Exploring the History of New Jersey and Beyond!

Architecture, National Park Sites, Local Sites, and More!

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/16/19 - 3/17/19

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, March 16 - Madison, Morris County
St. Patrick's Day Storytime Craft

On Saturday from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, join the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC) in celebrating the popular St. Patrick's Day holiday with special stories of leprechauns, folklore, and tradition, along a variety of crafts and activities to make - from handprint-shamrocks to rainbow streamers. Visit us for fun-filled story times throughout the day at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30.

Cost: Included with museum admission, free for METC Members. Registration suggested as space is limited at www.metc.org/register-st-patricks-day-storytime-craft. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street, Madison, NJ. For more information, call 973-377-2982 ext. 13 or visit www.metc.org.

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Saturday, March 16 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Visit from the Horse Doctor, Dentist & Shoer
Children Friendly Event

When is a 3/4 ton workhorse a chicken? When the doctor, farrier, and dentist come...maybe. Keeping the horses in tip top shape is very important to our farmers. This annual well visit allows a head to tail examination and is just one of the many ways we can be sure our horses are healthy and happy.

Besides seeing some of the tools, techniques and products that relate to horse care as it was practiced during the farm's circa 1900 time period, visitors will be able to meet a veterinarian, horse dentist, and farrier and even try their own hand at a bit of horse doctoring.

With the veterinarian's help, visitors will be able to listen to a horse's heart through an antique stethoscope and watch the doctor give spring vaccines and worming medicine. The dentist will need assistance counting teeth to determining the age of the horse and leveling any teeth with a dental rasp. The special hoof care that is needed, will be demonstrated by the farrier, this will include trimming and balancing of hooves and re-set shoes if needed.

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 Sale: 3/15/19 - 3/17/19

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Vineland's Palace Depression

Vineland's Palace Depression
Written by Patricia A. Martinelli

When I first learned about the resurrection of the Palace Depression, a tourist attraction in Vineland that once drew thousands of visitors from throughout the United States and other countries, I decided it would make a great subject for an article that later appeared in South Jersey magazine. As I watched the Palace continue to grow under the guidance of Vineland native Kevin Kirchner and a crew of skilled volunteers, I decided that there was so much more to the story that still needed to be told. After all, the original hadn’t sprung magically from the ground back in 1929. What exactly was the story behind this unique place?

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Thursday, March 7, 2019

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/9/19 - 3/10/19

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Saturday, March 9 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale & "Suffrage Speak" Afternoon Program

Paulsdale is open to the public for Second Saturday Tours at 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm. Paulsdale is the birthplace of Quaker suffragist Alice Paul. Tours include a 15-minute presentation about Alice Paul's life and work and a guided tour of the first floor of the property where visitors learn about the Paul family's daily life in the house and its present day use as a girl's leadership center. Tours are $5.00 per person.

From 2:00 - 4:00 pm, join us for a presentation entitled:  "For the Work of a Day, We Want Something to Say: Social Class and Suffrage," presented by Dr. Lara Vapnek, Professor of History at St. John’s University (NY).

The Alice Paul Institute is delighted to present “Suffrage Speak,” a series of presentations and discussions by leading women’s history scholars designed to celebrate the upcoming centennial in 2020 of women winning the right to vote in the United States. This dynamic speakers series will engage audiences and explore the issues in both past and present women’s movements. Speakers will draw parallels from the struggles of a century ago to current events in the U.S., and make history relevant to today’s audience.

“Suffrage Speak” will highlight topics central to contemporary discourse, including the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements, and hold the important and difficult discussions necessary to bring about a balanced and realistic concept of what “equality” looks like for women and for all Americans. As the United States prepares to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Alice Paul Institute is proud to invite audiences to join us for this important speakers series. This event is FREE, made possible with the generous support of the New Jersey Historical Commission.

Paulsdale is located at 128 Hooton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ. For information about group tours or future tour dates, contact the Alice Paul Institute at 856-231-1885, e-mail info@alicepaul.org, or visit www.alicepaul.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sale: 3/9/19 - 3/10/19

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Thursday, February 28, 2019

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/2/19 - 3/3/19

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Saturday, March 2 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Maple Sugaring
Children Friendly Event

Sugaring time arrives in late winter at Howell Farm and operations are in full swing. Visitors are invited to join the work and fun with sap collection, firewood cutting, syrup making, butter making, flour milling and pancake eating.

The trees are tapped beginning in early February. School groups, visitors and farm staff collect and boil down sap for several weeks. The sugar maple tree stores starch in their trunks and roots before the winter; the starch is then converted to sugar that rises in the sap in the spring. Freezing nights and thawing days make for heavy sap flow. The trees are tapped by boring holes into their trunks and collecting the exuded sap beginning in early February. The sap is then processed by heating to evaporate much of the water, leaving the concentrated syrup.

Sap gathering will take place at 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm. Tree tapping demonstrations will be held at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. The sugarhouse will be open from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Pancakes will be available from 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm.

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 Sale: 3/1/19 - 3/3/19

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Thursday, February 21, 2019

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 2/23/19 - 2/24/19

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Saturday, February 23 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
George Washington's Birthday

Come celebrate George Washington's 286th birthday at Rockingham on Saturday. While Washington will be present only in spirit (and in the form of a wonderful life-sized mannequin in an exactingly recreated uniform), visitors who tour his last wartime headquarters will learn about his life and times, before, during and after his careers as commander of the Continental Army and first president of the United States.

Find out more about this iconic symbol of our country; learn why he is more important than just a means to sell cars on Presidents' Day! After the tour, enjoy cake and punch in Rockingham's kitchen.

Tours will be offered from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm on the hour and, possibly, half-hour if needed. (The last tour will be at 3:00 or 3:30 pm, accordingly). Because the size of tours will be limited, reservations will be necessary to guarantee admittance. Please call 609-683-7132 for reservations. A donation of $5 is suggested.

Please note that the regular history of the house will not be emphasized during these special tours, but visitors are always welcome to visit the house on another day for a normal tour. Washington, commander in chief for the Continental Army during the American Revolution, stayed at Rockingham from late August to early November in 1783. It became his final wartime headquarters when the Treaty of Paris was formally signed while he resided there.

Rockingham is located on Rte. 603 (Laurel Ave./Kingston-Rocky Hill Rd.), 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.