Friday, October 12, 2012

Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/13/12 - 10/14/12

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Exhibit through December - Mullica Hill, Gloucester County
"Digs and Discoveries"

The Harrison Township Historical Society is proud to announce their fall 2012 exhibition, "Digs and Discoveries." Starting Saturday, October 6 between 1:00 and 4:00 pm, all are welcome to delve into Mullica Hill's past by viewing articles from the Beryl Skinner collection. Also included are samples from an archaeological dig conducted on the Joseph Zane farm. These findings are on loan from the New Jersey State Museum located in Trenton.

Currently, Mullica Hill Commons occupies the Zane property. Before beginning construction, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection required that a cultural resources survey be conducted. Upon excavating the site researchers discovered various archaeological finds relating to Zane and his family over a 40 year period.

The collection represents six generations of family history starting with Joseph Zane, a blacksmith and resident of Harrison Township. Zane began acquiring property along Bridgeton Pike just south of Mullica Hill in 1796. Beryl Skinner is a descendant of Joseph Zane.

Join the Harrison Township Historical Society as they portray what life was like for early settlers though samples of textiles, needlework, furniture, and other fine pieces of the Beryl Skinner collection from 1:00 - 4:00 pm on weekends through December 8th with extended hours on second Saturdays.

Mullica Hill is South Jersey's premier destination for antiques, historical exhibits, and tales from the past. For further information about upcoming events or how to get involved visit or call Old Town Hall at 856-478-4949.

Friday - Saturday, October 12 - 13 - 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 & Saturday at 7:30 pm. The Allaire Village Chapel is limited to 100 people so pre-registration is a must! Only ticket-holders will be admitted to the performances. This show is a must-see for Halloween devotees and is great for people of all ages. Ticket cost is $15 per person. Call 732-919-3500 for tickets, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and have your credit card ready. Tickets can also be purchased online at

Allaire Village Incorporated is licensed by the State of New Jersey to operate the 40-acre, Historic Village at Allaire, the site of James P. Allaire's Howell Iron Works Company in the 1830's.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park at 4263 Atlantic Avenue in Farmingdale., Monmouth County, NJ. For more information contact the Historic Village at Allaire office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit

Saturday, October 13 - Madison, Morris County
Family Fun Day

Join the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts for lots of family fun and a craft activity on Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Advance registration is recommended. Call 973-377-2982 x12.

Regular museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, students & children (ages 6 and older), and free for members and children under 6. Family maximum admission $13.00. The Museum is open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street in Madison, just two blocks from the Madison train station.  For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit


Saturday, October 13 - Little Egg Harbor, Ocean County
Civil War Program

Civil War soldier

The Tuckerton Historical Society is hosting a Civil War Program on Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Reenactors will present their version of life as a soldier in the Civil War. The program will be held at the Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum located at 35 Leitz Blvd., Little Egg Harbor. For more information, call  609-294-1547.

Saturday, October 13 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Allaire Village's Annual Fall Flea Market

Allaire Village, Inc. is hosting a Fall Flea Market as a fundraiser on Saturday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Show Field at the Historic Village at Allaire, located in Allaire State Park. Admission to the Flea Market is $1/adult. Children under 12, accompanied by an adult, are admitted free. With over 125 vendors displaying old, new, and hand-made items of all types, there will be something for everyone! The rain date will be Sunday, October 14th.

This annual event is a fundraiser, benefiting the historic and educational programs presented at the Historic Village at Allaire by the nonprofit organization, Allaire Village, Inc. Patrons of the Flea Market will wish to visit the restored 1830s iron manufacturing community now known as the Historic Village at Allaire. This is a day of family fun for those interested in flea markets, history, or nature! Authentically clad museum interpreters, artisans, and craft demonstrators, such as blacksmiths and carpenters, present the story of the historic buildings and the people who lived and worked there over 175 years ago.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park at 4263 Atlantic Ave, Farmingdale, New Jersey 07727. For more information contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit

Saturday, October 13 - Manalapan, Monmouth County
Archives and History Day

Join over fifty history organizations who will have exhibit tables for this annual event at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan that began in 1996.  Stop by on Saturday and learn about New Jersey's fascinating history and the interesting work and programs offered. The day will include a keynote address by historian Michael Adelberg on the razing of Tinton Falls during the American Revolution, the Monmouth County History Forum, a seminar on National History Day, tours of the Monmouth County Archives, a history Game with many free prizes, and award presentations.

This event is free to attend. For a program of events on October 13, visit

Saturday, October 13 - 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, October 13 - Secaucus, Hudson County
Life and Times of Mayor Hague

Dr. Leonard Vernon speaks on "The Life and Times of Jersey City Mayor Frank Hague" on Saturday from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Secaucus Public Library, Secaucus, NJ. Frank Hague served as the mayor of Jersey City for much of the early twentieth century. He has been remembered as one of the most corrupt politicians of the century. But in this biography, Leonard Vernon reexamines Hague's deeds, prompting a new understanding of his life and the memory of politicians of the era.

Dr. Leonard Vernon, of Laurel, New Jersey, is a recognized expert on Frank Hague. He is a well-known local author, and his works include Jewish South Jersey and Jersey City Medical Center, and well as A Profession Persecuted: The History of the Chiropractic Profession in New Jersey.

Saturday, October 13 - Trenton, Mercer County
Fall Family Fun with Colonial Trades

Experience colonial trades and crafts at the historic Trent House museum on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm: 18th century blacksmithing and apple pressing; and dip your own beeswax candle to take home. Learn about these essential household skills that preceded the invention of electricity and grocery stores. Plus colonial toys and games; pumpkin painting and tours of the restored house and kitchen garden.

The 1719 William Trent House is the oldest building in our state capital. A Georgian-style manor house restored to its former glory and carefully furnished as it would have been in the early 18th century, it is located at 15 Market Street in Trenton, adjacent to the Hughes Justice Complex. Ample free parking. For more information and driving directions, visit or call 609-989-0087. No rain date. In case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled. 

Saturday, October 13 - Layton, Sussex County
Historic Marker Dedication

The Sandyston Township Historical Society will be sponsoring a dedication of the Sussex County historic marker honoring Layton, NJ on Saturday 2:00 pm in the Village of Layton on the front lawn of the Layton Post Office. The marker was purchased with donations made by the members of the Sandyston Township Historical Society. This marker is one of the 35 Sussex County historic markers already placed throughout the county. The markers now must be purchased by the group or organization applying for one. It is still governed by the Sussex County Historic Marker Committee, in conjunction with the Sussex Co. Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Sussex Co. Division of Facilities Management. This marker sited for dedication for Layton, NJ will be part of the anniversary program for Sandyston Township's 250th on the date and place mentioned above.

For more information please contact Patricia Haggerty Frato,, president of the Sandyston Township Historical Society, Sandyston Township's Appointed historian, chairman of the Sussex County Historic Marker Committee, member of the Chinkchewunska Chapter of the DAR in Wantage, NJ, and president of the Hainesville (Shaytown) Cemetery Association.

Saturday - Sunday, October 13 - 14 - River Edge, Bergen County
The War of Outposts

Hosted by Outwater's Militia, the 4th NJ Volunteers and the Bergen County Historical Society, this event will bring to life the running battles that occurred in Bergen County during the Spring of 1780 and highlight New Bridge Landing as a battlefield. Re-enactors from both sides of the Revolution will be on hand to demonstrate period trades/crafts, cooking, and children's drills. Battle reenactments will occur on both days. Activities include a scavenger hunt with prize. Over 40 reenactors are scheduled to participate. Hours are Saturday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

All three Jersey Dutch Sandstone houses will be open with exhibits, along with the tavern, gift shop, and outkitchen. By donation: $7 adult, $5 children, (Covers both days) BCHS members free. 
Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ.

Saturday - Sunday, October 13 - 14 - Sussex County
Sussex County 2nd Annual Heritage Tour

On October 13th and 14th historical museums and heritage organizations throughout Sussex County will join with the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council for a Heritage weekend. It is a weekend to explore the history and uniqueness of Sussex County. The following participating organizations will be open during Heritage weekend: Byram Historical/Roseville Schoolhouse Museum, DAR Elias Van Bunschooten Museum, Franklin Mineral Museum, Franklin Historical/Heritage Museum, High Point Monument State Park, Ogdensburg Historical Schoolhouse and Firehouse Museum, Peter's Valley Craft Center, Space Farms Museum, Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Stillwater Historical Museum, Sussex County Harvest and Honey Festival, Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council, Sussex County Historical Society, Vernon Historical Price's Switch Schoolhouse, Walpack Historical Van Campen Inn, Waterloo Village Heritage Day.

The Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council is located at 133 Spring St., Newton. For additional information or an updated schedule of corresponding events go to, click on events or call 973-383-0027.

Saturday - Sunday, October 13 - 14 - Somerset County
Somerset County Weekend Journey Through the Past

Somerset County's seventh annual Weekend Journey through the Past, a collaborative heritage tourism program, will showcase 27 significant historic sites countywide that will be open to the public free of charge on Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. There will be a wide range of tours and activities to provide an enjoyable free weekend outing for the entire family.

This  annual event, initiated and widely promoted by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission in cooperation with the county Board of Freeholders, brings the past to life through the dedicated efforts of the many participating historical societies and organizations, municipal historic commissions and their enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers.

Through the enthusiastic involvement, collaborative partnerships and support of Somerset County's many historic societies and commissions, the event features many special activities, including a contest for prizes; interpreted tours led by costumed docents; special collections and exhibitions; period military drills and encampment with living  history reenactors; open-hearth cooking; colonial tavern life; traditional blacksmithing; 19th-century firefighting wagons and apparatus and much more.

There also will be antiques sales; arts and crafts; a special U.S. Golf Association exhibition, "American Champions and Barrier Breakers: Contributions African-Americans Have Made to Golf for over a Century"; live period music performances and participatory colonial dance instruction; a scheduled theatrical performance; guidance on genealogical resources; daily chores of 18th century life; military history; demonstrations; local history videos; antique cameras, music boxes and unique musical instrument collections; participatory activities; interesting architecture; access to some sites not generally open to the public.

For comprehensive details, participating historic sites featured this year (including four new, first-time participating sites), information about how to qualify to win one of many pre-paid gasoline gift cards and advance information about the new "What in the World is That" kids/family detective investigation activity, visit or  contact Cultural & Heritage Manager Pat McGarry at 908-231-7110.

Sunday, September 9 - Roxbury, Morris County
Silas Riggs Saltbox House Open House

On Sunday between 1:00 and 4:00 pm, the Roxbury Historical Trust will host an open house at the eighteenth century Silas Riggs Saltbox House, the historic King House and the King Store Museums. The sites are located at 213 Main Street in the Ledgewood Village section of Roxbury Township. Tours are free and historic interpreters will be on hand. For more information, call Marge at 973-584-6931 or Richard at 973-584-7903.

Sunday, October 14 - Madison, Morris County
Gradual Emancipation and Indentures in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Join Dr. Sharon Sundue PhD on Sunday at 2:00 pm at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts as she discusses emancipation in the north and its ties to forced apprenticeship. This exhibit was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Advance registration is recommended. Call 973-377-2982 x13. Regular Admission. Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, 9 Main Street, Madison, NJ 07940.

Sunday, October 14 - Morristown, Morris County

Historic District House Tour

Carrie Fellows, Executive Director of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, located in Morristown, New Jersey, is pleased to announce the museum's upcoming "Historic District House Tour: Classic to Contemporary 1810 - 2012." The tour takes place on Sunday, October 14th, 2012 between 11am - 5pm. Eight private historic residences will be showcased. The event is sponsored by J&S Designer Flooring (Morristown). Additional leadership sponsors include the Morris County Tourism Bureau and 40 Park & the Shops on the Green.

Built between 1810 and 2012, the historical residences selected for the tour represent the style of assorted historical periods including Victorian, Georgian Revival, Brick Manor and Federal style. The exteriors remain true to their time period. For film lovers, one of these houses was featured in Meryl Streep's film "One True Thing." The contemporary penthouse apartment showcased in the tour overlooks "The Green," Morristown's historic town common.

Advance sale ticket vouchers ($35) can be purchased online through the museum website, and in Morristown at J&S Designer Flooring, the Morris County Tourism Bureau, and Lauren B. For further information about this event, or to purchase tickets, please visit On the day of the tour, tickets may be purchased ($40) and pre-sale ticket vouchers exchanged for tickets at the museum, 45 Macculloch Avenue.

For more information please contact Ellen Lebowitz at 917-916-4511.

Sunday, October 14 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
All Hallows' Eve

Allaire Village, Inc., the nonprofit Friends group supporting the educational programming at The Historic Village at Allaire, will present "All Hallows' Eve in the 1830s," a living history recreation of 19th century Halloween activities held in the restored iron works company on Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.

Enjoy a great day of family fun for children of all ages. Take part in 19th century games and listen to traditional Halloween stories! A costume parade and contest is also planned for 2:30 pm, and there will be prizes for the best and most original costumes. Everyone who participates in the costume parade will receive a prize! Children are invited to paint their own pumpkins, which will be provided by Allaire Village, Inc. (the total number of pumpkins available are limited so come early!). The pumpkin painting times will be staggered to eliminate crowding at the painting tables. This family event costs $5 per person, and children 6 and under are admitted free. What a fantastic way to get into the spirit of Halloween!

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park at 4263 Atlantic Ave, Farmingdale, New Jersey 07727. For more information contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit


Sunday, October 14 - Ewing, Mercer County
Preserving Family Photographs

The next Princeton Preservation Group meeting will be co-hosted by the Ewing Township Historic Preservation Society. Gary Saretzky, archivist and photographer, will provide guidance on how the life of family photographs can be extended so that they can be passed down to future generations. Gary's talk will be held at 2:00 pm at the Benjamin Temple House, 27 Federal City Road, Ewing, NJ 08638. RSVP to this event by calling 609-883-2455 or e-mail Visit

Sunday, October 14 - Westfield, Union County
"Native American Medicine Pouches"

The presentation Native American Medicine Pouches" will focus on the beliefs of the Lenape Indians who inhabited New Jersey at the time the first European settlers arrived. The presenters will explain the significance of medicine pouches and the special items that the wearer of the pouch might put inside. The volunteers will also relate the creation stories of each of the Lenape clans. Children will make their own pouches out of leather, decorate them, and choose shells or "magic stones" for inside.

This event will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Miller Cory House Museum. Also included are tours of the fully furnished, 1740 era farmhouse and 18th century open hearth cooking demonstrations in the museum's Frazee Building. Members of the Cooking Committee will prepare authentic colonial recipes using seasonal foods. The Miller Cory House Museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue, Westfield. Admission is $3.00 for adults and children 13 and older, $2.00 for children ages 3 to 12, and free under age 3.  For more information call 908-232-1776 or email    


Sunday, October 14 to July 28 - Bergen County
New Exhibit Opening

The Schoolhouse Museum in Ridgewood is pleased to announce the opening of their new exhibit, THE COLLECTION, on Sunday. The exhibit will run from October 14 through July 28, 2013. This unique exhibit celebrates 60 years of preservation efforts and showcases many of the museum's treasured artifacts. The artifacts and textiles on display include clothing, war artifacts, hand tools and much more! 

This exhibit will appeal to children and adults.

The Schoolhouse Museum located at 650 E. Glen Ave. in Ridgewood, NJ 07450 is open on Thursdays and Saturday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm and Sundays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Suggested donation is $5 for an adult and $10 for a family. For information about the Schoolhouse Museum visit or call 201-447-3242.

Sunday, October 14 - Southampton, Burlington County
Fall Art Exhibition Opening

Join the Pinelands Preservation Alliance on Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm for the opening reception of their new fall art exhibition "Landscapes of the Rancocas Watershed," featuring the work of the Rancocas Valley Plein Air Painters. The Rancocas Valley Plein Air Painters will display images that reflect the natural beauty and history that surrounds the path of the Rancocas Creek within the borders of its watershed. Work will include studies of PPA's Bishop farmstead across the seasons. The exhibit will run through December and is open to the public Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. All work is for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting PPA. Light refreshments will be served. Free to attend. The Pinelands Preservation Alliance is located at 17 Pemberton Road, Southampton, NJ 08088;; 609-859-8860;

October 1 - November 4 - Morristown, Morris County
Halloween Spirit at Acorn Hall

By the Victorian era, the ancient rituals of All Hallows' Eve had evolved into a holiday celebrated by children and adults alike. A special exhibit at Acorn Hall will explain popular games played at Victorian Halloween parties. It will also highlight the 19th-century Spiritualist movement. Spiritualism asserted that spirits of the dead can and do communicate with the living. Spiritualism developed and reached its peak between the 1840s and the 1920s. It was most enthusiastically embraced and led by women, putting it at odds with established religions.

The exhibit, which will run from October 1 to November 4, is included in the price of a tour of Acorn Hall. Acorn Hall is at 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown. Acorn Hall, the headquarters of the Morris County Historical Society, is an 1853 house remodeled into the Italianate Villa style in 1860. It is open to the public on Mondays and Thursdays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and on Sundays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Tours of the house and exhibits are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for students. Children under twelve are free. For directions or additional information call 973-267-3465 or visit

Sunday, September 23 - 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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