Friday, May 17, 2013

Weekend Historical Happenings: 5/18/13 - 5/19/13

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Saturday, May 18 - Pennsauken, Camden County
Spring Festival

The annual Pennsauken rite of Spring returns to historic Burrough-Dover House on Saturday from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm! An event for the whole family to have fun in seasonal style with pony rides, petting zoo, games and craft activities! Tour the 300 year old Burrough family home and its museum of nostalgia! Take the nature trail and view Pennsauken Creek! Hot dogs and refreshments available for purchase! Bring the kids, your camera and your sense of Spring fun! Admission is free, parking is free, and fun and games! The historic Burrough-Dover House is located at the end of Burrough-Dover Lane, off Haddonfield Road near the Wyndam Road traffic signal.

Saturday, May 18 - Bergen County
Homespun History Day

The Northwest Bergen History Coalition is pleased to host its third annual History Day on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Eight historical homes and museums will be open to the public to tour and enjoy. Each site will feature a special exhibit of quilts, coverlets, samplers, and other homemade items from their collections. The museums and historic homes on the tour include: 

The Schoolhouse Museum, 650 E. Glen Avenue, Ridgewood;
The Hermitage, 335 North Franklin Turnpike, HoHoKus;
The Fell House, 475 Franklin Turnpike, Allendale;
The Hopper-Goetschius Museum 363 E. Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River;
The Old Stone House, 538 Island Road, Ramsey;
The Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah;
The Van Allen House, 3 Franklin Avenue, Oakland;
The Zabriskie House, 421 Franklin Avenue, Wyckoff.

Tickets for admission to all eight sites are $10 a person, children 12 and under are free. Tickets will be on sale at each of the sites on the day of the tour. All proceeds from the ticket sales will be equally divided among the eight historical sites. The Coalition will be selling grilled hotdogs and soda at the picnic area at the Hopper-Goetschius House Museum in Upper Saddle River.

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to learn more about Northwest Bergen County history and see our stunning collections of homespun artifacts.  For more information about the day call the Schoolhouse Museum at 201-447-3242 or e-mail

Saturday, May 18 - Little Egg Harbor, Ocean County
Morro Castle Disaster

On Saturday, the Tuckerton Historical Society presents "Inferno At Sea: The Story of the Morro Castle Disaster," presented by Gretchen Coyle and Deborah Whitcraft. This presentation will be held from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at the Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 35 Leitz Blvd., Little Egg Harbor, NJ. For more information, call 609-294-1547. 

Saturday, May 18 - Lawrence Township, Mercer County
Delaware & Raritan Canal Walking Tour

The Delaware & Raritan Canal Watch will hold a free walking tour along the Delaware & Raritan Canal on Saturday. The walk will explore a less traveled section of the canal park between Baker's Basin in Lawrence Township and Mulberry Street in Trenton, a distance of 4.1 miles. There will also be an opportunity for a shorter walk, 2.9 miles. Meet 10:00 am at the canal parking lot on Carnegie Road in Lawrence. Carnegie Road can be reached from northbound Brunswick Avenue (Route 1), north of Darrah Lane. The tour will contrast a rural section north of Whitehead Road and an industrial section of the park to the south. Canal Watch board member Bob Barth will conduct the walk. For further information and weather-related updates, call Mr. Barth at 201-401-3121 or e-mail The nonprofit D & R Canal Watch helps promote, enhance and preserve the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park.

Saturday, May 18 - Mt. Tabor, Morris County
The Role the National Register plays in our Communities

Established under the Historic Sites Act of 1935 and expanded by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register serves as the official list of historic resources at the national level. Hundreds of NJ properties are among the 77,000 listed on the National Register. On Saturday at 3:00 pm, learn more about the properties and landscapes in your own community that have received this national distinction, and gain a better understanding of how and why they are protected. Presented by Kathleen Galop, Historic Preservation Consultant. Sponsored by the Mt Tabor Historical Society.  The program will be held at the Bethel in Trinity Park, Mt Tabor, located at 26 Simpson Avenue, Parsippany. For more information, visit

Saturday, May 18 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Grand Opening Festival at Allaire

On Saturday, the Historic Village at Allaire will be presenting a Grand Opening Festival and Illumination Tour from 12:00 noon - 9:00 pm.  Join the villagers as they kick off the 2013 interpreting season will a fun-filled day of music, storytelling, crafts, games, shopping, and guided tours of the buildings. There will be a grand opening parade through the Village at 12:00 noon and a Market Auction and AVFA Flower Show at 2:00 pm outside of the General Store.

Visitors will partake in 19th century activities such as cider pressing and games alongside the villagers, allowing for insight as to how people in the 19th century lived their lives. With the beautiful weather we are coming to expect in May, this is certainly an event you wouldn't want to miss, as it is one of the biggest and most exciting days of their season. The militia will be present in the village demonstrating different drills and practices. This event provides visitors with a unique opportunity to tour the historic buildings in the evening, with lanterns lighting the way. In addition, Evening Illumination Tours will give a unique look at the lantern-lit Village.

Allaire Village, Incorporated is licensed by the State of NJ to operate the 40-acre, state-owned 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 at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ.

Saturday, May 18 - Cape May County
Spring Historic & Classic House Tour

The Cape May County Historical and Genealogical Society is hosting its third annual spring Historic & Classic House Tour on Saturday. Eight historic homes and two classic homes, seven never before opened to the public, can be visited that day.  The tour runs from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, rain or shine.

Participating historic houses range in date from ca. 1700 Owen Coachman House in Lower Township to Rufwud Cottage, built in 1915 by a Philadelphia architect as his personal summer cottage in Stone Harbor. Also included are several farmhouses, one of them in the process of being renovated.  New this year are classic-style houses (the more-modern ones you've always wanted to see inside) that feature antiques-filled interiors.  One is Pennsylvania-style stone farmhouse with a log cabin behind it, while the other is a timber-frame structure owned by two antiques dealers who have filled it with their best treasures.  Historic and classic houses and are located outside of Tuckahoe, and in Clermont, South Dennis, Cape May Court House, Villas, Stone Harbor, Dias Creek, and Lower Township. 

A box lunch with your choice of 3 sandwiches, chips, a beverage, and homemade dessert will be available for $8 the day of the tour at the Cape May County Historical and Genealogical Society's headquarters at 504 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House.

Tickets are $20, but are discounted at $15 if purchased in advance. Members of the Historical Society receive a 10% discount. Tickets can be purchased at the Cape May County Historical and Genealogical Society, 504 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House, NJ, by calling the Historical Society at 609-465-3535, or on-line at Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event at the Historical Society.

The Cape May County Historical and Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1927; it opened the Cape May County Historical Museum in 1930.  In 1976, it moved into the ca. 1704 Cresse-Holmes House, which it operates as a house museum.

Saturday, May 18 - Browns Mills, Burlington County
Whitesbog Preservation Trust Founders' Day

On Saturday, the Whitesbog Preservation Trust will celebrate 30 years of  Preservation by honoring the organization's founders, including Michele Byers, Candace Ashmun, William Bolger and many other honorees instrumental in preserving and protecting Historic Whitesbog Village and the surrounding 3,000 acres of cranberry bogs, blueberry fields and Pineland forest. The Whitesbog Preservation Trust's Founders Day Committee has planned an afternoon of Guided Tours, Presentations, Living History Reenactments, hearty hors d'oeuves, beverages courtesy of Flying Fish Brewery & Valenzano Winery, and a Recognition Program honoring our very special guests. $40/- per person in advance. Please visit the Trust's website,, to download an invitation and response card or call 609-893-4646. $50/- per person at the door.

Today, historic Whitesbog Village, administered by the NJDEP, Division of Parks & Forestry, Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, is managed and maintained by the Whitesbog Preservation Trust. Over the past 30 years, it has taken the inspiration, motivation, hard work and dedication of many hands for the Whitesbog Preservation Trust to succeed, and historic Whitesbog Village to be defended, restored and preserved. 

Whitesbog Founders' Day celebrates these successes, highlights the restoration and interpretive efforts completed and underway, and recognizes Michele Byers and the individuals who first championed the protection and preservation of this priceless piece of the New Jersey Pinelands.

Saturday, May 18 - Morristown, Morris County
Soldier at the Huts

Learn about the life of a common soldier during the winter encampment and see the clothing, equipment and weapons that a soldier used as you visit the replica soldier huts of the Pennsylvania Line. Program from 1:30 - 4:00pm at the Soldier Huts at Jockey Hollow within Morristown National Historical Park. Cost: Free.

Saturday, May 18 - Cherry Hill, Morris County
Archaeological Society of NJ Meeting

The Archaeological Society of New Jersey will be meeting on Saturday at Croft Farm in Cherry Hill. The meeting is free and open to the public. A list of presentations is appended below.

All sessions are held at the historic Croft Farmhouse, 100 Borton's Mill Road, Cherry Hill. For more information, visit

11:00 - 12:00: Board Meeting
12:00 - 12:30: Lunch
12:30: President's Welcome
12:45: The Cherry Hill Site (28Ca2): A prehistoric window on early Camden County New Jersey; presented by Tony Bonfiglio and Jack Cresson
1:15: Results of Archaeology at the Madeira I Site, Moorestown, NJ; presented by Ilene Grossman Bailey
1:45 - 2:00: Break
2:00 - 2:30: Telling Time with Equines: A Study of Bridle Bits; presented by Tabitha Hilliard
2:30 - 2:45: Archaeology at the Kay Evans Farm (Croft Farm, Cherry Hill); presented by Michael Gall

Saturday, May 18 - Morristown, Morris County
Civilian Conservation Corps Hike

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, a group of young men changed Jockey Hollow forever. Join a Ranger on a 2.25 mile round trip hike on the Yellow Trail to discover how these men transformed Jockey Hollow into what we love today while only earning $30 a month! Meet at 10:00 am at the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center at Jockey Hollow within Morristown National Historical Park. Cost: Free.

Saturday - Sunday, May 18 - 19 - Morris County
Bring a Guest!

This Saturday and Sunday, Morris County invites you to "Bring a Guest"! This program is a Buy One, Get One Free event sponsored by the Morris County Alliance for Tourism (MCAT). MCAT, a group of Morris County attractions, was formed to establish partnerships and cooperatively promote events through the Morris County Tourism Bureau. There are so many cultural attractions in Morris County and this program offers visitors a chance to visit multiple sites in one weekend or spread their visits throughout the year. Bring a friend, a family member, or colleague to participating sites for a discount on the weekend of May 18 and 19, 2013 during site hours listed below, and receive a punch card for discounted admission throughout the year at participating sites. "Bring A Guest" provides an affordable way for people to introduce their friends to historic sites and museums they enjoy, or to visit additional sites at a discount year round. 

On May 18 and 19, 2013, at participating sites:
Buy One, Get One admission - based on each site's regular admission pricing (higher price prevails) on adults, students and seniors. Children are free  (Child ticket age varies by site). The purchaser will receive a punch card for $1 off admission to each of the participating sites, good through 5/11/14. Visit for site information and hours, and to print or download a site guide/map.

Participating Sites - Saturday, May 18, 2013
    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Historic Speedwell 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Morristown National Historical Park  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Museum of Early Trades & Crafts 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Participating Sites - Sunday, May 19, 2013
    Macculloch Hall Historical Museum 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm
    Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm
    Morristown National Historical Park 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Museum of Early Trades & Crafts 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm
    Morris Museum 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm
    Schuyler-Hamilton House Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm

For additional information about Bring a Guest prior to the event, contact the Morris County Tourism Bureau 973-631-5151 or e-mail For information about Bring a Guest during the weekend the program takes place, contact Morristown National Historical Park - 973-539-2016 x 210.  Punch cards received by purchaser on the days of the event provide discounts of $1 off regular admission at participating sites on regular programming, not special events, through 5/11/2014. Visit for site information and to print or download a site guide/map.

Sunday, May 19 - Hopewell, Mercer County
Annual House Party

The Hopewell Valley Historical Society's annual House Party will be held on Sunday from 3:00 - 5:30 pm at the Ralston Castle in Hopewell Borough. The hosts are Kevin & Hope Cotter. This is a members only program. Join now and come see this fabulous house! Memberships will be available at the door - $25 per person or $35 per family. Enjoy wine & hors d'oeuvres on the porches overlooking the town of Hopewell. Learn about the history of the house and its first resident, Webster Edgerly. Look for these Queen Anne decorative elements during your afternoon at Ralston Castle: Asymmetrical fa├žade with round and square towers set at the corners; cross-gabled hip roofs; extensive one-storied wrapped porch at the front of the house, including the primary entrance, and extending along the sides; classic one-story columns raised to the porch rail level supporting a second story balcony; turned painted spindles along the edge of the porch; grouped windows with simple surrounds and one pane sashes; doors with a single large pane of glass in the upper portion; the use of bay windows, towers, overhangs and wall projections to avoid using plain, flat walls; curved glass in the round tower windows; stately chimneys with inset or projecting relief panels; and finials at the tops of towers and gables. E-mail for more information.

Sunday, May 19 - River Edge, Bergen County
Pinkster - A Colonial Celebration of Spring

Pinkster is the Dutch name for Whitsunday or Pentecost, when a flower-crowned May Queen and King led merry-makers from door-to-door, gathering dyed eggs, butter, bread, cream, coffee, sugar, and tallow candles in baskets for a festive supper and dance. Toasts with buttermilk, known as “white wine,” and recital of the Pinkster Ode welcomed the return of summer.

Lift your spirit with a joyous celebration of Pinkster at Historic New Bridge Landing on Sunday from 1:00 - 5:00 pm and imagine you are back in the days when country folk celebrated greening woodlands and flowering meadows with a dance around the Maypole and sporting contests. 

A reading of the Pinkster Ode (Extracts from Ode, Composed on a May Morning by William Wordsworth, May 1826) will be held in the Steuben House at 2:00 pm, followed by a short history of the holiday, presented by historian Kevin Wright. 

The Tricorne Ensemble will dance around the Maypole at 2:30 pm. The public is invited to participate to dance at 3:30 pm. Ridley Enslow and Linda Russell on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. 

Children may participate in an historical scavenger hunt and drill with the Outwater's Militia, an American Revolutionary War reenactment group. 

For visitors of every age, there will be tours of the Demarest House, with its display of Jersey Dutch furnishings, and colonial cooking demonstrations in the Out-Kitchen throughout the day. Pinkster cake, doughnuts, strawberries and cream, and lemonade will be served in the restored eighteenth-century tavern in the Campbell-Christie House. An 18th century garden discussion and tour is scheduled for the Campbell-Christie House garden.

Experience history in one of the storied places where it was made! Come to Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. Selections from the collections of the Bergen County Historical Society will be on view in the three Jerey-Dutch houses. Suggested donation: $7 adult, $5 children, BCHS members free.

Sunday, May 19 - Oradell, Bergen County
Historic House Tour

Join the Water Works Conservancy and the Junior Women's Club of River Edge present as they present "An Historic House Tour: Back to the Future." The tour will start at the Historic Oradell Train Station, located at the corner of Maple Street and Oradell Avenue, Oradell. A self-guided tour of uniquely elegant homes - an architectural journey from Victorian to Arts & Crafts, Tudor to Modern and More! Ticket-holders will receive a handsome illustrated brochure describing the history and interior of each home, along with a suggested route, as well as shoe covers. Tickets: $30 in advance; $35 on the day of the tour. (available then ONLY at the Oradell Train Station). For advance tickets, go to or call 201-265-1000 for information.

Sunday, May 19 - Ledgewood, Morris County
Preservation Day

The Roxbury Township Historical Society and the Roxbury Historic Trust, Inc. will be hosting Celebrate Preservation Day on Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm with tours of the King Canal Store Museum, The King House, and the Silas Riggs Saltbox House. A special feature of the event will be appraisals by Steve Glaubman, expert appraiser, auctioneer, and senior buyer from Berman’s Auction Gallery in Dover, NJ. For a nominal fee of $5.00, Steve will examine and discuss the value of visitor’s antiques, collectibles, family heirlooms, garage sale finds, etc. 

Also at the King Canal Store, visitors will find a bake sale and a sale of collectibles. At 2:00 pm, a walking tour of Main Street, Ledgewood, will depart from the Store led by Richard Cramond, local historian and member of the Roxbury Historical Society and the Roxbury Historic Trust, Inc. 

Refreshments will be offered at the King house, and popular games from the 18th and 19th centuries will be played on the museum grounds. Along Main Street, there will be antique cars on view on the lawn.  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 973-927-7603.

Sunday, May 19 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
Bluegrass & Barbecue Festival

Attend the Bluegrass & Barbecue Festival on Sunday from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Tuckerton Seaport. Kick-off the summer with the down home sounds of bluegrass and the sweet smell of barbecue. Crafters, vendors, food, refreshments, family activities, demonstrations, decoy carvers, boat building and boat rides. New for 2013 - Todd's Musical Petting Zoo plus a pie bake-off contest. Admission: adults $8, seniors and members $6, ages 5-12 $5, under five free. Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ. For more information, call 609-296-8868 or visit

Sunday, May 19 - Atlantic City, Atlantic County
Pirate Activity Day

Aye, matey, Absecon Lighthouse is hosting a day for  young seafarers to come and experience a swashbuckling good time! The Philadelphia Fight Ensemble will present their live rapier skills in a show full of exciting swordplay and comedy for young and old. Trade quips with notorious Buccaneers, thrill as historical figures engage the audience with their swords whilst passing on a bit of their history through interactive fun. But, that's not all! Kids will enjoy crafts and Pirate "Jeoparrrrghdy," a scavenger hunt, goodie bag surprises & snacks, and a thrilling climb to the top of the Lighthouse to look out for the ghosts of shipwrecks. Dress as your favorite pirate! Admission is $12 for kids and $6 for adults. PLUS! The first 120 visitors to check in will be treated to a Jolly Roger Cruise out of Gardner's Basin at 3:00 pm on Atlantic City Cruises 'Cruisin One. The Lighthouse is open 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, and the show will be presented at 1:00 pm. Guests can climb and enjoy all activities prior to or after the show. For more information, call 609-449-1360. 

Absecon Lighthouse is a state-owned historic property administered by the non-profit Inlet Public/Private Association. Located at 31 South Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City, it is open to visitors Thursday through Monday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information about Absecon Lighthouse and its programs call 609-449-1360 or visit 228 Steps - One Amazing Journey!

Sunday, May 19 - Morristown, Morris County
What's up with the Weather?

Learn about the role of weather in the American Revolution as you meet one of Washington’s aides on a Ford Mansion tour. Learn how bad weather sometimes saved Washington and his army as well as how horrible the “Hard Winter of 1780” really was. Programs at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm at the Ford Mansion within Morristown National Historical Park. Cost: $4 per adult.

Sunday, May 19 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Children's Day at Rockingham

On Saturday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm, Rockingham will hold its Annual Children's Day. The site, which served as General George Washington's final wartime headquarters in later 1783, will offer activities and demonstrations of 18th-century life with support from the Montgomery High School Live Historians Club and the Rockingham Association. In addition to some of our regular activities, such as trying on replica 18th-century clothing and learning to write with quill and ink, new this year children will have the opportunity to play historic games like battledore and an early form of baseball, try crafts such as making paper aprons and quill pens, and watch basket-weaving. Past Muster will be on hand to talk about soldier's life and musket drilling, and the house will be open for tours. Visitors will be able to visit the Museum Store with its many interesting wares and trinkets for sale, and light refreshments will be available. 

No registration is required. While admission to the event is FREE, donations are gladly accepted! The event will be held rain or shine, though in the case of rain some activities may have to be curtailed. Rockingham is located at 84 Laurel Avenue (Route 603) in Franklin Township, NJ.  For more information, please call 609-683-7132 or visit   

Sunday, May 19 - Trenton, Mercer County
Flood of 1955

Attend the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Trent House Association to hear a special illustrated lecture and book signing by Mary A. Shafer, author of Devastation on the Delaware, an account of the record-setting weather disaster of 1955. She will be joined by Richard Hunter of Hunter Research to discuss the evolution of Trenton's waterfront. Complimentary refreshments beginning at 2:00 pm and the program begins at 2:30 pm.

Built in 1719, the magnificent Trent House is the oldest building in our state capital. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is restored and carefully furnished as it would have been in the early 18th century. 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.

Sunday, May 19 - Washington Township, Mercer County
"...there used to be a railroad"

On Sunday at 3:00 pm, the Washington Township Historical Society will host a program at the WTHS Museum, 6  Fairview Avenue, Long Valley, NJ, on the network of railroads in New Jersey. Michael McCann will present the program through photographs and a lecture. In "...there used to be a railroad," the viewer is taken on a flight across the Garden State of the 1920s, '30s and '40s and its once extensive network of railroads from the first - the Camden and Amboy with its State-sanctioned monopoly, to the last mainline built in New Jersey - the Delaware Lackawanna and Western's 'Delaware Cutoff,' across which Phoebe Snow once whisked travelers to Buffalo. "...there used to be a railroad" captures steam engines en route to Morris County's Mount Hope iron mines; hauling coal and freight on the Central of New Jersey and Lehigh Valley Lines; the railroad whose route was sanctioned by President Lincoln over the objection of the U.S. Army, and the tracks laid overnight to bring a dying President Garfield to the one-time summer capital by the sea, Long Branch, NJ! From the New York Susquehanna & Western's crossing of the Delaware from Pahaquarry Township, Warren County to Experiment Mills, PA, to the Pennsylvania Railroad's terminus at Cape May Point's Northwest Magnesite Plant, there used to be a railroad. The program is open to the public and is free. Donations are always welcome as the monies go toward maintaining the museum and its invaluable collections.

Sunday, May 19 - Tewksbury Township, Hunterdon County
Bridges of Tewksbury Township

The Tewksbury Historical Society will host a lecture on "The Bridges of Tewksbury Township" by Township Historian Shaun C. Van Doren and Township Scenic Roads & Bridges Commission Chairman Harold Wrede on Sunday at 1:00 pm at the Tewksbury Historical Society Headquarters, 60 Water Street, Mountainville, NJ. The talk is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served. 

Historian Shaun Van Doren and Chairman Harold Wrede will present a pictorial program on Tewksbury's bridges, which are numerous, from the multiple stone-arch bridges on municipal as well as private roads, the three remaining pony-truss bridges, the elaborate stone box culverts, bridges of yesterday and even the new functioning truss bridges that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to build. Tewksbury has a plethora of bridges, many unseen by the traveling public and residents alike, yet they are traveled daily with thousands of cars traversing over them on an annual basis. Traffic, weather, and salt all take their toll on these historic treasures, but many have been beautifully maintained, with some local residents and stone masons having given their time and expertise to their restoration. Come take this photographic journey over Tewksbury's roads, macadam and dirt alike. 

The Tewksbury Historical Society is a New Jersey not-for-profit corporation and was organized for the purpose of furthering research into and the preservation and dissemination of the history of the Township of Tewksbury. For directions call 908-832-6734 and leave your name and phone number.

Sunday, May 19 - Whippany, Morris County
Excursion Train Rides

Spend a day with family and friends at the Whippany Railway Museum on a 10-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion from Whippany to Roseland on a mid-1900s Excursion Train. The combined age of the equipment used on the vintage train is an astounding 635 years! Be on the lookout for deer, turtles, wild turkeys, hawks and rabbits, as the route takes you past a natural swamp with abundant wildlife. The excursions depart on Sunday, rain or shine, at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm. All trains depart from 1 Railroad Plaza, at the intersection of Route 10 West & Whippany Road in Whippany, NJ. Fares: Adult: $14; child (under 12):  $9; infants (1 year and under): Free. Train fare includes admission to Museum Building. For tickets and more information, visit or call 973-887-8177.

Sunday, May 19 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
The History of Slavery in New Jersey

Join with the Somerset Historical Society on Sunday at 2:00 pm in commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and learn about New Jersey's slave history, the Underground Railroad, and emancipation. 

When the English proprietors began to develop the New Jersey colony in the late seventh century, the new land owners faced a chronic shortage of free labor, so they turned to African slavery as a means to open up the land for agriculture. Slavery obtained legal sanction under the regimes of Berkeley and Carteret, and in 1702, when New Jersey became a crown colony, Gov. Edward Cornbury was dispatched from London with instructions to keep the settlers provided with "a constant and sufficient supply of merchantable Negroes at moderate prices." While slavery was encouraged, the settlement of free blacks was not. Free blacks were barred by law from owning land in colonial New Jersey. At the beginning of the revolution, it is estimated that 12 percent of the colony's population were slaves.

The special guest speaker will be Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps, who will discuss slavery in New Jersey and how, as the most southern of the northern states, it played a significant role in the emancipation of slaves in seeking freedom. The meeting will be held at the Van Veghten House, 9 Van Veghten Drive, Bridgewater, NJ.

Sunday, May 19 - Morristown, Morris County
American Furniture Lecture

On Sunday at 4:30 pm, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum welcomes Jonathan  Clancy, Director of the American Fine and Decorative Arts program at Sotheby's Institute of Art in New York. Mr. Clancy will discuss "American Furniture: Regional Characteristics and the Rise of Collections." The lecture will provide an overview of American furniture from the 17th century to the mid-18th century, focusing on the regional characteristics that collectors sought as the field emerged in the early 20th century. In addition, highlights from the collection will be discussed and analyzed. Mr. Clancy's program will be presented in the main gallery. Vivid examples of the antique Oriental rug collection are also being showcased in this gallery, complemented by textbook examples of fine porcelain, silver, glass and furniture collected by W. Parsons Todd. The "A Fine Collection: Treasures from the Vault" exhibit has a perimeter layout which leaves the center of the room open for a series of speakers and musical programming taking place in conjunction with the exhibit. 

Jonathan Clancy has produced many publications and his articles have appeared in numerous journals including The Journal of Modern Craft (London), The Journal of Design History, and the Smithsonian's American Art among others.  Clancy received his doctorate in art history from the City University of New York's Graduate Center in 2008 and is currently finishing work on a catalog of the Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Newport, Rhode Island.  His work on the metalwork collection of the "Two Red Roses Foundation" is scheduled for publication later this year.

Tickets for Sunday programs will go on sale at 1:00 pm on the day of the program. No advance sales. The presentation begins at 4:30 pm. House tours (regular admission applies) take place throughout the afternoon. The last tour leaves at 3:00 pm. The upstairs galleries will remain open until 4:30 pm, with the "A Fine Collection" exhibit closing at 3:00 pm in preparation for the program. Tickets to hear speakers are Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 - 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free. Speaker tickets include admission to take part in a house tour through the period rooms of the Museum for visitors who sign up for a tour during the afternoon. 

The museum is open for house and exhibit tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The last tour leaves at 3:00 pm. Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 - 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free. Call 973-538-2404 ext. 10 or visit for more information. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is located at 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ.

Sunday, May 19 - Morristown, Morris County
Continental Marines

Marines have been around even longer than the Declaration of Independence itself. Join a Park Ranger at the Wick House to discover the role these soldiers played in Morristown and throughout the war. Programs will be held at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm at the Wick House at Jockey Hollow within Morristown National Historical Park. Cost: Free.

Sunday, May 19 - Westfield, Union County
Fashion Dolls of the Period

Well before fashion magazines and other forms of mass media, fashion dolls were used to illustrate the latest trends. Although today these dolls can be manufactured as toys, they primarily exist as collectibles and are used as canvases to depict clothing, hairstyles, and accessories. On Sunday, the Miller-Cory House Museum will present "Fashion Dolls of the Period" from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Our volunteer will discuss and display her collection of over twenty craft dolls which are dressed in hand sewn and crocheted period fashions from the 17th to the 20th centuries. 

Tours and open hearth cooking demonstrations are included. The museum’s gift shop will be open, offering a variety of colonial toys, crafts, books and educational materials. Admission: Adults/Children age 13 and older: $3.00; Children age 3 to 12: $2.00; Under age 3: free. The Miller-Cory House Museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield. For more information, call 908-232-1776 or visit

Through June 30, 2014 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
Got Work? Exhibit

View the exhibit "Got Work? New Deal/WPA in New Jersey" at the 1741 Cornelius Low House Museum in Piscataway. The museum is open Tuesday - Friday, 8:30 - 4:00 pm and Sunday afternoons from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The exhibit will run through June 30, 2014.

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

Through October 6, 2013 - Paterson, Passaic County
Remembering the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913

Lambert Castle, the Victorian-era mansion located on the Garrett Mountain Reservation on the border between Paterson and Clifton, will be home to an exhibit highlighting the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913 now through October 6, 2013. The exhibit, entitled "We Had to be Rebels: Remembering the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913." This year marks the centennial of the landmark 1913 Paterson Silk Strike, which would forever change the face of labor relations in the Silk City. Thousands of workers walked away from their looms to be herded into court rooms and jail cells in a strike that took months to resolve. The exhibit will be open during regular museum hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Lambert Castle is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson. For more information, call 973-247-0085 or visit

Sundays through July 28, 2013 - Cranbury, Middlesex County
Wedding Display

The Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society's temporary exhibit entitled "The Look of Love - Bridal Fashions of the Twentieth Century" features wedding gowns, dresses and accessories from 1901 though the 1990s. A large collection of photographs, cards, wedding gifts, and assorted ephemera that span the century will also be on display. The Cranbury Museum is located at 4 Park Place East, Cranbury.

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


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