Friday, September 6, 2013

Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/7/13 - 9/8/13

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Saturday, September 7 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Garden Clean-up

Join The Rockingham Association for another garden clean-up day on Saturday to prepare for their Encampment Day event on Saturday, September 14. Please stop by any time, beginning around 8:00 am for weeding, great company, and conversation. 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. Bagels and coffee will be available for volunteers. Please feel free to e-mail with any questions. Rockingham is located at 84 Laurel Avenue, Franklin Township, NJ.

Saturday, September 7 - Kingston, Middlesex County
Princeton Nurseries 100th Anniversary

The public is invited to an afternoon celebration sponsored by the Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands to mark the 100th anniversary celebration of the Princeton Nurseries Kingston Site. On Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, speakers, live musicians, vocalists, and local dignitaries will help mark the milestone. Some of the roster of entertainers includes the Bare Root Band, and musicians Bill Flemer (guitar and vocals), Doug Miller (piano and accordion), Bernhard Geiger (bass), Brandon Lewin (percussion), and Lori Pantaleo (vocals).

The event will begin with speeches by some of the people involved in the preservation of the property. Following that will be a sparkling cider toast and birthday cake, and then two hours of country and western swing music by Flemer (William Flemer IV). Throughout the afternoon, some of the original Nurseries’ tractors will be on view, along with displays of Princeton Nurseries history. Guests can also roam through the Flemer Arboretum or walk the old nursery trails.

The Princeton Nurseries Kingston Site was established by William Flemer, Sr. shortly before the World War I, and grew to become the largest commercial nursery in the United States. At the time, commercial transportation moved by rail or boat, and the Kingston location, halfway between New York and Philadelphia and on a branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad and along the D&R Canal, offered great logistical advantages.

Today, more than 240 acres of the former nursery lands have been preserved, mostly in South Brunswick Township, and little changed in character from the days when Princeton Nurseries employed three hundred men and women at its Kingston operation - and provided the village’s water supply.

Refreshments and birthday cake will be served. The event is free, and all are welcome! To enter the Mapleton Preserve, take the entrance to the D&R Canal State Park Headquarters at 145 Mapleton Road, Kingston, NJ. For more information and directions, visit

Saturday, September 7 - 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.

Saturday, September 7 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
Ye Old Clamtown Flea Market

On Saturday, attend Ye Old Clamtown Flea Market sponsored by the Tuckerton Historical Society at Tip Seaman Park from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. This year marks the flea market's 39th year. There will be approximately one hundred antique dealers and an appraisal table. Selected food vendors will be available. Rain dates of September 8 and 14, 2013. Tip Seaman Park is located at 120 Lakeside Dr, Tuckerton, NJ. For more information, call 609-296-2584.

Saturday, September 7 - Haledon, Passaic County
American Labor Museum Labor Day Celebration

On Saturday at 1:00 pm, the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark will proudly host its 2013 Labor Day Celebration. The general public is cordially invited. The 2013 Labor Day Celebration honors Juan Negron, President of the Passaic County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and Business Representative, District 15, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), AFL-CIO, and the descendants of the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike in conjunction with the centennial commemoration of the strike (1913-2013). The museum is also celebrating its 30th anniversary of being open to the public. 

Instrumental and vocal performances by singer-songwriter and folk musician Anne Feeney and New Jersey Industrial Union Council (IUC) "Solidarity Singers" will highlight the event. The Centennial Commemoration of the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike exhibit will be on display. Light refreshments will be served, tours of the museum will be offered and, browsing and shopping in the Museum Store will be available. A Commemorative Journal will record the names of supporters. Donors who contribute $100 can have their names recorded on a Commemorative Mug. Financial gifts of $200 will enable a donor to have a listing on the Labor Day Celebration T-shirt. Vendor tables at the event are available by contacting the Museum.

It was on June 28th, 1894 that President Grover Cleveland (a native of Caldwell, NJ) signed the bill that made Labor Day a legal national holiday. In that same year, on Monday, September 3rd, 1894, the first official holiday was celebrated and every first Monday of September thereafter.

In the winter of 1913, more than 24,000 men, women, and children marched out of Paterson, New Jersey's silk mills calling for decent working conditions, an end to child labor, and an eight-hour day. From January to July, constant mass arrests and hostile city authorities threatened the safety of the strikers and their families. Pietro and Maria Botto offered their home overlooking a green as a meeting place for the strikers. Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Upton Sinclair and other champions of the cause of labor spoke from the second-floor balcony to workers of many nationalities. The 1913 Paterson Silk Strike and other actions like it brought about reforms in the workplace that are broadly enjoyed by Americans today. 

The Botto House National Landmark, home of the American Labor Museum, is located at 83 Norwood Street in Haledon, NJ. The Museum offers a free lending library, restored period rooms, changing exhibits, museum store, old world gardens, educational programs, and special events. For more information, call 973-595-7953, e-mail labormuseum@aol.comor visit

Saturday, September 7 - Phillipsburg, Warren County
Model A Ford Club Show
Children Friendly

This Saturday at the Delaware River Railroad Excursions, they
 have a special surprise! The Model A Ford Club of New Jersey will be visiting on the 12:30 pm train ride. Before and after the ride, visit with club members and view fifteen beautiful automobiles on display in the station area. The club will be present from 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm. This is free for all ticketed passengers! The excursions depart from 99 Elizabeth Street, Phillipsburg, NJ. For more information, call 1-877-TRAIN-RIDE or visit

Saturday, September 7 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Back to School
Children Friendly

School bells ring once again in Pleasant Valley when Howell Farm invites the public to participate in a unique "back to school" day. The program features the educational, social, and cultural activities centered around the "one-room school" in rural life of 1900.

The Howell Farm school mistress has McGuffy readers, slates, and slate pencils ready for students of all ages to begin their lessons in the three R's. Visitors can take a seat in an antique school desk and try their hand at orthography using pen and ink, or attempt to solve farm related arithmetic problems on the chalkboard. As in yesteryear, children can help with farm chores before attending the "one-room school.

The school bell will ring on the hour at 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm to begin lessons and half past the hour at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm for recess and a quick tour of the privy. During recess, children will be introduced to hoops and sticks, tug of war and other old-fashioned games and toys. School lunches served in baskets or pails will be sold.

Participants in the school program may attend the "box social", which will be held at 2:00 pm. Well-wrapped boxes of homemade pies or goodies will be auctioned off to benefit the school. The lucky gentleman who wins the bid on the teacher's pie will also share her company.

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, September 7 - 8 - Cape May, Cape May County
Revolutionary War Encampment
Children Friendly

Authentically clad and equipped Continental, Loyalist and Hessian reenactors bring the American Revolution to life  null on the grounds of Historic Cold Spring Village, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. At the Village's annual Revolutionary War Encampment, visitors can see demonstrations of drills, equipment, and artillery firing. Civilian reenactors will also demonstrate the role played by typical Americans of the period in supporting the army. Historian Mike Kochan will be in the dining room of the Dennisville Inn in character as Benjamin Franklin demonstrating some of Franklin's famous inventions and experiments. Local historian and HCSV interpreter, Hank Heacock, will give a presentation both days at 12:30 pm at the gazebo on Cape May County soldiers who served in the Revolution.

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, September 7 - 8 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
Antique and Classic Boat Show
Children Friendly

During the New Jersey Maritime Heritage Festival, on Saturday and Sunday, between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm. Join the Seaport and the Philadelphia Chapter of the ACBS for two splendid days of classic wood and glass boat exhibitors, demonstrations, workshops, crafters, vendors, food, refreshments and maritime activities. Sign up for a boat building class or take a boat ride on the Tuckerton "Crik." The boat show is fun for the whole family.

General Admission: Adults: $8; Seniors: $6; Children 6 to 12: $3; Children 5 and under: Free. Members Free. Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton. For more information call 609-296-8868 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, September 7 - 8 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Games Galore!
Children Friendly

On Saturday and Sunday, enjoy an afternoon of historic pastimes with fun for all ages and abilities, from brain teasers to lawn games at Historic Walnford. Admission and parking are free. This program will be held from 1:00 - 4:00 pm both days.

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

Sunday, September 8 - Morristown, Morris County
Soldiers of the Wick House
Children Friendly

Various officers of the Continental Army stayed at the Wick House during the American Revolution. Join a Park Ranger at the Wick House to discover who some of these men were and their achievements during the war. Programs at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm in the Wick House at Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free.

Sunday, September 8 - 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

Sunday, September 8 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
A History of Inventing in New Jersey

Many Americans are familiar with Thomas Edison's "invention factory" in Menlo Park, where he patented the phonograph, the light bulb and many more innovations. Yet many other ideas have grown in the Garden State, too - New Jerseyans brought sound and music to movies and built the very first drive-in theater. In addition to the first cultivated blueberry, tasty treats like ice cream cones and M&M's® are also Jersey natives. Iconic aspects of American life, like Bubble Wrap®, the boardwalk, the Band-Aid®, and even professional baseball itself started in New Jersey. Life would be a lot harder without the vacuum cleaner, plastic, and air-conditioning, and many other important advances in medicine and surgery were developed here. Join author Linda Barth as she explores groundbreaking, useful, fun and even silly inventions and their New Jersey roots at the Van Horne House, 941 East Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ. Parking is available on the south side of Target.

The program starts at 2:00 pm. Admission is $5 for adults with advanced payment, and $10 with payment at the door. Children under 12 free. For reservations, call 732-356-8856 or sign up online at

Sunday, September 8 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse Tour

Walking tours of the historic Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse and school yard will be offered at Howell Farm on Sunday at 1:00 and 2:30 pm. Historian Larry Kidder of Ewing will lead the tours, which will take visitors along the route traveled by children who lived at Howell Farm a century ago…on their way to District School Number 1.

The tour will include a peek inside a furnished classroom as well as an examination of the remaining concrete walkways, outhouse foundation, well and pump location, flag pole, and playground. Visitors will also see how material from part of the schoolhouse was recycled and incorporated into buildings constructed for the Wooden family poultry farm that operated on the site after the school closed in 1938.

On their way to and from school, visitors will learn about the building’s history as a school, community center and private home before its acquisition by Mercer County in 2003, for use in Howell Farm’s interpretive programs.

During the tour, visitors will be invited to enjoy lemonade and cookies on the porch of the schoolhouse and learn about the community that once surrounded the present-day Howell 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.

Sunday, September 8 - Trenton, Mercer County
Ellarslie Exhibit Talk

Back by popular demand, Rebecca Urban will again give a talk about her exhibit using her grandfather's photos and his description of the transcontinental automobile trip, recorded on audiotape. Attend this interesting talk and view the exhibit at The Trenton City Museum, Ellarslie Mansion, located in Cadwalader Park, Trenton, NJ. The talk begins at 2:00 pm. On Sunday, the museum is open 1:00 - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 609-989-1191 or visit

Sunday, September 8 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Blacksmithing Demonstration and Music
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. Also, join music man Rich Marzec as he performs songs from the turn of the century on the farm. This 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, September 8 - Morristown, Morris County
American Heroes in Bronze Gallery Tours

On Sunday, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum welcomes historian and author William B. Styple, for gallery tours of the "American Heroes in Bronze: The Artwork of James E. Kelly," an exhibit of bronze sculptures that is currently on display in the upstairs gallery.  

Mr. Styple is the co-curator the "American Heroes in Bronze" exhibit and has a deep interest in the work of James. E Kelly. He presented two popular and engaging presentations about the artist in the spring and now returns to provide visitors with gallery tours of the exhibit. He will be available throughout the afternoon to answer questions and provide background information on the pieces on display. Styple discovered and transcribed Kelly's interviews with Generals Grant, Sherman, Sheridan, Hancock, Warren, Chamberlain, and many others. The resulting book, Generals in Bronze-Interviewing the Commanders of the Civil War, was published in 2005. This is a rare opportunity to discuss Kelly's work with Mr. Styple, while viewing the works in the exhibition. Mr. Styple will be available during touring hours, 1:00 - 4:00 pm and will address visitors who visit the exhibit throughout the afternoon. Mr. Styple will also have copies of his books available for sale.

"American Heroes in Bronze: The Artwork of James E. Kelly" is co-curated by William B. Styple and the Museum's Curator of Collections Ryan Hyman. This unique exhibit explores the work of Irish-American sculptor James E. Kelly (1855-1933). In the decades following the American Civil War, over forty Union Generals visited the New York City studio of Kelly, who was highly respected for his artwork's historical accuracy. While the war heroes sat, the artist conducted in-depth interviews regarding their wartime service, and heard their very personal stories of Fort Sumter, Antietam, Gettysburg, and Appomattox. The work resulting from these personal interviews presents a unique perspective on the famous figures and events from the Civil War. Also included in this exhibition are Kelly's depictions of notable events from the Revolutionary War and well-known civilians such as Thomas Edison and Clara Barton.  Bas reliefs, busts, engravings and bronze sculptures depict these heroes. The collection of Kelly's work is on loan from private collectors and can be viewed during touring hours until October 31st.

Visitors can also visit the Thomas Nast gallery where Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is currently presenting a new exhibit "Thomas Nast Brings Down Boss Tweed". The exhibit features over twenty examples of the political cartoons Thomas Nast created attacking Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall. 

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. For more information, call 973-538-2404 ext. 10 or visit Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is located at 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ.

Sunday, September 8 - Perth Amboy, Middlesex County
Living-History Military Timeline Event

The Proprietary House Association in Perth Amboy will present a Living-History Military Timeline on Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm.

The site is still welcoming reenactor participants, who are invited to arrive at 11:00 am to set up. Tours of the historic mansion will be ongoing throughout the day, given by a costumed interpreter. Beginning at 2:00 pm, tea and homemade desserts will be available, as part of the Proprietary House’s popular monthly Second Sunday “Tours n’ Tea” program. Admission to both the event and famous basement “Tea Room” is free, though donations to the museum are appreciated.

Constructed in the 1760s, Proprietary House was the home of Benjamin Franklin’s son William for the last two years of his tenure as Royal Governor of New Jersey (1774-76). The Proprietary House is located at 149 Kearny Avenue, Perth Amboy, NJ. For more information, call 732-826-5527 or visit

Sunday, September 8 - Jefferson Township, Morris County
Open House
Children Friendly

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlin House, will have an  open house on Sunday  from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Costumed docents will give tours of the museum and the museum gardens will be in bloom for your enjoyment. Admission is free.

The Jefferson Township Museum is located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, Jefferson Township, NJ. Visit Miss Elizabeth's Shoppe located in the original kitchen of the museum, where small antiques, collectibles, handmade, handcrafted and seasonal items will be offered for sale. For further information, call 973-208-8601 or visit

Sunday, September 8 - Stockton, Hunterdon County
Annual Family Fun Day at the Prallsville Mills
Children Friendly

Attend the Annual Family Fun Day at the Prallsville Mills for food, entertainment, and fun! Bring your lawn chair or blanket and the Delaware River Mill Society provides the food! Great picnic food will be available for a $5 donation (or bring your own picnic). There will be live music, juggling, a kids' fishing pond, lawn games, a drum circle, an art sale, an art show in the saw mill, and more! This is an afternoon full of fun for the entire family! The Prallsville Mills are located at 33 Risler Street (Route 29), Stockton, NJ. For more information or to RSVP, call 609-397-3586 or visit

Sunday, September 8 -  Morristown, Morris County
1920s Country Fair & Harvest Festival
Children Friendly

On Sunday, attend the annual 1920s Country Fair and Harvest Festival at Fosterfield's Living Historical Farm. Enjoy the farm animals, wagon rides, live music, food concessions, crafts, exhibits, demonstrations, period games, a farm market, wood stove cooking, and hands-on activities. A perfect family event! 

Admission: $8 for adults; $7 for seniors (65+); $6 for children ages 4 – 16; and $4 for children ages 2 and 3. FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members with a current membership card. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, 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

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


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