park on the street. There will be no parking at Morven since so many children will be on the grounds. Morven Museum & Gardens is located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit www.morven.org.

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Tuesday, July 4 - New Brunswick, Middlesex County
Declaration of Independence Reading
Family Friendly Event

In 1776, the third reading of the Declaration of Independence took place in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Come celebrate the 4th of July with a reenactment of that historic event at historic Christ Church, 5 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, NJ. Several  activities are planned as part of our commemoration of this historical event. Paul Ambos will play the role of Colonel John Neilson, who gave the third reading in New Brunswick on July 9, 1776, following readings in Philadelphia and Trenton. Patriotic music will be performed by Director of Music John Sheridan on the church’s Richards Fowkes tracker organ. Prayers will be offered at the grave of Brigadier General Anthony White, who was an aide-decamp to General George Washington. Tours of the graveyard will also be available.

The event begins at 10:00 am. Free admission. Free parking in the Church Street Parking Deck is available via a voucher system. Please see an usher for a voucher card and instruction sheet. For more information, visit www.christchurchnewbrunswick.org.

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Tuesday, July 4 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
4th of July in Tuckerton
Family Friendly Event & Site

The Pinelands 4th of July Committee presents Fireworks and Family Fun at Tuckerton Seaport! Celebrate the 4th of July in Tuckerton! A parade down Main Street starts at 10:00 am. From 4:00 - 9:00 pm there will be food vendors and family fun at Tuckerton Seaport, including live music and jugglers. Enjoy complimentary Seaport admission all day! End the day with fireworks over the lake at dusk. Enjoy a family-friendly day of fun free of charge! Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum is located at 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ. For more information, call 609-296-8868 or visit www.tuckertonseaport.org.

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Tuesday, July 4 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Historic Buildings Open for the 4th of July
Children Friendly Site

The Historic Village at Allaire is open for Independence Day. The historic buildings will be open from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission to the Village is free but there is a parking fee of $5.00 collected at the park entrance.

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.

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Sunday, February 19 through Sunday, July 2, 2017 - Morristown, Morris County
1917: World War, Women’s Rights, and Weaponry Sciences Exhibit Opening

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I, Morris County Historical Society offers a provocative exhibit highlighting The Great War’s impact on Morris County. The new exhibit 1917: World War, Women’s Rights, and Weaponry Sciences, displayed throughout Acorn Hall, will be available from Sunday, February 19 through Sunday, July 2, 2017. Stories of Morris County’s brave men and women during the WWI era will be complimented by authentic WWI uniforms, weaponry and militaria, period clothing, and ephemera.

Focusing on sacrifices of Morris County residents, the exhibit honors the men and women who gave their lives during the war, highlights the culture clash of women seeking recognition as equals and the right to vote, and features the tremendous advances in weaponry science credited to the work of men and women at Picatinny Arsenal and throughout Morris County.

The Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, and on Sundays from 1:00- 4:00 pm. For a tour of Acorn Hall and to see the exhibit is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students, and Free for children under age 12 and MCHS members. To see the exhibit, only, is one half of the price of admission.

The Morris County Historical Society, founded in 1946, is a member-supported, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Acorn Hall, an Italianate Villa, is located at 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-267-3465 or visit www.morriscountyhistory.org.

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Through Sunday, July 30, 2017 - Morristown, Morris County
Sabers, Swords, Guns, and Glory: Militaria in Morris County

Experience rarely seen weaponry from Morris County Historical Society's extensive militaria collection in Sabers, Swords, Guns, and Glory: Militaria in Morris County, on display at Acorn Hall through Sunday, July 30, 2017.

The exhibit spans more than two centuries of American military history and features a Revolutionary War saber, 1862 Springfield rifle, 19th-century Kentucky long rifle, Civil War munitions and accoutrements, military uniforms from the 20th century, and numerous medals and commendations earned by local soldiers and veterans. The exhibit also highlights the weapons and technology used in World War I and II, and the new forms of warfare introduced during the Cold War. This exhibit is held in conjunction with 1917: World War, Women's Rights, and Weaponry Sciences, extended through Sunday, July 2, 2017.

The Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall is located at 68 Morris Avenue in Morristown, NJ. It is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, and on Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. For a tour of Acorn Hall and to see both exhibits is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students, and Free for children under age 12 and MCHS members. To see the exhibits, only, is one half of the price of admission. For more information, call 973-267-3465 or visit www.morriscountyhistory.org.

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Through Sunday, September 3, 2017 - Madison, Morris County
Garden State: Living Off the Land in Early New Jersey Exhibit
Family Friendly

How far is the distance from farm to table? For families in early New Jersey it was measured in inches. These families did not make their living “by bread alone.” They relied not only on wheat and corn, but also on bees, cows, apples, and vegetables to support themselves and their communities. The Garden State: Living off the Land in Early New Jersey explores the technology and tools, from bee smokers to cradle scythes, that farmers in 18th and 19th century New Jersey utilized in order to survive. The exhibit also features a new generation of Garden State farmers who are working to make the distance from farm to table a little bit shorter for today’s families.

This exhibit is on display through September 3, 20017 at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts located at 9 Main Street, Madison, NJ. Admission: Adults – $5; Students, children and adults 65+ – $3; METC members and children under 6 – FREE; Family maximum rate – $15.00. For more information, call 973-377-2982 or visit www.metc.org.

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Through Monday, September 4, 2017 - Morristown, Morris County
Art in the Park: Students Celebrate "Ingenuity in the Face of Adversity" with Dream Rocket Collaboration
Family Friendly

Morristown National Historical Park debuts its first collaboration with Dream Rocket Project (DRP), a project of the International Fiber Collective, Inc (IFC), to collect thousands of artworks from kids around world and use those works to wrap a 385-foot Space Launch System (SLS) rocket replica. DRP's aim is to expose kids to the importance of collaboration and the multi-disciplinary learning that inspires youth to "DREAM big, THINK big, and make a difference." Launched in 2009, this project hopes to collect over 9,000 submissions and estimates over 36,000 people will participate.

For its part, Morristown NHP's participants focused on the theme of 'Ingenuity in the Face of Adversity," a nod to Morristown's storied history of endurance, inventiveness, and survival.

In total, 73 works of art by 763 participants were created and are on display in the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center. The participants are from 59 classes throughout 17 schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. See a sampling of the artwork and photos of it on display at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/thedreamrocket/sets/72157660798869378.

The exhibit is in the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center until September 4, 2017. The Visitor Center is located 580- 600 Tempe Wick Road, Morristown, NJ. The days of the week that it is open varies throughout the season. For more information and for hours, call 973-539-2016 ext. 210 or visit www.nps.gov/morr.

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Last Sunday of the month through September 29, 2017 - Woodbury, Gloucester County
White Lace and Promises: Two Centuries of Weddings Exhibit

White Lace and Promises: Two Centuries of Weddings, is the Gloucester County Historical Society Museum's most comprehensive wedding exhibit to date! This gorgeous exhibit features over 50 wedding gowns from the museum’s collection, representing the time period from the 1810’s through most of the 20th century. From the hooped dresses and bustles of the 19th century, to the many variations of gowns during the 20th century, nearly every popular wedding gown style is represented. Also showcased are bridal accessories including headpieces, veils, shoes, fans, lingerie, and jewelry. Documentation such as invitations and wedding certificates, along with beautiful photographs from many of these weddings, are also on display. This extensive exhibit will be up until fall of 2017 – do not miss it!

The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, and the last Sunday of the month from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. If interested in scheduling a private tour during non-public hours to see this exhibit, this may be organized for you and/or your group with advance. Adult admission $5; children 6-18 years $1; children under 6 free. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum is located at 58 N. Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096. For more information, call 856-848-8531 or visit www.rootsweb.com/~njgchs.

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Through June 2018 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
New Jersey and the Great War: Local Stories of World War I 
Opening - Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

Bringing World War One Home
Though overshadowed by its sequel, World War One had profound and lasting effects on politics, social order, and individual lives. “New Jersey and the Great War: Local Stories of World War One,” the exhibit opening to the public at the Eden Woolley House, Sunday, June 25, sets out to make that case—with particular emphasis on the people and happenings of our state.

The Big Picture
The Great War reshaped the world. The U.S. emerged a world power. The seeds were sown for the rise of fascism and the spread of communism. Middle Eastern national boundaries were redrawn, fueling ethnic conflicts that continue to threaten.

At home, the scope and power of the U.S. government grew. A national army took over state militias. National security clashed with civil rights. Ethnic tensions grew--as did opposing organizations that either fed or defended against them. Women entered the work force in unprecedented numbers—and developed a irreversible taste for independence.

New Jersey’s Role
New Jersey was an industrial powerhouse that supplied the Allies even before we entered the war—and for that drew the attention of saboteurs. Once in the war, we boosted our manufacturing output. The army built facilities here that played major roles in the war effort, including Camps Dix, Merritt (a major embarkation base), and Vail (later Fort Monmouth).

New Jersey supplied two high-profile figures of the war era, most notably, the President himself. Wilson was a former New Jersey governor who ran his presidential campaigns from right here in Monmouth County. His nemesis during the war years, Alice Paul, was a militant suffragist from Burlington County who labelled the president “Kaiser Wilson.” Her White House picketing and arrest drew national attention and in large part led Wilson to reverse his opposition to the 19th Amendment.

One Man’s Story 
Behind the headlines are the stories of people. The exhibit tells, among others, of Joe Marino (born Giuseppe Maranaccio). Joe ended up in Asbury Park, U.S. citizen, father of four, and owner of Marino’s Bar on Main St. But he started life in Accadia, Italy. 

Italy, originally allied with Germany, remained neutral at the onset of war, then sided with the Allies. Nearly 6 million Italians served—including a teenaged Joe Marino. He was captured and imprisoned for years in Austria. Near the end of the war, he escaped and walked under cover of darkness the hundreds of miles back to his village. His sweetheart, assuming him dead, had married. Heartbroken, Joe moved to Rome where he worked three years to save the money to immigrate to the states.

This exhibit runs through June 2018. 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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