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Monday, June 17, 2019

36th Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival - June 22 - 23, 2019

36th Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival
Saturday and Sunday, June 22 - 23, 2019

The Whitesbog Blueberry Festival is back for its 36th year! Please join us as we celebrate the blueberry in a family (and dog!) friendly, country fair atmosphere. As always, blueberries will be the star of the show. Enjoy fresh, locally made blueberry pies, donuts, muffins, fritters and more from the bake shop. Fresh blueberries will be available for purchase by the pint, case, or to pick your own. White Dotte will be offering Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream ! For those who want to try growing their own berries, visit our plant sale, located in front of the General Store.

Whitesbog Historic Village
GPS: 799 Lakehurst Rd., Browns Mills, NJ 08015
Pemberton Township, Burlington County
Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday

The General Store will be open, offering locally made crafts, Pine Barrens memorabilia, old-fashioned toys and candy, snacks, chocolate covered blueberries, cold drinks, and much more. On the porch, you’ll find jams and honey, festival T-Shirts, ice cream, and a plant sale.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/15/19 - 6/16/19

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, June 15 - Hammonton, Burlington County
Civil War Encampment at Batsto!
Children Friendly Site & Event

The Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc. will host a Civil War encampment at historic Batsto Village featuring the 12th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry (12th NJVI), Company K, on Saturday. The 12th NJVI will set up their camp near the entrance to historic Batsto Village and be on the site from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Visitors to the site will have the opportunity to walk through the encampment and interact with these dedicated and knowledgeable reenactors whose mission is to preserve the heritage & sacrifices of our veterans who fought and lived through the dramatic times of 1862 to 1865. The original 12th New Jersey regiment; organized at Camp Stockton in Woodbury, New Jersey in 1862, fought in every major battle beginning with The Battle of Chancellorsville (VA) in 1863.

The only three-year regiment composed entirely of men from the southern counties of New Jersey, the 12th NJVI played an important role at the Battle of Gettysburg (PA) and in 1886 a monument was dedicated to them at Gettysburg National Military Park.

There is no cost to visit the encampment. Summer parking of $5.00/car is in effect at the village until Labor Day at Batsto Village.

The Batsto Mansion; home of the Richards family for 92 years and later owned by Philadelphia Quaker industrialist Joseph Wharton, will be open for tours throughout the day for a charge of $3.00 / person. The “Big House on the Hill” is a remarkable structure with its beginnings in the late 1700s.

A blacksmith will be on hand to demonstrate the art of shaping iron into useful items and explain how you can learn this unique and interesting skill at Batsto Village.

The Nature Center will be open with science and nature exhibits and special activities for children.

Schedule of Activities:
11:00 am - Roll Call
11:30 am - Posting of Camp Guard
12:00 pm - Company Drill Demonstration
12:30 pm - Dinner Call
1:30 pm - Children’s Drill
2:00 pm - Prisoner Detail
2:30 pm - Infantry Tactics Drill
3:00 pm - Camp Closes 

Batsto is located in the Pinelands of Burlington County, South Jersey approximately 7 miles east of Hammonton on Route 542 and about 15 miles west of Exit 50 on the Garden State Parkway. Further information may be obtained by calling the Batsto Visitor Center at 609-561-0024 or visit www.batstovillage.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 6/15/19 - 6/16/19

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/8/19 - 6/9/19

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Saturday, June 8 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Antique Auto Display at Historic Walnford
Children Friendly Site & Event

The horseless carriage comes to Historic Walnford with these shining examples of pre-WWII automobiles displayed across our shady lawn, weather permitting. Admire these automobiles all made over 70 years ago and imagine when life in the fast lane never hit 50 mph. This free event runs from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

While there, tour the large, elegant Walnford home built in 1774, the 19th century gristmill, and the farm buildings set in a beautiful landscape. Walnford is located at 62 Walnford Road, 08501. For more information, visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 6/7/19 - 6/9/19

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/1/19 - 6/2/19

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Saturday, June 1 - Haddonfield, Camden County
Revolutionary War Skirmish in Haddonfield
Children Friendly Event

Red Coats and rebels will face off once again when the American Revolution returns to South Jersey for the annual "Skirmish on Kings Highway" on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

The event will mark the 241st anniversary of the British encampment in Haddonfield. Revolutionary reenactors - the Second Pennsylvania Regiment - will gather at the Indian King Tavern Museum beginning at 10:00 am. Around 1:00 pm, the Red Coats from the First Battalion of New Jersey Volunteers will march down Kings Highway.

When the two groups meet, the skirmish will begin, with the future of the colonies at stake. The fight will last about 30 minutes, and there will be space for people to watch along the street, which will be closed to traffic. Afterward, children will have a chance to march down the street with wooden muskets. Tours of the museum will be held throughout the day. Rain date is Sunday, June 2.

The Indian King Tavern Museum is located at 233 Kings Highway, Haddonfield, NJ. For more information, call 609-970-8811 or visit 
www.indiankingfriends.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 5/31/19 - 6/2/19

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

NJ Memorial Day Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/25/19 - 5/27/19

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Friday - Monday, May 24 - 27 - Hopewell, Mercer County
Memorial Day Weekend Events
Family Friendly

On Memorial Day Weekend for the past several decades multiple organizations across Hopewell Valley have been presenting programs and events that celebrate its rich heritage. Under the direction of The Hopewell Valley Heritage Committee several of those organizations are partnering for the second year to offer a full weekend of events all of which are free to the public. This year we are featuring the stories, culture and contributions of Native Americans in this region. Complete details are available HERE.

Friday, May 24: 4:00 - 5:00pm
WAMPUM BRACELET MAKING
Ages 6+
Pennington Public Library, 30 N Main St, Pennington, NJ 08534
Celebrate Hopewell Heritage Weekend by making your own version of a wampum bracelet in the Lenni Lenape style with colored plastic beads. The Lenni Lenapes were the original people of New Jersey. They would traditionally wear a beaded headband, using wampum beads. Wampum beads are small cylindrical beads made from shells that were strung together and worn as decoration or used as money. The Lenape tribes were well known for their beadwork. Guardian presence requested. Registration required: https://wampumbracelets.eventbrite.com.

Saturday, May 25: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
HISTORIC CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT
The Hopewell Museum, 28 East Broad Street, Hopewell NJ 08525
Join us on the grounds of the Hopewell Museum and see a historical reenactment of a Civil War encampment by the 6th Regiment Infantry USCT. The 6th Regiment US Colored Troops Reenactors, Inc. (6th USCT) is a reenactment group that recaptures a proud American and local heritage, portraying the historic 6th Regiment, United State Colored Infantry (6th Regiment USCI), an African-American battle regiment which fought for freedom in the Civil War. The regiment saw action in Virginia as part of the Richmond–Petersburg Campaign and in North Carolina, where it participated in the attacks on Fort Fisher and Wilmington and the Carolinas Campaign. Several regiment enlistees were decorated with the Medal of Honor for their service. Presented by the Hopewell Museum and the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum.

Saturday, May 25: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
THE ARCHITECTURE OF HOPEWELL
Ages 12+
Join Ian Burrow, Max Hayden, and Alison Baxter on four separate architectural walking tours around Hopewell Borough. Experience the different architectural styles and see examples “in the wild.” Tours will meet at the Hopewell Public Library, 13 East Broad St, Hopewell NJ. Hopewell. Tours will start at 10:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 1:00 pm. Sponsored by the Hopewell Public Library & Hopewell Borough Historic Preservation

Sunday, May 26: 3:00 pm
WILLIAM STIVES - A LIVING HISTORY
Stoutsburg Cemetery, 572 Province Line Road, Hopewell Township, NJ
Join us for Stoutsburg Cemetery’s annual Memorial Day service. Steeped in rich history, the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association was officially founded as a burial ground for African American residents and veterans in 1858. Join us to hear the living history of William Stives, presented live by actor Arthur Gregory Pugh. Come share William’s story. Takes place at the Stoutsburg Cemetery, Hopewell Township (off of Province Line Road).

Sunday, May 26: 3:00 - 5:00 pm
OPEN HOUSE AT THE STOUTSBURG SOURLAND AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM
189 Hollow Road, Skillman, NJ 08558
Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM) will open the doors of Mt. Zion AME to give patrons a peek at our ongoing renovations. Please come and see all the amazing work that has been done to both preserve the building and restore it to it's original condition. On display will be the architectural rendering of Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum and Sourland Conservancy's proposed campus. Come find out about all the fascinating plans in the works. This is a great time to get involved in supporting this effort.

Monday, May 27: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
WASHINGTON CROSSING PARK NJ, NATURE CENTER
355 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd, Titusville, NJ 08560
Jim Wade, former archivist and researcher with the NJ State Museum will discuss primitive stone tool use by Native Americans in central New Jersey. Emphasis will be on the significance and importance of the Indian way of life during the spring season, focusing on the activities of community fish gathering, hunting and village life. The program will include a slide presentation and Native American artifacts will be on display. 

More programs and additional details are available at www.thehopewellmuseum.org/hvhw.

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Saturday, May 25 Hardwick, Warren County
Millbrook Village Spring Fling
Family Friendly

The Millbrook Village Society is happy to announce their Spring opening for Millbrook Village on Saturday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Some of the volunteers will be demonstrating their crafts, but the focus will be on the leisure activities of a bygone era in a rural community. All work and no play isn’t fun every day! Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a day in the country. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you.

The activities are sponsored by the Millbrook Village Society in cooperation with the National Park Service. All activities are free of charge and family oriented. Rain or Shine. Restroom facilities and picnic area are available. There are no food vendors or vending machines. Bring your own refreshments.

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 and directions, call 908-841-9531, 908-537-2544, or 973-875-3461 or visit their Facebook page.

NJ Memorial Day Weekend Estate Sales: 5/24/19 - 5/26/19

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