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Thursday, September 24, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/26/20 - 9/27/20

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Saturday, September 26 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Fennel for Fleas: 18th-Century Kitchen Gardens, Plants, and Their Uses
Family Friendly

Eighteenth-century kitchen gardens can be thought of as the supermarkets of their times, but in one's own backyard. They were filled with plants that provided food for the household (peas and carrots, anyone?). But they also provided ingredients for household and personal use, such as for keeping fleas from your bed or cleaning your skin, as well as for medicinal use for ailments and injuries.

Join us to learn more about kitchen gardens in colonial times and to explore the Rockingham kitchen garden to see what is growing as well as the uses of various plants.

Pre-registration is required by emailing rockingham1783@yahoo.com and including:
1. your last name
2. tour name and date
3. number of people in your group
4. phone number 

The garden tour starts at 11:00 am and is limited to 10 people. Meet in the kitchen garden. Masks are required when social distancing is not possible, so make sure to bring them along. Also, since the tour is held outdoors, please dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes as part of the tour will be off walkways. If sunny, we recommend bringing a hat or sunshade, sunscreen, and water. Steady rain and/or lightening will cancel a tour as will extreme heat and/or humidity.

Rockingham is located on Rte. 603 (Laurel Avenue/Kingston-Rocky Hill Road), one mile north of Route 27 in Kingston and one mile south of Route 518 in Rocky Hill.  For more information, call 609-683-7132 or visit www.rockingham.net.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 9/25/20 - 9/27/20

 NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/19/20 - 9/20/20

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
Want to submit an event? Use our event submission form.


Saturdays, September 19 and 26 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Fennel for Fleas: 18th-Century Kitchen Gardens, Plants, and Their Uses
Family Friendly

Eighteenth-century kitchen gardens can be thought of as the supermarkets of their times, but in one's own backyard. They were filled with plants that provided food for the household (peas and carrots, anyone?). But they also provided ingredients for household and personal use, such as for keeping fleas from your bed or cleaning your skin, as well as for medicinal use for ailments and injuries.

Join us to learn more about kitchen gardens in colonial times and to explore the Rockingham kitchen garden to see what is growing as well as the uses of various plants.

Pre-registration is required by emailing rockingham1783@yahoo.com and including:
1. your last name
2. tour name and date
3. number of people in your group
4. phone number 

The garden tour starts at 11:00 am and is limited to 10 people. Meet in the kitchen garden. Masks are required when social distancing is not possible, so make sure to bring them along. Also, since the tour is held outdoors, please dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes as part of the tour will be off walkways. If sunny, we recommend bringing a hat or sunshade, sunscreen, and water. Steady rain and/or lightening will cancel a tour as will extreme heat and/or humidity.

Rockingham is located on Rte. 603 (Laurel Avenue/Kingston-Rocky Hill Road), one mile north of Route 27 in Kingston and one mile south of Route 518 in Rocky Hill.  For more information, call 609-683-7132 or visit www.rockingham.net.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 9/18/20 - 9/20/20

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
Click on each link for more information on the estate sale!
Find something neat at an estate sale? Let us know!
Hosting an estate sale? Send me an e-mail to be featured in our weekly post!
Be the first to know about these sales on Facebook!


Sunday, September 13, 2020

Morven Museum & Garden Undertakes Major Preservation Project & Receives Grant

Morven Museum & Garden undertakes major preservation project with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a National Park Service “Save America’s Treasures” Grant 

“In these extraordinary times, we are able to fulfill our most primary public charge, to preserve the National Historic Landmark known as Morven in perpetuity, thanks to a $210,000 grant from the ‘Save America's Treasures’ program of the National Park Service coupled with a gift from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,” Morven Museum & Garden’s Executive Director Jill Barry announced recently.

Competing against preservation projects from across the country, “Save America’s Treasures”, administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior, awarded Morven its full request to facilitate much-needed repairs on the landmark structure including exterior woodwork repair, interior floor repairs, interior storm windows, and a new energy efficient lighting system.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/12/20 - 9/13/20

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Friday - Saturday, September 11 - 12 - Elizabeth, Union County
The Mountainside Restoration Committee Estate Sale

The Mountainside Restoration Committee’s (MRC) Estate Sales division will be conducting an outstanding Estate Sale, in the Elmora section of Elizabeth, NJ, to raise funds for the maintenance and restoration of the historic Deacon Andrew Hetfield House (circa 1760) and The Levi Cory House (circa 1818). The estate sale will be held on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am - 3:30 pm – with numbers given out at 9:00 am. The sale will take place at 29 Scotland Road, Elizabeth, NJ. For more information and photos of the items for sale: https://www.mountainsidehistory.org/mrc-estate-sales. Appropriate social distancing measures will be in place including mandatory face masks, temperature checks, and limits to the number of visitors allowed inside at a time. Purchases limited to cash only.

The former home of an Old Elizabeth family, this estate houses an outstanding collection of 18th and 19th century furniture, including a Brokaw tall case clock with moon phase dial, English tall case clock, Hepplewhite sideboard, hunt table, oyster veneer secretary, tilt-top tea table, tapestry fire screen, sterling silver, knife box, early brass lighting fixtures, early oriental rugs, corner cupboards, 3 Philadelphia side chairs, Sevres box, 3 remarkable four poster beds, dining tables and chairs, paintings, tons of porcelain, casual and fine china, snuff bottle collection, Japanese prints, violin, linens, glass, books, albums, kitchenware, appliances, cast iron garden furniture, and so much more.

MRC Estate Sales are conducted by trusted volunteer Antiques Experts and Estate Sale Professionals with 30 years of estate sale experience. Most important, all commissions benefit the Mountainside Restoration Committee. MRC Estate Sales was created to give back to the community and raise additional funds to help preserve and restore local history. The reasonable commission percentage of sales will go directly to the Mountainside Restoration Committee, Inc. which is a 501(c)3 charity.

The Mountainside Restoration Committee is a committee of volunteers whose purpose is to restore and maintain the Deacon Andrew Hetfield and Levi Cory Houses, and collect and save historic information and items from destruction. For information on MRC Estate Sales, Mountainside Historic Committee events or to donate funds, email hetfieldhouse1@yahoo.com, call 908-789-9420, or visit www.mountainsidehistory.org.

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Saturdays, September 12, 19, and 26 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Rockingham's Evolution: Architecture, History and Location
Family Friendly

Rockingham did not just spring from the ground spontaneously and fully formed because George Washington needed a place to stay in 1783 and it certainly was not originally found at 84 Laurel Avenue. The property had multiple owners over its three-hundred-plus-years-long history, changed in size and scope and was moved three times. The house grew in stages from a small two-room-plus-lean-to home to its present size (with some reconstruction) and switched orientation.

Come along on an exploration of Rockingham's history, its changing architecture and address, varied owners, and property lay-out with help from the exterior of the house itself, maps, and period images.

Pre-registration is required by emailing rockingham1783@yahoo.com and including:
1. your last name
2. tour name and date
3. number of people in your group
4. phone number

The architecture tour starts at 10:00 am is limited to 15 people. Meet in the barn. Masks are required when social distancing is not possible, so make sure to bring them along. Also, since the tour is held outdoors, please dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes as part of the tour will be off walkways. If sunny, we recommend bringing a hat or sunshade, sunscreen, and water. Steady rain and/or lightening will cancel a tour as will extreme heat and/or humidity.

Rockingham is located on Rte. 603 (Laurel Avenue/Kingston-Rocky Hill Road), one mile north of Route 27 in Kingston and one mile south of Route 518 in Rocky Hill.  For more information, call 609-683-7132 or visit www.rockingham.net.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 9/11/20 - 9/13/20

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
Click on each link for more information on the estate sale!
Find something neat at an estate sale? Let us know!
Hosting an estate sale? Send me an e-mail to be featured in our weekly post!
Be the first to know about these sales on Facebook!


Thursday, September 3, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/5/20 - 9/6/20

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
Want to submit an event? Use our event submission form.


Saturdays, September 5, 19, and 26 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Fennel for Fleas: 18th-Century Kitchen Gardens, Plants, and Their Uses
Family Friendly

Eighteenth-century kitchen gardens can be thought of as the supermarkets of their times, but in one's own backyard. They were filled with plants that provided food for the household (peas and carrots, anyone?). But they also provided ingredients for household and personal use, such as for keeping fleas from your bed or cleaning your skin, as well as for medicinal use for ailments and injuries.

Join us to learn more about kitchen gardens in colonial times and to explore the Rockingham kitchen garden to see what is growing as well as the uses of various plants.

Pre-registration is required by emailing rockingham1783@yahoo.com and including:
1. your last name
2. tour name and date
3. number of people in your group
4. phone number 

The garden tour starts at 11:00 am and is limited to 10 people. Meet in the kitchen garden. Masks are required when social distancing is not possible, so make sure to bring them along. Also, since the tour is held outdoors, please dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes as part of the tour will be off walkways. If sunny, we recommend bringing a hat or sunshade, sunscreen, and water. Steady rain and/or lightening will cancel a tour as will extreme heat and/or humidity.

Rockingham is located on Rte. 603 (Laurel Avenue/Kingston-Rocky Hill Road), one mile north of Route 27 in Kingston and one mile south of Route 518 in Rocky Hill.  For more information, call 609-683-7132 or visit www.rockingham.net.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 9/2/20 - 9/4/20

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
Click on each link for more information on the estate sale!
Find something neat at an estate sale? Let us know!
Hosting an estate sale? Send me an e-mail to be featured in our weekly post!
Be the first to know about these sales on Facebook!