Friday, August 23, 2013

Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/24/13 - 8/25/13

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Saturday, August 24 - Wharton, Morris County
Wharton Canal Day Music & Craft Festival
Children Friendly

The Wharton Canal Day Music & Craft Festival is an old-time country fair that celebrates the Morris Canal and its contributions to the development of the communities along its banks. The festival is now in its 38th year. Come to a day of free family fun featuring unique craft and fine art items from 150 vendors. Learn about local history by taking a guided Morris Canal walking tour provided by the Canal Society of NJ. Visit a Civil War encampment or learn the art of blacksmithing. Experience life on the canal first-hand on a free boat or kayak ride. Take a hayride on the canal towpath or enjoy a free pony ride. The Wallaby Tales Traveling Zoo will delight children of all ages. Dress up your furry friend and enter the Pet Parade and Costume Contest for a chance to win prizes. View the high energy of Roller Derby competition or lay back and enjoy listening to 10 of New Jersey's best musical performers. The festival is held at Hugh Force Canal Park, 170 West Central Avenue, Wharton NJ from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, rain or shine. For more information, visit

Saturday, August 24 - Morristown, Morris County
Heavy Metal
Children Friendly

Jacob Ford Jr. was a founder of heavy metal, the casting and forging of iron. Cast iron was vital to the war effort. Join a Park Ranger and discover how Jacob's ironworks helped in the cause of liberty. These twenty minute programs are held 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 24 - Morristown, Morris County
Raw to Finish: Weaving
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 third step in making a completed project and why clothing was a concern for the Army. Programs at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm in the Wick House at Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free.

Saturday, August 24 - River Edge, Bergen County
Wine Festival at Historic New Bridge Landing

The Bergen County Historical Society will host a Wine Festival at Historic New Bridge Landing on Saturday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm. The event will feature seven New Jersey wineries, live music, food, and much more! Sample and purchase Garden State wines from Cava Winery, Ventimiglia Vineyard, Four  Sisters Winery, Unionville Vineyards, Old York Cellars, Westfall Winery, and Amalthea Cellars in the scenic historic setting in the heart of Bergen County.

Taste fine food from Sanducci's and Choripan Rodizio. Enjoy music from Particle Theory, Wood Jam with Kelly and Ashley Wood and the River Acoustic Band. Tour historic Jersey Dutch sandstone houses on a Revolutionary War battleground.

Pre-Event Tickets are $20 per person. On the day of the event, $25. Designated drivers and those ages 12 - 20 are $10. Historic New Bridge Landing is located at 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. For more information, call 201-343-9492 or visit

Saturday, August 24 - Bridgeton, Cumberland County
Meet the Man who Invented the Bridgeton, NJ Historic District

Cape May architect Hugh McCauley, the preservationist who put Bridgeton's Historic District on the map 30 years ago, will be a featured speaker at "CHABA-Con," an event organized by the Center for Historic American Building Arts (CHABA) at Bridgeton's Riverfest/Crabfest on Saturday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. McCauley's talk is scheduled for about 1:30 p.m.

McCauley headed up the team in the late seventies that defined Bridgeton's historic district, the largest in the state. The district was placed on the National Register in 1982, and municipally designated the following year.

CHABA, the Center for Historic American Building Arts, a recently-formed Bridgeton-based non-profit, has designed CHABA-Con to highlight its cooperative-action strategies for "making historic preservation work not just for buildings but for people." The organization has billed CHABA-Con as a 'Comic-Con'-style meet-up of builders, crafters, gardeners, historic-house, and local history nuts. The event forms part of CHABA's "HomeFronts" series of community-based preservation workshops designed to bring people - especially homeowners, landlords, tenants, builders and craftspersons - together to rethink the needs of the Historic District and find cooperative ways to generate new potential for community investment.

In addition to other brief presentations, CHABA-Con artists, architects, authors, historians and photographers will present videos, maps, pictures and projects-in-the-works, as well as new and recent books rooted in local history, hands-on materials, information, conversation and family-style fun, all based on appreciation of "place."

The RiverFest is an all-day event. CHABA-Con, which will be held at the Ashley/McCormick Center near the Bridgeton Riverfront at 40-44 East Commerce, will run from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm, following a surprise curtain-raiser at the Downtown Pocket Park mural (Laurel and Commerce Streets) at about 11:30 am. Admission is free.

For more information on CHABA or its events, visit or e-mail For more information on RiverFest/Crabfest, visit

Saturday, August 24 - Trenton, Mercer County
"Swamp Angel" Cannon Rededication

The Camp Olden Civil War Round Table & Museum and Abraham Lincoln Camp 100, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, will co-sponsor a rededication of the "Swamp Angel" cannon, located in Trenton's Cadwalader Park, at Parkside and Bellevue Avenues, at 11:00 am on Saturday. The public is cordially invited to attend the ceremony.

The occasion is the 150th anniversary of the massive long range artillery piece's action at Charleston, South Carolina. The "Swamp Angel," its position created by thousands of Union soldiers piling 13,000 sandbags and 10,000 feet of planking in a marsh, burst at the breech after three days of firing, and after the war was recognized by New Jersey Civil War veterans in a pile of scrap destined to be recycled at Trenton's Phoenix Ironworks. The gun was rescued and mounted on a base at the intersection of Clinton and Perry Streets in Trenton in 1877. It was relocated to Cadwalader Park due to street reconstruction in 1961. An important piece of Civil War history, the "Swamp Angel" was also the subject of a poem by noted author Herman Melville.

Bruce Sirak, President of the Olden Civil War Round table, Commander of the Lincoln Camp and Trustee of the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association (NJCWHA), will introduce Civil War scholar Dr. David Martin, Past Commander of the Lincoln Camp and Vice President of the NJCWHA who will tell the history of the "Swamp Angel." The ceremony will also feature a uniformed color guard and a ceremonial volley of musketry.

The GPS address of Cadwalader Park is 299 Parkside Avenue, Trenton, NJ. The ceremony rain date is 1:00 pm, Sunday, August 25, 2013.

Saturday, August 24 - Ocean Grove, Monmouth County
Ocean Grove Postcard Show
Children Friendly

The Historical Society of Ocean Grove invites you to its 24th Annual Ocean Grove Summer Postcards, Antiques, Collectibles, and Jersey Shore Memorabilia Show on Saturday at the Auditorium Pavilion and surrounding grounds directly across from the Great Auditorium. Show hours will be 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is free.

This popular summer event is one of a number of annual fund-raising events to benefit and support the public programs and ongoing research projects of the very active Historical Society of Ocean Grove.

A variety of quality dealers will be set up to provide lots of buying opportunities for the beginning collector or the advanced collector. At this show there is always something for everyone at affordable prices. Postcard collecting is one of America's fastest growing hobbies and is, in fact, the third most popular of all hobbies trailing only stamps and coins. For more information, call 732-774-1869 or visit

Saturday, August 24 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Fiddle Contest
Children Friendly

The Hunterdon Folk Exchange will join with the Friends of Howell Living History Farm to present their 27th annual fiddle contest on Saturday, August 24, at the farm in Hopewell Township. The Folk Exchange Fiddle Contest is the largest and longest running traditional fiddle contest in New Jersey, and annually draws some of the best fiddlers from throughout the tri-state region.

Howell Living History Farm, a 19th century farmstead nestled in a lush valley, is the ideal setting for an old time traditional fiddle contest. Fiddlers will be competing for cash prizes. Each fiddler will perform two old-time tunes of varying tempos, and may use up to two accompanists. Also performing at the contest will be the Jugtown Mountain String Band, a traditional old-time acoustic country string band. Admission to the contest and parking are free. The farm opens to the public at 10:00 am and the contest will begin at 12:00 noon. Carriage rides and lunch fare will be available for sale.

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 24 - Princeton, Mercer County
Yoga in the Garden

Join us in Morven's beautiful and peaceful gardens for the last class of our summer series, "Yoga in the Garden," with Gemma Farrell of Gratitude Yoga in Princeton beginning at 12:00 noon. Gemma is a long-time yoga practitioner, and one of Princeton's most popular yoga instructors. 

Enjoy the benefits of taking your practice out of the studio! "Yoga in the Garden" is FREE, open to the public, and appropriate for all ages and skill levels. All you need to bring is your yoga mat, a towel, and a bottle of water. Morven Museum & Garden is located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, August 24 - 25 - Cape May, Cape May County
Seafarers’ Weekend
Children Friendly

Celebrate the maritime culture and history of the Jersey Cape at Historic Cold Spring Village on Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 am - 4:30pm. Seafarers’ Weekend will feature pirates, maritime music, family fun, and a variety of displays and demonstrations of all things nautical. The Village buildings will also be open, presenting historical interpreters in period clothing who demonstrate the trades, crafts and lifestyles of Early America. This event is generously sponsored by Exit Zero Publishing and will feature, new for 2013, an Exit Zero Treasure Hunt. Visitors should be on the lookout for gold coins hidden throughout the Village that can be redeemed for cool Exit Zero prizes!

Valhalla’s Pirates will join the event, bringing thrilling fight scenes both days at 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm. Captain Black and his crew will also meet with guests throughout the day to take pictures and tell tales of the sea. The New Jersey Blacksmith Association will team up with the Village’s resident blacksmith to forge nautical ironware. The Sea Dogs, an authentic maritime reenactment crew, will perform sea chanties on both Saturday and Sunday. Other highlights include a display from the Cape May Maritime Museum, antique boats, decoy carving, face painting and more! The Friends of HCSV will host a traditional South Jersey corn roast at the Village Pavilion from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

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 25 - Morristown, Morris County
The Making of an American Icon
Children Friendly

We remember George Washington as the father of our country and arguably the greatest American to ever live. Join a Park Ranger to discover the early years of Washington's life and see how he became the man Americans love and idealize. 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.

Sunday, August 25 - Chester Township, Morris County
National Milling Day
Children Friendly

On Sunday at Cooper Gristmill, celebrate the birthday of Oliver Evans, a 1780s inventor, who created the first automatic flour mill, amphibious vehicle, and high-pressure steam engine. As part of National Milling Day, learn about gristmills across the country from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Cooper Gristmill is located at 66 Route 513 Chester Township, NJ. This program is free. For more information, visit

Sunday, August 25 - Paterson, Passaic County
The Legacy of Negro League Baseball

On Sunday, at 2:00 pm at Lambert Castle, Dr. Lawrence Hogan presents his lecture "Recapturing a New Jersey Legacy: John Henry "Pop" Lloyd and the Communal Legacy of Negro League Baseball." Dr. Hogan, a Professor of History at Union County College will be discussing  the history of African-American professional baseball in Atlantic City. The program is free of charge; however, regular admission to the museum applies ($5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children).

Baseball has long been America's pastime. Therefore, it is not surprising that there is more to the sport than balls, batting averages and home runs. During the early 20th century, baseball provided a platform for racial interrelations. The Negro leagues produced African-American heroes such as Jackie Robinson and Atlantic City's own John Henry "Pop" Lloyd.  Even Paterson's own Hinchliffe stadium was once home to a Negro team.

This program is sponsored by the Passaic County Historical Society. Lambert Castle is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ. For more information, call 973-247-0085 or visit

Sunday, August 25 - Montague, Sussex County
Quilting Exhibit and Demonstration

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, view a quilting exhibit and ‘how-to’ by Sylvia Greening Lau at the Foster-Armstrong House. See how hand quilting is done with many quilts on display as examples. M.A.R.C.H.’s quilt room will also be open for those quilters who want to view their vintage quilt collection. For more information, visit

Sunday, August 25 - Morristown, Morris County
Poets in the Garden

On Sunday at 4:00 pm, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum will host their 16th annual “Poets in the Garden” program. Poet Ellen Doré Watson will present her work in the museum’s historic gardens. The event promises to be a wonderful opportunity to hear this established writer share her poems in a unique setting.

Ellen Doré Watson’s most recent volume of poems is “Dogged Hearts” (Tupelo Press, 2010). Earlier books include “This Sharpening”, also from Tupelo, and two from Alice James, “We Live in Bodies” and “Ladder Music”, winner of the New England/New York award. Her work has appeared in APR, Tin House, Orion, Field, Ploughshares, and The New Yorker. She was named “One of 24 Poets for the 21st Century” by Library Journal, and is currently serving a 5-year term as an Elector for Poet’s Corner, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. Other honors include a Rona Jaffe Writers Award, fellowships to the Yaddo and to the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center’s Zoland Poetry Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship. Watson has translated over a dozen books from the Brazilian Portuguese, including two by Adélia Prado, Ex-Voto (Tupelo Press, 2013) and The Alphabet in the Park (Wesleyan University Press, 1990).

Guests may picnic during garden programs and are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets. Program 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. Visitors can also enjoy the “Thomas Nast Brings Down Boss Tweed”, and the “American Heroes in Bronze” exhibits prior to the presentation. The Museum and galleries close at 4:00 pm. Admission is Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 - 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free. Please, no dogs during programs in the garden. In the case of inclement weather the performance will be moved indoors.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs. The Museum is open for house and exhibit tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and 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. The gardens are open (free of charge) during Museum hours. The museum is closed for the Labor Day holiday on Sunday, September 1 and Monday, September 2. For more information, call 973-538-2404 ext. 10 or visit Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is located at 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ.

Sunday, August 25 - Freehold, Monmouth County
The Last Newspaperman Lecture

As part of its Historically Speaking lecture series, Monmouth County Historical Association is pleased to welcome Pulitzer Prize finalist and Star-Ledger Columnist Mark Di Ionno who will give a thought-provoking talk about the role of the media and how reporting has devolved to create the crime-saturated and celebrity-obsessed media we have today. The talk will be held on Sunday at Carlton Station, located at 2 Monmouth Avenue in Freehold, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

Learn about fascinating real-life events that took place in New Jersey in the 1920s and 1930s, which led to the birth of tabloid journalism, and how Charles Lindbergh became the first "celebrity" to be hounded by the press. Although Di Ionno's new book is fiction, "The Last Newspaperman" explores the real roots of tabloid journalism where it was born, in New Jersey. The book takes us to Hopewell in 1932 where the infant son of Charles Lindbergh has just been kidnapped. The story then moves to Lakehurst, where the Hindenburg burst into flames as it was docking, and onto the Jersey shore as the Morro Castle was burning and sinking at Asbury Park.

Mark Di Ionno is a lifetime newspaperman and a four-time winner of the New Jersey Press Association's first-place award for column writing for The Star-Ledger.  Besides his work as columnist and author, he is also an adjunct professor of journalism at his alma-mater Rutgers Newark, the State University of New Jersey. Di Ionno is also the author of three award-winning nonfiction books about New Jersey. His book "The Last Newspaper Man" will be available for purchase.

Dr. Di Ionno's lecture is open to the public and admission is free. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 732-462-1466 or visit

Sunday, August 25 - Maywood, Bergen County
Square Dancing Exhibition
Children Friendly

On Sunday, the Maywood Square Dance Club will hold a dance exhibition on the Maywood Station Museum grounds from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. All are welcome to watch or participate. The station museum will also be open. The museum is located at 269 Maywood Avenue, Maywood, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, August 25 - Stillwater, Sussex County
Peach Festival
Children Friendly

The Historical Society of Stillwater Township will hold its annual Peach Festival on Sunday from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the society's museum. Peach shortcake made from fresh local peaches will be served with ice cream and a beverage for $5 per serving. Visitors are invited to tour the museum and to take a horse and wagon ride with Mr. Ray Hecht. Mr. Don Thoenig will provide live music. Desserts will be available to take home from the festival thanks to a bake sale. 

The society's museum is located at 900 Main Street, Stillwater, NJ. For more information, e-mail

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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