Friday, August 8, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/9/14 - 8/10/14

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Saturday, August 9 - Hewitt, Passaic County
Long Pond Ironworks Historic District Walking Tours
Children Friendly

Join the Friends of Long Pond Ironworks on Saturday as they walk through the Historic District. Learn how Long Pond contributed to the American Revolution, Civil War, and the industrial development of New Jersey. Tours last about two hours and follow a circular route through the historic village. Tours are conducted rain or shine, and attendees should wear clothing and footwear appropriate for a walk through the woods. Tours take place at 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm.

Long Pond Ironworks is located at 1334 Greenwood Lake Turnpike, Hewitt, NJ. For more information, call  973-657-1688 or visit

Saturday, August 9 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
19th Century Woodworking Demonstration
Children Friendly

On Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to see how hand-tools were used in nineteenth century woodworking. 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

Saturday, August 9 - Morris Township, Morris County
Love Those Spuds
Children Friendly

At Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, dig in, and find the potato crop that was planted this past spring from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. At the Farmhouse kitchen, discover how potatoes are prepared. These programs are Included with regular admission.

Admission: $6/adult, $5/senior (65+), $4/child (ages 4 -16), $2/child (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

Saturday, August 9 - 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. For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit

Saturday, August 9 - 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 9 - Parsippany, Morris County
Vintage Baseball Game
Children Friendly

Today's baseball game is a much, much different product than how the sport was created 150 years ago. To prove it, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Recreation Department will hold its annual Vintage Baseball Game on Saturday at Smith Field Park on Route 46 in Parsippany, NJ. The game is sponsored by the Morristown Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and North Jersey Civil War Round Table. The Hoboken Nine will take on the Flemington Neshanocks in a game that will feature no gloves, no masks, no time-outs, no designated hitters, and no free agents.

Festivities for the event begin at 12:30 pm with a double-header hitting the diamond at 1:00 pm. All are invited to attend the event free of charge. If you have never attended a game played with 1863 rules, you will enjoy the game, especially when the batter tells the pitcher where he wants the ball thrown. And the players play hard ball barehanded. Note the umpire in the top hat!

Saturday, August 9 - Chester, Morris County
Lace Creations
Children Friendly Site

Watch the nimble fingers of the Lost Art Lacers of North Jersey as they perform the centuries old arts of bobbin lace-making and tatting from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the Cooper Grist Mill in Chester. Cost: Free. Donations appreciated. The Cooper Gristmill is located at 66 Route 513, Chester, NJ. For more information, call 908-879-5463 or visit

Saturday, August 9 - Ocean Grove, Monmouth County
Ocean Grove History Day

On Saturday, the Historical Society of Ocean Grove will offer a free History Day. This presentation will feature "Postcards to the Past"™ presented by Fred Carl. Enjoy a tour of Ocean Grove's past and present using postal cards. They offer an unbiased glimpse into the past. The talk will explore specially selected views, now lost, but captured on postcards. See Auditorium Square, the Boardwalk's evolution, the North End Hotel Complex, the South End complex and tent life as frozen in postal card photos. The postcards show us there was once more to Ocean Grove than exists today.

Ocean Grove History Day will be held from 10:30 am - 12:00 noon in the Community Room at 15 Pilgrim Pathway, Ocean Grove, NJ. For more information, call 732-774-1869 or visit

Saturday, August 10 - Kingston, Somerset County
Home Remedies of the 18th-Century

Before Tylenol and Robitussin, how did we treat aches and colds? Without Maalox and Imodium, how did we deal with nausea and digestive upset? Just what did we do for cuts and burns before Neosporin and Band-Aids?

In a special program presented on Saturday at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm at Rockingham Historic Site, learn what our colonial foremothers had in their home "medicine cabinets" to treat their families' everyday maladies. Explore the herbal counterparts and precursors to many of our modern pharmaceuticals and learn how the discovery of germ theory did (or didn't) change the way we treat common illness and injury. Medical disorders and bodily functions will be discussed, so parental discretion is advised.
Space is very limited; advance reservations required. $5.00 per person program fee. Presentation will be offered at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm in the house kitchen. Please call 609-683-7132 to make reservations (last name, phone number, number of attendees, time of program desired). Rockingham is located at 84 Laurel Avenue, Franklin Township, NJ. For more information, call 609-683-7132 or visit

Saturday, August 10 - Cape May, Cape May County
Annual 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 including Harrison Beverage, Cape May Brewing Company, Tuckahoe Brewing Company, Victory Brewing Company, and 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.

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 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

Saturday, August 9 - Washington Township, Burlington County
Civil War Second Saturday Program
Children Friendly

The Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc. presents its Second Saturday program at Historic Batsto Village on Saturday. Several Civil War reenactment groups will be on the grounds of the historic Batsto Village: The 7th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry; Company D will be joined by Louis R. Francine Camp # 7 and Meredith Pool Camp #1505. Visitors can get a first-hand glimpse of life in a civil war camp, uniforms, weapons and tools of that period.

The Batsto Mansion, home of the Richards family for 92 years and later owned by Philadelphia Quaker industrialist Joseph Wharton, will be open for tours throughout the day for a small charge. The “Big House on the Hill” is a remarkable structure with its beginnings in the late 1700s. Mansion tours are conducted beginning at 10:00 am and conclude at 3:00 pm. 

The Batsto Post Office; the oldest operational post office in New Jersey and one of only four in the United States authorized to operate without a zip code, will be ably operated by members of the Merchantville Stamp Club. Prestamped mail you bring to the post office can be hand cancelled with a special mark unique to the site.

A blacksmith will be on hand to demonstrate the art of shaping iron into useful items and explain how you can learn this unique and interesting skill at Batsto Village.

The Nature Center will be open with science and nature exhibits and special activities for children. 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. For more information, call 609-561-0024 or visit

Saturday, August 9 - Holland Township, Hunterdon County
Help Restore Pohatcong Freight Depot

On Saturday, join volunteers as they perform frame repairs and painting to prepare for the relocation and raising of the 19th century Pohatcong Freight Depot. The work will take place from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm at the Hughesville Riegel Paper Company warehouse at Cyphers Road and Mill Road, Holland Township, NJ. The depot was saved from demolition and disassembled by the Finesville Bible Fellowship Church.  It will be relocated with a traditional "barn raising" later this year on the church property. For more information, call Michael at 908-319-3641.

Saturday, August 9 - Hewitt, Passaic County
Family Friendly

On Saturday, the Hudson Shakespeare Company starts the final show in its 23rd annual summer tour with an outdoor presentation of the road-tripping Mediterranean adventure, “Pericles” at 5:00 pm at Long Pond Ironworks State Park. The performance will be held on the lawn of the Stone Double House. Please bring chairs and a picnic dinner (no alcohol as per state park rules). State parks are "carry in-carry out" so please plan accordingly. 

In the event of rain, the performance will be held in the Long Pond Ironworks Visitors Center. Free admission (donations are welcome) and family friendly. Long Pond Ironworks is located at 1334 Greenwood Lake Turnpike, Hewitt, NJ. For more information, call 973-449-7443 or visit For more information on Long Pond Ironworks, visit

Saturday, August 9 - Morristown, Morris County
New Jersey 350th History Hike
Children Friendly

Celebrate the 350th anniversary of New Jersey's founding as a colony by hiking the 2.25 miles yellow trail and hear about the historical forces that have affected New Jersey for more than 350 years, including a north/south divide, and the roles of transportation and immigration in the development of the state. Hike begins at 10:00 am and ends at 12:00 noon. Meet at the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit

Saturday, August 9 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Honey Harvest
Children Friendly

All of the bees at Howell Living History Farm will be on their best behavior on Saturday according to beekeepers, who have invited the public to meet the queens, drones, and workers who are responsible for this year’s crop of clover honey. Visitors will be able to help uncap and extract honey, to taste and buy honey, and to see the insides of working hives between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

The "bee yard" will open for visits when beekeeper Bob Hughes removes the boxes that contain frames of honey. Visitors who want a close-up view of the action, which involves "brushing" the bees off the frames, should avoid wearing perfume, cologne or hairspray. Children can help spin honey from the frames by turning the crank of an "extractor".

Howell Living History 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. call 609-737-3299 or visit

Saturday, August 9 - Trenton, Mercer County
One Day Only: A Tailor Shop Opens in Trenton's Old Barracks
Children Friendly

The Old Barracks Museum will turn its 1759 British Officers' quarters into a tailor  shop for "Nine Tailors Make the Man" on Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. A group of 18th-century tailors will construct an outfit over the course of the day. 18th-century games will also be available for children and families to play. Demonstrations on traditional indigo dying methods will also be occurring throughout the day.

This event recreates life in the 18th century, from the play of children to the work of skilled tradesmen. Visitors are encouraged to speak with the interpreters, asking them questions about work and life in Washington's times. Tours of the Old Barracks Museums and the current galleries will be open and available to be viewed. 

Special pricing is in place for this event: adults $10, children and seniors $8, members $2, Active Military Personnel Free. The Old Barracks are located at 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-396-1776 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, August 9 - 10 - Cape May, Cape May County
Paranormal Pursuits Weekend
Children Friendly

Interested in ghost hunting? Like learning about the supernatural and spooky? Visit Historic Cold Spring Village for ‘Paranormal Pursuits’: Spiritualism in the 1800s weekend to be held on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. In addition to experiencing the Village’s 26 restored, historic buildings dating from 1691 - 1912, guests can enjoy various workshops, demonstrations, and tours which highlight the study of spiritualism and the paranormal.

Local paranormal investigation groups, including Truth Paranormal Investigators of South Jersey, will share the findings of their investigation at the Village and demonstrate their ghost hunting equipment in the Welcome Center throughout the weekend. Guests can also explore the Village’s own paranormal past and present during a ghost walk led by longtime Village staff member, Clare Juechter on both Saturday and Sunday. At various buildings throughout the Village, Juechter will detail the supernatural experiences reported by Village staff members as well as the evidence of ghostly presences discovered by visiting mediums and psychics.

Additional programs will include readings of palms, tarot cards and runes for guests, and hands-on divining rod demonstrations. Throughout the weekend Professor William B. Ghan will demonstrate the study of phrenology, a 19th century field of science that believed the bumps on your head explained your character traits. On Saturday at 3:00 pm and Sunday at 1:00 pm, the founder of the New York-based Spiritual Lightworks Psychics Team, Lady Morgana of Avallone, will hold a tarot workshop in which she will explain the basics of the traditional divination practice for beginners. HCSV Deputy Director for Education and Interpretation Jim Stephens will lecture on the lively practice of spiritualism in the 1800s on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm.

Historic Cold Spring Village is a non-profit, open-air living history museum that portrays the daily life of a rural South Jersey community of the Early American period. It features 26 restored historic structures on a 30-acre site. From late June to early September, interpreters and artisans in period clothing preserve the trades, crafts and heritage of “the age of homespun.”

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, August 9 - 10 - Titusville, Mercer County
Militia at Washington Crossing State Park
Children Friendly

Captain John Outwater's Company of Militia will be at Washington Crossing State Park this weekend. Medical and military demonstrations will occur on Saturday, with wood working, cooking, sewing and military demonstrations on Sunday. Stop by and find out more about the critical role the militia played in New Jersey during the American Revolution. Members of the militia will be on-hand each day from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm each day. A $5 parking fee per car is in effect. The main entrance to Washington Crossing State Park is located at 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ.

Sunday, August 10 - 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. 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, August 10 - 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, August 10 - Morris Township, Morris County
Maid's Eye View at the Willows and 'Bee' in the Know
Children Friendly

On Sunday from 11:00 - 12:00 noon, discover the life of the domestic help at the Foster home, known as The Willows at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm on a hands-on guided tourAssist with some house-hold chores.

From 1:00 - 3:00 pm, discover the amazing life and valuable contribution of honey bees. Purchase locally-produced honey. Both programs are included with regular admission.

Admission: $6/adult, $5/senior (65+), $4/child (ages 4 -16), $2/child (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

Saturdays and Sundays Through October 2014 - 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 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 2:00 pm in front of Ringwood Manor every Saturday and Sunday from June - October. 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. For more information, visit

Sundays through August 30, 2014 - Cranbury, Middlesex County
"At Long Last...Summer" Exhibit

The Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society is bringing a bit of the seashore to its museum in Cranbury. After a harsh winter, the society is happy to present a new exhibit  at the Cranbury Museum, entitled, "At Long Last...Summer."  Featuring treasures of the sea and seashore, the exhibit includes oil paintings, watercolors, a rare sea glass collection, antique whale bone, shells, Sailor valentines, ephemera, and vintage toys and souvenirs. The exhibit will continue through August 30, 2014. Celebrate summer and join us on Sunday afternoons from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, to view the exhibit! The Cranbury Museum is located at 4 Park Place East, Cranbury. For more information, visit

Through August 23, 2014 - Haledon, Passaic County
"The Mill Girls" Exhibit

The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark in Haledon, NJ proudly opens the exhibit "The Mill Girls," a unique three-dimensional display that showcases images of three mill girls on large-scale replicas of the wooden bobbins used in early textile mills, by visual artist Donna Berger. The exhibit will be on view through August 23, 2014. 

The Botto House National Landmark, home of the American Labor Museum, is located at 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJ. It was the meeting place for over 20,000 silk mill workers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike. The Museum's hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and by appointment. For more information, call 973-595-7953, visit, or e-mail

Through August, 2014 - Lyndhurst, Bergen County
Let's Play! An Exhibit of Beloved Toys
Children Friendly

From a china-head doll to a Lionel train, several toys are on display at the Little Red Schoolhouse Museum as the Lyndhurst Historical Society recalls fun times with favorite toys. The new exhibit, "Let's Play! An Exhibit of Beloved Toys," is open now through August 2014.

The exhibit is free and open to the public, though a small donation to the Society would be appreciated. The Little Red Schoolhouse Museum is open on the second and fourth Sundays of  every month from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. The Lyndhurst Historical Society was established in 1984 in an effort to preserve the 1893 schoolhouse, located at 400 Riverside Avenue, Lyndhurst, NJ. For more information, call 201-804-2513 (leave a message) or visit

Through Sunday, September 14, 2014 - Princeton, Mercer County
Micah Williams: Portrait Artist Exhibition

Traveling portrait artist and New Jersey resident Micah Williams (1782 - 1837) was a prolific artist who has 272 known existing works. His works are represented in many major museums and are highly sought after by folk art collectors. Yet, there has never been an exhibition dedicated solely to the work of Micah Williams. "Micah Williams: Portrait Artist," on loan to Morven from the Monmouth County Historical Association, tells a story about the new America of the 19th century. With over 40 portraits on view, visitors can come face-to-face with the state's nineteenth century farmers, orchard growers, militia officers, politicians, silversmiths, potters, carpenters, and their families.

The exhibition will also debut Morven's newest acquisition: a pastel portrait of Commodore Robert Field Stockton (1795-1866) completed by Micah Williams around 1821. Stockton was a third-generation resident of Morven, head the Pacific Fleet and a U.S. Senator. With this exhibition, the portrait makes its return to the walls at Morven. "Micah Williams: Portrait Artist" exhibition will be on display at Morven through September 14, 2014.

Morven Museum & Garden is a museum and public garden located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. A National Historic Landmark, Morven was the home to Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, as well as the former Governor's mansion of New Jersey. Public Hours: Wednesday - Friday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit

Through Sunday, October 5, 2014 - Paterson, Passaic County
The History of the Silk City Diner Company of Paterson Exhibit

On exhibit through Sunday October 5, 2014 in Lambert Castle, home of the Passaic County Historical Society, view "Pancakes, Patties, and Pies...the History of the Silk City Diner Company of Paterson." The humble origin of American diners can be traced back to 1872. Since then, diners have evolved to become an iconic representation of the American lifestyle. This type of dining, with its comfort foods, distinct architecture, and unique aesthetics has captivated the appetites and imaginations of generations. In this exhibit, learn how the Paterson Vehicle Company contributed to this phenomenon with their  Silk City Diners. Exhibit co-curated by Clifton native and author Michael Gabriele. Visitors can access the exhibition during regular museum hours (Wednesday-Sunday). General museum admissions apply.

Admission: Adults $5.00, Senior Citizens (65+) $4.00, Children ages 5-17 $3.00, and children under age 5 and members of the Historical Society are free. Lambert Castle is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson, NJ. For more information, call 973-247-0085 or visit

Through Sunday, October 12, 2014 - Trenton, Mercer County
"Before There Was Trenton" Exhibit

This year New Jersey observes the 350th Anniversary of its political establishment in 1664. To commemorate the event, the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie in Cadwalader Park is hosting a display of items related to the mid-1600s - before there was a place called Trent's-town. "Before There Was Trenton," on view through October 12, 2014 is curated by Trenton Museum Society Trustee David Bosted and son Nicholas Bosted. A formal lecture, "Before There Was Trenton" will be given by the curators on Sunday October 12, at 2:00 pm, on the last day of the display. 

Prior to 1664, New Netherland was a colony founded by the Dutch on the east coast of North America. The Dutch colony extended from Hartford, CT in the east to Albany, New York, in the north to Delaware in the south, encompassing parts of what are now the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and Delaware. The New Netherland colony included three major Rivers: Nord (North River, now the Hudson River), Sud (South River, now the Delaware River) and the Versche (Fresh) River (now the Connecticut River). The English wrested control of the colony from the Dutch in 1664, turning its capital, New Amsterdam, into New York City.

The Dutch colonial efforts were mostly directed toward trade with Native Americans. However, their permanent settlements in some cases caused conflict with native peoples as well as with several other European powers, especially England, Sweden and France. 

Beaver pelts were especially sought after for the fur trade. Marten, fox, otter and mink were also bartered.  In 1624 (the year New Amsterdam was first settled), Dutch settlers shipped 1,500 beaver and 500 otter skins to Europe. Thereafter, the fur trade grew enormously under the Dutch. Fort Orange (now Albany) and New Amsterdam (now New York City) were the centers of the fur trade, reaching deep into the Lenni Lenape and Mohawk tribal territory, and promoting contact between the Dutch and the Native peoples.

"Before There Was Trenton" recalls that early period of exploration, contact and settlement. Among the items on display are items highly valued in the fur trade: hand-forged trade axes, knives and other metal tools; easily transportable and popular trading commodities like the red "white heart" glass trade beads made in Venice; objects reflecting Dutch nautical exploration and the fur trade; and Lenni Lenape stone tools from the Delaware Valley as well as early agricultural items. Tobacco, another highly desirable trade commodity, is represented in the display by early tobacco pipes. Because tobacco was so expensive, the 17th century pipe bowls were small, holding only a pinch of tobacco.

The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie is located in Cadwalader Park in Trenton, NJ. For more information about the exhibit or the talk, call 609-989-1191, e-mail, or visit

Through October 31, 2014 - Trenton, Mercer County
Trenton's Old Barracks Museum Shows Iron Art

The Old Barracks Museum will feature the sculpture of AbOminOg Intl. Arts Collective in an exhibit entitled "Founding the Future: A Continuum of Iron Casting in Trenton with AbOminOg Intl. Arts Collective." The exhibit will run from April 26 to October 31, 2014.

The Old Barracks Museum is pleased to feature the metal sculpture of members of one of Trenton's illustrious artist collectives in an exhibit entitled, "Founding the Future: A Continuum of Iron Casting in Trenton with AbOminOg Intl. Arts Collective." Exhibiting artists include Kate Graves, Aylin Green, Bruce Lindsay, Rory Mahon, Steve Morse, Joanna Platt, Matt Reiley, David  Robinson and Scot Thompson.

This outdoor exhibit is part of the statewide celebrations of the 350th anniversary of the founding of New Jersey by representing the connection between the history that the Old Barracks Museum interprets and AbOminOg Intl.'s focus on the revolutionary industrial material of iron. As the first art installation at the Old Barracks, it will allow the visiting public a new perspective on the relationship between the past and the present in the formation of the future.

The Old Barracks Museum is adjacent to Petty's Run, site of the only excavated Colonial steel furnace in America. Trenton's history of industry, manufacturing and self-reliance is reflected in the AbOminOg Intl. model of collaboration through sweat equity, upcycling crushed iron scrap into sculpture. The essence of the artist collective's cause- to teach and facilitate artists of diverse backgrounds, age groups and skill levels in the creation of cast-metal sculptural artworks within an inspiring, supportive and sustainable setting while positively affecting the community and the art world at large- has remained the same since their inaugural iron pour in a Trenton backyard on December 31, 1999. The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barracks Street, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-396-1776 or visit

Through December 29, 2014 - Woodbury, Gloucester County
Be Prepared:  Scouts of Yesteryear
Children Friendly

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have been a tradition in America for over a century. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum is presenting a remarkable exhibit with scouting artifacts from over the decades. Numerous uniforms, merit badges, equipment, manuals, and accessories from the 1930’s on are on display.  

The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and the last Sunday of the month from 2:00 - 5:00 pm. Adult admission $5; children 6-18 years $1; children under 6 free. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum is located at 58 North Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ. For more information, call 856-848-8531 or visit

Through February 13, 2015 - Madison, Morris County
The American Revolution in New Jersey
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New Jersey spent much of the American Revolution as a theater of war. A new exhibit at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, "The American Revolution in New Jersey: Where the Battlefront Meets the Homefront," explores the rarely told story of New Jersey's farmers, women, and tradesmen and their actions during the war. Topics discussed include the local civil wars that erupted between revolutionaries and loyalists, the multiple roles that women took on as their men went off to war, and how civilian life was affected by the regular presence of troops. The exhibit will be open until February 13, 2015. 

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 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday from 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 more information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit

1st and 2nd Sundays through June 2015 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
The History of Houses and the Things That Make Them Home

Since prehistoric times, where we live has been about much more than shelter (think of those cave paintings). A new exhibit explores just how our human instinct to nest has played out in the structures we inhabit and the stuff we put in them. "The History of Houses and the Things that Make Them Home" is on display in the Richmond Gallery of the Eden Woolley House / Township of Ocean Historical Museum.

The exhibit examines the influences on the design and content of the American home - from the traditions early settlers brought with them, to the availability of materials, to the transforming power of technology. It takes guests on a virtual house tour, revealing room by room how things have changed and how those changes have shaped our lives.

What is home? It's where the heart is and there's no place like it. Beyond shelter, our homes express our tastes, values, and social status. Our neighborhoods abound with homes that illustrate the point, and the new exhibit asks us to see our familiar surroundings in a new light. It reveals the lineage of familiar house styles--colonial, neoclassical, Victorian, and modern, for example. It explains that the colonists of the new world built houses in the style of the old. That the founding fathers, all men of the Enlightenment, adapted the designs of Greeks and Romans whose rationality they admired. That the clutter and ornamentation of the Victorians expressed their fascination with goods made possible by the Industrial Revolution and made available by the railroads. And that twentieth century architects rejected Victorian fussiness in favor of designs that challenged old assumptions and took advantage of new technologies and building techniques.

House design is just the beginning. The exhibit takes us inside, room by room. For all but the rich, our earliest homes were one-room dwellings. The very concept of a single-purpose room (living, dining, bathing, etc.) is relatively new. And even in early multiple-room houses, people moved from room to room more in pursuit of sunlight and warmth than specific activity. In effect, all rooms were "living rooms."

Revolutionary new technologies - indoor plumbing, central heating, and electric light, in particular - made room specialization practical. The bathroom, bedchamber, dining room, library, and parlor emerged as distinct spaces in ways that both reflect and influence life style.

Take the living room (aka parlor, drawing room, sitting room, and salon). It has come full circle. As parlor, it was a room often reserved to receive visitors. In time, it became the place where the family "withdrew" to gather around the piano - later the radio and then television. Today, the "great room" has assumed that role and in many homes, the living room is again a more formal space reserved for entertaining guests.

The exhibit makes that case that every house has a story, every room has a history. "The History of Houses and the Things that Make Them Home" will be up through June 2015. The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (1:00 - 4:00 pm), Thursday evenings (7:00 - 9:00 pm) and the first and second Sundays of each month (1:00 - 4:00 pm). The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is located at 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ. For more information, please call 732-531-2136 or visit

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


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