Friday, June 21, 2013

Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/22/13 - 6/23/13

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Saturday, June 22 - Ridgefield Park, Bergen County
Juneteenth Celebration

On Saturday, Bergen County will hold its annual Juneteenth Celebration from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm. The theme of this year's Juneteenth celebration is "At the Crossroads of Freedom & Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington". The event will be held rain or shine at the New Overpeck Park in Ridgefield Park (entrance is off of Fort Lee Road in Teaneck/Leonia). The day will include entertainment, food, games,  cultural and historical displays, vendors, music and tours of Historical Gethsemane Cemetery.

While at the celebration, view the maquette of the life-size bronze statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to be erected on the Hackensack River Pathway on the campus of FDU in Hackensack. For information, call Theodora Lacey at 201-833-9180 or Arnold Brown at 201-745-6975.

Saturday, June 22 - Kingston, Somerset County
Garden Clean-up

Join The Rockingham Association for a garden and orchard clean-up on Saturday  starting at 8:00 am! They will mostly be weeding, so volunteers may wish to bring gardening gloves, small tools such as a trowel or hand cultivator, and a pad to kneel on, as the aisles in the garden are gravel. The garden is also in full-sun so hats, water, or sunblock might be helpful. They may also do some work on the orchard including weeding and adding mulch around the trees. Please feel free to e-mail with any questions. Rockingham is located at 84 Laurel Avenue, Franklin Township, NJ.

Saturday, June 22 - Lake Hopatcong, Sussex County
Antique Boat Show

The Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum invites you to the Lake Hopatcong Antique Boat Show on Saturday at the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club, 79 North Bertrand Road, Mount Arlington, NJ. The show will be held from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. It is free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 22 - Montague, Sussex County
Textile Preservation

M.A.R.C.H., the Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History , presents "Textile Preservation" with Lori Rohrer, National Park Service Museum Technician at the Foster-Armstrong House. This training is a mixture of lecture and hands-on activities on how to preserve and protect your textile collection. The program will be held from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Reservations required. Please call 570-426-2443. Program is limited to 12 participants. Please bring your own lunch, The Foster-Armstrong House is located at 320 River Road, Montague, NJ.

Saturday, June 22 - Union Township, Union County
Children's Afternoon Tea

What do a great book and a cup of tea have in common? The ability to transport you to another place and time! Bring your little adventurer to Storybooks & Scones and experience an afternoon tea like the Kean children enjoyed at Liberty Hall throughout the years. Includes yummy treats served on real china, a dress-up & play tent, games and prizes! The first 15 children to reserve receive a free VIP bag! Program Fee: $25.00 per person. Reservations required. Call 908-527-0400. Program Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Liberty Hall Museum is located at 1003 Morris Ave, Union, NJ.

Saturday, June 22 - Cranford, Union County
Garage Sale Fundraiser

The Cranford Historical Society will hold a Fundraiser Garage Sale on Saturday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Crane-Phillips House Museum, located at 124 North Union Avenue, Cranford, NJ. No early birds please! This fundraiser is to benefit the purchase of a miniature barn in memory of Donald Widdows, a member and former trustee of the Society. This miniature barn will be placed at the Crane-Phillips House Museum just as it was in the 1870s for all visitors and annual third grade school tours to see. If you have any questions about the garage sale, please call 908-447-6994. The Cranford Historical Society preserves and perpetuates the history of Cranford.

Saturday, June 22 - Morristown, Morris County
Marking History

Everyday history is made. Sometimes what we do is good for the environment and sometimes it is bad. Join a Park Ranger to learn if what you are doing can leave a positive mark on our environmental history. Programs at 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm at the Wick House at Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free.

Saturday, June 22 - Morristown, Morris County
Why Preserve the Ford Mansion?

Did you ever wonder how the Ford Mansion and Jockey Hollow became a National Park? Join a Park Ranger to discover how the Washington Association of New Jersey and the National Park Service preserved the Ford Mansion and Jockey Hollow. Program at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 pm at the Washington's Headquarters Museum, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: $4.00 per adult.

Saturday, June 22 - West Cape May, Cape May County
Antique and Fine Crafts Fair

Come browse among the many dealers at the Antiques and Fine Crafts Fair on Saturday in West Cape May (Wilbraham Park, Broadway and West Perry Streets) from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Sponsored by the Greater Cape May Historical Society. Proceeds benefit the Colonial House Restoration Fund. For more information call Joan at 609-898-1236 or visit Free parking. Rain date Sunday, June 23.

Saturday, June 22 - Perth Amboy, Middlesex County
The Arrest of Royal Governor William Franklin

The Proprietary House Association is pleased to announce its annual reenactment of the arrest of Royal Governor William Franklin at The Proprietary House Saturday at 2:00 pm with a new script and a new cast! Kevin S. D. Connelly brings many years of acting experience to the role of William Franklin, having appeared on stages in New York City and New Jersey.

General Nathanial Heard, who led a detachment of militia troops from Woodbridge to arrest the Govenor, will be portrayed by Ed McGuinn. William Franklin's wife, Elizabeth, will be played by Kimberly Reddan, and their son, William Temple Franklin, by Kevin Connelly, Jr. Also appearing will be Jakob Trinidad as John Lazenby, Steven Allegretta as Private Preston, and Tony Sattilaro as Josiah Aubrey.

The new script is by Association First V. P. Greg Caggiano. There are some elements remaining, such as parts of the narration, from the original, decades-old script used by the association, author unknown. In late 2011, Caggiano and actors at the time, Gene Hoyas and Kurt Epps, began to tweak the script by adding some new characters and dialogue.

In January of 1776, New Jersey's Provincial Congress ordered William Franklin to be held under house arrest at his Perth Amboy mansion. He was ordered not to conduct any government business, but defiantly called for the assembly to convene as usual that spring. On June 19, 1776, a militia unit under the command of General Nathaniel Heard of neighboring Woodbridge arrived to place the Governor under arrest. He was sent to prison in Connecticut, never to see his wife Elizabeth or their home in Perth Amboy again. Elizabeth Franklin remained at the house until the British briefly occupied Perth Amboy in 1777, allowing her to flee to British-held New York where she died. William Franklin was released in a prisoner exchange 1778 and remained a leader in the loyalist communities of New York and Nova Scotia before being exiled to England 1782. He died there in 1814.

The arrest of Franklin marked the end of Great Britain's claim on New Jersey as an English colony. But it is also a poignant reminder of how the difficult choices people were forced to make had very real personal costs.

The reenactment of Franklin's arrest is the highlight of The Proprietary House Museum's events, providing a reminder of the rich history at the House and Perth Amboy. The Proprietary House Museum is located at 149 Kearny Avenue, Perth Amboy, NJ. For more information, visit

Saturday, June 22 - Morris Plains, Morris County
Oakland-Pontiac Car Club Meet

Travel back in time via vintage automobiles! Meet members of an international car club as they show their autos and offer rides to the public at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm on Saturday from 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm! Be sure to visit the Fosterfields interactive Transportation Exhibit and Carriage House where vehicles owned by the Foster family are displayed. Cost: $6 Adults, $5 Seniors (65 and up), $4 Children 4-16, $2 Children (2&3), under 2 are free. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Rd, Morristown, NJ.

Saturday, June 22 - New Brunswick, Middlesex County
Book Talk and Signing

On Saturday, author and historian Marc Mappen be giving a talk and signing copies of his new book "Prohibition Gangsters" at the Rutgers Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 100 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ. The talk will be held between 2:00 and 3:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. A parking discount will be available if you choose to park in the bookstore’s parking deck. For more information on Mappen’s book, visit,4780.aspx

Saturday - Sunday, June 22 - 23 Roebling, Burlington County
Exhibit Opening

On Saturday and Sunday, the Roebling Museum opens their latest exhibit, "Steadfast Under Fire." This exhibit explores the role of Washington A. Roebling and other engineers during the Civil War and Gettysburg. The museum and grounds will be open Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. A living history encampment of Civil War reenactors on the museum's lawn will showcase a soldier's life on the battlefield - featuring a historic hydrogen balloon, Civil War period craftsman, military demonstrations, children's crafts, and more! The grounds will be free and open to the public! Regular museum admission applies to view the exhibit. $6.00 Adults; $5.00 Seniors and children ages 6-12; Free for museum members and children under 6. The Roebling Museum is located at 100 Second Avenue, Roebling, NJ. For more information, call 609-499-7200 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, June 22 - 23 - Cape May, Cape May County
'Paranormal Pursuits' Weekend

Interested in ghost hunting? Like learning about the supernatural and spooky?  Visit Historic Cold Spring Village for its ‘Paranormal Pursuits’: Spiritualism in the 1800s weekend event to be held on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. In addition to experiencing the Village’s 26 restored, historic buildings dating from 1691-1912, guests can enjoy various workshops, demonstrations and tours which highlight the study of spiritualism and the paranormal. 

The Virginia Infantry Ghost Hunters ( will share the results of their research at Gettysburg and various other battlefields throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Based in New Jersey, the group uses video and sound equipment to identify the presence of spiritual activity, in the form of orbs and electronic voice phenomena, and will present their evidence to HCSV visitors.

Local paranormal investigation group, Truth Paranormal Investigators of South Jersey, will also share the findings of their recent investigation at the Village and demonstrate their ghost hunting equipment in the Welcome Center throughout the weekend. Guests can also explore the Village’s own paranormal past and present during a ghost walk led by longtime Village staff member, Shirley Stefanovicz, at 11:00 am, 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. At various buildings throughout the Village, Stefanovicz will detail the supernatural experiences had by Village staff members as well as the evidence of ghostly presences discovered by visiting mediums and psychics.

Author Gregory Young will offer a reading from his book, A Father, A Son and A House Full of Ghosts, a true story of what it was like living in a real haunting, at 11:30 am and 3:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. In addition, visitors can experience the spirit photography of Greg Geraci, have their cards and palms read, try their hands at divining rods, and learn about phrenology and the rise of spiritualism in the 19th century.

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. From late June to early September, interpreters and artisans in period clothing preserve the trades, crafts and heritage of "the age of homespun." Fun and educational activities for children are featured Tuesday through Sunday, with special events every weekend through mid-September.

Historic Cold Spring Village is located at 720 Route 9, three miles north of Cape May City and four miles south of Rio Grande. Admission during the season is $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Unlimited free admission is available with Village membership. As a member of the national Blue Star Museums program, Historic Cold Spring Village is proud to offer free admission to active duty military personnel and up to 5 family members. The Village Nature Trail at Bradner's Run is open to the public for free self-guided tours. For more information, call 609-898-2300, ext. 18 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, June 22 - 23 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
Baymen's Seafood and Music Festival

Enjoy delicious Jersey  fresh clams, crabs, scallops and shrimp from the finest local seafood purveyors at the Tuckerton Seaport on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm each day! Crafters, vendors, music, food, beer garden, family activities, demonstrations, boat rides, boat builders and decoy carvers. Speak with commercial fishermen to learn about occupations on the bay or take a clam shucking class. Entertainment by local favorites Motts Creek Pickers and the Billy Walton Band! Listed as one of the best outdoor festival by NJ Monthly Magazine. Presented by the Jersey Shore Folklife Center. General admission: adults $8, seniors $6, ages 5-12 $5, under  five free and Seaport members free. Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum is located at 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ. For more information, call 609-296-8868; or visit

Saturday - Sunday, June 22 - 23 - Morristown, Morris County
Civil War Weekend

The 2nd NJ Brigade brings the battle between the Blue and the Gray to life through camp life demonstrations, musket and artillery drills, mail call, bayonet drills, cannon firings, a medical demonstration, skirmishes, and more on Saturday and Sunday in Historic Speedwell! Cost: $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $5 for children 4-16. Children under 4 FREE! The event will be held from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on Sunday. Historic Speedwell is located at 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit

Sunday, June 23 - Clinton, Hunterdon County
Antique Engine Jamboree

On Sunday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm, the Red Mill Museum Village will host its first ever Antique Engine Jamboree. Featuring antique engines, caterpillars, tractors, trucks and more, visitors will have the opportunity to view early farming machinery, engines and equipment demonstrations. There will be a range of engines from early to mid 1900s Fords and Chevys to Farmall and John Deere tractors. There will also be activities for families including antique toy tractor pulls.

The Museum and grounds will also be open for touring. The event will be held rain or shine. Free municipal parking is available nearby. Admission is $9/Adults, $7/Seniors, active military, and veterans, $5/children (6-12) and free for Museum Members and children under 6. The Red Mill Museum Village is located at 56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ. For more information, contact Amy Boyce, Curator of Public Programs at 908-735-4101 x102 or e-mail

Sunday, June 23 - Flemington, Hunterdon County
Why Old Buildings are Important

Read any good houses lately? What?! You've never read an old house or barn before? Well, here's your chance to learn how at the Dvoor Farmstead in Flemington, NJ. Jeffrey Marshall, president of the Heritage Conservancy, will present three talks during the Hunterdon Land Trust's Farmers' Market the fourth Sundays of June, July and August teaching how to research and read historic homes and barns. The first talk on Sunday, is entitled "Why Old Buildings are Important and How to Research Them."

The presentation will run from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon in the Dvoor farm house, located at 111 Mine Street, Flemington, NJ. Admission is $5 per person. Future presentations  include: Sunday, July 28, "How to Look at Old Houses and 'Read' the Stories They Tell" and Sunday, August 25, "How to Look at Old Barns and 'Read' the Stories They Tell." For more information and to reserve a spot, please call 908-237-4582 or e-mail

Sunday, June 23 - Paterson, Passaic County
Federici Film Screening

Gaetano Federici left his native Castlegrande, Italy as a young boy in the late 19th century and settled in Paterson, where his talent as a sculptor had made him so well known that his name is almost synonymous with that of the Silk City. His works have graced building facades, public spaces, and private collections far and wide. His subjects include a wide array of public figures, from Christopher Columbus, to Alexander Hamilton, to Lou Costello. The Passaic County Historical Society is proud to present a screening of Vincent Parrillo's PBS documentary entitled Gaetano Federici: The Sculptor Laureate of Paterson at Paterson's Lambert Castle on Sunday at 7:00 pm. The documentary was filmed partly at Lambert Castle and features works by Federici from the historical society's collections. The society is currently engaged in a project to restore and exhibit the Federici sculptures. More information on this project can be found at  For more information about the screening, call 973-247-0085 or visit

Sunday, June 23 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Historic Wedding at Allaire

Celebrate the wedding of James Allaire's daughter, Maria, with the Villagers at the Historic Village at Allaire! In a historic reenactment of the event, visitors are invited to the ceremony in the beautiful Allaire Chapel, where Maria and Thomas will be married at 1:00 pm on Sunday. Following the ceremony, visitors may join the happy couple in the Village where a wedding reception with wedding cake will be held! Visitors (especially kids!) are invited to join the Villagers in dancing, listening to historic music, eating cake, and celebrating the happy day. The Village is open from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission to the event is free but there is a $5.00 per car parking fee.

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 1830s. The Historic Village at Allaire is located at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ.

Tuesdays - Saturdays Through Sept. 15, 2013 - Cape May, Cape May County
Windsor Hotel Exhibit

The Greater Cape May Historical Society presents an exhibit on the Windsor Hotel, Tuesdays - Saturdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the Colonial House Gallery in the Colonial House Museum, 653½ Washington Street, Cape May, NJ.

Saturdays and Sundays Through October 27, 2013 - Ringwood, Passaic County
Grounds and Garden Tour

Did you ever wonder what all that “stuff” is placed around the grounds at Ringwood Manor? What about all those other buildings on the property? What were they used for? If you have ever been curious about the estate at Ringwood Manor, this tour is for you! The 2-1/2 hour guided walking tour will take visitors around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens & landscape features, the out-buildings, and the cemetery. Historic photographs of the property will also be shown. These free tours meet at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm in front of Ringwood Manor every Saturday and Sunday from May 25 - October 27, 2013. It is advised that participants wear walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray and sun block. Steady Rain cancels. No reservations necessary. For more information and to call ahead to confirm a tour, call 973-962-2240. Ringwood Manor is located at 1304 Sloatsburg Road, Ringwood, NJ, within Ringwood State Park.

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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