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Thursday, October 21, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/23/21 - 10/24/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, October 23 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Apple Butter Making
Children Friendly

Three years ago, Heart to Hearth Cookery presented their Apple Butter Making program at Rockingham. While the day was blustery and chilly, many visitors came by to watch the process, help stir the pot and breath in the lovely spicy/sweet aroma. This fall, on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Heart to Hearth returns once again 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. In the eighteenth century, throughout New Jersey 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.

The event is free, but donations to Rockingham are always welcome! 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: 10/22/21 - 10/24/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/16/21 - 10/17/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, October 16 - River Edge, Bergen County
Baronfest
Children Friendly

Come celebrate Major General Baron von Steuben with the Bergen County Historical Society at their annual Baronfest on Saturday from 1:00 - 5:00 pm at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ.

Sample the finest in craft beers from three Bergen County breweries including, Alementary Brewery, Brix City Brewery, and Hackensack Brewery. 

Activities for families to include cornhole games and free pumpkin picking and decorating. 

Grab something to eat from the food trucks of either Viva Margarita or Kim Chi Smoke that will be on site.

Have a chat with members from the Revolutionary War reenactment group Motts Artillery as they demonstrate cannon firing and military life.

Listen to the lively music of the Hudson Woodpile Band. Be on the lookout for Major General Baron von Steuben and stop and take your photo with him.  

All three-18th century Jersey-Dutch Sandstone houses, including the state historic 1752 Steuben House will be open for tours throughout the day.

On display for viewing in the Steuben House will be a new exhibit, "The Urn Finial Chairs of the Hackensack Valley," featuring the society’s collection of Hackensack Valley style chairs with their distinctive urn-finials and rush style seats.

Stop by the Westervelt-Thomas barn and don’t forget to visit the society’s authentic Jersey-Dutch out kitchen to see BCHS interpreters preparing beer bread and ribs. 

Take a peek at the treasures in the gift shop while you enjoy donuts, hot cider, and other fall refreshments which will be available for purchase outside the tavern grounds.

Per the state parks’ guidelines, face masks are required inside all historical buildings. Dogs are permitted on site on a leash but not in the houses. 

Ticket reservations are required: $15 adults, $10 BCHS Members, designated drivers, and 12-20 years old. Under 12 years old is free but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Food and beer; additional cost. All proceeds go to support the soon to be built museum at New Bridge Landing. Free parking available on site or take the train to the “New Bridge Landing” station on the Pascack Valley Line.

For ticket reservations and additional information visit www.bergencountyhistory.org, email: info@bergencountyhistory.org, or call 201-343-9492 and leave a message. The event is subject to change.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 10/15/21 - 10/17/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/9/21 - 10/10/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Friday - Saturday, October 8 - 9 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe at Allaire Village

Allaire Village, Inc. is hosting a weekend of Halloween Classics at the Historic Village at Allaire. This year, nationally renowned Helen McKenna from the Edgar Allan Poe House, a national historic site in Philadelphia, will perform a dramatization from the haunting tales of Edgar Allan Poe. The performance will take place in the Allaire Village Chapel. A brief biography of this gifted, yet tragic author will give you insight into his life and renowned works.

The presentation will take place on Friday and Saturday at 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Advance registration is required as this is a very popular event and sells out in advance EVERY year! Limited Seating Available. No refunds on tickets purchased. Please print out tickets or check in with tickets on your cellular device. This show is a must-see for Halloween devotees and is great for people of all ages. Ticket cost is $29 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at www.allairevillage.org.

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.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 10/8/21 - 10/10/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/2/21 - 10/3/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, October 2 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Cookstove Demonstration
Children Friendly Site & Event

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to stop by the out kitchen to see what’s cooking on the wood-fired stove. Discover how recipes, cooking techniques and kitchens have changed since the 1890sThis free event runs from 11:00 am - 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: 10/1/21 - 10/3/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/25/21 - 9/26/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, September 25 - Mount Tabor, Morris County
Mount Tabor's 27th Annual Tour - A Porch and Garden Tour

The Mount Tabor Historical Society welcomes back visitors for a special, reimagined COVID-safe self-guided Tour taking place on Saturday, rain or shine from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

This walkable tour of the Mount Tabor Historic District allows visitors to experience the unique qualities of this historic community through its exuberant Victorian gingerbread porches and charming cottage gardens. As an added bonus, a limited number of house interiors will be open for viewing. This tour highlights some of Mount Tabor’s most delightful and unique “hidden gardens” and showcases a variety of garden types, plants, and settings. Sit a spell and enjoy the view from select period porches and see how they help define the character of our community. Porches and gardens can be visited in any order at any time during the event window, allowing guests to go at their own pace.

Additional features include a furnished replica Camp Meeting Tent and the Richardson History House, a camp meeting cottage museum. A quilt show will be displayed in the historic Tabernacle. Stop by the gift shop, which is stocked with Mount Tabor souvenirs and vintage items. Box lunches are available for pre-order only. Printed tour booklets with the self-guided map can be picked up, or purchased day-of, at the check-in table located at the Old Firehouse on Simpson Avenue.

Advance Tickets are $25 per person, or $35 with a box lunch, via online order or mailed check. Tickets also can be purchased for $30 on the day of the Tour. For advance tickets, information about the community, photos, and directions, visit http://mounttabornj.org or call 973-975-0001.

This event is the largest fundraiser for the Mount Tabor Historical Society. The non-profit organization puts all event proceeds back into the community through beautification, educational, and preservation projects, including the restoration of the Richardson History House.

Parking will be provided at the Mount Tabor School, located on Park Road, Morris Plains, off Route 53 (GPS: use 864 Park Rd. Morris Plains) where a shuttle bus will be available for transport into the heart of Mount Tabor. Mount Tabor is located in Morris County along Route 53 between Denville and Morris Plains. Visitors who prefer mass transit can take the NJ Transit Morris & Essex line to the Mount Tabor stop. 

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Saturday, September 25 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Canning Day
Family Friendly Site

They sure make great cocktail glasses, but the Mason jars in your cabinet had a very different – and much more important – use at the turn of the century!

Visit Howell Farm on Saturday to learn canning: the ins, outs, and vacuum seals in between your summer produce and a delicious winter stew. Kim Daly, keeper of Howell Farm’s historic kitchen, will teach you how to “put up” your food – with tomato, bean, and okra canning demonstrations outside the farmhouse throughout the day. The site is open from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Please note that all 2021 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.