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Thursday, June 17, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/19/21-6/20/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, June 19 - Maplewood, Union County
Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom


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Saturday, June 19 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
People of Pleasant Valley Tours
Children Friendly Event

The history of a rural farm community will be the focus of this program, which features tours of the houses in the Pleasant Valley Rural Historic District.

A Howell Farm interpreter leads visitors on a tour to the homes of gristmiller John Phillips, his farmer-son Henry, Henry’s blacksmith-son Lewis—as well as the Pleasant Valley one-room schoolhouse—and tells their stories along with those of other members of the community. Additionally, shorter tours of the Howell Farm farmhouse will be scheduled throughout the day.

People of Pleasant Valley Tours (90 minutes): 11:00 am, 2:00 pm
Farmhouse-Only Tours (30 minutes): 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm

A children’s craft program will be available from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm for a small materials fee.

The site is open from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Please note that all 2021 Saturday programs will be modified to encourage social distancing and reflect current State guidelines for public events. Visitors are required to carry masks at all times, and wear them when social distancing isn't possible.

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.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 6/18/21 - 6/20/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/12/21-6/13/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, June 12 - Tweksbury, Hunterdon County
Tweksbury Biannual Garden Tour

The Tewksbury Historical Society will sponsor its biannual Garden Tour on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, in Tewksbury Township, rain or shine. Six gardens located throughout the township will welcome visitors. All COVID-19 requirements applicable at that time will be followed.

A 1722 house sits amid a parklike garden of large grass spaces, rock paths, seating areas and mature trees. A cedar grape stake fence and a 100-foot dry stack stone wall define the areas. Swans call its pond "home".

In 1950, a 1773 house and an 1800 general store were joined, with the surrounding gardens developed in keeping with the structures. A smokehouse, believed to be the oldest building in Oldwick, several old stone-lined wells and a hand-pump are among the historic features of the gardens. They are composed of "public" spaces marked by color and variety and "private" spaces showcasing hues of serene green.  A Shade Garden beckons the visitor to sit, linger and think.

A 1790 home, whose present garden emerged from the devastation of Super Storm Sandy, showcases a large property featuring baby pin oaks, a stunning Japanese cherry tree, and multiple flower beds. They provide a "rolling" panorama of color throughout the year, with seating enclaves and contemplative vantage spots.

A contemporary private garden of big root geraniums, gooseneck loosestrife, golden ray hydrangeas, various species of viburnum and spirea flow down a hillside, ending at Frog Hollow Brook. Among the landscaping surrounding the house are butterfly bushes, various species of barberry, lambs' ear, catmint and cranesbill geraniums.

A private home, whose garden was designed by its previous owner, a Master Gardener, impressed the current owners enough to want to purchase the property. Based on the principles of pleasure, beauty and joy, it is tranquil and secluded.

Perennial gardens, wild flowers, community gardens, and a developing pollinator garden are features of a large tract of land, which is a hidden oasis of beauty in Oldwick. Hikers of every age enjoy its many miles of trails. A pond surrounded by seating is a quiet spot for relaxation.

Tickets are $50.00 on the day of the tour. Tickets are limited and can be purchased on-line thru PayPal at www.tewksburyhistory.net. Click on the Garden Tour page on the left.

All tickets, including those purchased in advance, and locator maps are to be picked up the day of the Tour from 9:30 am - 1:00 pm at Tewksbury Historical Society Headquarters, 60 Water St., Lebanon (Mountainville), NJ. For more information, email tewksburyhistory@earthlink.net

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Saturday, June 12
Saturday Morning History Chat: "Eliza Schuyler Hamilton"
Virtual Program

Elizabeth Hamilton was the wife of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, a defender of his works, a mother, and co-founder of the first private orphanage in New York City. Please join us as we meet the woman behind the man, Eliza Schuyler Hamilton. She outlived her husband by 50 years and has only recently been re-discovered by the general public. You will be surprised to discover what an interesting and strong person she was. Alisa Dupuy of Ladies of History portrays this often-overlooked notable woman.

This program will be held at 10:30am via Zoom.

There will be time for Q&A following the presentation.
This is a FREE program. REGISTER HERE: 

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Saturday, June 12 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Dairying
Children Friendly Event

Farmers invite you to join a local farmer as he demonstrates handling and milking a farm cow. Learn about cow breeds, milk and cream production, history, and more! In the farmhouse, you can also help make cheese and butter, before churning and tasting a batch of old-fashioned ice cream.

A children’s craft program will be available from 11:00 to 3:00 for a small materials fee.

The program will run from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Please note that all 2021 Saturday programs will be modified to encourage social distancing and reflect current State guidelines for public events. Visitors are required to carry masks at all times, and wear them when social distancing isn't possible.

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.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 6/12/21 - 6/13/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/5/21-6/6/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, June 5 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Yarn Bee
Ages 10+

Whether starting a new hobby or working on an old project, all are welcome to this gathering on Saturday at Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel! The relaxed atmosphere means no pressure - you can knit or crochet at your own pace, and farm staff will be on hand to assist those wanting to learn a new skill. Bring your own supplies or borrow ours for the session. Open to ages 10 and up; under 18 with adult. The cost is $5 per person; cash or check only. This event run from 12:00 noon - 2:30 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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Saturday, June 5
The Discovery of a Masterpiece
Virtual Program

On Saturday at 10:30am via Zoom, art historian Mallory Mortillaro was cataloging the artwork housed inside of the Hartley Dodge Memorial when she uncovered a masterpiece that had been lost to the art world since the 1930s. After a year of research, the piece was authenticated as an official work by Auguste Rodin! Mallory will share the story of how a simple art cataloging project evolved into a search for a mysterious piece's provenance, and became one of the biggest art finds in recent history.

There will be time for Q&A following the presentation.
This is a FREE program. REGISTER HERE:

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Saturday, June 5 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Lacemaking Demonstration
Children Friendly Site & Event

Watch lacemaking in action as our demonstrator shows the historic techniques of crochet, bobbin and shuttle work used in the Victorian era. This free events run from 1:00 - 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.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 6/4/21 - 6/5/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

NJ Memorial Day Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/29/21-5/31/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, May 29 - Oldwick, Hunterdon County
Tweksbury Tag Sale

The Tewksbury Historical Society will hold a Tag Sale on Saturday from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Oldwick Carriage House, 5 James St., Oldwick, NJ.

The society will be selling quality items, which have been cleaned, polished and are operable. Garden items, antiques, artworks, crystal, a large set of champagne glasses, a set of "union sponsored" 24 carat gold edged dish service from the '30's, a Bavarian, German dish service for 12, silver-plated serveware, housewares, costume jewelry, linens, lamps and lamp shades will be among the available merchandise. The furniture selection includes a large art-deco wall mirror, a Victorian fire screen, an ornate, oak headboard, an antique carriage blanket, braided rugs, a folding, mahogany coffee table, mahogany end tables and a large oak rocking chair. Of special interest are a glass-topped garden/bistro table with four matching chairs and a Victorian style double-light lamp. 

COVID-19 restrictions applicable at that time will be observed. Attendance will be limited and patrons and staff must wear face coverings. For information visit www.tewkburyhistory.net.

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Saturday, May 29 - Trenton, Mercer County
Artists Reception and Outdoor Concert in Cadwalader Park

On Saturday, the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion, located in the heart of Trenton’s Cadwalader Park, will hold an Artists Reception to celebrate its highly regarded Women Artists, Trenton Style, featuring works of 11 contemporary artists of the greater Trenton area and curated by noted Trenton artist Mel Leipzig. Visitors to the reception, which will run from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, will have the opportunity to meet with the show’s artists and talk with them about their works. The museum’s doors will be open to facilitate air circulation, temperatures will be taken, and masks and distancing will be required. Timed entry to the museum may be reserved in advance at www.ellarslie.org or by calling 609-989-1191. Admission is free, with donations appreciated.

Beginning at 4:00 pm, the Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey will perform at the Pavilion just down the hill from Ellarslie in honor of Memorial Day. This performance—a result of a partnership between the orchestra and the City’s Department of Recreation, Natural Resources and Culture, is the second outdoor performance held at the Pavilion. It will feature works by Aaron Copland, John Philip Sousa, John Williams, and local “bad-boy” composer George Antheil. In addition, CPNJ Music Director Daniel Spalding, linking with the Women Artists exhibition at Ellarslie, will conduct Dances in the Canebreaks, a work by Florence Price, the first African American woman recognized as a composer of classical music in the United States. The CPNJ performance will begin at 4:00 pm. The concert is expected to last about one hour. CPNJ will also offer of preview announcement of its 8th Season that is planned to begin at the War Memorial in October.

Admission to the CPNJ concert is free but donations are gratefully accepted. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating and appropriate pandemic safety guidelines will be enforced. To expand the experience, concertgoers might consider bringing a picnic early dinner. CPNJ has paired up with Taste Trenton to develop a list of area restaurants that will prepare a picnic repast for the concert. A list of restaurants and contact information can be found at www.tastetrenton.com.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 5/28/21 - 5/30/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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The Evergreens - Montclair's Most Iconic Historic Property
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday & Saturday

Vintage Sale
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday & Saturday


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Thursday, May 20, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/22/21-5/23/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, May 22 - Westfield, Union County
Aunt Carrie's Attic Sale

Housewares, books, furniture, linens, toys, and more will be available for sale at the Miller Cory House Museum's annual "Aunt Carrie's Attic Sale" on museum grounds (rain or shine). The sale is scheduled for Saturday from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, rain or shine. All proceeds benefit the museum. No early birds please.


The Miller-Cory House Museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, NJ. For more information, call 908-232-1776 or visit www.millercoryhouse.org.