Friday, August 16, 2013

Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/17/13 - 8/18/13

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Saturday, August 17 - Little Egg Harbor, Ocean County
The Quakers of Little Egg Harbor

On Saturday, the Tuckerton Historical Society presents "The Quakers of Little Egg Harbor" presented by Pete Stemmer. Little Egg Harbor was settled by Quakers who controlled most aspects of life in the area for over 100 years. Come see a slide presentation showing this Quaker influence. This presentation will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 35 Leitz Blvd., Little Egg Harbor, NJ. For more information, call 609-294-1547. 

Saturday, August 17 - Morristown, Morris County
Henry Knox’s Artillery
Children Friendly

Ever wonder what artillerists mean when they talk about 4 lb., 12 lb. or 32 lb. cannons? Join a Park Ranger at the Washington's Headquarters Museum as you discover the many different aspects of artillery used in the American Revolution during this 20 minute gallery talk. Programs 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, August 17 - Randolph, Morris County
Gizmos, Gadgets, and Peach Festival

The Historical Society of Old Randolph (HSOR) invites one and all to attend its Gizmos, Gadgets and Peach Festival at the Randolph Museum on Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. The museum is located on Millbrook Avenue at the entrance to Freedom Park.

This hands-on event will allow visitors to see gizmos and gadgets from the past in action. In addition, the HSOR is getting out the punch bowl and everyone is invited to enjoy peaches and cream and other light refreshment! For more information, call 973-989-7095 or visit

Saturday, August 17 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Sweet Corn Festival
Children Friendly

Join the staff at Walnford for their First Annual Sweet Corn Festival. There will be corn-themed crafts for children, kid’s races, the climbing wall, blue grass music, reptile shows, food vendors, and so much more! Admission and parking are free. This program will be held from 3:00 - 4:00 pm on Saturday.

While there, 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, Upper Freehold, NJ. For more information, call 609-259-6275 or visit

Saturday, August 17 - Asbury, Warren County
Historic Marker Dedication

The Plenge Site, New Jersey's oldest recognized Paleoindian site, estimated to go back in time 13,000 years, is being referred to as the largest site complex in the Northeastern United States. The Franklin Township Committee in conjunction with the Franklin Township Historical Commission, the Warren County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Musconetcong Watershed Association, will hold a dedication ceremony, commemorating the erecting of a historical marker announcing to the public, the importance of this early man site.

The program will be held on Saturday at 2:00 pm, rain or shine, at the headquarters building of the Musconetcong Watershed Association, on South Main Street in Asbury, NJ. Some of the guests in attendance will be R. Michael Stewart, Associate Professor Anthropology, Temple University; Gregory D. Lattanzi, Assistant Curator of the New Jersey State Museum; Joseph A. M. Gingerich, Research Fellow, Paleoindian Program Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.

All of these men will address the gathering. All have also been instrumental in studying the artifacts and recognizing the importance of this ancient Paleoindian Site. The Plenge Site as it is named was occupied periodically by some of the earliest people to inhabit the Americas.

Saturday, August 17 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Potato Harvest
Children Friendly

Howell Living History Farm invites the public to celebrate the coming harvest season on Saturday by unearthing a special crop of potatoes that will be donated to the Greater Mercer Food Cooperative. The potatoes were planted April 27th by Howell Farm visitors, volunteers, and interns.

Visitors of all ages can join the harvest crew any time between the hours of 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, for as long or short a time as they like. Experience is not necessary. The crew will be led by farm staff, who will use horses or oxen to pull a special plow called a "potato lifter". Visitors can help by gathering potatoes unearthed by the lifter, and by turning the crank of the Farm's "potato grader" to sort the potatoes. Lemonade and cookies will be served to field workers throughout the day. 

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 17 - Jersey City, Hudson County
Macbeth Live Performance
Children Friendly

On Saturday, attend a live theatrical performance of Macbeth in the Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery at 7:00 pm! Watch history and theatre come alive as the outstanding Hudson Shakespeare Company performs, surrounded by 350 years of New Jersey history and nature! The performance benefits the all-volunteer operated historic site. The cemetery is located at 435 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ. Suggest donation. For more information, call 201-707-0738 or 973-204-9888 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, August 17 - 18 - Cape May, Cape May County
Classic and Antique Car Show
Children Friendly

Cruise into Historic Cold Spring Village for the popular Annual Classic and Antique Car Show.  The event will be held Saturday and Sunday and cars will be on display each day from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Vintage automobiles and trucks will park among the shaded paths and historic buildings. This event is generously sponsored by Kindle Auto Plaza.

See beautifully restored and preserved vehicles, from muscle cars to light trucks, from the 1910s to the 1970s parked along the Village’s tree-lined, shell-paved lanes. On Saturday, members of the Jersey Cape Region AACA will be showing their antique vehicles, while hot-rods and other classics will be presented by KB Productions and the Greater Wildwood Hotel & Motel Association on Sunday.

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 18 - Morristown, Morris County
Soldier's Knapsack
Children Friendly

Have you always wondered what types of things soldiers carried throughout the war? Join a Park Ranger at the Wick House to discover what would have been inside a soldier's knapsack between 1:30 and 4:00 pm in the Wick House at Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free.

Sunday, August 18 - Manalapan, Monmouth County
Monmouth Battlefield Living History Program
Children Friendly

Monmouth Battlefield State Park will be hosting a "Living History Program" on Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Craig House. See a replica of a Continental soldier's camping-style camp site, cooking and musket demonstrations, and a children's infantry drill. While there, visit the historic Craig House, witness to the Battle of Monmouth Courthouse. The Craig House is located off of Schibanoff Lane (near the intersection with Route 9) in Manalapan, New Jersey.

Sunday, August 18 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Smocking Demonstration
Children Friendly

On Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to watch a smocking demonstration. Smocking is an embroidery technique used to gather fabric so that it can stretch. Before elastic, smocking was commonly used in cuffs, bodices, and necklines in garments where buttons were undesirable. See this delicate craft in action. 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 18 - Montague, Sussex County
Lost Art Lacers

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, see the Lost Art Lacers at the Foster-Armstrong House. Join the ladies as they demonstrate how they make their lovely lace pieces. You will be amazed how detailed these lace pieces are! For more information, visit

Sunday, August 18 - Matawan, Monmouth County
Open House

The Matawan Historical Society will holding an open house on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Burrowes Mansion located at 94 Main Street in Matawan. Learn how this circa 1723 home and its owners played a role in the Revolutionary War. For more information call 732-492-6069.

Sunday, August 18 - Walpack, Sussex County
Deserted Villages of New Jersey

On Sunday at 1:00 pm, the  Walpack Historical Society will present Phil Jaeger speaking on the Deserted Villages of New Jersey. There are many communities in New Jersey that have gone from vibrant in centuries past to deserted today. Natural disasters, newer modes of transportation, faulty government planning, and insufficient business acumen were primary causes. Jaeger will focus on Feltville in Union County and Waterloo, Walpack Center, and Flatbrookville in Sussex County. The villages will be shown in their prime and as they are today, with many scenes in a "then and now" format. Jaeger, a former math teacher, is a resident of Cedar Grove. He is the author of books on Montclair and Cedar Grove in the Arcadia Images of America series.  

The event is free and open to the public and takes place at the Walpack M.E. Church, Main Street, Walpack Center, within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Attendees are invited to arrive at 12:00 noon, bringing picnic lunches and chairs if they wish.  

The Walpack Historical Society operates under agreement with the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The society opens the Van Campen Inn, a federally owned farmhouse on Old Mine Road, Walpack Township and the Rosenkrans Museum, Walpack Center, through the fall. Both buildings are open 1:00 - 5:00 pm on weekends as volunteers are available. For information call 973-948-4903 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.

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


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