Friday, September 13, 2013

Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/14/13 - 9/15/13

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Saturday, September 14 - Princeton, Mercer County
A Family Day of Archaeological Discovery
Children Friendly

Come out and experience the thrill of the dig for a day of historical discovery at Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton! Hunter Research is currently conducting an archaeological study of Morven's grounds in pursuit of clues to Morven's past. 

Join Hunter Research's archaeologists for a tour of the current site and assist in the process of excavating artifacts from Morven's past and MORE! Individuals and families are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Please wear close-toed shoes and comfortable clothes! 

Schedule of Events
Family Artifact Processing
Ongoing throughout the day: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Children and adults alike will delight in the experience of handling, cleaning, and studying artifacts found on the Morven grounds at a workstation at the Carriage house.  

Interpretive Tours by Archaeologists
Scheduled tours: 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:00 pm (no reservation required but space is limited for each tour).
Join archaeologists on a tour of various workstations set up on the property and learn about the methods used and what they have discovered during their excavation of the historic Morven grounds.

Hands-on Archaeological Experience
Reservation required and space is limited. Call 609-924-8144 x106 or e-mail to sign up.
Schedule: 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm
Visitors (ages 16+) are invited to register ahead for an hour-long program working side by side with the archaeologists learning first-hand techniques for excavating a historical site.

This event is free and free parking is available at Morven. Morven Museum & Gardens is located at 55 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ. For more information, please visit

Saturday, September 14 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Encampment Day
Children Friendly

Outwater's Militia returns for a third time to Rockingham on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. There will be musket firings, drills with dummy muskets and an equipment display. In addition there will be basket weaving and spinning demonstrations and perhaps, a chance to try the drop spindle. Cooking will also be demonstrated in an outdoor cooking pit and visitors can try their hand at scrubbing clothes in a wooden tub on a wooden scrubbing bat/paddle. Or play trapball or battledore and shuttlecock with a different kind of bat/paddle. Please feel free to e-mail with any questions. Rockingham is located at 84 Laurel Avenue, Franklin Township, NJ.

Saturday, September 14 - Morristown, Morris County
Soldiers of the Wick House
Children Friendly

Though the Continental Army had left Jockey Hollow starting in June 1780, some soldiers were left behind. Find out why they remained and what happened to the huts built that winter. Stop in between 1:30 and 4:00 pm at the soldiers huts at Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free.

Saturday, September 14 - Madison, Morris County
Family Fun Day & Cemetery Tour
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. 

At 2:00 pm, join Robert Garman as he gives a tour of Hillside Cemetery in Madison, NJ with a focus on the Civil War. Please meet at the cemetery, 158 Main Street, Madison, NJ. Advance registration recommended. Please call 973-377-2982 x13. Admission $10 for non-members and $5 for members (includes museum admission).

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, September 14 - Jersey City, Hudson County
Cemetery Concert

Attend a concert on Saturday at 3:00 pm at the Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery. "Susan Murphy & Mario Giacalone In Concert" with special Guest Jenna Sofia. The creators of Girl/Group: A Daughter's Tale reunite for an afternoon of solos, duets, and trios. This is a benefit to help the ongoing restoration of the all-volunteer operated historic site. The Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery is located at 435 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ. Suggested admission: $10 donation. For more information, visit

Saturday, September 14 - 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, September 14 - Ewing, Mercer County
Annual Flea Market and Fall Mum Sale

On Saturday, the Ewing Township Historic Preservation Society will hold their annual Flea Market and Fall Mum Sale from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm at the historic Benjamin Temple Farmhouse / Drake Farm Park, 27 Federal City Road, Ewing, NJ.

Come shop for bargains galore! Get your house ready for fall with our large selection of colorful fall mums for sale! For more information, e-mail, call 609-883-2455 or visit

Saturday, September 14 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Children Friendly

It’s the end of summer  and the crops are bountiful.  It’s time to “put Tp” some food.

At Howell Living History Farm, you can help.  The farm will be  the site of a canning and cooking program held on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Not only can you learn how to can and pickle your garden favorites...but you can sample some of the treats!

Throughout the day, farmers will be canning and pickling surplus garden crops like cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes and more. You can sample the results and take home recipes and other secrets that made canning a mainstay of the 1900 farm.

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, September 14 - Byram Township, Sussex County
Waterloo Canal Heritage Day
Children Friendly

Come visit Waterloo Village between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm for a day in this historic Morris Canal town. Enjoy boat rides on the Morris Canal, Smith's Store - a furnished canal-era store with hands-on activities, blacksmithing, see the operating gristmill, guided tours of 1859 Methodist Church, the Canal Museum - with exhibits and videos, guided walking tours of the village, and the Long Hill String Band. Admission is free. Waterloo Village is located at 525 Waterloo Road, Byram, NJ. For more information, call 973-292-2755 or visit

Saturday, September 14 - Princeton, Mercer County
Woodrow Wilson Walking Tour

The Historical Society of Princeton is celebrating the release of Princeton alum A. Scott Berg's biography on Woodrow Wilson with a walking tour of places in the community that were a part of Wilson's life in Princeton. The tour guide will use these buildings and houses as focal points in a narrative on the influences of Wilson's early life and education that shaped his character, ambitions and goals for his time as President of the United States.

The tour starts at 1:00 pm at the Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. $7 adults and $4 children. For more information or to register, call 609-921-6748, x102, or e-mail

Saturday, September 14 - Washington Crossing, PA
Whale Boat Privateers William Mariner and Adam Hyler

On Saturday afternoon from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, the Washington Crossing Revolutionary War Round Table will meet with the topic "Whale Boat Privateers William Mariner and Adam Hyler" to be led by Stanley Saperstein. All are welcome to attend this informative session about these Revolutionary War privateers who operated out of the Raritan Bay. The meeting and discussion are held in the auditorium of the David Library, River Road, Washington Crossing, PA.

The Washington Crossing Revolutionary War Round Table is sponsored by the Swan Historical Foundation and the Princeton-Cranbury Chapter of the Sons of the  American Revolution and is coordinated by Joseph Seliga.

Saturday - Sunday, September 14 - 15 - Cape May, Cape May County
Civil War Weekend
Children Friendly

The Civil War comes to life on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. at Historic Cold Spring Village. Visitors can tour Union and Confederate camps and meet authentically clad and equipped military and civilian reenactors who will discuss the everyday lives of Civil War soldiers and the roles civilians played in supporting them. Historian Mike Kochan, who played a vital role in the recovery of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley in 2000, will have a display of Civil War-era naval and telegraph technology. Educator and weapons expert Jack Meyers will be in the Village Welcome Center with a large display of Civil War-era firearms. Stirring battle reenactments will occur both days at 2:00 pm, and vendors of reproduction period merchandise will be found on “Sutler’s Row.” The Village, which recreates a rural community in the 1800s, serves as the perfect backdrop in presenting this event to the public, which is generously sponsored by The CapeBank Foundation.

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, September 15 - Whippany, Morris County
Excursion Train Rides
Children Friendly

Spend Sunday 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. Trains depart at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm from 1 Railroad Plaza at the Intersection of Route 10 West & Whippany Road in Whippany, NJ. Train fare is: Adult: $14; child (under 12): $9; infants (1 year and under): Free. Train Fare includes admission to Whippany Railway Museum Building.  The "Excursion Train Ride" is a fundraising effort to benefit the Whippany Railway Museum, a 501 (c)3 non-profit Operating Heritage Railroad that is staffed by Volunteers. Donations from the public help to keep the Museum operational, but funds are still required to support this unique New Jersey treasure. Proceeds from the train rides will further enhance the Museum's mission and its Historic Preservation efforts. For more information, call 973-887-8177 or visit

Sunday, September 15 - Union Township, Union County
Death of the Fighting Parson

On Sunday at 2:30 pm, Sid Frank will present his unique program entitled, “Death of the Fighting Parson” about the murder of Rev. James Caldwell, a hero of the American Revolution. Mr. Frank has been a museum educator and tour guide at Liberty Hall Museum in Union since 2002. Earlier in his professional career, he was a journalist, a song writer, and a playwright. Mr. Frank was inspired to create his current presentation by the poem, “Caldwell of Springfield,” by the noted American poet, Bret Harte, who spent time in Morristown in 1871 and learned of Rev. Caldwell there.

Mr. Frank’s program will be part of the monthly meeting of the Union Township Historical Society, which begins at 2:00 pm. Non-members are cordially invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free; donations are greatly appreciated. The Caldwell Parsonage is located at 909 Caldwell Avenue, Union, NJ. For more information, call Barbara La Mort at 908-687-0048 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

Through February 2014 - Madison, Morris County
Ghosts, Ghouls, & Gravestones Exhibit

The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts presents "Ghosts, Ghouls, & Gravestones: The Trades of Burial," which will examine the progression of the burial trade. Passing away from this world was once a family affair, but over time, the process spread through the social and economic ties of the community. By 1900, a robust funeral industry had developed that saw to a family's every need. The exhibit will also explore the strict protocols that dictated mourning and the artistry in gravestones.

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 - 4:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 noon - 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

Through Sunday, February 23, 2014 - Trenton, Mercer County
Historic Maps of the Garden State Exhibit

Often overlooked as a decorative art form, maps are ideal artifacts for exploring New Jersey history. Stories of New Jersey’s social, economic, military, environmental and political history – as well as the state’s role in the history of American transportation – can be told through the visual splendor of the Garden State’s historic maps.

Opening on September 7 and running through February 23, 2014, “Where in the World is New Jersey? Historical Maps of the Garden State” is comprised of nearly 100 maps depicting the colony and state of New Jersey from 1635 through 1950 on display at the New Jersey State Museum.

This unprecedented exhibition provides the visitor with an introductory survey of historical maps depicting the colony and state of New Jersey from 1635 until 1950. The nearly 100 maps on display – most of which are original hand-colored copperplate engravings or chromolithographs – come from the collections of four public institutions – the New Jersey State Museum, State Archives, State Library, and Special Collections and University Archives at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. They were selected for their rarity, their ability to convey aspects of New Jersey history, and their artistic merit – underscoring the dual role of maps as both works of art and utilitarian tools essential to the human experience. 

The New Jersey State Museum, located at 205 West State Street in Trenton, NJ is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 am - 4:45 pm. The Museum is closed Mondays and all state holidays. The NJ State Museum has a “suggested” admission fee. For more information, visit or call the recorded information line at (609) 292-6464. On weekends, free parking is available in lots adjacent to and behind the Museum. Please visit for a number of options for parking in downtown Trenton during the week.

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


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