Friday, October 5, 2012

Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/6/12 - 10/7/12

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Friday - Tuesday, October 5 - 9 - Cape May, Cape May County
Cape May's 40th Annual Victorian Weekend

The 40th Annual Victorian Weekend celebrates Cape May's Victorian heritage, featuring the Chocolate Championship Tour & Tasting, Historic House Tours, Murder Mystery Dinners, Vintage Dance Weekend, living history programs, lectures, workshops, performances and more. Friday, Oct. 5 through Tuesday, Oct. 9. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Friday - Saturday, October 5 - 6 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
The Chilling Re-Telling of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Allaire Village is presenting a dramatic rendition of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"written by Washington Irving and performed by Neill Hartley. The performance takes place in the Allaire Village Chapel on Friday and Saturday, at 7:30 pm.

In an exciting performance, Neill Hartley, brings to life the tale of the Headless Horseman, within the candle-lit Allaire Village Chapel. You will be transported back to a time before television, radio, CDs, and electricity. The seating is limited to 100 for each performance, so advanced purchase is recommended. Only ticket-holders will be admitted to the performances. Ticket cost is $15 per person. To purchase tickets or for information, call 732-919-3500 and have your credit card ready.      
This event is sponsored and run by The Historic Village at Allaire and is a fund-raising event. Tickets are $15 per person, and are available by calling the Allaire Village office, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 732-919-3500. Tickets can also be purchased online at

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 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 732-919-3500 or visit

Saturday, October 6 - Madison, Morris County
Bottle Hill Day

Go back in time with the New Jersey Frontier Guard and learn about life during the French and Indian Wars (1754 - 1765) at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts on Saturday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Stationed on the front lawn of the museum, members of the New Jersey Frontier Guard will recreate and demonstrate the crafts, skills, military activities and daily life of the mid-eighteenth century New Jersey resident. In addition, visitors are encouraged to explore the Museum and its many exhibits. 

The outdoor program is FREE! Regular admission to the museum exhibits 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. For more information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit our website at

Saturday, October 6 - Cape May, Cape May County
Celebrate Victorian Cape May

Fisherman's Wharf Tour: Guided tour of Fisherman's Wharf at the Lobster House Restaurant. Learn how your seafood gets from the sea to your table and discover how Cape May has become the third largest commercial fishing port on the East Coast. Saturday at 10:30 am. $10 adults, $7 children (ages 3-12). Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). 

Private Homes Tour: See inside a selection of charming private cottages not normally open to the public. Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Admission $15; children (3-12) $10.

Chocolate Championship Tour & Tasting: Historic Inns and B&Bs compete for Cape May's Chocolate Champion title and you're the judge. Visit each competitor's property, sample their signature chocolate dessert and vote for your favorites. Turn in completed evaluation cards and get recipes by email. Saturday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Admission $25; children (3-12) $15.

Clueless at the Physick Estate: New in 2012! A "whodunit" mystery reminiscent of the popular board game in which tour-goers try to determine the solution as they encounter suspects throughout the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate. The program runs Saturday at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. $15 for adults. 

Beer & Chocolate Tasting: New in 2012! America's beer authority, Gary Monterosso, hosts a sampling of beers and chocolates that go perfectly together at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean Street on Saturday at 2:00 pm. Admission $30.

Stairway to the Stars Trolley Tour: Take an evening guided trolley tour from Cape May to the Cape May Lighthouse in Cape May Point State Park with narration about the lighthouse and time for a climb up the 199 steps to enjoy the view from the top of the gallery. Saturday, at 8:15 pm. Begins and ends at the Ocean Street trolley stop. Admission is $20 adult admission, $15 children (ages 3-12). 

All of these events are sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday, October 6 - Toms River, Ocean County
Grand Re-Opening

Join the Ocean County Historical Society as it celebrates its grand re-opening at 26 Hadley Avenue in Toms River on Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 PM. Celebrate the revitalized Industries Room from a fresh perspective. Artifacts and photos trace the earliest industries of iron, salt, and charcoal production, as well as boatbuilding and lumbering. The room also contains information on the poultry, cranberry and blueberry, fishing, decoy carving, and hunting guides, plus many other industries that enabled Ocean County residents to earn a living. Free admission. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, October 6 - Freehold, Monmouth County
Open Hearth Cooking 

The Monmouth County Historical Association invites the public to enjoy Open Hearth Cooking Demonstrations at Covenhoven House on Saturday between 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm. Come and observe eighteenth-century-style cooking over the open hearth and experience colonial life as you tour the house.  Visitors will be invited to sample treats made from authentic "receipts" provided by the hearth cook, Glenn May.

Guests will be able to take guided tours of this landmark house built in 1752 for William and Elizabeth Covenhoven.  The Covenhoven House later served as headquarters for British General Sir Henry Clinton before the Battle of Monmouth in June of 1778. The tour of the house will include a discussion of how tea was served in the eighteenth century. 

Admission is free - bring the family! Covenhoven House is located at 150 W. Main Street in Freehold near the Rt. 9 overpass.  Parking is available at Grace Lutheran Church at the corner of West Main Street and Business Route 33. For more information call 732-462-1466.

Saturday, October 6 - Freehold, Monmouth County
Book Sale at the Monmouth County Historical Association

In conjunction with the Freehold Boro Townwide Yard Sale, the Monmouth County Historical Association will be holding its Third Annual Used Book Sale on the front lawn of the Museum & Library at 70 Court Street in Freehold on Saturday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. All books are donated and proceeds will go to the preservation of the Association's research collection. On Sunday come to the Bag Sale from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.  The cost will be $5 for a plastic bag provided by the Association, $6 for a paper grocery bag provided by the Association, and $7 for a bring-your-own canvas bag or to purchase a stylish and reusable woven Monmouth County Historical Association logo bag.

There will be free admission to the museum on both Saturday and Sunday where visitors can enjoy a tour of the current exhibition, "Marching Away: Monmouth County in the Civil War." 

Saturday, October 6 - Montague, Sussex County
The Early Dutch-American Architecture of New Jersey's Minisink

The Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History will host Greg Huber's presentation about "The Early Dutch-American Architecture of New Jersey's Minisink" which includes the Foster-Armstrong House. It will be held at the Foster-Armstong House, 320 River Road/CR 521 in Montague at 1:00 pm. Some sites representing that style may be viewed during an auto tour that will follow. Huber has 35 years of experience analyzing and studying historic architecture. He will relate the early Dutch connection to this area, and also show and identify key features. Huber is a well-respected and recognized scholar, a barn and house historian, and the owner of Past Perspectives. For more information call 973-293-3949 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, October 6 - 7 - Hewitt, Passaic County
Civil War Living History Weekend and Candle Lantern Tours

The Friends of Long Pond Ironworks is sponsoring a Civil War Living History Weekend and Candle Lantern Tours this Saturday and Sunday. The site will be open on Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

On Saturday there will be Candle Lantern Tours: A family tour will be offered at 7:30 pm. Children under 12 years of age will not be admitted. An adult only tour will be offered at 9:00 pm. Advance registration is required as space is limited. Tickets are $10/adult and $5/child.

To make reservations, call: 973-657-1688 and please leave your name, tour time, number of tickets, and telephone number. They will confirm your reservation. Long Pond Ironworks is located at 1334 Greenwood Lake Turnpike, Hewitt, New Jersey 07421.

Saturday - Sunday, October 6 - 7 - Millville, Cumberland County
Festival of Fine Craft

See over 125 juried artists from across the country present studio art glass, stained glass, creative jewelry designs, unusual metal sculptures, innovative wearables and accessories, intricate baskets, sculptural and functional clay pieces, woodcarvings and turned vessels, handcrafted furniture, and two-dimensional art and photography at the Festival of Fine Craft on Saturday and Sunday at WheatonArts. The event will be held from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm both days, rain or shine. WheatonArts is located at 1000 Village Dr, Millville, New Jersey 08332.

Also see artist demonstrations, participate in family activities, entertainment, food, vendors and a glass pumpkin patch.

On 55 wooded acres in southern NJ, WheatonArts is home to the Museum of American Glass, the CGCA International Fellowship Program, the largest folklife center in NJ, a hot glass studio, traditional craft studios, five museum stores and an event center.

Saturday - Sunday, October 6 - 7 - Passaic County
Passaic County History Fair

On Saturday and Sunday, historic sites, museums, cultural centers, and other attractions all over Passaic County will be participating in History Fair weekend, an annual event highlighting the rich historical and cultural heritage of the area. The fair is your chance to take advantage of free admission at some of the county's most historic places, as well as specially designed exhibits, tours, discussions, and other events.

This year's list of participants will include the American Labor Museum (Botto House) in Haledon, the Hamilton House in Clifton, Lambert Castle in Paterson, the Paterson Museum, and the Paterson Public Library. Other organizations from around the county will install displays and make information available at the Paterson Museum, while Lambert Castle will host several speakers and an overnight Civil War encampment.

For the first time, the Paterson Trolley will be available for free transportation between Lambert Castle, the Paterson Museum, and the Paterson Public Library. A full schedule of events, plus links and other information on all the participating organizations, is available at

Sunday, October 7 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Walnford Day

The sights and sounds of the past come alive at Historic Walnford in Upper Freehold on Sunday between 1:00 and 5:00 pm. Plan on spending an afternoon taking a step back to explore the past! 

Activities planned for the day include:

• Quill Pen Calligraphy
• Blacksmith Demonstrations
• Old-Fashioned Games
• Dressing up in period garments
• Weaving & Spinning Demonstrations
• Exhibits about how homes were lighted before electricity and life at Walnford in 1862
• The Practitioners of Early Musick performing flute and harpsichord music (1:00 - 5:00 pm)
• Horse Drawn Wagon Rides (1:00 - 5:00 pm) 

Visit the large, elegant Walnford home built in 1774, the 19th century gristmill and the farm buildings set in a beautiful landscape. Walnford is located at 62 Walnford Road, 08501.

Sunday, October 7 - Whippany, Morris County
12th Annual Pumpkin Festival

Spend the day at the Whippany Railway Museum and celebrate the Fall Harvest and the Season of the Witch, during the museum's 12th Annual Pumpkin Festival.  The local area's highly anticipated family event will be held on Sunday from 12:00 noon to 5:30 pm, rain or shine.

Bring the whole family and join in the fun! Walk among the pumpkins, corn shocks, and grinning scarecrows, as you enjoy the wares of local craft merchants and railroad memorabilia dealers at the popular Pumpkin Market Place Crafts Fair, where you'll be sure to find that perfect autumn gift for family and friends.

Select a pumpkin from the Farmer's Market. With so many to choose from, you'll be sure to find one that's just right...It's Pumpkin Pick'n Time! You can also purchase a bounty of fall harvest and produce items at the festival.

Walk through a railroad yard, lost in time, where you'll see the finest collection of restored, historic railroad locomotives and cars in the state of New Jersey...some dating back well over 100 years!  

The kids will enjoy having their picture taken in front of our haunted house, and they will delight at the indoor and outdoor model train layouts that will be in operation throughout the day.

You'll see a unique collection of antique farm tractors.  The museum has assembled an outstanding assortment of vintage, American-built, gas-powered agricultural tractors, which help to tell the story of how the railroads delivered the crops that fed a nation, to market.

Add even more fun to your day by climbing aboard the Pumpkinliner for a relaxing excursion train ride that follows the route of the Historic Whippanong Trail.  The train will feature restored, antique cabooses that passengers can ride in. Make your day extra special by riding aboard the museum's elegantly restored 1927-era Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ) Club Car, Jersey Coast.  The car has the look and feel of a private club with individual leather chairs, mahogany interior accented with stained glass, built-in tables and period ceiling fans.  The Jersey Coast recalls the 1930s when the CNJ operated its deluxe coach train, the Blue Comet, between Jersey City and Atlantic City, NJ. The striking paint scheme of cream and blue reminds one of a comet streaking through space.  It is the only car of its type operating in New Jersey.

TRAIN FARE: Adult: $13.00   Child (under 12): $8.00  Infants (1 year and under): Free. Pre-order ticket online using a credit card at The Whippany Railway Museum is located at 1 Railroad Plaza at the intersection of Route 10 West & Whippany Road in Whippany. For more information, call 973-887-8177 or visit

Sunday, October 7 - Cape May, Cape May County
Celebrate Victorian Cape May

Champagne Brunch Walk: Build up your appetite with a walking tour of the Historic District, and then enjoy a Southern-style breakfast buffet with mimosas at the historic Chalfonte Hotel, 301 Howard St. Sunday at 10:00 am. Admission $20, $15 children (ages 3-12). Opt for just the Historic District Walking tour (on a space available basis); admission $10, $7 children (ages 3-12).

Victorian Weekend Crafts & Antiques Show: Crafters and antiques dealers from throughout the region display and sell their wares on the lawn of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. between 10:00 am and 4 pm on Sunday. Free admission and free parking.

Lunch & Antiquing by Trolley: Hop on board a MAC trolley at the Physick Estate and stop at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., for lunch and antiquing. Then, it's back on board for an afternoon of crafts and antiques shopping with stops at West End Garage, Tree House Antiques and Cape May Antique Center. Sunday from 11:45 am to 5:00 pm. $35 includes lunch and transportation. 

Fudge Fantasy with The Original Fudge Kitchen: The Original Fudge Kitchen is known for its hand-whipped creamy fudge in an array of flavors. Indulge your richest fantasy at the Inn of Cape May as you sample the famous fudge flavors, watch and learn how they make the fudge and much more. Sunday at 2:00 pm at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St. Admission $15. 

Stairway to the Stars Trolley Tour: Take an evening guided trolley tour from Cape May to the Cape May Lighthouse in Cape May Point State Park with narration about the lighthouse and time for a climb up the 199 steps to enjoy the view from the top of the gallery. Sunday at 8:00 pm. Begins and ends at the Ocean Street trolley stop. Admission is $20 adult admission, $15 children (ages 3-12). 

The Dr. Is In: Meet Dr. Emlen Physick on his Estate's grounds at 1048 Washington St. from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Sunday. Opt for a guided tour of his house with its new theme in 2012: "What Those Victorians Wore." $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-12). 

All events are 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, October 7 - Basking Ridge, Somerset County
Lord Stirling Festival

Rev War soldiers
Step back in time to the colonial period at the Somerset County Park Commission's annual Lord Stirling 1770s Festival taking place on Sunday from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. 

Each year on the first Sunday in October, Lord Stirling's estate at Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge, NJ comes back to life in the late 1700s. Colonial craftspeople ply their trades, a town crier delivers the daily news, and Revolutionary War military detachments camp and conduct maneuvers on the former estate lawn. The event promotes historical and environmental education highlighting the unsung Revolutionary War hero William Alexander, Lord Stirling, who lived on the site and served under General George Washington.

Attired in replicas of 1770s clothing true to the period, meet a blacksmith, tinsmith, broom maker, cooper, and other trades people of the times. Crafters make toys, dolls, lace, decorative arts, woodcarvings, and spin wool into yarn. No crafts are sold at this entertaining and educational event. See sheep, goats, and chickens that were staples of colonial life in the 1770s. Children can try stenciling, quill writing, making clay pots, and playing colonial games. Drink a cup of cider made on site at the working cider press and hop aboard the hay wagon for a ride around Lord Stirling's apple orchard. Dress the part by trying on period style clothing or spend a few minutes in the Somerset Gaoler's wooden pillory while friends and family take photographs.

The event provides an educational and enjoyable way to learn about colonial times and the importance of New Jersey's role in the American Revolution. Visitors can question craftspeople about their trades, tour Lord Stirling's wine cellar, and enjoy the sights, sounds, and aromas of a colonial style autumn festival. Listen to colonial ballads played on instruments of the period. Visit the camps of Heard's Brigade, Captain John Outwater's Militia, Past Muster, and the Donegal Riflemen. Watch as the militias conduct maneuvers and children can participate in a musket drill. A professional Town Crier announces the events of the day and reads the Declaration of Independence. In the afternoon, meet Lord Stirling as he strolls around his estate.

Lord Stirling (the Scottish earldom and title acquired by William Alexander of Basking Ridge) was close friends with George Washington and served as a Major General directly under his command during the Revolution. Stirling built his manor house around 1762 and lived there for 20 years. An archaeological team sponsored by the Somerset County Park Commission excavated part of the site and has studied the recovered artifacts. See what they have found on the site and hear about the history associated with these artifacts. Part of the original Stirling manor house foundation still exists under the modern house now occupying the site and is open to the public for tours for the day. Artifacts unearthed by the Lord Stirling Field Project represent well over 250 years of site occupation.

This event is held rain or shine. There is a suggested donation of $4.00 per person. Call the Environmental Education Center at 908-766-2489 for more information.

Sunday, October 7 - Rutherford, Bergen County
Scarecrow Building

Join us to make a scarecrow to decorate the front yard of the Meadowlands Museum on Sunday at 2:00 pm. Adopt a scarecrow frame and use our supplies to make a unique scarecrow with your family or friends. Eat donuts and drink some cider. Call 201-935-1175 or e-mail to register. $10/group of 6 or less. The Meadowlands Museum is located at 91 Crane Avenue, Rutherford, NJ 07070.

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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