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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Two Chances to Watch George Washington’s Annual Delaware River Crossing

Two Chances to Watch George Washington’s Annual Delaware River Crossing
December 9 and 25, 20198

Each December, thousands gather on the banks of the Delaware River to watch the reenactment of George Washington’s daring Christmas Day 1776 river crossing. During the event, several hundred reenactors in Continental military dress listen to an inspiring speech by Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/10/18 - 11/11/18

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Saturday, November 10 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
The Noblest of Fruits - Apple Butter Making

Last year in September, Susan Plaisted of Heart to Hearth Cookery was on hand as part of our "The General Settles In" program demonstrating the process of making and molding "creamed ice," one of Washington's favorite treats. On Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Susan will be back to demonstrate apple butter making from start to finish on the grounds of Rockingham. A large cauldron will be set up over an outdoor hearth to accommodate this process. Visitors can observe the ongoing preparation throughout the day and help with the stirring.

Rockingham originally included two large apple orchards on its 360-plus acreage. More than likely, the Berriens, Rockingham's owners, or a close neighbor would have had a large apple press to wring the juices from the fruit for cider and vinegar. Throughout New Jersey in the 18th-century there were a large number of apple trees, and cider (hard/alcoholic) was a prevalent drink of the time. Vinegar would have been used in recipes and food preservation, important in a time before refrigeration. Apples would also have been used for desserts and preserves and could be kept whole in cool, dry storage or cut into rings to dry for later use.

This event is free, though donations are always welcome. As part of the day, regular house tours will be offered, the museum store will be open, and there will be apple-themed refreshments offered.

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.

Eleventh Annual Armistice Ball - November 10, 2018

Eleventh Annual Armistice Ball
Sunday, November 10, 2018

Celebrating the centennial of the end of World War I, the Metropolitan Vintage Dance & Social Club will hold its Eleventh Annual Armistice Ball on Saturday, November 10, from 8:00 - 11:00 pm in the historic Great Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 121 South Street, Morristown, NJ. The Metropolitan Club Orchestra will provide hot dance tunes of the early 20th century. A workshop in dances of the era will be held at the Morristown Masonic Center, 39 Maple Avenue, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm that day. Ball tickets are $40 per person in advance or $45 at the door ($20 in advance/$25 at the door with a student ID). They may be purchased online at www.armisticeball.com, where additional information may be found as well.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 11/9/2018 - 11/11/2018

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Best Answer to Calumny - An Excerpt from "Valley Forge"

The Best Answer to Calumny
An excerpt from Valley Forge
Written by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

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It had long chafed foreign-born officers such as Gates, Lee, and Conway that Washington’s leadership style kept faith with a meritocracy that favored young, competent homegrown generals with little formal military education over so-called professional soldiers. That the likes of Nathanael Greene, Henry Knox, and Anthony Wayne had ascended to key positions in the Continental Army was seen as an insult to the established hierarchy. Foisting an auditor like Thomas Conway upon the commander in chief was one of the few means Gates had of putting Washington in his place. But Conway’s promotion and appointment were only one front in a multifaceted assault.

March to Valley Forge painted by William Trego, 1883.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Thursday, November 1, 2018

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 11/2/18 - 11/4/18

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/3/18 - 11/4/18

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Saturday, November 3 - Harmony Township, Warren County
Fall Open House at the Historic Van Nest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead
Children Friendly Event

The Harmony Township Historical Society and the Historic Preservation Commission of Harmony Township invite the public to attend their annual Fall Open House at the historic VanNest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead on Saturday, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is free. The farmstead is located at 3026 Belvidere Road, Route 519, just north of the Municipal Building in Harmony Township.

Come see the progress being made at the farmstead. The event will include tours of the circa 1750s main house, the restored wagon house, and the one of a kind Dutch style barn, and war reenactors, live demonstrations, and hearth cooking in the summer kitchen. Children's activities include embroidery, candle making, and weaving.

For more information, contact Ruth at historicalcomm@aol.com or visit www.hoffvannattafarm.org.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/27/18 - 10/28/18

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Friday - Saturday, October 26 - 27 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Haunted Hayride at Allaire Village
Children Friendly

Historic Allaire Village, presents Halloween Hayrides on Friday, and Saturday from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. With a NEW and spook-tacular route along the winding paths of time, nearly 20 different "scenes" greet visitors of all ages. Your ticket includes not only the haunted hayride, but admission to the village grounds and historic buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit with our ghosts, ghouls, and monsters. Storytelling at the Chapel; a special night out at the Blacksmith Shop; the Manager's House with fortune-telling for your entertainment; Mr. Allaire's House with a haunted house theme; the Carriage House with legendary spirits; the towering four story shadows of the General Store stocked with seasonal goods; and don't forget treats at the Bakery! In the dark of the night, from woods to historic homes, the Historic Village at Allaire takes on a twist for the Halloween season. With varied activities we welcome children, families, and adults of all ages!

The cost for the hayride is $10 for child under 12 and $15 for adults. Tickets are limited so advance purchase is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Tickets are for sale by calling 732-919-3500 - please have your credit card ready. You can also purchase tickets at www.allairevillage.org.

At the door, ticket sales on the day of are $5 extra (adult/child) and ONLY available if the event is not sold out! This is NEW for 2018 due to the huge popularity of the event.

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.