Friday, August 3, 2012

Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/4/12 - 8/5/12

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Saturday, August 4 - Browns Mills, Burlington County
August 2012 Moonlight Walk at Historic Whitesbog Village

The Whitesbog Preservation Trust  will host a moonlight walk at Historic Whitesbog on Saturday at 7:00 pm. By the soft glow of moonlight, walk through the dark, mysterious pines, along white sugar sand roads, to the shimmering cranberry bogs. Whipoorwills may offer their melodic calls. 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.

Meet at the General Store at 7:00 PM. Guests should be prepared for a relatively vigorous walk, are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring everything that may be needed for a hike: sturdy shoes, appropriate clothing, and a flashlight. Light refreshments will be served after the walk. Inclement weather cancels. Fee is $5 per person. Reservations by Friday, August 3 are required: leave name, telephone number and number of people attending on main voicemail, 609-893-4646, or email

All proceeds benefit the Whitesbog Preservation Trust in its tireless efforts to restore and protect Historic Whitesbog Village and its surrounding lands. Whitesbog Village is located at mile marker 13 on County Route 530 in Browns Mills (Pemberton Township), NJ. To find out more and for directions call 609-893-4646, email or visit

Saturday, August 4 - Lambertville, Mercer County
Honey Harvest

Howell Farm will hold its annual old fashioned honey harvest on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

All of the Farm's bees will be on their best  behavior that day according to beekeepers, who have invited the public to meet the queens, drones and workers who are responsible for this year’s crop of clover honey.  Visitors will be able to help uncap and extract honey, to taste and buy honey, and to see the insides of working hives.

The "bee yard" will be open for visits from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon, when beekeeper Bob Hughes removes the boxes that contain frames of honey. Visitors who want a close-up view of the action - which involves "brushing" the bees off the frames -  should avoid wearing perfume, cologne, or hairspray. Children can help spin honey from the frames by turning the crank of an "extractor". Honey extracting and sampling will take place at 1:00 pm. Howell Living Farm is 1.5 miles east of Belle Mountain Ski Area on Valley Rd., off Rt. 29, two miles south of Lambertville, NJ

Saturday, August 4 - Trenton, Mercer County
Fife and Drum Evening "Taptoe" at Old Barracks Museum

For a unique, colorful, and fascinating way to spend a summer's evening, bring a lawn chair or a blanket to spread on the lawn of the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton at 8:00 pm, Saturday. The Fifes and Drums of the Old Barracks Museum will perform a traditional "Taptoe" ("Closing of the Taps" signaling the end of the soldier's day) at sunset, performing a variety of military and traditional songs common during the time of the American Revolution, including the ceremony retiring the "Colours," displaying the remarkable versatility of these most common of military instruments. Selections will also include vocal selections, the Celtic flute, the fiddle, and the bodhran, all set against the romantic and dramatic setting of the sun behind the 254-year-old Barracks and Officer's House.

Admission to the grounds is $10.00 and visitors are invited to bring a blanket or a lawn chair and spread it on the lawn surrounding the Barracks Parade Ground; light refreshments will be available for purchase at a low cost. For $20.00, visitors may reserve a seat on the Barracks 2nd floor gallery surrounding the Parade where they will be served complimentary wine and cheese. Seating will be limited so interested souls are encouraged to make reservations in advance by calling 609-396-1776 for lawn and gallery seating. Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ. 609- 396-1776;

Saturday, August 4 - Madison, Morris County
Exhibit Tour

Join the Curator of Education, Meg Wastie, as she leads a guided tour of the exhibit, Spinning Tales: The Fabric of New Jersey, at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts. Space is limited. Advance registration required, so call 973-377-2982 x14. Regular admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, students & children and FREE for Members.  Family maximum admission $13.00. The museum's summer hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and closed Sunday and Monday.) The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street in the heart of downtown Madison, just two blocks from the Madison train station. For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit  

Saturday - Sunday, August 4 - 5 - Woodbridge, Middlesex County
Civil War Encampment at Parker Press Park

The Robert E. Lee Civil War Roundtable presents its annual Civil War Living History Weekend at Parker Press Park, Rahway, Avenue in Woodbridge on Saturday and Sunday. Camp open to the public 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. See reenactments of battles, walk through the camp, meet soldiers, artisans and more! Candlelight tours of the camp will be held on Saturday from 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm. Rain or shine, free admission, and free parking. There will also be a Civil War Library book sale.

Saturday - Sunday, August 4 - 5- Cape May, Cape May County
"Down on the Farm Weekend"

Experience the life of a farmer through hands-on activities and exhibits at Historic Cold Spring Village's 'Down on the Farm' event, which will be held Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. Historic Cold Spring Village, a 19th century open-air living history museum, presents the trades, crafts, architecture and lifestyles of an Early American, rural South Jersey farming community. The Village is also home to a working 8-acre organic heritage farm complex. 

Special exhibits throughout the Village will include a vast collection of antique and modern farming equipment and hand tools. Visitors can tour of the historic Gandy Barn, c. 1880, which is now home to Levi the horse! In the morning, Levi and the Village farmers will demonstrate horse-driven farming techniques. During the afternoon, visitors can take horse and carriage rides around the Village - free with admission! Village farmers will also demonstrate traditional methods of feed production, from corn shelling to milling. Guests can also visit the Village sheep, pigs, chickens and calf!

The Family Activity Area will feature children's dress-up clothes, games, and cornhusk doll-making. Kids can even navigate a hay maze! On Saturday at 11am, the Second Annual Village Dog Show will begin with a Pooch Parade. Entrance in the Dog Show is $5 per pet and includes a treat and bandana. At 2pm on both Saturday and Sunday, HCSV Education Director Jim Stephens will present The Story of Old Glory, a fascinating look at the origins and history of our nation's flag. 

The Friends of Historic Cold Spring Village are hosting a traditional South Jersey corn and potato roast. Visitors can also purchase Village-grown organic produce at the Country Store.

Historic Cold Spring Village is a non-profit, open-air living history museum that portrays the daily life of a rural South Jersey community of the Early American period. It features 26 restored historic structures on a 30-acre site. 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 5 - Cape May, Cape May County
Teddy Bear Tea Party

Teddy Bear Tea Party: B.Y.O.B.-Bring your own bear (or dolly). Teddy Bear Tea Parties at the Emlen Physick Estate feature kid-friendly menus and teddy bear music. Miss Jeanne and a special guest from The Cape May Teddy Bear Co. will be presenting stories and activities for the Teddy Bear Tea attendees as well as providing a goody bag. Program begins at 12:00 noon. $18 for adults; $10 for children (ages 3-12). 1048 Washington St. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information or to make reservations, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Sunday, August 5 - Cape May, Cape May County
Guardians of the Cape Trolley Tour

A narrated tour of the beachfront, east of Madison Avenue to the Coast Guard Base where the trolley will continue with a tour of the only U.S Coast Guard training facility in the United States. Trolley will take passengers to the Sunset Parade of the entire battalion of recruits. Following the Sunset Parade, the trolley will shuttle back to the trolley stop. Trolley leaves at 6:15 p.m. Photo ID required at the base. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Sunday, August 5 - Scotch Plains, Union County
Wedding Gown Exhibit

On Sunday, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm the Osborn-Cannonball House Museum will be open for tours. A display of wedding gowns from 1895-2000 will be featured.  Costumed docents will be on hand to explain the history and origin of the fashions, and in general, about the museum and local history. The event is open to the public, and there is no charge for admission. Located on Front Street, near the Scotch Plains Town Hall. 908-322-6700 Ext. 230.

Sunday, August 5 - Montague, Sussex County
House Tours, Q&A with Town Historian

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, town historian Alicia Batko will be available to answer questions about Montague and its places at the Foster-Armstrong House. She will have tri-state postcards on display and will be signing copies of her Images of America book on Montague.

Sunday, August 5 - 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 5 - Bridgeton, Cumberland County
Potter's Tavern Open

Potter's Tavern in Bridgeton, will be open Sunday afternoon from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Potter's Tavern was a popular meeting place just before the Revolution due to it proximity to the Cumberland County Courthouse. For several months between December 1775 and February 1776, Matthew Potter posted a manuscript newspaper called The Plain Dealer at his Tavern. Although it voiced opinions pro and con the British, it is remembered as a patriotic voice against Crown rule, making the tavern keeper a hero of the Revolution. 

This original 18th-century frame structure, carefully restored at its original site on the Broad Street hill facing the Courthouse, is listed on he National Register and owned and operated by the Cumberland County Historical Society. Contact and other information can be found at

Sunday, August 5 - 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

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


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