Friday, August 9, 2013

Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/10/13 - 8/11/13

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Friday, August 9 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Phillips Grist Mill Talk

Historian and author Larry Kidder of Ewing will open a weekend of special programming at Howell Living History Farm when he presents the story of the Henry Phillips gristmill during an evening talk in the farm's visitor center on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The illustrated talk includes new information about the mill, which was the subject of recent archaeological study conducted by Hunter Research of Trenton, NJ, through a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission. From about 1760-1860, the mill processed wheat grown by Pleasant Valley farmers including those who worked what is now Howell Farm. On Friday, the doors will open at 7:00 pm. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis and there is a suggested donation of $3.00.

Howell Living Farm represents typical farm life between 1890 and 1910. The farm is operated by the Mercer County Parks Commission. It is located at 70 Wooden's Lane, Lambertville, NJ. For more information or to register for the program, call 609-737-3299.

Saturday, August 10 - Washington Township, Burlington County
Civil War Second Saturday Program
Children Friendly Site/Event

The Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc. presents its “Civil War” Second Saturday program at Historic Batsto Village on Saturday. The Colonel Francine organization, led by David Hann of Hammonton, will be on site. Colonel Francine was a Civil War veteran and is buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia along with many other Civil War officers. Your questions about the war will be answered by members of this group.

A Civil War medicine-field hospital will be displayed by Buzz Smithcors and his wife representing a nurse from the General Lyon Camp #10. They will show visitors a variety of surgical tools, apothecary, and other assorted items used to treat injuries during the Civil War. In addition to the special Civil War presentations, Batsto’s regular activities will be available, including tours of the Batsto Mansion for a $3.00 fee. Demonstrations in the Blacksmith Shop will be ongoing throughout the day.

The working sawmill, constructed in 1882, will be operated at specific times during the afternoon. The Batsto Post Office, one of only three operating in the United Sates without a zip code, will be open for visitors to learn the history of the building and cancel your stamped mail. The Visitor Center Museum and video will give first time visitors a brief history of Batsto and its people. Shopping is available in the adjoining Museum Shop. 

Summer parking of $5.00 per car is in effect at the Village through Labor Day. Batsto Village is located in Wharton State Forest in Burlington County, South Jersey approximately seven miles east of Hammonton on Route 542 and 15 miles west of Exit 50 of the Garden State Parkway.

Saturday, August 10 - Morristown, Morris County
Raw to Finish: Dyebath
Children Friendly

In the colonial period, an average of four months were needed to make raw wool or flax into a finished product. Join a Park Ranger at the Wick House to discover the first step in making a completed project and why clothing was a concern for the Army. Program from 10:30 am and - 2:30 pm at the Wick House in Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free.

Saturday, August 10 - 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 Road, Mt. Laurel. For information about group tours or future tour dates, contact the Alice Paul Institute at 856-231-1885, e-mail, or visit

Saturday, August 10 - Madison, Morris County
Family Fun Day
Children Friendly

Visit the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts for lots of family fun and a craft activity on Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Advance registration recommended, call 973-377-2982 x12. Regular Admission. 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, NJ just two blocks from the Madison train station. For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit

Saturday, August 10 - Cape May, Cape May County
Cape May Craft Beer and Crab Festival
Children Friendly Event

You won't want to miss delicious family fun with steamed crabs, pulled pork, local and regional craft beers and all-day entertainment during this year's traditional summer feast on the beautiful grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, at the Craft Beer & Crab Festival on Saturday from 11:00 am - 8:00 pm, sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).

Come to the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ and stretch out on your lawn chair or relax under the tent during this all-day festival that celebrates the best of summer in Cape May and was named one of the 5 Best NJ Summer Festivals by CBS NY.

Have fun cracking open freshly steamed crabs and savor the delicious sweetness of this summertime picnic favorite. Choose from other favorite summer foods including crab cake sandwiches and pulled pork sandwiches. Stop by the hot dog stand where you can purchase hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, cookies, soda, and freshly squeezed lemonade. Cool off with ice cream and water ice.

Wash down these delicious summertime foods with craft beer from local and regional breweries in the beer garden under a tent on the estate lawn. Purchase and enjoy a variety of local and regional craft beers from the Harrison Beverage 10-tap beer truck, including Victory Brewing, Goose Island, Tuckahoe Brewing, Starr Hill, Blue Point, Duvel, East Coast, Kona, Ithaca, Prism, Sierra Nevada, Flying Fish, and Belfast Bay Brewing Company, with other selections including non-beer beverages.

Relax under the shade of the estate's mature trees and listen to live music on the stage near Hill House. Bring a lawn chair or spread out your beach blanket for a great afternoon and evening of non-stop musical performers, including The Quixote Project, an upbeat seven-piece folk band, New Pony, playing New Orleans funk, David Landry with acoustic top 40 hits, and The Herb Moore Trio, Cape May's local jazz trio. In between enjoy live radio broadcasts from WMGM 103.7 FM playing classic rock with special guest appearance by on-air personality Sean Patrick. Cape May's community radio station, WCFA-LP 101.5 FM, will also be reporting and broadcasting live from the event.

Bring the entire family to enjoy kid-friendly activities including lawn games and a dunk tank. Acrobats from the Give & Take Little Circus will delight and entertain all throughout the day and offer lessons in juggling.

Explore the variety of crafts and food vendors on the estate grounds selling hand-made and vintage items.

Admission to the grounds is free and free parking is available at the Cape May Elementary School, 921 Lafayette Street, only a few blocks away from the Emlen Physick Estate. A free trolley shuttle will operate from the Washington Street Mall Information Booth, Washington Street Mall at Ocean Street, from 11:00 am - 8:00 pm. There will be a charge for crabs, food, beverages, and some activities. Commemorative pint glasses, crab hats and T-shirts will be available for purchase. Proceeds of the event benefit MAC's numerous educational outreach programs.

The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) is a multifaceted not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. For information about MAC's year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit

Saturday - Sunday, August 10 - 11 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Pleasant Valley Historic District Tours

On Saturday and Sunday, tours of the Pleasant Valley Historic District houses and the gristmill site  will be held from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, beginning at Howell Living Farm. The tours are among many offered this weekend as part of Mercer by Architecture, one of a year-long series of exhibits and events celebrating the 175th anniversary of the creation of Mercer County. For information about other Mercer County historic houses and sites featured during the weekend, visit or contact the Mercer County Culture & Heritage Division at 609-278-2712.

Howell Living Farm represents typical farm life between 1890 and 1910. The farm is operated by the Mercer County Parks Commission. It is located at 70 Wooden's Lane, Lambertville, NJ. For more information or to register for the program, call 609-737-3299.

Saturday - Sunday, August 9 - 10 - Cape May, Cape May County
'Down on the Farm' Weekend
Children Friendly

Experience life on an Early American farm through hands-on activities and exhibits at Historic Cold Spring Village’s ‘Down on the Farm’ Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. Historic Cold Spring Village, an open-air living history museum, presents the trades, crafts, architecture and lifestyles of an Early American, rural South Jersey farming community. The Village is also home to a working 8-acre organic heritage farm complex. ‘Down on the Farm’ is generously sponsored by Smeltzer & Sons Feed & Pet Supplies.

Special exhibits throughout the Village will include collections of antique and modern farming equipment and hand tools, as well as demonstrations of natural wool dyeing methods. Visitors can tour of the historic Gandy Barn, c. 1880, which is now home to Levi the horse. In the morning, Levi and the Village farmers will demonstrate horse-driven farming techniques. During the afternoon, visitors can take horse and carriage rides around the Village - free with admission! Guests can also visit the Village sheep, pigs, chickens and calf.

The Family Activity Area will feature children’s dress-up clothes, games, and cornhusk doll-making. Kids can even navigate a hay maze! The Friends of Historic Cold Spring Village will host the 3rd Annual Dog Show on Saturday from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon. Entrance in the Dog Show is $5 per pet and includes a treat and bandana. In addition, the Friends of HCSV are also hosting a traditional South Jersey corn roast throughout the weekend.

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

Sunday, August 11 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Blacksmithing Demonstration
Children Friendly

On Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to watch blacksmiths perform their craft. They will be shaping iron into everyday products. Blacksmiths were as common as an auto mechanic in towns and on farms of the 1890s. The free event runs from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit

Sunday, August 11 - Montague, Sussex County
Model Trains and Covered Bridges

The Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History (MARCH) will open the circa 1790 Foster-Armstrong House on River Road and the Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse, at 501 Route 206 for Sunday afternoon tours between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. Both are situated within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Montague, NJ and were originally part of the Tocks Island Dam acquisitions. These two sites are utilized by MARCH and portray the area's heritage. Tours will be conducted by docents at each house every Sunday through August from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. See the new display of hunting, fishing, and food preservation, ferry and lime kilns, a tavern room, an Indian exhibit, items from the Brick House Hotel, a special display of the Rock View Resort, a quilt collection, antique christening and baby clothes, hand-made covered bridges from around the United States, a Victorian bedroom, a school-room display, a military room with artifacts from five war periods, and old school books from Montague schools. There is no charge for either museum, but donations for house maintenance are welcomed.

On Sunday, join the Sussex County Railroad Club and Bill Coughlin on the front porch and in the upstairs room of the Foster-Armstrong House to talk about railroads and bridges with folks who know. What a special Sunday – covered bridges and trains! For more information, visit

Sunday, August 11 - Ledgewood, Morris County
Museums at Drakesville 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 973-927-7603 or visit

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 August 31, 2013 - Plainfield, Union County
Forty Years on the National Register: The Drake House Museum

The Nathaniel Drake House in Plainfield, New Jersey, was registered on June 19, 1973, by Charles H. Detwiller, Jr., who  was an architect and former president of the Historical Society of Plainfield. The photographer was Harold Morse, who was a local photographer and also a former president of the Historical Society of Plainfield. Since the Drake House was placed on the National Register in 1973, there are now nine individual sites and seven districts in the City of Plainfield. The City of Plainfield has a Historic Preservation Commission, and there are an additional twelve individual sites and three districts designated as historic within the City limits. The Drake House Museum is open on Sundays from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. The exhibit is dedicated to all who have preserved Plainfield in the past, present, and future. Photographs of the National Register sites and Historic Districts are on display in the second floor ballroom through the end of August.

Out of State, but Close Enough!

Friday, August 9 - Saturday, August 10 - Frederick Township, PA
Goschenhoppen Folk Festival

The Goschenhoppen Historians will be hosting their annual folk festival this Friday and Saturday. Learn about the Antes Plantation on Friday between 12:00 noon and 8:00 pm and Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Enjoy the authentic interpretation of the Pennsylvania German folk culture. Become a part of and learn the traditions, skills and trades of the Pennsylvania Germans. Eat some old fashioned Pennsylvania Dutch foods and listen to the folk music as well at this family oriented event! For more information, visit:

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


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