Friday, June 29, 2012

Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/30/12 - 7/1/12

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Saturday, June 30, 2012 - Byram Township, Sussex County
Waterloo Canal Day

Come visit Waterloo Village between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm for a day in this historic Morris Canal town. First-person interpreter Richard Pawling will portray canal boat captain John Hummel. Other events include: Boat rides on the Morris Canal, Smith's Store - a furnished canal-era store with hands-on activities, blacksmithing, see the operating gristmill, guided tours of 1859 Methodist Church, the Canal Museum - with exhibits and videos, featured exhibit: Canal Era in America, and guided walking tours of the village.

Saturday, June 30 - Browns Mills, Burlington County
Moonlight Walk at Historic Whitesbog Village

Whitesbog Preservation Trust (WPT) will host a moonlight walk at Historic Whitesbog on Saturday, June 30, at 7 PM. By the soft glow of moonlight, walk through the dark, mysterious pines, along white sugar sand roads, to the shimmering cranberry bogs. The air will be alive with birdsong. The leader will offer stories of the people who built Whitesbog, the local "Piney" folk, and the more recent American immigrants, all of whom worked here to make it one of the most successful agricultural enterprises in New Jersey. The Moonlight Walks were featured as one of the "Best of South Jersey" attractions by SJ Magazine, and have been referred to as "almost magical" in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Saturday, June 30 - Flemington, Hunterdon County
Hunterdon Historical Society's Book Sale

A book sale at the Hunterdon County Historical Society, 114 Main Street in Flemington, on Saturday, June 30 is a must for anyone interested in history. The sale is from 8 am to 2 pm. Cash or checks required; no credit cards accepted.

They are offering about 300 books, with pricing ranging from $1 to $150. Most books in the sale fall in the $8 to $12 price range; another group is priced from $20 to $40. 

Subjects range from athletic training in 1877 to the treatment of ailments in 1885, and the military expeditions of Gen. John Sullivan in 1799, Sheridan's military campaigns in 1870, war heroes from 1776, 1846 and 1861, old farming practices, antiques, houses, Western Indian tribes, and much more. Several books focus on New Jersey, covering genealogy, modern battles, farm and business directories, and folk stories. 

Saturday, June 30 - Princeton, Mercer County
Old Time Baseball

25 Valley Road, Princeton Regional Schools Field. Travel back to the 1800s for a competitive match of old time baseball, with the Flemington Neshanock taking on the Diamond State Club of Delaware. The players don period uniforms and play barehanded, using 1864 or 1873 rules. This FREE event also includes a short lesson on the history of the game and a recitation of "Casey at the Bat." (Rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions.) 609-921-6748 x 102, or visit


Saturday, June 30 - Montague, Sussex County
House Tours

The Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History (MARCH) will open the circa 1790 Foster-Armstrong House and the Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse, at 501 Route 206 for Sunday afternoon tours. Both are situated within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Montague, NJ and were originally part of the Tocks Island Dam acquisitions. These two sites are utilized by MARCH and portray the area's heritage.

Sunday, July 1 - Wall Township, Monmouth County
Celebrate Independence Day at Allaire Village!

Allaire Village, Inc. invites you and your family to a day of fun andcelebration at the 1836 Independence Day Celebration at Historic Village at Allaire, located in Allaire State Park. The event is Sunday, July 1st, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This special living history event will take visitors back in time to our young nation's 60th birthday- a time of great prosperity and national pride. There will be a $5/car entrance fee to the state park; admission to the Independence Day celebration is free.

Sunday, July 1 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County
Farm Chores at the Holcombe-Jimison Museum

July 1, Molly the Cow and hand-cranked ice cream featured their regular tour 2 pm tour. See how baskets were made, fruit was sorted, fields were ploughed, paper was printed, and brooms were made. What did the mall look like when your great-grandmother was a girl? What is a PHONE BOOTH? Make a feather computer duster to take home. Find out who a Tithing Man was! Holcombe-Jimison Museum, 1605 Daniel Bray Highway (Rt. 29) Lambertville, NJ. 


Sunday, July 1 - Morristown, Morris County
Civil War Living History

On Sunday July 1st visitors are invited to visit a living history program in the garden of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum. Reenactors with the 27th NJ Company F will be available to meet visitors, answer questions and share camp life information with visitors to the museum garden. This small camp will include a battlefield surgeon and an officer's tent set up. This demonstration is presented in conjunction with the final day of the "Gone for a Soldier:" Jerseymen in the Civil War exhibit. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in collaboration with the New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee (NJCW150) presents this major exhibit which commemorates the participation and heroism of Jerseymen in a major turning point in U.S. history. The exhibit brings together for the first time nearly two hundred objects from the Civil War from over thirty museums, historical societies, and private collections.


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