Friday, August 10, 2012

Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/11/12 - 8/12/12

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Saturday, August 11 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale

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

Paulsdale is located at 128 Hooton Rd., Mt. Laurel. For information about group tours or future tour dates, contact the Alice Paul Institute at 856-231-1885 or or visit its website,

Saturday, August 11 - Ocean Grove, Monmouth County
Annual History Day Lecture

The Historical Society of Ocean Grove is holding its Annual History Day Lecture in Bishop Janes Tabernacle on Pilgrim Pathway beginning at 10:30 AM on Saturday August 11th.

This year's topic details the construction and changes that have occurred at the Great Auditorium from 1894 to present day. The presentation by authors Darrell Dufresne, Ted Bell, and Cindy Bell on their new book about the Auditorium will emphasize the uniqueness of the Auditorium and some of the mysteries. A tour of the auditorium will follow at 11:30 am with a book signing by the three authors.

For further information contact the museum at 732-774-1869 or e-mail

Saturday, August 11 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
Beginner's Genealogy

On Saturday at 2:00 pm, learn about your family's history at the Van Veghten House in Bridgewater. This program will give you general information on how to get started researching your family's genealogy. You will learn about where to look, what to look for, and how to go about your research. A special emphasis will be given to records in Central New Jersey. 

Elizabeth King Pellicane is a professional genealogist with over 17 years experience. Her focus is New Jersey, in particular, Essex, Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, and Warren counties. She is a volunteer at the Hunterdon County Historical Society and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Central Jersey Genealogical Club, Genealogical Society of New Jersey, the Hunterdon County Historical Society, the National Genealogical Society, and the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
Admission for non-members: $5; Admission for SCHS members: free. The Derrick Van Veghten House, 9 Van Veghten Drive, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

Saturday, August 11 - Cape May, Cape May County
Craft Beer & Crab Festival

Come to the beautiful grounds of the Physick Estate at 1048 Washington Street in Cape May for this all-day (11:00 am - 8:00 pm) festival featuring local craft beers to wash down favorite summer picnic foods such as a crab boil, pulled pork, corn on the cob, potato salad and more. All-day music on the outdoor stage includes Dave Landry, the Kruno Spisic Band, the Kelly Carvin Band, JL3 and The Jazz Band. 
Have fun at the old-fashioned Victorian carnival arcade, with jugglers and acrobats along with games of chance, face painting, crafts vendors, a farmers' market and more. Admission to the grounds is free. There will be a charge for food, beverages and some activities. Bring home a commemorative pint glass or T-shirt. Visit the Craft Beer Tent and purchase and enjoy beers from these great breweries courtesy of Harrison Beverage: Cape May Brewing Company, Tuckahoe Brewing Company and Victory Brewing Company. Sponsored by PNC Bank and presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit Proceeds benefit MAC's educational outreach programs.

Saturday-Sunday, August 11-12 - Brick, Ocean County
Encampment in Brick

The 61st New York Volunteer Regiment will visit the grounds of the Havens Homestead Museum in Brick for an overnight encampment. The public is invited to visit and share experiences with them.

For more information, please visit
The Havens Homestead Museum is located at 515 Herbertsville Road, Brick. Call 732-785-2500 for more information.

Saturday-Sunday, August 11-12 - Clinton, Hunterdon County
Revolutionary War Days

Join the Red Mill in Clinton for their annual living history American Revolution Weekend featuring Patriot and Loyalist forces, drills, demonstrations, music, displays, presentations, and more! Hours both Saturday and Sunday are 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Sal DeSapio, a true wealth of historical information, will be speaking on the life and military service of an integral Patriot and crusader in the American Revolution, General Daniel Morgan, at 11:30 am on Saturday. On Sunday at 2:00 pm, Todd Braisted will discuss what it meant to serve King George III during the American Revolution. For the full list of speakers and a schedule of events, click here.

Admission: $9/adults, $7/seniors, active military, and veterans, $5/children (6-12), FREE for members and children under 6. Red Mill Museum Village, 56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ 08809. For more information, visit

Saturday - Sunday, August 11 - 12, 2012 - Cape May, Cape May County
27th Annual Cape May Antique and Folk Arts Show & Sale

For the past 27 years, antiques dealers from across the Mid-Atlantic region have gathered along Historic Cold Spring Village's shaded, clamshell lanes to display and sell their wares. The event takes place August 11th - 12th with hours from 9 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday and 10am to 4:30pm on Sunday. The village's restored historic buildings, which date from 1691 to 1912, will be open with historical interpretations and demonstrations of the trades and crafts from the mid-1800s.

Featured items at the show include country and Victorian furniture, silver, ephemera, glass, linens and textiles, pottery, primitives, toys, books, Americana, and more! New for 2012, the Needle Arts Coop is a learning center featuring interactive lessons and information on handmade crafts and skills. Take-home kits and supplies are available for purchase along with specialty items made by local and Village artisans. The Country Store will also be open, featuring a selection of handmade artisan wares, heritage toys, books, preserves and more. 

At 2:00 pm on Saturday, enjoy the Bob Ferris Orchestra providing big-band entertainment for all ages.

Historic Cold Spring Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern terminus of the Garden State Parkway. Admission during the season is $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. For more information on events, membership, volunteering, or booking private affairs, please call (609) 898-2300, ext. 10, or visit

Sunday, August 12 - Morristown, Morris County
21st Century Songs with Roots in the 1960s and 70s

Please join us for a fun, family-friendly summer's afternoon performance by singer-songwriter & guitarist Gary Reed who will perform in the beautiful historic garden of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum on Sunday at 4:00 pm.

Mr. Reed has reemerged as an accomplished and contemporary voice - with lyrics that resonate from that earlier time. An outstanding guitar player and performer, he is a premier fingerstyle guitar player and guitar champion winner who writes and plays unique solo guitar arrangements ranging from Joplin to the Beatles, New Age to Yazoo and "Finger Popping" original tunes. His style comes out of the 1960's revival of the black blues guitar players and performed with guitar guys from New York City and San Francisco. Gary started his performing career in the Village in the late sixties and early seventies being a regular player at the Bitter End, Folk City, Café Wah, Max's Kansas City, The Village Gate and most of the clubs in the Village at that time. He had the opportunity to open for some great players such as: Jerry Jeff Walker, Billy Joel, Randy Newman, Joe Walsh and Jeremy Steig.

Gary will perform in the Garden at 4:00 pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore through a variety of summer blooms in the garden and relax on the large lawn during the program. Guests may bring picnics, blankets or chairs and settle back for a late afternoon of great music in a beautiful setting. Travelling Treats Ice Cream Company will have a variety of treats on sale throughout the performance.

Tickets can be purchased beginning at 1:00 pm on the performance day and will give guests an opportunity to experience Macculloch Hall Historical Museum before heading out to the garden for the concert. The museum is open for tours of the home and galleries from 1pm, with the last house tour leaving at 3pm. The museum will remain open until 4:00 pm, when the performance begins. Admission is Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 - 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free. Please no dogs during programs in the garden. In the case of inclement weather the performance will be moved indoors. 

For information, call the Museum weekdays at 973-538-2404 or visit Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960.

Sunday, August 12 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Penny Rug Demonstration

Watch and learn about making penny rugs at a demonstration at Longstreet Farm on Sunday between 1:00 and 3:00 pm. Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, New Jersey 07733. Click here for more information.

Sunday, August 12 - Princeton, Mercer County
Day of Leisure

Visit the Princeton Battlefield this Sunday, for their annual "Day of Leisure" at the  Thomas Clarke House. Period dressed volunteers welcome participants of all ages to try out various 18th century games. You can play trap ball, a game of graces or try your hand at a number of dice games like Farkle or Teetotum. The event will be held rain or shine from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Sunday, August 12 - Millville, Cumberland County
32nd Annual Antique Fire Aparatus Show & Muster

On Sunday between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, visit Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center for their 32nd Annual Antique Fire Apparatus Show, Muster and Fire Fighter's Family Day. One of the largest events of its kind, the day will feature more than 80 antique fire trucks from as far away as Virginia and Connecticut.

Featured trucks include models dating back to the Revolutionary War era, as well as a Ward LaFrance once used by Trenton Psychiatric Hospital. Other antique firefighting apparatus and memorabilia will also be on display.  

A highlight of the event will be a firefighter competition where children of all ages can witness firsthand how firefighters use their training and skills to battle fires.

The friendly competition includes a water barrel fight, where a barrel is suspended on a cable and the two opposing teams try to move it to opposite ends using a high-pressure fire hose, and bucket brigade, where each team is timed as they carry water in buckets to the roof of a small building. Several firefighting demonstrations will also take place, including active pumping displays of fire hoses on numerous fire trucks.

The event is hosted by the 100-member Glasstown Antique Fire Brigade, the South Jersey chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA). For Muster Information contact Lee Eggert at 609-296-1025 or visit the Glasstown Antique Fire Brigade web site at

The event will be held rain or shine. Admission to the show is FREE! To visit WheatonArts: $10 adults, $9 senior adults and $7 for students. Children 5 and under are free.

Sunday, August 12 - Montague, Sussex County
Baskets, books and music of the Lenape Indians

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 between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. 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.

This weekend, Beth Jones will present a program related to the Lenape Indians and other Native American tribes at the Foster-Armstrong House. See her personal collection as well as MARCH's collection of Indian artifacts on display.

Sunday, August 12 - High Bridge, Hunterdon County
House Tours 

The Union Forge Heritage Association (UFHA) will open the Solitude House Museum for tours every Sunday between 2:00 and 4:00 pm. Visit the home that housed the presidents of the Taylor Steel and Iron Works. While visiting the estate, see the 1742 slave/servant quarters, the historic 1908 Lake Solitude Dam, 1742 Union Iron Works ruins and take a walk on the Taylor Steelworkers Historical Greenway, a 7 mile trail that takes visitors through nature and history in High Bridge. 7 River Road, High Bridge, NJ.

Sunday, August 12 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
History of Film: 1890-1960

View the exhibit "Lights! Camera! Action! History of Film: 1890-1960" at the 1741 Cornelius Low House Museum in Piscataway. The museum is open Sunday afternoons from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The exhibit will run through December 31, 2012. 

The Cornelius Low House, built in 1741, was the home to its namesake and is only one of two remaining buildings from historic Raritan Landing. This high-style Georgian mansion is listed on the National Register and operated by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission. Admission to the museum is FREE. The museum is located at 1225 River Road, Piscataway, NJ . For more information, visit

Out of State, but Close Enough!

Friday, August 10 & Saturday, August 11 - Green Lane, PA
Goschenhoppen Folk Festival

The Goschenhoppen Historians will be hosting their annual folk festival this Friday and Saturday. Learn about the Antes Plantation on Friday between 12:00 noon and 8:00 pm and Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Enjoy the authentic interpretation of the Pennsylvania German folk culture. Become a part of and learn the traditions, skills and trades of the Pennsylvania Germans. Eat some old fashioned Pennsylvania Dutch foods and listen to the folk music as well at this family oriented event! For more information, visit:

Some event listings courtesy of the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey


Hi - I've pictures from the Revolutionary War Days event at the Clinton Mill in Hunterdon County yesterday. I hope you like them!

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