Friday, October 24, 2014

Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/25/14 - 10/26/14

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Friday, October 24 - Ringoes, Hunterdon County
Spine-Tingling Ghost Stories
Children Friendly

When Jim Davidson purchased his historic home in the 1970s, he had no idea what he was getting into. Never mind the usual repairs that come with buying a house. Something else - far more frightening - was going on. The East Amwell Historical Society president wasn’t "afraid of no ghosts" when he moved into the old house on the edge of town. But flying paint cans, screaming voices, and much more changed all that. And had him packing his bags quickly.

What happened? What compelled him to saw a hole through his dining room floor? And what did he find below? To learn the answers and hear other spine-tingling tales, come to the East Amwell Historical Society’s “Ghosts of East Amwell” program on Friday at 7:00 pm in the town’s municipal building, located at 1070 Route 202, Ringoes, NJ. This free event will be an audience participation program, so everyone is encouraged to share their own ghost stories.

No reservations are required, but space is limited. It’s strongly encouraged you arrive early to ensure getting a seat. Attending the meeting will be representatives of PARS - the Paranormal Activity Research Society - who will listen to the stories and select one or two homes to investigate. The group will return to East Amwell and report its findings at a program next year.

Friday - Saturday, October 24 - 25 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Haunted Hayride at Allaire Village
Children Friendly

Historic Allaire Village, presents Halloween Hayrides on Friday, and Saturday from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm. The Halloween Hayride starts in front of the General Store and enters the foreboding woods for a trip into Halloween horror. Hayrides are approximately twenty minutes in length and wagons leave every fifteen minutes from the General Store. If you make it through the Hayride alive, take a stroll through our Haunted Village. Scary story-telling will be held in the Carriage House and special Halloween performances will be held in the Allaire Mansion. All are welcome...if you dare! Stop by the Allaire Bakery for hot cider and spooky snacks or visit the General Store and Museum Gift Shop for limited edition Halloween souvenirs and merchandise.

The cost for the hayride is $10 for child under 12 and $15 for adults. Tickets are limited so advance purchase is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Tickets are for sale by calling 732-919-3500 - please have your credit card ready. You can also purchase tickets via PayPal at

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park, 4265 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit

Friday - Saturday, October 24 - 25 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
Haunted Seaport
Children Friendly Areas/Activities

Pirates and sea captains long lost at sea stroll the boardwalk for a night of screams at the Tuckerton Seaport. Stop in on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Tour the haunted Tucker's Island Lighthouse, hayrides, phragmites maze, food, refreshments, entertainment, and a non-scary pumpkin patch for the little ones. Fun for the whole family! Admission is $8 for adults, hayrides $5 with paid admission (free hayride for members). The Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum, is located at 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ. For more information, call 609-296-8868 or visit

Friday and Sunday, October 24 and 26 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Fort Hancock Days
Children Friendly

The National Park Service will hold its annual celebration of Fort Hancock Days on Friday, October 24, and Sunday, October 26, 2014. Fort Hancock Days commemorates the establishment of Fort Hancock as an Army base on October 30, 1895. Fort Hancock was added to Gateway as part of the park's Sandy Hook Unit by an Act of Congress signed into law on October 27, 1972.

On Friday, from 6:30 - 9:30 pm, volunteers from the Army Ground Forces Association (AGFA) will conduct a lantern tour of the Fort, beginning at the Fort Hancock Museum and ending at Battery Gunnison, which was built in 1904. AGFA volunteers, wearing authentic World War II U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps uniforms, will emphasize the fort's World War II years when Fort Hancock's population swelled to more than 12,000 soldiers and civilian defense workers. AGFA will focus in particular on 1943, when the Army converted Battery Gunnison from a disappearing gun battery into its present configuration as a pedestal mounted gun battery.

On Sunday, from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm, visitors can watch or join in helping AGFA members conduct gun drills at Battery Gunnison, to see how an original Model 1900 six-inch gun (actually over 25 feet long and weighing 10 tons) was aimed and loaded. An original World War II ambulance will also be on display, complete with period medical equipment and staffed by an AGFA volunteer Army nurse.

Also on Sunday, the Sandy Hook Mortar Battery, America’s first concrete mortar battery located across the street from the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, will also be open for tours from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. During World War II, the tunnels of this battery served as a Harbor Defense Command Post, a central headquarters commanding all of New York Harbor’s forts and defenses from 1941 to 1945.

Saturday, October 25 - Freehold, Monmouth County
Open Hearth Cooking and Open House
Children Friendly

Monmouth County Historical Association invites the public to enjoy Open Hearth Open House at the Covenhoven House on Saturday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Come and observe eighteenth-century style cooking over the blazing open hearth. Visitors will be invited to sample treats made from authentic “receipts” provided by the hearth cook, Glenn May.

Guided tours of this preserved landmark house, built in 1752 for William and Elizabeth Covenhoven will be provided. The Covenhoven House later served as headquarters for British General Sir Henry Clinton before the Battle of Monmouth in June of 1778.

Admission is free - bring the family. The Covenhoven House is located at 150 West Main Street in Freehold near the Route 9 overpass. Parking is available at Grace Lutheran Church at the corner of West Main Street and Business Route 33. For more information, call 732-462-1466 or visit

Saturday, October 25 - Harmony Township, Warren County
Fall Open House - Historic House and Barn Tours
Children Friendly

The Harmony Township Historical Society and the Historic Preservation Commission of Harmony Township invite the public to attend their annual Fall Open House at the historic VanNest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead on Saturday, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is free. The farmstead is located at 3026 Belvidere Road, Route 519, just north of the Municipal Building in Harmony Township.

Come see the progress being made at the farmstead, including the two recently-relocated and restored wagon houses. The event will include tours of the circa 1750s main house, the restored wagon house, and the one of a kind Dutch style barn, and war reenactors, live demonstrations, and hearth cooking in the summer kitchen.

For more information, contact Ruth at or visit

Saturday, October 25 - Union Township, Union County
Pumpkin Patch Day at Liberty Hall
Children Friendly

On Saturday, enjoy Pumpkin Patch Day from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm at Liberty Hall. The day features its traditional menu of activities, including pumpkin picking, hayrides, house tours, a corn maze, and Halloween crafts, including carving or decorating your pumpkin! Program Fee: Adults: $6.00, Children: $12.00, Under 3: Free. Additional charge for pumpkins. Reservations suggested - call 908-527-0400. Rain date is Sunday, October 26. Liberty Hall Museum is located at 1003 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083. For more information, call 908-527-0400 or visit

Saturday, October 25 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Mill Tours
Family Friendly

Historian and author Larry Kidder of Ewing will conduct walking tours of Howell Farm’s historic gristmill site on Saturday at 11:00 am, 1:00, and 3:00 pm. The hour-long tours take visitors over a ¼ mile long trail that winds along the remains of mill’s pond, dam, sluice and tailrace. During the walk, visitors will learn about the history and operation of the mill, which is documented in Hopewell, A Historical Geography by Richard Porter and Richard Hunter (1990, Township of Hopewell) and Farming Pleasant Valley by Larry Kidder (2014).

Tours are free and include a refreshment stop at the circa 1785 house built by the original owner of the mill, John Phillips. The tour requires moderate walking over gravel roads and through wooded terrain. A modified version of the tour is available for persons who have difficulty walking, or who have children in strollers.

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, October 25 - South Amboy, Middlesex County
Historical Cemetery Tour
Children Friendly

On Saturday evening at 5:00 pm, the Historical Society of South Amboy invites you to tour Christ Church Cemetery. There is no parking in the cemetery, so please park in the vacant lot across the street from Monaghan House (400 S. Pine Street, South Amboy, NJ). The cemetery is not paved, so please wear appropriate footwear. It will be held rain or shine. $5 donation/entry fee per person - children under 12 are free. Feel free to bring a flashlight! After the tour, join members of the Society at Monaghan House where 15% of your bill will be donated to our Historic Records Preservation project.

Saturday, October 25 - Atlantic City, Atlantic County
Haunted Lighthouse Tours

Do you want to discover if Absecon Lighthouse is home to ghostly keepers that still watch over the shore in Atlantic City? Did the Jersey Devil pay a visit in 1909? Come visit the Absecon Lighthouse to hear the true ghost stories that prompted a visit from SyFy's Ghost Hunters! The New Jersey Researchers of Paranormal Evidence (NJ ROPE) will be on property to help you hunt for ghosts. Plus, hear their eerie recordings taken during a paranormal investigation. Guided tours of our grounds and tower will let you explore our rich history and experience some spooky tales. Beer, wine, & refreshments will be provided. 

Reservations are required; call 609-449-1360. Tour times are 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm, and include a tower climb. Tickets are $20.00, and must be reserved!

Since The Inlet Public Private Association renovated the lighthouse tower, rebuilt the Keeper's Cottage and re-opened to visitors, several staff and volunteers have shared stories of being alone on the property but hearing footsteps and voices, smelling smoke, and even seeing a few ghostly apparitions. Now is your chance to experience the Absecon Lighthouse as you've never experienced it before. 

Absecon Lighthouse is located at 31 South Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City, NJ. It is open to visitors Thursdays through Mondays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 609-449-1360 or visit

Saturday, October 25 - Plainfield, Union County
Discussion on the First Presbyterian Church cemetery in Elizabeth

On Saturday from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon, the Plainfield Public Library welcomes guest speaker Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps in honor of New Jersey's 350th anniversary celebration. Dr. Caldewll Epps will discuss her research on the First Presbyterian Church cemetery in Elizabeth. There are 316 graves in the cemetery that belong to African Americans, some of whom were slaves to notable names in early New Jersey history, including Governor Livingston, Elias Boudinot, the Ogden family, the Stockton family, and the family of Aaron Burr.

Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps is a career educator and has served various educational institutions for over 40 years. She was the President and CEO of The New Jersey Historical Society, a state-wide museum, library and educational facility established in 1845 to preserve artifacts and print materials along with documenting the social, politcal, and cultural history of New Jersey. The program will take place in the Anne Louise Davis Gallery. The Plainfield Public Library is located at 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ. For more information, call 908-757-1111 or visit

Saturday, October 25 - Morris Township, Morris County
Meet the Irish Servant and Cook at the Willows
Children Friendly

On this guided tour, discover the life of the domestic help at the Foster home, known as The Willows at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. Help the maid with household chores and see what the cook has prepared using the wood stove. Program runs from 1:00 - 2:00 pm. 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, call 973-326-7645 or visit

Saturday, October 25 - Morris Township, Morris County
The Strange Fate of Antoine le Blanc
Children Friendly

On Saturday at Historic Speedwell, art imitates life as we look at the early 19th century Morristown murder trial of Antoine le Blanc and the strange things that happened afterwards. We use primary sources and the novel Frankenstein to dissect this bizarre event in local history focusing on the American justice system and Gothic literature. The program takes place from 5:00 - 7:00 pm and is included with admission to Historic Speedwell. Admission: $5.00 per adult, $4.00 for seniors and $3.00 for children under 16. Historic Speedwell is located at 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit

Saturday, October 25 - Trenton, Mercer County
3rd Annual Halloween Spooktacular at the State Museum
Children Friendly

Celebrate Halloween with a day of fun activities at the New Jersey State Museum. From 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, visit the Riverview Court to make and take crafts inspired by New Jersey's spooky history. Stop in at 1:00 pm in the auditorium for the FREE Mad Science Halloween Show. Through a mixture of science and magic the children will see a paper spider turn into a ‘real-live’ spider.  Hear the tales of Count Eggbert and Countess Eggberta as they battle the wicked witch.  Watch as the wicked witch is melted right before your eyes! The audience will find out how the seemingly sane Mr. Bernoulli helped the Mad Scientist float an eyeball in the air. Then, as a grand finale, the Mad Scientist will introduce the audience to the eerie world of Dry Ice, making bubbling potions and lots of fearsome fog. All will have an evening of gruesome goodness and fun!

Don't forget to come in costume and sign up for the costume contest! The contest will be held immediately following the show in the Museum auditorium at 2:00 pm. Every child will have the opportunity to parade across the stage and show off their costume creations. Prizes will be awarded in 3 age categories. Sign-up begins at 10:00 am and ends at 12:45 pm. Plan to stay for a FREE Laser Halloween Show in the Planetarium at 3:00 pm. Tickets are limited and go fast, so make sure to get yours early in the day. Recommended for ages 7 and up with adult.

The New Jersey State Museum is located at 205 West State Street in Trenton, NJ. On weekends, free parking is available in lots adjacent to and behind the Museum. For more information, visit or call the recorded information line at 609-292-6464.

Saturday, October 25 - Montclair, Essex County
The Role of Art and Architecture in the Early 20th Century

Montclair's Bellevue Avenue Library Centennial celebration continues with a lively panel discussion exploring the confluence of Art, Architecture, Visionaries and Events that made Montclair distinctive and created its sense of place. Come hear these distinguished panelists:

*Gail Stavitsky, Chief Curator, Montclair Art Museum
*Mark S. Porter, Editor, The Montclair Times
*Ulysses Grant Dietz, Chief Curator, Newark Museum
*Diane Lewis, Architect, FAAR, Professor of Architecture, Cooper Union School of Architecture
*Moderator: Frank Gerard Godlewski, Architect and Historian  

The program will be held at the Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ. The reception and museum galleries open at 6:00 pm. The panel discussion begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $40; reservations recommended. Proceeds benefit the Bellevue Avenue Library. Reserve now at the Montclair Public Library Foundation website or call 973-744-0500 Ext. 2222.

Saturday, October 25 - Byram Township, Sussex County
Waterloo Canal Heritage Day
Children Friendly

Come visit Waterloo Village between 10:00 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, October 25 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Turn of the Nineteenth Century Music
Children Friendly

On Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to join music man Rich Marzec as he performs songs on the piano from the turn of the century. 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, October 25 - Flemington, Hunterdon County
"Stroll Through Flemington" Historic House Tour

The Borough of Flemington and its Historic Preservation Commission is proud to announce 'Stroll Through Flemington', An Historic House Tour slated for Saturday from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, rain or shine. Meander the streets of the Historic District and visit six privately-owned historic homes and four iconic public buildings in self-guided fashion. Allow your imagination to picture the historic events that have shaped our Borough and embrace the charm and unique character of the District, and the warmth of our town.

Tickets can be purchased on Saturday at the Hunterdon County Courthouse for $25.00 via cash, check or charge. For more information, visit

Saturday, October 25 - Morristown, Morris County
Soldier's Knapsack
Children Friendly

Have you always wondered what types of things soldiers carried throughout the war? Join a Park Ranger at the Wick House to discover what would have been inside a soldier's  knapsack. Program from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon and 1:30 - 4:00 pm at the Wick House in Jockey Hollow, within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit

Saturday, October 25 - Madison, Morris County
Family Fun Day - Tricks-N-Treats
Children Friendly

Once again the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts will host a hauntingly fun Halloween themed afternoon. Come in costume and participate in a number of activities, including games and crafts. Advance registration recommended - call 973-377-2982 x12.

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 more information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit

Saturday, October 25 - Titusville, Mercer County
Washington Crossing State Park Presentation

On Saturday at 1:00 pm, Author Peter Osborne will present a review of the history of the two parks at Washington Crossing in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. They were created and developed very differently, a theme that continues to the present. The presentation will include images from both parks and a handout. The presentation will be about 50 minutes long. It will be held at the Visitor Center at Washington Crossing State Park, 355 Washington Crossing Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ. For more information, call 609-737-0623.

Saturday, October 25 - River Edge, Bergen County
Harvest Homecoming
Children Friendly

On Saturday beginning at 2:00 pm, join the Bergen County Historical Society for the grand re-opening of the Westervelt-Thomas Barn. The Long Hill String Band will perform in the barn! The barn underwent a restoration paid for by the Blauvelt-Demarest Foundation. Bring the family for toe-tapping, clapping, and singing fun. The BCHS wooden limberjacks (handmade by Manfred Wegner and available in the giftshop) will dance up a storm! The festivities end at 6:00 pm.

Admission is $7 adult, $5 children, BCHS members free. Historic New Bridge Landing is located at 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. For more information, call 201-343-9492 or visit

Saturday, October 25 - Roebling, Burlington County
History in Your Own Backyard
Children Friendly

The Roebling Museum is launching a new series of family programming on Saturday from 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. "History in Your Own Backyard" is a series of programs and activities created specifically for families with children ages 4 - 15. Attendees will explore the early days of family, home, community and work life in the Village of Roebling, and share memories and photos by creating their own "Then & Now Family Album," and bridging the past with present-day life.

"History in Your Own Backyard" is a chance to get to know the Roebling legacy through photos, first-hand stories, and family-friendly activities. Families of up to four people only $12. Workshop, materials, and museum admission included. Space is limited. The Roebling Museum is located at 100 Second Avenue, Roebling, NJ. Parking is available at the back of the museum just off Hornberger Avenue. To register and for more information, call 609-499-7200 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, October 25 - 26 - Park Ridge, Bergen County
Annual Curiosity Sale

The Pascack Historical Society presents its annual Curiosity Sale on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at the group's barrier-free museum at 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge, NJ.

Shoppers will find vintage linens, vintage to contemporary jewelry, gently used household items, china, pottery, art work, old and rare publications, art and history books, plenty of attic treasures, old tools, historical map reproductions, toys, dolls, holiday items, postcards, small furniture and hundreds of other miscellaneous items. 

All sales support the local history museum which is run entirely by volunteers! Free admission. Absolutely NO early birds will be admitted. Rain or shine. For more information, visit

Sunday, October 26 - Morristown, Morris County
Victorian Cameos Lecture

Victorian cameos have a timeless quality that distinguishes them from other jewelry. The Morris County Historical Society offers insight into Victorian cameos and their allure during a special lecture on Sunday starting at 1:30 pm at Acorn Hall. During the lecture, guest speaker Nancy Cooper, a MCHS volunteer and former Board member, shares her extensive knowledge of Victorian cameos, and will display examples of cameos from her personal collection. Tours of Acorn Hall will be available after the lecture.

Wearing cameos as an accessory was popularized by Queen Victoria. Then as now, cameos are appreciated for their beauty, and admired for their art and craftsmanship. Cameo art originally came from an ancient tradition of carving a relief image of contrasting color into semi-precious stones. A selection of hand-crafted cameo pieces are available for purchase after the lecture, in the Society’s Oak Leaf Gallery Gift Shop.

The cost to attend the lecture and for a tour of Acorn Hall, is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for students. Children under age 12, and MCHS members are Free. The admission price may be applied toward membership with the MCHS. For more information about this special event, please call the Morris County Historical Society at 973-267-3465. Acorn Hall is located at 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-267-3465 or visit

Sunday, October 26 - Westfield, Union County
"Halloween Hocus Pocus"
Children Friendly

It's time for Halloween fun! Visit the Miller-Cory House Museum at 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield on Sunday from 1:30 - 4:00 pm to celebrate Halloween Hocus Pocus. This program is ideal for young children. The museum's costumed docents will greet visitors at the door of the colonial farmhouse. There are numerous activities planned for the afternoon, including Halloween storytelling, tattoos, and face painting. Children can decorate their own Halloween cupcakes and make two additional crafts to take home. Festive refreshments will be served. Be sure to come in Halloween costume! The fee for Halloween Hocus Pocus is $4.00 for children; accompanying adults are free. No reservations are necessary for any activity. For more information call 908-232-1776, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, October 26 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
Ichabod Crane, Washington Irving, and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
Children Friendly

On Sunday evening at 7:00 pm at East Jersey Olde Towne Village in PiscatawayNeill Hartley will portray Washington Irving, the father of the American short story, bringing you into Irving's world, introducing you to his work, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," the most famous short story ever written. The literary lion narrates his tale and then enters his story, becoming his alter ego, Ichabod Crane. Neill Hartley is a mesmerizing Ichabod Crane: Tall and slim like Ichabod, Neill was also born in upstate New York like Ichabod, teaches voice like Ichabod and rides horses like Ichabod. It's perfect casting. And it makes for a perfectly eerie entertaining event. This program, presented courtesy of the Middlesex Culture and Heritage Commission, is free and open to the public. East Jersey Olde Towne Village is located at 1050 River Road, Piscataway, NJ. For more information, call 732-439-9643.

Sunday, October 26 - Maplewood, Essex County
The Maplewood Theater: Its Forgotten Saga

For over 100 years, movies have played a great part in the lives of Americans, entertaining, moving and inspiring us. The Maplewood Theater, built in 1927, has existed for much of this time – first as a large combined vaudeville-movie house, then a famed theatrical stage, and finally a neighborhood movie house, now a multiplex. Stop by Durand-Hedden on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. to view this historical transformation in the exhibit: The Maplewood Theater: Its Forgotten Saga. Also view short silent comedies that tickled the fancy of Maplewoodians in the 1920s or settle in at 2:00 pm to watch the rousing award winning film of the musical 1776, which retells the struggle of our founding fathers to declare independence from Britain. 

Free popcorn will be available for moviegoers at the Country store “concession stand,” which will also be selling classic candy, original Maplewood Theater movie posters, and store favorites such as early American toys, the Doors of Maplewood poster and Smile, the history of Olympic Park!

The Durand-Hedden House is dedicated to telling the history of the development of Maplewood and the surrounding area in new and engaging ways. It is located at 523 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood, NJ. For more information, call 973-763-7712, e-mail or visit

Sunday, October 26 - Chatham, Morris County
Are your walls "talking?" Learn how to find out!

Have you wondered about the history of your home - the architect, the builder, the previous owners and its age? If you are, join the Chatham Historical Society on Sunday, at 2:30 pm at the Library of the Chathams to discover how to dig into the history of your house.

"What is the History of Your House? It is Easy to Find... If You Know Where to Look and What to Look For!" is the program designed to give you step-by-step instructions in how to unearth information about your home. Learn how computers, old newspapers, libraries and local archives can lead you to the discovery of your homes past. There is so much information just waiting to be discovered.

Your house is much more than its architectural style. It is also about the lives of the people that lived there and the architect who designed it - was he famous, and the builder - was he local? Most important of all - who were the residents from first to present? Your home contributes to the rich architectural fabric of the community. Learn how you can find out how the people associated with your home contributed to the social fabric and the development of the neighborhoods we call home.

You'll also hear stories from other local homeowners who completed the research of the history of their homes. All of whom found the research fun and rewarding. Adopt-A-House programs presented by homeowners are one of the Society's most well attended events! So please join us and learn how to research your homes past!

Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome to attend this free public program. The Library of the Chathams is located at 214 Main Street in Chatham, NJ and the program will be held on the lower level. For more information, visit

Sunday, October 26 - Montclair, Essex County
House Tours
Family Friendly

Step back through over 200 years of American history at Montclair's historic properties at 108 Orange Road and 30 North Mountain Avenue. While at the Orange Road site, visit the newly reinterpreted Crane House to reflect the YWCA period from 1920 - 1965,  check out the farm, and meet the chickens. At 30 North Mountain, visit the 1896 Charles Shultz House,  home to three successive generations of the Shultz family. The house is a near-perfect time capsule, representing an accurate record of late nineteenth century Montclairion society. Both sites are open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission: $8 per adult and $5 per child for both properties with same day admission. Or come as a family (1 or 2 adults with up to 3 children) for $25. Free admission for members! For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, September 26 - Morristown, Morris County
Civilian Conservation Corps. Hike
Children Friendly

During the Great Depression in the 1930s, hardworking young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps were dispatched to Jockey Hollow where their backbreaking labor created trails, and structures, and other infrastructure that made it possible for people to enjoy and learn about the Continental Army encampment of 1779-1780. Join a park ranger on a 2.25 mile roundtrip hike on the Yellow Trail and see clues in the landscape that shows the CCC was here. Meet for the hike at 10:00 am at the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center within Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit

Sunday, October 26 - Flemington, Hunterdon County
Dvoor Farm House Tour

On Sunday morning at 10:00 am, tour the 1798 vernacular Georgian-style Dvoor Farmhouse. Learn about this historic home from top to bottom: from the 18th century graffiti in the attic to the murder in the basement. Dave Harding, director of outreach at the Land Trust and past president of the East Amwell Historical Society, will lead the tours. The Dvoor Farm is located at 111 Mine Street, Flemington, NJ. For more information, call 908-237-4582 or visit

Sunday, October 26 - Byram Township, Sussex County
Trick or Treat at Waterloo Village
Children Friendly

Visit Waterloo Village in Byram Township on Saturday for a trick or treat event from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Enjoy free candy, cider, and storytelling. This is a special event to support the historic preservation of Waterloo Village. Admission is free but there is a $5.00 per vehicle parking fee. All ages welcome but those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Waterloo Village is located at 525 Waterloo Road, Byram, NJ.

Sunday, October 26 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
Spirited War: Ghost of the Revolution

Please join Heritage Tail Association to hear author Donald Peck discuss his book: A Spirited War: George Washington and the Ghost of the Revolution in Central New Jersey on Sunday from 2:00 - 3:30 pm. During the Revolutionary War, General George Washington spent the majority of his time in the Jerseys, and engaged the British in several decisive battles within its borders. In fact, a large portion of the war may be said to have been won in the counties of Middlesex, Somerset, Monmouth and Mercer, where shifting loyalties and local resistance on both sides presented a constant challenge to the combatants.

Have all physical vestiges of the Revolution vanished from the Garden State? Not at all. Many of the historic sites still do exist, places that offer us a genuine glimpse into the Spirited War of the times. Donald Peck will lead us on an in-depth tour of many of these sites, interpreting the facts and explanations of the personalities involved in them.

Besides George Washington, many other Revolutionary War heroes were associated with Central New Jersey, among them Benjamin and William Franklin, John Adams, Aaron Burr, Nathanael Greene, Charles Lee, and the Marquis de Lafayette. Numerous battles also took place on its soil, including Washington’s Retreat across New Jersey in 1776, the crucial Battles of Trenton, Princeton, and Monmouth in 1776-1778, the Battle of Springfield in 1780, and the celebrated march to victory with the French, led by the Comte de Rochambeau, in 1781. New Jersey truly was the “Crossroads of the American Revolution”, and A Spirited War will prove it!

Author and historian Donald Peck is a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of New Jersey, life member of the Proprietary House Association, Perth Amboy, NJ, member of the Historical Association of Woodbridge Township, co-founder and past director of the Perth Amboy Ferry Slip Maritime Museum, and member of the Metropolitan New Jersey and New York Chapters of the American Guild of Organists, and several national historical organizations.

This free event will be held at historic Van Horne House, 941 East Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ, just across from the Patriots Ballpark. Free parking is available behind Target and at the ballpark. Space is limited and reservations are required.  Call 732-356-8856 for reservations, or sign up online at

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 and 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

Through October 31, 2014 - Plainfield, Union County
The Charles H. Detwiller, Jr. Architectural Drawings Collection, 1887-2002

The Plainfield Public Library announces a new exhibition in honor of New Jersey's 350th anniversary celebration. The library is displaying never-before seen examples from its collection of historical blueprints that date back to 1887. The 70-piece exhibit consists of wall exhibits and display cases on both levels of the library. The featured blueprints represent thirty-five different sets of drawings by 24 architects. The oldest drawing on exhibit is of the Plainfield Golf Club dating from 1896.

The Charles H. Detwiller, Jr. Architectural Drawings Collection contains over 16,000 sets of drawings, documenting over a century of residential and commercial architecture in the greater Plainfield area. This collection of blueprints that document the growth of a suburban community is unique in the United States.

Over 500 architects are represented, including African-American architect George Ernest Robinson, who was a nationally known architect in firehouse design. Plainfield's Fire Headquarters building, designed by him in 1925, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Preservation of the aging documents began by the library in 1998. The processing of the collection is still ongoing. The cost of microfilming, digitization, and cataloging is entirely supported through grant funding and volunteer assistance. Major funders include The Institute for Museum and Library Services; The New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State; the Plainfield Foundation; and the Friends of the Plainfield Public Library.

The exhibition will run through October 2014 and is free to the public. The Plainfield Public Library is located at 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ. For more information, call 908-757-1111 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 November 2014 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
New Exhibit - The Story of the Morro Castle
Children Friendly

On Saturday, September 8, 1934, the burning hulk of the disabled luxury liner Morro Castle broke free of its towline and drifted dangerously near Convention Hall to run aground just yards off the Asbury Park beachfront.  The tragedy (at the time the worst in U.S. merchant marine history) made national headlines. It turned local lifesavers into heroes and Asbury into a sightseeing mecca for the next six months.

Eighty years later, the Township of Ocean Historical Museum, located in the Eden Woolley House at the Ocean Township Library complex on Deal Road, opens a mini-exhibit remembering  the Morro Castle.  The highlight of the September 7 opening is a dramatization of a radio interview with fictional Morro Castle survivor Ellen Van Brunt. Imagining a WCAP ("City of Asbury Park") broadcast from Convention Hall, the performance, scheduled for 1:30 pm and repeated at 3:00 pm, brings events to life.

Visit the Eden Woolley House through November to learn the full story of this tragedy. The exhibit will be up through the end of November.

The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is located in the Eden Woolley House, one of the few 18th century structures still in existence in Ocean Township and 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 pm - 4:00 pm). The Museum is located at 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ. For more information, call 732-531-2136 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

Sundays through January 25, 2015 - Trenton, Mercer County
Form, Function and Fine: Two Hundred Years of American Ceramics

From teacups to chamber sets, New Jersey to California, the Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society presents a new exhibit, providing a sample of American ceramics from the 19th and 20th century. Redware, yellowware, spongeware, and salt glazed crocks will be displayed along with early Lenox and Trenton pottery. Roseville, Stangl, Pfaltzgraff and Homer Laughlin pieces are some of the other American ceramics featured. The exhibit will continue through January 25, 2015. Come to the table and join us on a Sunday afternoon from 1:00 - 4:00 pm to view this exhibit! The Cranbury Museum is located at 4 Park Place East, Cranbury, NJ. For more information, call 609-409-1289 or visit

Saturdays through December 31, 2014 - Freehold, Monmouth County
Farm: Agriculture in Monmouth County 1600 - 2013 

Monmouth County Historical Association's newest exhibition, "Farm: Agriculture in Monmouth County 1600-2013," is open to the public at the museum in Freehold and will be on display through December 31, 2014. The history of agriculture and farming in Monmouth County has long roots deep in the past, as does New Jersey itself, from earliest days of pre-European settlement, when Lenape Indians harvested corn, squash, and beans to the modern reintroduction  of organic agricultural practices.

Monmouth County Historical Association's exhibition, "Farm: Agriculture in Monmouth County 1660 - 2013," explores and celebrates Monmouth County's vibrant agricultural past, present, and future. The exhibit examines the means by which Monmouth men and women worked with their surroundings to feed themselves, their families, the community, and the rest of America as well. Through artifacts, diaries, letters, maps, paintings, prints, and photographs, Farm will bring Monmouth's rich agricultural history alive. Visitors will appreciate the innovation and diversity of Monmouth farmers, horticulturalists, gardeners, and livestock breeders who overcame challenges and secured the county's reputation as a source of high-quality produce and livestock for more than two hundred years.

The Monmouth County Historical Association's museum is located at 70 Court Street, Freehold NJ. Regular admission to the museum is $5 and $2.50 for students and seniors. Admission is free for members. Museum hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 732-462-1466 or visit     

Through February 13, 2015 - Madison, Morris County
The American Revolution in New Jersey
Children Friendly

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

Through March 29, 2015 - Princeton, Mercer County
Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860

This landmark exhibition will be the first to focus on the important contribution of New Jersey in the creation of schoolgirl needlework in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. With over 150 works on view, this exhibition will undertake the first survey of schoolgirl needlework completed in the state or by New Jersey girls prior to 1860. This exhibition and accompanying catalogue will create a lasting record of the best known examples. As part of the museum’s mission to showcase the cultural heritage of the Garden State, the curators will bring new light to the needlework done in New Jersey during this important period of American history.

Organized geographically, the exhibition will feature works from every region of the state. Although many elaborate and important examples of New Jersey needlework will be featured in the exhibition, the curators have also included more modest examples that highlight other aspects of the educational environment, social class and familial situation experienced by young girls in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In some cases, the exhibit will reunite, for the first time, needlework created by the same girl; sisters; cousins; schoolmates and other close relations.

The exhibition will feature loans from across the country including needlework completed in every New Jersey County (accounting for the numerous re-organizations of New Jersey counties in the nineteenth century). In presenting examples from every part of the state, the exhibition will distill the educational environment that existed in New Jersey from Cape May to Sussex. The exhibition will also compile an accurate picture of girls academies and the instructresses who taught at them.

The exhibition will occupy 1,709 square feet in five galleries within the second floor of the Morven mansion. This exhibition also coincides with the 350th anniversary of New Jersey and extensive state-wide celebration and programming.

The title of the exhibition is borrowed from a needlework stitched by Trenton-born Anne Rickey (1783-1846) “Hail Specimen of Female Art” was stitched onto her sampler in 1798. Anne Rickey was the daughter of Quaker merchant, John Rickey (1751-1829) and his wife Amey Olden (1757-1849).

Morven Museum and Garden is located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-924-8144 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

Through June 2015 - Morristown, Monmouth County
The Civil War through the Eyes of Thomas Nast

Before radio, TV, or the Internet, there was political cartoonist Thomas Nast. Nast illustrated battles, Union and Confederate troop movements, and their activities throughout the Civil War. He also captured the poignancy of those back home, who worried about their family members in combat. Nast covered both the home and battle fronts; his work was the main source of information about the war for many people. His illustrations in publications like "Harper's Weekly" brought the information about what was happening into the homes of the American public, the way mass media does today. Like all media agents, he not only depicted what was happening by reporting on the events taking place, but also created propaganda by trying to stir emotions and support for the Union side. Mounted to commemorate the final year of the Civil War Sesquicentennial (2011-2015), this second floor exhibit will include a number of these stirring images. "The Civil War through the Eyes of Thomas Nast" opens September 7, 2014­ and will be on exhibit through 2015.

Thomas Nast (1840-1902) is one of the most recognized names in the world of political cartoons.  Often called the father of American political cartooning, Nast's images remain popular today.  His well-known depictions of the Democratic donkey and Republican elephant, conceived more than 100 years ago, continue to represent both parties.  Uncle Sam and Columbia, two of his favorite figures to draw, are still recognized as symbols for the United States of America.  His spirit lives on through his iconic representations of Santa Claus. The classic images which Nast popularized of the jolly old elf still appear on a variety of surfaces each year during the holiday season, and Nast's Civil War images of battlefront and home front were powerful tools for bringing the war into people's homes.

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

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


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