Friday, December 28, 2012

Weekend Historical Happenings: 12/29/12 - 12/30/12

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Saturday - Sunday, December 29 - 30 - Trenton, Mercer County
Patriot's Week

This weekend, tour the New Jersey State House, watch a reenactment of the Battle of Trenton, tour the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion in Cadwalader Park, and attend lectures and musical programs. The Old Barracks and Trent House will also be open. Celebrate the end of the year in Revolutionary style! Visit for locations, times, and details. Stay for the day and enjoy lunch or dinner at one of Trenton's many find dining establishments. Huzzah!

Saturday - Sunday, December 29 - 30 - Toms River, Ocean County
Trains Come to Ocean County Historical Society

On display until January 18, the Ocean County Model Railroad Club will exhibit its collection of "Trains Through the Years" in the Pauline Miller Exhibit Hall, Ocean County Historical Society Museum, 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River, NJ 08753. This exhibit is free Monday-Friday, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm.

A highlight of the holidays will be the Model Train Show downstairs in the Birdsall Room of the OCHS Museum on Saturday and Sunday. From 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, enjoy the sights and sounds of O gauge and HO gauge trains operated by the Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders and watch steam train movies in the Research Center. Weekend admission is $3 adults, $2 children, $5 family. For information, call 732-341-1880.

Sunday, December 30 - Cranbury, Middlesex County
Display at the Cranbury Museum

Visit the Cranbury Museum on Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. A large Victorian dollhouse, dolls,  toys and children's books from the collections of five Cranbury Historical & Preservation Society members is on display through mid-March. To arrange for a group tour of the museum, please call 609-409-1289. The Cranbury Museum is located at 4 Park Place East, Cranbury.

Sunday, December 30 - 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

Tuesday, January 1 - Princeton, Mercer County
Princeton Battlefield Tour

On January 1, 2013, the Princeton Battlefield Society will be sponsoring a real-time tour of the Battle of Princeton, which occurred on January 3, 1777. Join William P. Tatum III, Society trustee and noted British Army historian, to trace the steps of American and British units at the same time of day as the original battle. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of the rigors of eighteenth-century combat and a deeper appreciation of the engagement at Princeton. There is no charge for this tour, though donations to the park are much appreciated (suggested donation of $5 per person). Attendees should wear warm clothes and stout shoes or boots. The tour will be walking intensive over variable ground. Please contact Will Tatum at with any questions and to RSVP for the tour. The tour begins at 7:00 am and will conclude around 9:30 am. Princeton Battlefield State Park, 500 Mercer Road, Princeton, NJ.

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


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